An expert on the dark corners of the heart, Freda Hansburg is a psychologist and author of the thrillers Tell on You and Shrink Rapt. Her suspenseful novels depict characters driven to the edge, then forced to let go. Freda is co-author of the self-help books PeopleSmart, a bestseller translated into eleven languages, and Working PeopleSmart.
Freda grew up in New York and is a Yankee fan. Writing since she was old enough to hold a pen, Freda won a medal, presented by the mayor, in a citywide essay contest when she was in fifth grade. An English Lit major, she earned a BA, magna cum laude, from Barnard College, nominated by her department for an academic fellowship.
As a journalist, Freda co-edited high school and college newspapers, published front-page features in New York community newspapers, and briefly attended Columbia Graduate School of Journalism before concluding that journalism entailed too much running around in dangerous places. When she quit J-school, Freda went home, fixed herself a Bloody Mary and decided to write the Great American Novel. She finished the Bloody Mary, but not the novel. Wanting to stay close to literature, but pay the rent for an apartment, she turned to publishing. Freda worked as a copywriter and publicity assistant in two major publishing houses. She wrote jacket copy, ads and PR materials, including the press release for Jean Kirkpatrick’s first book.
In her mid-twenties, Freda relocated to Philadelphia and made a career shift to become trained as a psychotherapist. She completed her MSS in Clinical Social Work at Bryn Mawr, and then her Ph.D. at Temple, becoming a licensed psychologist. Over the course of her clinical career, Freda practiced psychotherapy, career counseling, coaching and provided specialized training to groups and organizations as a noted communications expert. She originated and directed a nationally recognized day treatment program at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She also directed a consultation and training center at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey and was an Adjunct Professor in Adult and Organizational Development at Temple University and authored numerous professional publications.
But that novel always called to her. Having listened to many stories, deepened her insight into human nature, and solidified her determination, the psychologist at last turned novelist.