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There are no therapists currently located in Boston, MA. The following therapists are located in MA.

Shawn Mcgivern

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression, Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Amanda Hemp

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Depression, Coping with life changes, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Felicia Hatem Robblee

  • 4 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Boston, Massachusetts
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Eclectic, Emotionally Focused, Expressive Arts, Family Systems, Feminist, Humanistic, Integrative, Interpersonal, Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Person-Centered Therapy

State License: Massachusetts

Amie Piekarz

  • 9 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Boston, Massachusetts
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Feminist, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Relational, Person-Centered Therapy

State License: Massachusetts

Kelly Jones

  • 6 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Boston, Massachusetts
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Areas of focus: Asperger's, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Grief, Life Transitions, OCD

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Attention and Memory Testing, Coaching, Cognitive Testing, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Evaluation/Diagnostic, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness Based Approaches, Neuropsychological Testing or Consultation, Psychological Testing and Evaluation

State License: Massachusetts

Stephen Rothenberg

  • 38 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Boston, Massachusetts
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Areas of focus: Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavior Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Marital / Premarital, Depression, Life Transitions, Neuropsychological Testing, Stress, Tourette's Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Biofeedback, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Emotionally Focused, Long-Term, Low-Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS), Mindfulness Based Approaches, Neurofeedback, Neuropsychological Testing or Consultation, Play Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic, Relational

State License: Massachusetts

Dorian Mintzer

  • 50 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Boston, Massachusetts
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Areas of focus: Addiction, Adoption, Anxiety, ADHD, Behavior Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Elder Abuse, Family Conflict, Gender Identity, Infant Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Men's Issues, Multicultural Issues, Neurological, OCD, Pain Management, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Psychosomatic, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Orientation, Sleep or Insomnia, Trauma / PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Behavioral, Behavioral Medicine, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), Dream Work or Analysis, Early Intervention (Birth to 3 years), Education Consultation, Evaluation/Diagnostic, Existential Psychotherapy, Feminist, Focusing, Geriatric Consultation, Gestalt, Holistic, Humanistic, Hypnotherapy, Imago, Information and Referral, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Jungian, Long-Term, Mediation, Meditation/Relaxation, Mindfulness Based Approaches, Parent Guidance, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Prevention, Psycho-Educational, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, Psychodynamic, Relational, Sex Therapy, Short-Term (Brief Treatment), Social Support, Sports Psychology, Systemic

State License: Massachusetts

Samaritans Inc

  • years of Experience
  • United States
  • Boston, Massachusetts
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Areas of focus: Abuse and/or Neglect, Addiction, Adoption, Aging, Anger Management, Anxiety, Attachment Disorders, Behavior Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Career Counseling, Child Abuse and Neglect, Marital / Premarital, Dementia, Depression, Developmental Disability, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Education/Personal Development, Elder Abuse, Family Conflict, Financial, Food, Gender Identity, Homelessness, Housing, Hunger/Nutrition, Immigration/Newcomer, Infant Mental Health, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Life Transitions, Medical, Medication Management, Men's Issues, Multicultural Issues, OCD, Pain Management, Parenting, Personal Care (bathing, dressing), Personality Disorders, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Psychosomatic, Runaways, Self Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Disorders, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality Issues, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma / PTSD, Women's Issues

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Advocacy, Crisis Intervention, Information and Referral, Prevention, Social Support

SAVE Team, Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services

  • years of Experience
  • United States
  • Boston, Massachusetts
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Areas of focus: Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Career Counseling, Marital / Premarital, Depression, Education/Personal Development, Family Conflict, Men's Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Trauma / PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Advocacy, Case Management, Coaching, Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), Information and Referral, Outreach, Prevention, Social Support

David Adler

  • 41 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Boston, Massachusetts
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Areas of focus: Addiction, Aging, Bipolar Disorder, Dissociative Disorders, Family Conflict, Multicultural Issues, OCD, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Psychosomatic, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality Issues, Sleep or Insomnia, Trauma / PTSD

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Behavioral, Case Management, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Crisis Intervention, Evaluation/Diagnostic, Existential Psychotherapy, Feminist, Holistic, Long-Term, Narrative, Psycho-Educational, Psychopharmacology, Relational, Short-Term (Brief Treatment)

II. The Best Therapists in Boston, MA

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Online Therapy evaluated the following 17 therapists based on eight key metrics, including credentials, accessibility, cost, and areas of expertise. These factors are necessary to ensure a therapist provides consistently high-quality care that meets your needs.

