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Terry Freiberg, PhD, JD

J.W. Freiberg, PhD, JD, served as General Counsel to a great many of Boston’s children’s social service, adoption agencies, and private mental health clinics, providing legal advice to both their administrations and their clinicians. As the years passed, Freiberg’s clinician clients were increasingly more likely to describe their patients as presenting, among other issues, with an ever-greater level of social isolation and unfulfilling relationships. Freiberg shares these spell-binding cases with us in his two prize-winning books: Four Seasons of Loneliness: A Lawyer’s Case Stories (2016), and Surrounded by Others and Yet So Alone (2020). Freiberg also edited Growing Up Lonely: Disconnection and Misconnection in the Lives of Our Children (2019). He has written and lectured widely about chronic loneliness and given scores of radio interviews are available on his website,

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: J. Walter Freiberg, III receives royalties as a published author and has employment relationships with the Boston University and École Pratique des Hautes Études. He receives a speaking honorarium from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: J. Walter Freiberg, III has no relevant non-financial relationships.