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 borderline personality disorder. I am a certified DBT therapist and skills coach with a lot of experience in teaching coping skills with follow up phone coaching. A growing love for mindfulness and related skills of self awareness have led me to work extensively with people living with transitional issues of aging and chronic health conditions.
I have a clear approach to counseling with people and it relates to what I think is the ideal outcome of such work. The highest goal... the gold standard of good counseling to me... is an increase in client morale... a significant growth of feeling competent and confident to work with the feelings and situations that brought them to counseling in the first place. A good counseling relationship has worked when one hears, "You know, I think I can handle this now. I feel a lot better and think I know what to work on and what to do."
The details of each persons' thinking may be varied and unique in every case, but what is really important is the sense of being enough... sufficient... capable as them selves... on top of the situation. There are many roads to this happy place, many counseling approaches (many initials)... CBT, DBT, REBT, ACT and relationship, solution oriented, or reality therapy, or mindfulness therapy, and on and on. It's important to fit the approach to a clients' liking and strengths, and we work together on that. But, if the work goes well (which is certainly the intention) the out come will be the same... an increase in the sense of ones own ability to manage life... a feeling of growth and empowerment.
So congratulations on the decision to share openly in the cause of your own happiness. I bet it took some courage, and that courage is more of the solution than you may think right now. It would be great if you'd like you and I to work together, and I hope to hear from you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Bipolar disorder
I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties
LICSW #113317 (Expires: 2021-07-31)
LCSW #65154 (Expires: 2021-07-31)
Dr. Blake is a great counselor and would recommend him to anyone seeking help.
I've used therapy of many types for over 20 years. BetterHelp in combination with Dr. Blake's expertise has offered me the best services I've ever used and they are extremely beneficial. This is a much better way to receive counseling for me and its therapeutic outcomes much more effective than anything else I've tried. Dr. Blake shares all kinds of tools that when used outside of sessions can really help you retrain your brain and create new healthier ways of coping. I'm so grateful. It is well worth the money.
Dr. Blake helped me work through a relationship in just a couple of sessions. He was able to quickly understand the situation, validate my feelings and provide me with a useful strategy for managing my emotions. I found Dr. Blake to be warm, personable, empathetic, knowledgeable and skilled in his work. If you are hesitant to start counseling, Dr. Blake will quickly put you at ease.
Dr. Blake helped me work through a lot of complicated feelings I’d never been able to decipher. The way he rewords what I’ve said to him really helped me understand a lot of things I was saying subconsciously (if that makes sense). He was understanding, patient, and allowed me to come to my own conclusions through talking rather than interjecting with his opinions. Overall had a very enjoyable experience that had left me a better person.
Dr. Blake is amazing. He always has great resources to offer and makes me feel like I’m being heard. He offers many different options for dealing with stress and anxiety and sends me something new to try after every session.
Dr Blake knows what he’s doing and he does it with kindness and he listens.
I've greatly enjoyed working with Dr. Blake so far over the last few months. During a very conflicting time in my life dealing with multi-layered issues- relationships, my career, and my family, Dr. Blake has listened to me and has given me multiple tools to better cope with feeling such intense waves of highs and lows, sleepless nights, anxiety attacks, acting out, you name it. Dr. Blake is a professional, has shown me respect with every message and I look forward to working with him the rest of this year too. I admire people like him who do the work they do in such a compassionate and helpful manner. Thank you!
I am so fortunate to have Dr. Blake as a counselor. I had tried a few other counselors before and this was the best fit. He is kind, attentive, incredibly intelligent, and ever so wise... He sees the underlying stories and assumptions behind my cover-up stories and says the right things at the right time... to both support me and push me with kindness to deal with the issues I've been avoiding most of my adult life. Through the progression of our therapeutic relationship I have grown to really trust him and see him as my advocate. He is amazing at what he does and a blessing in my life.
Dr, Blake is great, he helped me when I needed it. He's very good at checking in and making sure you're doing well. He's very kind and caring as well. I definitely would recommend Dr. Blake to others.
Dr. Blake is very nice and really cares. Great discussions and empathy. Thanks a lot Dr. Blake!
Therapy never really worked for me before BetterHelp. I would a session here or a session there but nothing was consistent, until I met Dr. Blake. I love that he is so flexible and willing to help out in the ways that I need it most. I can always tell when I have gone too long without talking with him and need to talk again. I am so glad better help exists so that I can finally stay consistent with therapy.
I have been working with Dr. Blake for about a year and a half now. Not only would I recommend Dr. Blake to friends and family, but I already do. He is such a good listener and he is very perceptive. He has an amazing and natural gift at learning to figure out what people are really saying and to understand them. I am very thankful for Dr. Blake, and very thankful for BetterHelp.
He’s very good and listens with thoughtful analysis.