Choosing the Best Boston, MA Therapists

Credentials

When searching for the best therapist in Boston, one of the first things to check into is their licensure. In Massachusetts, licensed mental health counselors must hold a graduate degree in counseling or a related field. They must also complete at least two years of post-master’s supervised clinical work and pass the National Counselor Examination.

Accessibility

To provide services that meet their clients’ needs, licensed counselors often offer therapy sessions in various formats, including in-person sessions, group counseling, and virtual meetings. Finding a therapist who offers the format you want is essential for obtaining sustainable mental health care.

Cost

Session fees vary widely between therapists, and some accept insurance while others don’t. The following therapists were chosen based on their per-session costs, insurance plans accepted, and whether sliding fee schedules are available.

Kim Atwood: LPC, CST| Best for relationship issues

215-767-1224
Website

Kim Atwood is a licensed counselor who specializes in holistic psychotherapy. She has 15 years of experience helping individuals and couples address physical and emotional issues by incorporating mindfulness, breath and bodywork, and creative healing arts in a safe and nurturing environment.

What patients say: “She is a trustworthy, reliable, intelligent, intuitive, and gifted therapist. I would recommend anyone looking for a therapist to give her a call!”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Divorce
Anxiety
Student Health Plan Cost per Session: $200 No Yes

Christina Dolce: Psy.D. | Best for children with anxiety or depression

631-766 – 0331
Website

Christina Dolce is a licensed clinical and educational psychologist affiliated with Harvard Medical School who specializes in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. She utilizes research-supported therapies such as dialectical behavior therapy and parent management training to address emotional and behavioral challenges. She also hosts group therapy sessions for preadolescent females and college-bound students.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Child or Adolescent
Depression
Anxiety
N/A Not Provided
No Yes

Thom Field: Ph.D., LMHC, LPC, NCC, CCMHC, ACS | Best for adults with anxiety

857-254-8525
Website

Thom Field is a licensed counselor who has been practicing for 15 years. He helps adults and adolescents address anxiety and depression. Thom utilizes personalized counseling techniques informed by a broad range of theories, including psychodynamic, existential, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. He’s experienced in serving members of the LGTBQ community.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Depression
Relationship Issues
N/A Cost per Session: $170 Yes Yes

Mimi Sohn Licht: LICSW, BCD | Best for premarital counseling

508-358-5706
Website

Mimi Sohn Licht is a licensed counselor who’s recognized as a leading wedding coach in the Boston region. Her sessions cover a broad range of topics, including dual careers, finances, religion, family planning, and division of labor. She also provides counseling for parents of the marrying couple. Mimi is a provider for most insurance plans, however, premarital counseling is not addressing a medical condition and therefore not covered by health insurance.

What patients say: “Mimi is an excellent counselor for couples who are going to be married, or are thinking of getting married. She is very experienced helping couples with many types of issues.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Marital and Premarital
Relationship Issues
Wedding preparation
AllWays Health Partners
BlueCross and BlueShield
Harvard Pilgrim
Optum
Tufts
UnitedHealthcare
*Premarital Counseling is not covered by insurance.
Cost per Session: $175 No Yes

Omar A. Ruiz: LMFT | Best for marital counseling

781-222-0940
Website

Omar A. Ruiz is a licensed counselor who specializes in addressing complex relational issues related to dating, marriage, and family life. He has over 10 years of experience and focuses on fostering open communication and creative ways to change patterns of behavior. Therapy sessions are available in-person and via online video conferencing.

