Dr. Stacey Freedenthal
Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, specializes in suicide risk assessment and intervention in her work as a psychotherapist, professor, and writer. Her book, Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals (Routledge, 2017), provides evidence-based advice for assessing suicide risk, planning for safety, and helping the suicidal person to build hope, coping skills, and reasons for living. More than two million people have visited Dr. Freedenthal’s website, SpeakingOfSuicide.com, since 2013. She also has a small private psychotherapy and consulting practice specializing in helping people who have experienced suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, or lost a loved one to suicide.
As an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Freedenthal coordinates the Mental Health concentration. She currently teaches courses on suicide risk assessment and interventions, mental health assessment and diagnosis, clinical social work theory and practice, and social justice issues in clinical practice. Her university research and scholarship focus on topics related to suicide. She has published scholarly articles about the measurement of suicidal intent, risk and protective factors for suicide, youth’s help-seeking when suicidal, and other topics related to suicidality.
Dr. Freedenthal has worked in the field of suicide prevention since 1994, when she volunteered at a suicide hotline in Dallas, TX. She has become intimately acquainted with suicide not only through her professional training, research, and work as a psychotherapist, but also through her own personal struggles with suicide, some of which she wrote about in a New York Times essay, A Suicide Therapist’s Secret Past.
Prior to entering the mental health field, Dr. Freedenthal worked as a newspaper reporter for The Dallas Morning News. She later earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
For more information about Dr. Freedenthal, please see SpeakingOfSuicide.com/aboutstacey-freedenthal or StaceyFreedenthal.com.