Dr. Blake provides experienced insight and perspective that I haven't received from counselors in the past - I've worked with a few different therapists throughout my life and Dr. Blake has by far been the best and most helpful to me.
Dr. Blake is an extraordinary therapist. He has helped immensely in a very targeted way with the questions I have had and the aspects of myself that I want to work on. He is efficient, effective, he diffuses any anxiety and has a light touch with a sense of humor where appropriate.
I feel completely comfortable with him and confident that he is doing much to make me less reactive and to be a better partner, family member, and friend.
Dr. Blake has been incredibly helpful! I have seen many therapists in the past, and this is the first time I have felt like my therapist takes the time to really understand the situation and has the expertise to help with it.
Dr. Blake is a good counselor. He knows how to keep your attention & gives you lots of useful information.
Dr. Blake helped me a lot last time so I've signed up again. He was insightful, encouraging and seems to be very experienced. He also understands the core problems and can read situations well. I would definitely recommend him!
He is a wonderful listener and truly wants to help you get to core of what are seeking a solution for. I really enjoy our sessions and am find out things I never really knew or allowed myself to with Dr. Blake. He is so helpful.
Dr. Blake is a great listener. I don’t have much experience with counseling so I have nothing to compare to. But I have expected to get better from the experience and I am receiving from just a few visits. I hope this will continue.
I couldn't have been paired with a better counselor than Dr. Blake. He came into my life during a very difficult time, and was one of the primary reasons I was able to keep my ship upright. He's truly the most caring and accepting counselor I've ever had the pleasure of working with, and I can't recommend him enough. He taught me a lot about myself, and helped me really learn to love myself on a deeper level. I will be thankful to him for a very long time.
Chris has made a big difference to my mental health and life situation, he always takes a neutral stance and approaches things from a very emotionally intelligent angle - nudging me to understand why I think about things in particular ways and to then move forwards. He also gives excellent guidance in mindfulness and self acceptance as a part of the journey which have led me to make significant and positive life changes.
Thanks for everything Chris
I have worked with Dr. Christopher Blake for about a year now while pushing through the aftermath of an emotionally abusive relationship and a difficult divorce. Chris was not the first counselor that I saw but he was the most effective. Chris has a depth of knowledge in counseling methodologies that provided the skills I needed to work through some of my worst times. When I started with Chris, I was deeply depressed, confused and felt devastated after years of trying to save a failed marriage. I will never be able to thank Chris enough for the hope and support he has provided. More than a counselor, I think of Chris as a dear friend and I will continue to lean on his advice and wisdom as I navigate this crazy life we live.
Dr. Blake is carrying and attentive. He checks in frequently providing the kind support, encouragement and his expert advice/outlook. He is understanding and compassionate. It has been a pleasure and has given me hope.
Dr Blake is super helpful and compassionate. He is very knowledgeable about the issues I’m dealing with including mental illness. I highly recommend Dr Blake.
Dr. Blake is extremely intelligent and caring. A great counselor!
Over the 3-5 months I have been talking to Dr. Blake he has helped me understand what, and why I was feeling a certain way, and has provided resources to help me improve and better my mental health. I highly recommend Dr. Blake for therapy.
Dr Blake is so empathetic that he seems to know what I’m thinking before I can say it! He is so understanding and patient. Excellent DBT tutor! Anybody would be lucky to have him as a counsellor!
Dr. Blake has been an incredible asset to my mental health and personal growth. His warmth and kindness make him incredibly easy to talk to, and I always leave our sessions with some practical tools, advise, or a piece of encouragement, if not all three!
Dr. Blake is compassionate and smart and knows his stuff. He especially understands anxiety and ways to cope with it that are effective and innovative. I would recommend Dr. Blake to anyone I know.
Dr. Blake was compassionate, understanding and very professional. I knew from the first message he sent me and the way he introduced himself into my space of wellbeing that he is a reliable and honourable doctor. I'd recommend him without a doubt to anyone struggling with a personality or anxiety disorder as he is very specialised and I have confidence in his decisions to proceed with therapy.
Dr. Blake has been wonderful. Followed my lead and supported my efforts to deal with my wife's suicide.
Extremely helpful and easy to speak to. Very knowledgeable and understanding of my issues and how to help.
I think Dr. Blake is a great counselor, he listens to me and more importantly he gives me different ways to improve myself regarding issues that I may have leaving me feeling confident enough to handle them in my own way.
Had quite a few personal problems that I couldn't solve for years...after I started with Dr. Blake, a few month later things became clearer. Still lots to do and to understand, but now I know in which direction I should move and whats wrong, that changes a lot of things in my life.