What patients say: “Omar was absolutely wonderful in treating my son and my husband. He took a collaborative approach to dealing with our family dynamics. His narrative technique was excellent and absolutely what my denial laden family needed.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Marital and Premarital
Relationship Issues
Infidelity
N/A Cost per Session: $175 No Yes

Laura Greve: Psy.D. | Best for coping skills

617-870-4053
Website

Laura Greve is a licensed clinical health psychologist who specializes in helping children, adolescents, and adults develop coping techniques for anxiety, depression, stress, mood disorders, and chronic pain. She incorporates a variety of techniques depending on the individual’s needs and preferences, including clinical hypnotherapy, relaxation training, and biofeedback.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Depression
Coping Skills
AllWays Health Partners
BU Aetna
BlueCross and BlueShield
Cost per Session: $225 No Yes

Oona Metz: LICSW, CGP | Best for divorce counseling

617-232-8971
Website

Oona Metz is a licensed clinical social worker and certified group psychotherapist who offers individual, couples, and group therapy. She has over 25 years of experience and specializes in helping women in periods of transition and individuals navigating issues related to step-parenting, divorce, trauma, and loss and grief. She also provides weekly ongoing divorce support groups.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Divorce
Anxiety
BC/BS PPO/POS
Beacon-GIC plans
Cigna PPO
Coventry
First Health
Harvard Pilgrim POS
Harvard University Plan
Tufts POS
Cost per Session: $180 Yes Yes

Laura Rusu: PMHNP, MSN | Best for mood disorders

617-682-0411
Website

Laura Rusu is a licensed counselor who provides personalized therapy and crisis counseling in the Greater Boston Area. She’s experienced in treating a broad range of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, panic disorders, personality disorders, and PTSD. Her practice provides psychopharmacology services as appropriate along with counseling to optimize outcomes.

What patients say: “I have been seeing Dr. Rusu for years now if it was not for her I would not be in the place that I am today, she has guided me through the roughest parts of my life.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Mood Disorders
ADHD
Anxiety
AllWays Health Partners
BlueCross and BlueShield
Harvard Pilgrim
Optum
UnitedHealthcare
Cost per Session:
Initial Psychiatric Evaluation(60 min.) – $300
Follow up assessment (20-30min.) – $150
Yes Yes

Peg Shippert: M.A., LPC | Best for trauma counseling

Website

Peg Shippert is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in treating girls and women who’ve experienced the trauma of sexual assault. Her counseling techniques incorporate EMDR therapy, animal-assisted counseling, mindfulness tools, and conventional talk therapy.

What patients say: “Peg is an authentic therapist with a direct, honest style. I really appreciate her perspective and incisive questions when I’m struggling with something.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
N/A Yes

Nicole Flory: Ph.D. | Best for women's issues

781-518-1818
Website

Nicole Flory is an award-winning licensed clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience in women’s health, sex and couple’s therapy, and medical hypnosis. She treats issues such as stress and depression, medical issues, and sexual issues by incorporating meditative practices, hypnotic techniques, and behavioral medicine. She’s fluent in English, French, and German and works with individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Women’s Issues
Sex Therapy
Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
BlueCross and BlueShield
PPO Plans
Not Provided Yes Yes

Krista H. Sand: LICSW, LADC-I | Best for self-esteem

603-988 6486
Website

Krista H. Sand is a licensed counselor with over two decades of experience in treating self-esteem issues, anxiety, eating disorders, infertility, and grief and loss. Her focus is on self-compassion, and she incorporates a range of strategies to help clients meet personalized goals, including solution-focused therapy, positive psychology, and motivational interviewing.

