Books and Research by Dr. Fredricks

San Jose Counseling and Psychotherapy

psychology books and researchIn addition to being a therapist I’m a bestselling author, researcher, and journalist. My books and research have been quoted in publications all over the world.

The following is a list of my counseling psychology books, journal articles, and research publications.


BOOK: Fredricks, Randi. (2008). Healing & Wholeness: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Mental Health. Bloomington, IN: Author House.

A comprehensive overview of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments for mental health, with information and research on their effectiveness for treating specific disorders.

book-therapy-counseling-san-jose-caTwenty-two chapters and 650+ pages document research and psychology books and the current practice of using complementary and alternative therapies in treating a number of disorders, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, and addictions. This book is used as a textbook for medical and mental health professionals.

The therapies covered are both state-of-the-art and ancient, including naturopathy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, meditation, and other CAM therapies. The information is based on research and Dr. Fredricks’ therapist practice.

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BOOK: Fredricks, R. (2012). Fasting: An Exceptional Human Experience. Bloomington, IN: Author House.

book-counseling-therapy-san-jose-caFasting: An Exceptional Human Experience covers virtually every aspect of fasting. Since prehistory, fasting has been used in various ways as a means of transformation. As a spiritual practice, it is in almost every religion and spiritual tradition.

In psychology, studies have suggested that fasting help psychiatric disorders, and in medicine, fasting is one of the most promising therapies.

Using existing literature and original research, Dr. Fredricks focuses on the transformative characteristics of fasting in the contexts of psychology, medicine, and spirituality. The relationship between fasting and transpersonal psychology is examined, with a focus on peak experiences, self-realization, and other exceptional human experiences.

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BOOK: Fredricks, Randi. (2020). Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Anxiety. Bloomington, IN: Author House.

Anxiety Treatment BookAnxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States, affecting millions of people every year. Conventional treatment, which typically involves medication, often has limited results and can produce serious side-effects, causing people with anxiety to seek alternatives. There is a growing body of evidence that complementary and alternative therapies can relieve the symptoms of anxiety more effectively without unpleasant side-effects.

In Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Anxiety, Dr. Fredricks discusses recent studies on the effectiveness of alternative mental health care practices used in the management of anxiety disorders. This book details the research protocols used, showing anxiety sufferers how to find relief with safe, drug-free remedies. It provides insights that make sense and works as a guide to help those with anxiety to feel better, less stressed, and anxiety free.

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BOOK: Fredricks, Randi. (2020). Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Depression. Bloomington, IN: Author House.

Over the past decade, depression rates have skyrocketed, with one in four Americans suffering from a depressive disorder at some point in their lifetime. While some depression sufferers find relief with antidepressants, research indicates that – for most people – the drugs don’t work and cause unwanted side effects.

In Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Depression, Dr. Fredricks outlines the protocols for these therapies based on the latest research. As more and more research examines drug-free treatments for depression, scientists are discovering that these methods can be highly effective in reducing symptoms. When combined with holistic psychotherapy, these methods can help people to develop effective ways of recovering from depression while improving their lives. This is a book that will help you to feel better, reduce your need for medications, and improve your life dramatically. It is a book that will change the way you look at your life.

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Published Research

RESEARCH STUDY/JOURNAL ARTICLE: Fredricks, Randi. (2011). An exploratory study of the effects of water fasting for depression (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest database. (UMI No. 3453555)

This mixed methods study including both quantitative and qualitative data explored the use of water fasting to decrease symptoms of depression. Water fasting was defined as abstinence from all food and drink except water for a specific length of time.

Transpersonal scholars have suggested that fasting can be a means of personal transformation, providing exceptional human experiences and leading to peak experiences and self-actualization. The degree of depression was measured by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II).

The research question was: Do individuals who engage in water fasting demonstrate a decrease in the symptoms of depression? Using a mixed methods design, 42 fasting participants were matched to 42 comparison participants at testing time one for gender and level of depression according to the four BDI-II scoring categories of minimal, mild, moderate and severe depression. The researcher found a statistically significant difference between the groups.

RESEARCH STUDY/JOURNAL ARTICLE: Fredricks, Randi, Stinson, Cynthia, and Soukup, Paul. (1993). Communication apprehension among adult children of alcoholics (Baccalaureate thesis). Eric database. (ED No. 364923)

Noting that children of alcoholic parents come from home settings similar to those identified as potential sources of communication apprehension, a study compared communication apprehension scores of adult children of alcoholics (ACoA) with those of non-ACoAs.

Subjects, 85 men and 109 women, were drawn from a local church, undergraduate and graduate classes at a northern California university, and northern California Al-Anon ACoA meetings. They ranged from 18 to 60 years of age, with a wide range of educational backgrounds. Each subject completed a questionnaire that consisted of two instruments: the Children of Alcoholics Screening Test (CAST) and McCroskey’s Personal Report of Communication Apprehension Test (PRCA-24).

Results indicated a strong relationship between ACoAs and CA except where subjects were involved in a group communication situation.

Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).

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