My Personal Oasis is a website devoted to helping you improve your life and keep it in balance. We will cover a wide range of topics in our areas of expertise for you, including topics related to stress management, resilience, humor, rhythm-based therapy, and positive psychology.  Ultimately the goal of this site is to serve as a personal oasis during stressful times.

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Robert Lawrence Friedman, M.A.

Robert Lawrence FriedmanFor over 30 years, Robert Lawrence Friedman, MA, author, international speaker/trainer, and psychotherapist, has provided his keynote presentations, training programs and workshops to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions and health care organizations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.   He was awarded the Hearst Scholar Award in 2014.

His expertise in the areas of stress management, motivation, leadership development and teambuilding has led to national and international media attention. He was featured on the year-long Discovery Health Channel documentary, Class of ’75, in which he mentored five highly stressed individuals, providing specific stress management strategies whose goal was to create positive and sustained lifestyle changes. Other appearances have included The Today Show (NBC), NY One News, Fox News, along with news programs on Fuji and Sankei Television in Japan.

He is the author of the book How to Relax in 60 Seconds or Less (Healthy Learning, 2011). This book focuses on providing readers with support in developing a greater level of sustained relaxation, health and well-being. Robert is also the author of two books on the use of rhythm as a vehicle of health and wellness.  His book, The Healing Power of the Drum — A Psychotherapist Explores the Healing Power of Rhythm (White Cliffs Media, 2000) and The Healing Power of the Drum — A Journey of Rhythm and Stories (Pathway Books, 2010) are considered breakthrough books focusing on the health benefits of rhythm in areas such as stress, emotional release, and other physical and psychological conditions. In addition, Healthy Learning, Inc., a California-based wellness company, has produced fifteen of Mr. Friedman’s workshops and seminars on DVD.

Mr. Friedman has been interviewed for articles in the following print publications: The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Newsday, My Generation Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine and The Washington Times. Robert was recently interviewed for the Daily Beast and for Self-Growth.Com. In addition, Robert was the Stresswise columnist in Healthwise Magazine for eight years.

Mr. Friedman has offered workshops and training programs to such corporations as Accenture Corporation, American Express, BBDO International, Chase Manhattan Bank, Comedy Central, Forbes, HBO, Hyatt Hotels, Pitney Bowes, Saatchi & Saatchi, Schering Plough Corporation, Shiseido Corporation, Standard & Poors, Time-Warner, Viacom and Xerox Corporation, among many others. He has also provided his workshops to such health care organizations as Barnabas Health Care System and the Bon Secaurs Health Care System. He has provided programs to such educational institutions as Nassau Community College, New York City Board of Education, Queens College, St. Edwards University and many others. In addition, he has provided his programs to such health care institutions as Cornell Medical Center, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Newark Beth Israel Hospital, New York Hospital, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Saint Mary’s Hospital, and Saint Vincent’s Hospital for the past fifteen years.

Mr. Friedman was the developer and Director of the Stress Management Corporate Training certification program for Queens College of City University, the first program of its kind in the United States.   He designed two cutting-edge computer software programs and iPhone applications, Relaxation On-Demand and Confidence On-Demand for individuals seeking support in areas of stress relief and improving feelings of empowerment.

Mr. Friedman is a professional member of the National Speaker’s Association and the American Counseling Association.

Jeffrey Friedman, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman

Yes, these two Friedmans are related. Dr. Friedman has been a psychologist in private practice for 18 years in San Luis Obispo, California and has been a licensed clinical social worker for the past 32 years.  He has frequently spoken in his area of expertise, Optimism and Health in Psychological Practice, for multiple groups and international conferences.   He has appeared on numerous occasions as a keynote speaker for the American Red Cross, the National Honor Society and for the Eighth Annual Congress of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses.

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