Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Boston, Massachusetts

Find a therapist in Boston, Massachusetts that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Boston to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

Gina Mango

Gina Mango, MSW, LCSW, LICSW

As a clinical social worker specializing in mental health treatment, my goal is to help you to reach yours. That may mean reducing symptoms of anxiety or depression, processing and resolving negative experiences or trauma, managing stress and improving relationships, or having the time and place to consider the future and how to get there. Whatever it is that has brought you to here, please know that your values, experiences and priorities will be respected Read More...
As a clinical social worker specializing in mental health treatment, my goal is to help you to reach yours. That may mean reducing symptoms of anxiety or depression, processing and resolving negative experiences or trauma, managing stress and improving relationships, Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Rachel Weldon

Rachel Weldon, LMHC

I am a licensed mental health counselor with a 8 year background working with clients in both emergency services and outpatient settings. This has given me the opportunity to gain experience with various mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders and trauma. I specialize in working with patient’s ranging from early childhood to young adulthood, however I also having experience working with groups, couples and, families.  In working Read More...
I am a licensed mental health counselor with a 8 year background working with clients in both emergency services and outpatient settings. This has given me the opportunity to gain experience with various mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, substance Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Dr. Christopher Blake

Dr. Christopher Blake, LICSW, PhD

I am a LICSW who has both a private practice and works in a counseling center in Massachusetts. I have been a counselor for over 18 years. In that time, I've gotten really quite good at helping with depression, anxiety, the struggles of living with ADHD (both as a parent and as an adult with ADHD), the extremes and felt helplessness of OCD, bi polar conditions, and addiction, and and the turbulent feelings of Read More...
I am a LICSW who has both a private practice and works in a counseling center in Massachusetts. I have been a counselor for over 18 years. In that time, I've gotten really quite good at helping with depression, anxiety, Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years


Edward Flynn

Edward Flynn, LMHC

Edward received a Master's of Education from Cambridge College in 2010 and is a licensed School Adjustment Counselor and licensed certified mental health counselor (LMHC). He has been in the counseling field for nine years. He has developed his skills in a variety of settings including the community, residential, school, and the prison system for the past 7 years. He has practiced various evidence based methodologies into his clinical practice taking a holistic, eclectic approach, Read More...
Edward received a Master's of Education from Cambridge College in 2010 and is a licensed School Adjustment Counselor and licensed certified mental health counselor (LMHC). He has been in the counseling field for nine years. He has developed his skills Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years


Dawn Perry

Dawn Perry, LCSW

Aloha! I am a licensed independent clinical social worker in the state of Hawaii and the state of Massachusetts. During my time as a therapist, I have had the privilege of working with many different people in a variety of settings in Massachusetts and many of the Hawaiian Islands. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. My Read More...
Aloha! I am a licensed independent clinical social worker in the state of Hawaii and the state of Massachusetts. During my time as a therapist, I have had the privilege of working with many different people in a variety of Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Jill Ortolano

Jill Ortolano, MS, LMHC

Hi I'm Jill, a Mental Health Counselor licensed in Massachusetts with 13 years experience. For 6 years I met with clients and did initial evaluations in a bustling city clinic; I had the opportunity to work with different populations of people to address and treat a full range of mental health concerns like depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, sexual problems, social phobias, communication issues, and self-esteem. I also helped many people who experienced Read More...
Hi I'm Jill, a Mental Health Counselor licensed in Massachusetts with 13 years experience. For 6 years I met with clients and did initial evaluations in a bustling city clinic; I had the opportunity to work with different populations of Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years


Sharon Dinges

Sharon Dinges, M.Ed., LMHC

Hi there! My name is Sharon and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. I have been working in the mental health field for over ten years. I have experience working on an inpatient psychiatric unit, as a crisis clinician in the emergency rooms and in the community, and as an individual outpatient therapist in a mental health clinic. I have worked with clients of all ages and with a variety of diagnoses. Read More...
Hi there! My name is Sharon and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. I have been working in the mental health field for over ten years. I have experience working on an inpatient psychiatric unit, as a Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years