Dr. Blake is amazing! He has helped me so much because he understands exactly where I’m coming from, what I’m going through and what it takes to handle it. He has pushed me to go beyond where I thought I could ever go and I will be forever grateful that he was part of my team helping me through this time in my life. I could not have done it without him! Thank you Dr. Blake!
Thank you for all your help. He is very knowledgeable with the best advice. He has always been there when I needed him the most. I am grateful!
It has been a truly life-changing experience working with Dr. Blake. I and the people around me have seen a profound transformation in me as I went through the counseling process with Dr. Blake. He is a person with very profound insights and very useful tools. The therapy was well planned out and Dr. Blake has been there for me to help me at every step. I would highly recommend Dr. Blake.
Dr. Blake is very attentive and provides very helpful insight. I have felt very comfortable sharing my thoughts and story with him and he is very understanding and easy to talk to!
Dr. Blake is a great listener and his insights brought attention to my problems. He is kind and genuine.
A fantastic therapist. Always listens deeply and provides thoughtful insight and guidance. Every session I walk away feeling more enlightened and positive. I've had some time off due to work travels and can feel the difference, can't wait to return.
Dr. Blake is an incredible counselor. It’s easy and relaxing to talk to him. His advice is priceless and comforting. He’s crazy smart about complex matters of the mind and behaviors. I’ve had a therapist for five years and have made more progress with Dr. Blake in three weeks, honestly. I feel very fortunate to have been matched with him.
It was a great help for me talking to Dr. Blake during a mental health crisis. My wife and I were caught in an impossible situation for anyone to navigate themselves and Dr. Blake was a great resource to help navigate and process my feelings and at the same time help me be there for my wife. I highly reccommend Dr. Blake if you get caught in a tough situation that you can’t wrap your head around.
Helpful and listened to everything I had to say while making me feel he genuinely cared. He offered good advice and guided me in viewing issues with different perspectives that were both insightful and moved me forward. I would highly recommend Dr. Blake.
Dr. Blake is an amazing companion to get you back on your feet and help you see things in new refreshing ways. I highly recommend!
Dr. Blake is great. Listens and give practical advice.
I’ve been working with Dr. Blake for 2 months and I’ve found it to be a truly transformative experience. When I started counseling, I was struggling with moving my life forward due to emotional thinking. Dr. Blake provided me with guidance and resources to adapt daily techniques to help in my life and relationships. I’m very grateful for our time together.
Dr. Blake has helped me through some though personal traumas in the last six months. He's very patient, wise and helpful. I could not have gone through the rough time as well as I did without his help. I'm thankful for all of his help!
Dr. Blake has been a great help during a very difficult time. He’s very easy to talk to and has guided me towards having a new perspective on the problems I am facing. I feel like I’m learning a lot more about myself and regaining the strength to overcome life’s challenges more confidently.
One of the things I appreciate about Dr. Blake is his ability to quickly get to the heart of the issue. One of my hang-ups about therapy was the idea of laying down on a chaise lounge and extemporizing for years on end about my childhood (which was essentially my experience with other therapists). Dr. Blake laser-seeks the issues and confronts them directly; I've made more personal progress in the past several months than I had (for years) "on my own". Dr. Blake not only has the tools and considerable experience, but approach my challenges with the same vigor that I do; with the ultimate aim of improving my quality of life.
Dr. Blake has helped me during the most difficult time of my life. Conversations with him not only helped me to release anxiety, worries & pain, but also motivated and encouraged me, which helped to regain my self esteem. In every session, he has given clear as well as specific advices so that I can understand how to deal with my issues and what to do, even in such tough situations. It was always so comforting to talk with him, also, he is very funny. I am very grateful I was able to talk about my issues with Dr Blake out of all the counselors.
I find Dr. Blake to be very insightful and knowledgeable. I have only started working with him, and I already feel confident that I can definitely clear goals and achieve them with Dr. Blake's guidance. His insights are helping me tremendously.
Dr. Blake is a highly skilled counselor. He identified my problems with ease. He obviously cares.
Dr. Blake gave me several very useful exercises that I continue to use almost daily, and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. I was glad to be paired up with him during a difficult time.
He helped me understand what was going on and the reasons why I was doing what I was doing. He helped me realize where my priorities lie and gave me a strategy to start to fix it. It help me so much. I would definitely recommend chatting about your issues as a personal problem shared with a professional is so helpful because they can show you how to get it right. And keep it right long term.
Very easy to talk to. Has great strategy ideas I haven't thought to try before. I was very impressed how easily I opened up to him and Mr. Blake was very professional and kind always.
Dr. Blake cares about your goals, and how to help you achieve them. He remembers what you are working through as well as things that you need to address so help you reach your potential. If you need him, he is there for you. I think they matched me perfectly. He has helped me in so many ways, and kept what's best for me and self care as the top prioritity.
So far Dr. Blake has offered great solutions to my problems and I'm looking forward to working with him further.
