Gabrielle Newman-Freemen, L.C.S.W.

Gabrielle Newman-Freemen, L.C.S.W.

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My name is Gabriele Newman-Freeman, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been in the field for over 20 years and have worked in various capacities from case manager to supervisor.  During the past six years, I have been a psychotherapist/independent contractor for V. Margaret Newman Therapeutic Services, LLC, located here at The Starting Point. I work with individuals, couples and families and have a special interest in working with women and trauma. I also supervise clinicians at a local agency in Camden County and provide trauma-focused groups for women at a Women’s Shelter in West Philadelphia.

 

I identify as a bi-racial (African American/German) lesbian woman. My mother grew up in a small village in Germany and my father grew up in the rural south in the state of Alabama.  My parents met during WWII. My mother did not speak or understand English nor did my Father speak or understand German, but they fashioned their own style of communicating with each other during their 30 years of marriage. I have three siblings—two brothers and one sister. We spent many summers in Germany with my German relatives, and we spoke German at home.

 

                I consider my greatest accomplishment to be when I met my wife, Dr. Valerie Newman-Freeman. Valerie and I met and worked together as colleagues in 1998 and began our shared personal journey in 1999. We committed to one another to be legally recognized in a Domestic Partnership in the state of New Jersey in 2004, “upgraded” to a Civil Union in 2009, and legally married in July 2013. We are blessed with great friends and three pets, two dogs and a cat: Isadora, Alex, and Sir Isaac.

 

My guilty pleasure is that I love to read and watch cheesy horror movies and am an avid exercise enthusiast. It keeps me sane!