Jordana Nolan

Jordana Nolan, LMHC, M.Ed

In an ideal world mental health would be as destigmatized as physical health. We all, from time to time struggle from bouts of depression or something more serious leading us to ask for help. The asking can be a struggle and make a difference between feeling better and continuing to struggle. I'd like to make your journey back to wellness less stressful, more insightful and perhaps even enjoyable at times. I can only help you Read More...
In an ideal world mental health would be as destigmatized as physical health. We all, from time to time struggle from bouts of depression or something more serious leading us to ask for help. The asking can be a struggle Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years


Bridget Boursiquot

Bridget Boursiquot, MSW, LICSW

Hello! I am a Clinical Social Worker licensed in Massachusetts with over 10 years in the field and have worked with a wide range of clients including those experiencing depression, anxiety, self-esteem concerns, life threatening illness, relationship issues (family, friendship, couples, etc), stress, parenting concerns, life stages and transition, trauma and abuse, loss, and infertility and pregnancy. I have coached many people through their processes of individual growth and who are looking to create a Read More...
Hello! I am a Clinical Social Worker licensed in Massachusetts with over 10 years in the field and have worked with a wide range of clients including those experiencing depression, anxiety, self-esteem concerns, life threatening illness, relationship issues (family, friendship, Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Roselle O'Brien

Roselle O'Brien, LMHC, REAT

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts, Creative Arts Therapist, and an internationally credentialed Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with 20+ years experience working with people of all ages, from very young children through elders. I offer integrative and holistic counseling tailored to your individual needs. My approach is humanistic, narrative, and contemplative with a focus on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of each person and their lives as Read More...
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts, Creative Arts Therapist, and an internationally credentialed Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with 20+ years experience working with people of all ages, from very young children through elders. I Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years


lucien

Lucien Flahaut , Graduated from Fowler International Institute of Coaching

I came to the US in 2002 as a non-English speaker. For 25 years, I worked in the restaurant business and learned a thing or two about guest satisfaction. Along with meeting different people, I learned to manage different types of personalities. I've always enjoyed being a coach and helping people achieve what makes them happy in life.

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  • Languages: English and French
  • Experience: 15+ years

Guide to Finding Mental Health Professionals in Boston

Mental Health is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.  Education about the availability of mental health support and treatments is one the strongest instruments in prevention, stability, and healing to the ideal results of living at our best potential.  This website is one of those tools in guiding you to the best resources in the Boston area and information to assist you in making a transition into wellness.

Boston, Massachusetts is one of the oldest cities of the United States.  The city is well-known for its advancements in education and diverse culture, attracting more than 20 million visitors a year.  Diversity continues to increase as multinational cultures move to reside there.  Academia contributes to Boston being the 6th largest economy in the U.S. and 12th globally.  Boston, Massachusetts is about 90 square miles and more than 2,300 acres of it is clean, safe, and accessible spaces of park land.  Boston has an estimated population of approximately 700,000 residents.  The median household income is approximately $52,000.  Boston has so much to offer its residents and their neighborhoods.  However, there are still demographic issues that can weigh on an individual.

City Concerns

Boston has one of the highest costs of living and 21% of the area lives below the poverty determinations.  Although minimum wage was increased to $15.00 per hour on July 4, 2018 in the “Grand Bargain” bill, legislature removed the time-and-a-half pay for Sundays and holiday shifts for all retail workers.

Boston is a highly diverse community and there are assorted health concerns and consequences for each ethnic group that come with that.  Although it has improved, non-white individuals are still detrimentally impacted by poorer health outcomes.  Alcohol is the most misused drug in the area and the rate of hospital visits due to substance use abuse has increased, including an exponential increase in opioid use.

The Effects of Stress

Approximately 22% of people in Boston report that they suffer from incessant anxiety and 12% from persistent states of sadness.  The numbers have increased over the past few years.  Financial difficulties, family pressures, and discrimination could have detrimental effects on an individual’s mental health.  Chronic stress and consistent challenges release stress hormones and contribute to a “fight or flight” takeover.  This can lead to a persistent depression. The highest reports of persistent sadness were among Black and Latino adults, women, the unemployed, low income adults, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals.

