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.


Amy Helm

LMHC
7 years experience
Hello, welcome to BetterHelp! I want to first congratulate you on taking this step into therapy and remind you that we are in this together. Life often gets in the way of making plans, and that can mean turning your world upside down. I am here to help you navigate and manage your feelings, and help you get on track to succeed. My name is Amy Helm, and I am a licensed mental health... Read More
Hello, welcome to BetterHelp! I want to first congratulate you on taking this step into therapy and remind you that we are in this together. Life often gets in the way of making plans, and that can mean turning... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Dr. Christopher Blake

LICSW, PhD
18 years experience
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
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years

Christina Laydon

LICSW
17 years experience
Hello, my Name is Christina Laydon and I am an LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), in the state of Massachusetts . I have been working with individuals and families for 17 years and love what I do. I have worked with individuals in both in-patient and out-patient settings, who have struggled with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, mood issues, OCD, relationship issues, and parenting problems . My counseling style... Read More
Hello, my Name is Christina Laydon and I am an LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), in the state of Massachusetts . I have been working with individuals and families for 17 years and love what I do. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Dawn Perry

LICSW
6 years experience
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
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Maryann Whalen

LICSW, CADC
22 years experience
I began my career in the field of addictions in 1996 and haven't looked back since, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for both addictions and dual diagnosis in the state of Massachusetts including Methdone and Suboxone clinics. Along the way I realized the need for further education and training in the areas of trauma and abuse, and am a certified member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. In addition... Read More
I began my career in the field of addictions in 1996 and haven't looked back since, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for both addictions and dual diagnosis in the state of Massachusetts including Methdone and Suboxone clinics.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 22 years

Cynthia Robinson

M.Ed., LMHC
18 years experience
Hi, My name is Cindy. Thank you for looking at my profile. Before I tell you about my experience and education, I would like to tell you a little bit about my approaches to counseling. First and foremost, please know that your healing and your journey is important to me. Therefore, along the way I will ask you if my approaches are working for you and if you are comfortable with them. I will also... Read More
Hi, My name is Cindy. Thank you for looking at my profile. Before I tell you about my experience and education, I would like to tell you a little bit about my approaches to counseling. First and foremost, please know... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years

Jill Ortolano

MS, LMHC
15 years experience
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
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Dr. Lindsay Weiss

Psy.D
10 years experience
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over ten years experience working with adults, children and families. I have experience working with many different populations and diagnostic presentations. I have a personal interest in working with parents who are struggling to manage challenging parent child dynamics and young adults adapting to change. Depression, anger, anxiety and psychological assessment are areas of expertise. Taking the time to find a therapist who is... Read More
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over ten years experience working with adults, children and families. I have experience working with many different populations and diagnostic presentations. I have a personal interest in working with parents who... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Yaa-Serwa Williams

LICSW
14 years experience
I am a compassionate Social Worker with over 14 years of experience providing hope to individuals, families, and groups in need. I am a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina where I received my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (2002), a Master of Social Work (2005) and a Graduate Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies (2010). I am currently authorized to practice as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. ... Read More
I am a compassionate Social Worker with over 14 years of experience providing hope to individuals, families, and groups in need. I am a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina where I received my Bachelor of Science... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Roselle O'Brien

LMHC, REAT
12 years experience
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
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Marian Salley

LCSW, LAC
7 years experience
Work within a context of a dependable relationship to unlock the interplay between your past and present. Engage with the present moment by putting words to thoughts, feelings and urges and allow for the silences of not knowing and sensing. By discovering patterns created in your past that influence your present, you can make choices. Read More
Work within a context of a dependable relationship to unlock the interplay between your past and present. Engage with the present moment by putting words to thoughts, feelings and urges and allow for the silences of not knowing and sensing. By discovering patterns created in your past that influence your present, you can make choices. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Barbara Ferullo

LMHC,
25+ years experience
I’m an LMHC with over 25 years experience, and a wealth of life experience. I have a private practice in eastern Massachusetts, and have worked with people in mental health centers, schools, colleges, hospitals, and nursing homes. I’m trained in both traditional and trauma therapies, and combine the two. I specialize in relationship difficulties, anxiety/stress, and panic attacks, trauma/PTSD, self-esteem, career issues, and life transitions. Read More
I’m an LMHC with over 25 years experience, and a wealth of life experience. I have a private practice in eastern Massachusetts, and have worked with people in mental health centers, schools, colleges, hospitals, and nursing homes. I’m trained in both traditional and trauma therapies, and combine the two. I specialize in relationship difficulties, anxiety/stress, and panic attacks, trauma/PTSD, self-esteem, career issues, and life transitions. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25+ years

Lucien Flahaut

Graduated from Fowler International Institute of Coaching
15+ years experience
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. Read More
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. Read More
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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.