I am very impressed by how quickly Christopher was able to understand my issues and provide a helpful method of dealing with them. I made significant progress after only one session. I plan to continue to see Christopher until I feel like my life is back on track. I have a lot of hope for the future! Highly recommended!
I have made more progress with Dr. Blake than I have had with other psychologist in recent months. His use of CBT and knowledge of REBT has been very helpful. Also, being able to schedule frequent visits at a fixed monthly price has helped.
Dr. Blake is the best, for me, he listens actively and provides wonderful advice. In less than 5 sessions he provided more accurate advice and help than any other therapist I've met before.
I give my highest recommendations to Dr. Blake. After just a few sessions with him, I felt different in a good way and I think I got stronger in my approach in life. God bless you Dr. Blake and I still look forward to the many times that you will counsel me as it's evidently working perfectly for my wellbeing. God bless!
I have been with Dr Blake for just a short while. I would recommend him to everyone. We very quickly developed a great rapport and I really enjoyed our sessions. He is kind, insightful and funny. He has such a wealth of experience and knowledge. I needed some very specific tools and he provided these and showed me how to use them. The results were excellent and I soon found that it was these rather than focusing on foundational issues that gave me the solution.
Thank you so much for all he has done. Very quickly I don’t need him but if I do meet a problem again I would want it to be Dr Blake again.
Thanks to Dr. Blake I have a clear strategy for coping with my O.C.T. He has been a great, compassionate friend. Thanks so so much Dr. B you're the best.
Dr. Blake is wonderful to talk to, he is very supportive and non-judgemental. He is great at reflecting back to me my thoughts and feelings so I can sort out answers for myself. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a compassionate ear, insight, and direction.
Dr. Blake was extremely helpful in making me realize that certain things in my past may have caused the anxiety that I feel today. He helped me talk about things that I buried in my past or things that I've only recently began to think and talk about. I would recommend him to anyone that has trauma in their lives and are dealing with too much on their plate. He will help sort things out and get back on track of "life"
Almost like taking a breath of fresh air when I started speaking with Dr.Blake, finally someone who understands what I am going through and can help me get through it. Amazing! I didn't think online chat would be as effective as face to face, but for my particular needs, it's perfect. I find it's easier to think before writing to say exactly what it is I mean. I am a scatterbrain and nervous person, so it helps. Thank you Dr. Blake, thank you BetterHelp!
Thank you Christopher!
Dr Blake has consistently been patient, kind, supportive and is clearly passionate about helping people throughout the entirety of each session. He provides a comfortable space with trust that has allowed me to be open and honest which I have found to be most important for my healing. I highly recommend Dr Blake.
Dr. Blake is so amazing that it can't be described in words. He has a knack for understanding the underlying problem/issue/challenge. He not only identifies it, but almost always helps you find the solution. He reminds me of my grandpa - its like having some one with much, much more experience than you of life to have a totally 3rd person, objective view on the situation you are in. He is especially good with relationship stuff. I would give him 5 gold stars!!
I think very highly of Dr. Blake and his abilities to understand, digest, and give truly helpful advice. We've been talking for about a month now and I truly look forward to our sessions. He's extremely smart without ever making you feel like you should've known these things all along. He checks in between our live sessions, which is an amazing example of showing he's not just here for the cash; he genuinely cares about his patients well-being on the day-to-day. On top of all this, the man is funny! I never thought I would laugh when discussing my issues with depression and anxiety, but he's so relatable it's hard not to. Would recommend Dr. Blake to almost anyone.
Dr. Blake has been so helpful. He offers I sight and direction. I felt so comfortable talking to him, even on the phone which I find so awkward. I have already recommended this site to my co-worker it's so hard to find time to see a councler never mind if they have time to see you. It's a wonderful tool to be able to write down your thoughts and concerns on a whim. I love it and I'm so happy to have hit it off first try with an amazing councler!
I started seeing Dr Blake for anxiety and depression. He was able to very quickly help me turn this around. He had a lot of amazing insight and working together we realized that the issue was not even what I originally thought.
The conversations with him are very comfortable and he is able to adapt and shift gears quickly. I feel like I am really getting back on track. We are always focusing and refocusing on the most pressing issues and tracing them down to their root causes. We don't spend tons of time dwelling in the past we have been working on the present and the way forward. That was a revolutionary aspect of our therapy together.
You will find Dr Blake an approachable and understanding person. He gives great insight and has a wonderful candor about him. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to make some progress.
Dr. Blake was very easy to speak to and was able get to the crux of issues pretty quickly. He has a great therapist's intuition and used it to empower me towards changing and owning my realities. Most importantly, he actively encouraged my to question myself less as an alternative to worrying about every action and reaction.
Awesome person to chat with. Helped me a lot.