The city has one of the largest LGBT groups of residents in the U.S.  LGBT individuals are twice as likely to experience a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety, and half of them report that they have considered suicide.  They still experience discrimination, job discrimination, homelessness, and food insecurity.

Divorce rates in the Boston area has risen from 17 percent in 1960 to 47 percent in 2015, which is mostly in alignment with the present rates throughout the U.S. Currently, Massachusetts’ children are three times more at risk of living through this painful experience more than children two generations ago.  The percentage of children who grew up without a father increased over 40% in the same year and one-third lived without both biological parents.  This leads to poverty, intergenerational poverty, higher school dropout rates, job insecurity due to lack of skills and education, criminal activity, and an increase in teen pregnancy.

How We Can Help

Residents in Boston are fortunate that there are some of the best hospitals and medical staff in the country.  In 2014, Mental Health America (MHA) found the city to be the 2nd in the nation to have good access to care.    However, it can be overwhelming when trying to find a professional for your mental health concerns.  The first step in your journey is to make a list of your needs and goals.

Are you experiencing symptoms, such as depression or anxiety?  What other symptoms are you having?

Did your discomfort lead to alcohol or substance abuse?

Are you having marital or relationship issues?

What traits and specialties of the therapist are most important to you?

What kind of commitment can you make to your treatment, in terms of time and money?

Considering the “success” of your treatment, what would that look like?  What would you like to get out of therapy?

What does your insurance cover in terms of mental health treatment?  Do you need a sliding scale?

Do you prefer in-person therapy or via video?

The number of therapists in Suffolk County is approximately 846 private psychologists, therapists, counselors, and clinical social workers.  There are approximately 57 private psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and psychiatric nurse practitioners.  The county has 94 private treatment centers.

Mental Health Non-Profit Organizations and Clinics

North Suffolk Mental Health Association (NSMHA) provides support and services to those who are experiencing serious and persistent mental health symptoms.  They are donation-supported and work with approximately 450 people in Boston for their caseload.  They combine services with integrated teams and have four clinic locations.

The Brookline Community Mental Health Center provides services to children, adults, and has an outreach homeless program.  They provide numerous mental health services, including crisis intervention, and offer 10,000 free or reduced fees services per year.

The Community Legal Services and Counseling Center offers psychotherapy and job coaching services for approximately $5.00 per visit.  In addition, they offer legal services via volunteer attorneys and immigrant, disability, and domestic violence support to assist those suffering from these circumstances.  Basic human needs support is another support service offered.

Maria Droste Counseling Services offers services on a sliding scale for mental health and substance abuse issues.  Holistic counseling is also available.

Crisis Support

Samaritans is a free crisis hotline.  Without judgment and with confidentiality, the hotline is available 24 hours a day for anyone considering suicide or lost someone due to suicide.  They can be contacted by phone call or through text messages.

LGBTQ+ Community Mental Health and Overall Health Organizations

The Boston Alliance of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Youth (BAGLY) offers support, advocacy, and clinic services.

Fenway Health provides services such as Primary Care, Behavior Health, Psychology, Psychiatry, Addiction, and HIV/ AIDS support for the LGBTQ+ community.  They have three separate locations within Boston.

Cambridge, MA has support for youth poverty and homelessness through Y2Y Harvard Square.  This non-profit offers a safe shelter, advocacy for the cause, and resource connections such as legal services, career preparation, and mental health care.

Hospitals

The McLean Hospital is ranked the #1 hospital in Psychiatry by the U.S. News and Health Report.

The Children’s Hospital has specialized in the mental health care of children, youth, and their families for over 60 years.

We hope this information and list of resources are helpful to you as you find your way to peace and healing.  We encourage you to search our website for other information, resources, and articles that you may find valuable.  Feel free to offer any suggestions on articles that you would find worthwhile for those who visit our website.  We would be happy to hear of your experiences and successes achieved through our resources.  It helps to know that you have a community as you navigate your way to better health and happiness.