Broken but Beautiful

Discover your resilience, wisdom & beauty

You are strong when you know your weaknesses, beautiful when you appreciate your flaws, and wise when you learn from your mistakes. ~Unknown


Workshops, Retreats, Webinars

What's Coming Up


Spring 2020

We're working on two exciting workshops for this Spring!


  • Dawn Fried has helped me to see, understand and address my struggles. She has a gentle, yet realistic attitude and I believe she really cares. She has been very helpful in guiding and assisting me and I always leave our sessions feeling uplifted and hopeful.

    Barbara S.
  • After many years of traditional therapy EFT was the key to finally breaking down the armor I had developed since childhood. With Dawn’s gentle, expert guidance we “tapped” right into the core of my trauma and broke down the barriers that were holding me back.

    Michelle D.
  • Dawn uses EFT therapy and through this modality has been able to help me reduce my feelings of anxiety. Learning EFT tapping in our sessions has enabled me to use it on my own whenever I need to.

    Dawn is a very kind and compassionate therapist and I would recommend her to anyone who is struggling with limiting anxieties and fears.

    Barbara S. – Retired Teacher
  • I was referred to Dawn by a friend during a time when my life was completely altered by chronic disease and a failed relationship. I was never open to to seek out psychotherapy but Dawn helped me to see that I could learn to "take steps to regain control of my life" to create a life and future that was hopeful. Those words like many profound words that Dawn used in our sessions left me a changed person. CLICK to read more.

  • My work with Dawn has helped shape the woman I have grown to be.
    CLICK to read more.



Emotional Freedom Techniques
“Forget your perfect offering/There is a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen


This is time when you get to focus on you. I provide you with a safe holding space for whatever you need to give voice to. Together, we explore your life challenges, choices and outcomes, your broken places. Buried emotions, hidden self-limiting beliefs and sabotaging patterns that have kept you feeling and living small are gently brought to the surface. You discover the lessons in the disappointments and “failures” and the wisdom, resilience and beauty of your whole being. A place to begin is with an Exploration Session of 90 minutes.



Focused on cultivating self-awareness and personal growth. Topics have included Stress Relief at Your Fingertips, Creating More Conscious Relationships, How Big is Your "BUT?" and Decluttering your Emotional Baggage. The workshops are educational and experiential in nature. They may be a single event or in a series. The number of participants vary according to each event. Attending a workshop is often a perfect opportunity to be introduced to EFT tapping and to the topics and issues that promote your personal growth journey. You also get to experience "borrowing benefits" when in the shared process of others working on their own issues with EFT tapping.



A meaningful experience for 4 to 6 people working on personal issues of concern, where you get the borrowed benefits of others’ personal work for your own clarity and empowerment, coming to you as a result of being in a collective positive energetic space. There is usually an opportunity for each participant to address a concern through EFT tapping within the time frame of each group session. Participation in the small group can at times bring a personal issue to the surface that can benefit from and be best helped by some individualized attention in personal one-on-one sessions to be more fully delved into and resolved. This is optional.



When you want to immerse yourself in personal growth but can’t take days off form your life’s obligations. Utilizing EFT tapping, creative therapies, mindfulness and guided meditations, participants are led through exercises and activities that are meant to inspire, raise self-awareness, refresh and renew your spirit and raise your vibration. The mutual sharing, supporting and encouraging of others on retreat with you, leads to enhanced self-care and can be a kickstart for you on your path of transformation. You will have the chance to meet and engage with like-minded individuals to cultivate your personal tribe.


Free Consultation

I offer a complimentary consultation to explore if we're a good fit.


Dawn Fried

I’m glad you’ve found your way here. It means you are open to greater self-awareness, deeper personal growth, and a stronger sense of empowerment and resilience in living.


As a psychotherapist for 30 years, I’ve partnered with many clients who have felt stuck in their lives and dissatisfied with themselves. Through deep listening, acceptance, empathy honest feedback and expertise, I provided a safe place for them to let down their self-protective guards and discover their true selves. Many of my clients have been women in their 40s, 50s and 60s, who have gone through setbacks in life, be it painful relationship experiences, life changing losses, or disappointments that crushed confidence and spirit. They found themselves feeling empty, worn down, discouraged, and questioning their purpose and value.

In the spirit of partnership, I helped them to face their buried feelings and self-limiting beliefs about themselves and find the deeper lessons and learning in those difficult experiences. They learned to cultivate compassion for and acceptance of the places in themselves that felt broken and unacceptable. Together we gathered up those parts that were hard to accept and with gentle curiosity about the suffering and meaning, they discovered a beauty inside, enhanced and enriched by life experiences, lessons learned, and came to cultivate a gratitude and appreciation for these “opportunities” for growth and evolving.


I know. I’ve been through a few myself. I’ve felt broken and lost. When I was about to turn 40, I witnessed my dearest friend deteriorate and die from AIDS. And just months before I turned 50, I took care of my dying mother. So much for celebrating my midlife milestone birthdays. They were highlighted by pain, loss and even some despair at times.

It was about 8 years ago that I was fortunate in having discovered Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as Tapping. I was already a well-trained and experienced therapist but when I was introduced to Tapping I found myself reinvigorated and re-inspired to help others heal. Seeing how effective this mind/body technique was and how gentle but deep it was in getting to core issues, I was in awe. Painful experiences in life leave us with emotions we may not process effectively and beliefs about ourselves that limit us and cause us to live small and doubt and dim our inner light and beauty.

Through EFT I retrieved my broken parts and rebounded from my sense of suffering and despair, evolving into someone stronger, wiser, more resilient and more compassionate, a more beautiful human being because of what I had been through. Each of us needs a vision of what we can become and the tools to mend and heal into a renewed, whole and better version of ourselves. Learning to embrace our so-called weaknesses and flaws, the ugly parts of ourselves, isn’t easy. But, it is the only path to wholeness and being able to step fully into our authentic empowered selves and shine our light in the world. Often, we need a guide to help us find the way, dig deep and stay on course. This is what I offer women who choose to embark on the journey, beyond broken, to whole and beautiful.


Several years ago I came across an article about the ancient Japanese artform known as Kintsukuroi or Kintsugi. It is a method of repairing broken pottery. The broken pieces are mended back together using gold or silver mixed with lacquer. The glimmering seams of repair becomes part of the history, meaning and value of the art piece and it is seen as more beautiful and unique because of it. This can be you. Your painful life experiences are the broken pieces, the honest self-reflection, insight and gentle but deep self-work is the gold and silver, that restores, revitalizes and renews you.

If you resonate with this, if you feel broken in places inside of yourself and question your value, have lost confidence or spirit, doubt that you can have a meaningful life and can’t see the beauty of your being , then let’s talk about how you can mend into beautiful.

“Wholeness does not mean perfection; it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.” Parker J Palmer

From My Blog

Broken But Beautiful

Can You Be Broken But Beautiful? Some readers here might be confused or offended by my use of the word…


"The wound is the place where the light enters you." Rumi

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Montclair, NJ 07042
United States

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