What patients say: “Krista was wonderful and kind.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Self Esteem
Anxiety
Codependency
Aetna PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Cigna PPO
Harvard Pilgrim PPO
Tufts
Tufts PPO
Cost per Session: $200 No Yes

Susan Bodnar: Ph.D., M.A. | Best for school issues

212-721-0637
Website

Susan Bodnar is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of professional experience with published works in academic journals and popular media. Her therapeutic techniques are informed by science, experience, and common sense and address issues such as biological predispositions, family habits, and racial identifications. Walk therapy is available by request.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
School Issues
Relationship Issues
cultural transition
GHI
Health Republic
Magnacare
Oscar
ValueOptions
Cost per Session: $200 Yes Yes

Ylira Pimentel-Diaz: M.S.W., LICSW | Best for adults with depression

617-299-9615
Website

Ylira Pimentel-Diaz is a licensed counselor with over a decade of experience serving adults, children, and adolescents. Her holistic approach to therapy focuses on delivering support and honest feedback to foster a safe place for clients living with depression and anxiety. She’s fluent in English and Spanish and has worked with individuals from a broad range of backgrounds.

What patients say: “She is an excellent professional, has a great vocation of service and human sensitivity.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Depression
Relationship Issues
N/A Cost per Session:
Initial Phone Consultation (FREE)
Initial Session ($180)
Ongoing sessions ($150)
No Yes

Erica Curcio: LMHC, ATR | Best for disorders in seniors

985-789-2954
Website

Erica Curcio is a Licensed Counselor and Registered Art Therapist who brings joy, hope and emotional balance to people living with dementia through the creation of art. She works with clients in their homes, focusing on the skills they still have, and instilling confidence along the way. She is available for home visits in the northern greater Boston area and provides virtual therapy to Care Partners in the state of Massachusetts.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Alzheimer’s Disease
Lewy Body Dementia
Parkinson’s Disease
Aphasia
Agitation
Anxiety
Depression
Grief and Sundowning as related to dementia
Not mentioned $150 per session No Yes

Will Dempsey: LICSW | Best for transgender issues

617-237-6664
Website

Will Dempsey is an LGQTQ/queer-identified licensed counselor with several years of experience in addressing the needs of those in the LGBTQ community. He utilizes a broad range of modalities to deliver personalized counseling to treat addiction, relationship issues, self-esteem, and coping skills, including conventional talk therapy and EMDR.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Transgender
Anxiety
Depression
N/A Cost per Session:
$175 for the intake for an individual therapy client and $150 for every subsequent 50 minute session
Yes Yes

Michael J. Heath: M.Div., LMHC, AAPC | Best for sexual addiction

315-637-0605
Website

Michael J. Heath is a licensed counselor with over 40 years of experience helping individuals and couples with issues such as affairs, pornography, stress, communication, and PTSD. He incorporates several types of therapy, including pastoral counseling, family and marital counseling, and talk therapy.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Mood Disorders
Relationship Issues
Sexual Addiction
Aetna
American Behavioral
Anthem
Beacon
Behavioral Health Systems
Cigna
Fidelis
GHI
Health Net
Lifetime Benefit Solutions
MVP Health Care
MagnaCare
MultiPlan
Optum
TRICARE
United Health Care
UnitedHealthcare
Cost per Session: $150 Yes Yes

Lyndsay Whitaker: LMHC | Best for PTSD

774-314-2695
Website

Lyndsay Whitaker is a licensed mental health counselor who offers individual therapy to first responders, teens, and those who have experienced trauma. Her approach is relational and judgment-free and focuses on clients’ strengths. In addition to traditional talk therapy, she offers art-making to help clients express their internal processes.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD
Women’s Issues
Anxiety
N/A $175 per 60 minute session (53-60 minutes in length)
$150 per 45 minute session (38-52 minutes in length)
$100 per 30 minute session (16-37 minutes in length)
$50 per 15 minute session (1-15 minutes in length)
No Yes

III. What You Should Know About Boston Therapy

How are Boston therapists licensed? 

To obtain licensing in Boston, therapists must earn a master’s degree in a 60-credit regionally accredited graduate program in counseling or a related field. They must then complete 3,360 hours of supervised work in the field and pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination. After passing the exam, they must apply for licensing through the Massachusetts Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professional Board. To maintain their skills and licensing, they must complete continued professional development.

How much does therapy cost in Boston?  

The average cost of therapy sessions in Boston is $166, though initial fees are typically a little higher at $218 on average. Most therapists accept health insurance, and some offer a sliding fee schedule.

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