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Renowned Psychotherapist Defends Care of Drew Peterson Children

Dr. Dan Budenz, Ph.D. says the children are being well cared for. - February 29, 2008

 Drew Peterson and missing wife Stacy.

(PRNewsChannel) / Orlando, Fla. - While in California, he and his staff quietly treated hundreds of celebrities for addiction and affective disorders. Now Dr. Daniel Budenz, Ph.D., known to many as "Dr. Dan," is publicly defending the care of Drew Peterson's children.

"The Peterson children are caught in the middle of dueling family members and huge media frenzy,'' says Dr. Dan, who was friends with Peterson 20 years ago and recently reconnected. "The family has had to wake up at four in the morning to the roar of media generators, climb over the back fence to attend school and then hear the accusations against their dad on TV."

Dr. Dan says the Peterson children know what is happening-appropriate for their ages and abilities.

"From what I see, Drew and the outside help he's hired to help care for the children are doing a great job," says Dr. Dan. Peterson is the former Chicago area police officer who's at the center of one of the biggest crime investigations.

The death of Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, was recently ruled a homicide.

His fourth wife Stacy disappeared.

Peterson has not been charged with a crime but has been the consistent focus of police and media attention.

Peterson and his children escaped the media circus over Christmas and New Year's by being with Dr. Dan and his family in Florida. Peterson has since come to see Dr. Dan a few more times.

"Drew is a very attentive father," says Dr. Dan. "The two oldest sons clearly understand what is happening--one is a police officer. The two teens are equally aware and are extremely helpful, wonderful, motivated, young men who stand by their dad and help Drew with the youngest children."

Dr. Dan believes there is no basis for removing any of the children from Peterson's care, as the families of Peterson's missing wife Stacy and former wife Kathleen Savio have suggested.

"The 3 and 4 year olds are physically and emotionally vibrant and are well parented by Drew and the older family members," says Dr. Dan. "These children are in great hands."

Dr. Dan is available for media interviews.

About Dr. Dan Budenz:  Daniel T Budenz, Ph.D. is a certified professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor and certified instructor and internationally certified addictions counselor.  He and his staff have treated hundreds of high profile families, celebrities, sports, medical, legal and political figures.  In Chicago, Dr. Dan helped establish and coordinate  the Hines VA addictions program, served as chief psychologist/director of Loretto Hospital's Inpatient and Outpatient Services that he set up.   He also ran a private practice for a brief period
at Forrest Psychiatric Hospital.

Media Contact: Glenn Selig, Publicist,
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Phone: (813) 300-5454

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