Dawn Perry

(LICSW)

About Me

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 approach is working in partnership with my clients by providing a warm, confidential environment and to tailor therapy unique to the individual. Clinical approach is strength and practice incorporates mindful psychology. Once a problem is identified, cognitive behavioral interventions are implemented to identify thinking errors, and restructure cognitive distortions with more adaptive responses, and prosocial behaviors that support positive change.

Currently based in Boston, MA ( and missing the consistent warm weather of the Islands), I am very family oriented and enjoy spending time in the city.

Sometimes asking for help is the bravest move you can make and you don't have to do it alone. If you are ready to take the next steps to a happier and more fulfilling life, I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working together!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Grief , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Codependency , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LCSW #4291 (Expires: 2022-06-01)

LICSW # 000121526 (Expires: 2021-07-01)


Reviews

Written by I.B. on Sep 21, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Dawn has been incredible to work with. She's insightful, patient, and attentive, and she's helped me address areas of growth that I certainly wouldn't have gotten through without her help.

Written by A.L. on Sep 13, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

I love working with Dawn. She lets me share and helps me figure out how to traverse difficult situations and conversations without feeling like my world is falling apart. I can’t recommend her enough!

Written by J.U. on Aug 06, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, bipolar disorder, and adhd

I’ve been in therapy for years on and off, with good therapists and not so good. Dawn is a treasure and we really click. I feel like she is both supportive and challenges me to think about things in a new light, plus she’s incredibly compassionate. This past year has been extra tough for me and I’m incredibly grateful I’ve had her in my corner. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with her for a long time to come!

Written by A.N. on Jul 21, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dawn is an amazing listener and warm person. She has been helpful when I've been in a bad spot. Highly recommend.

Written by M.A. on Jun 29, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 8 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and eating disorders

I can't stress enough how helpful and amazing Dawn has been to me.

When I started therapy, I was dealing with an eating disorder, low self-confidence, and strained family relationships. After working with Dawn for nearly six months, she has helped me mend my relationship with food, and additionally, helped me mend my relationship with my family members. She was always there for me and asked me questions that allowed for self-reflection and internal work. She took me through the journey of healing while being caring/considerate to my specific case. She never forgets details and always remembers personal things you've brought up in the past.

I can't recommend Dawn enough! She is a wonderful therapist. I'm so blessed to be working with her!

Written by C.H. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Her responses have been timely and her advice has made me start to look at myself in a way where I'm beginning to see solutions rather than problems.

Written by K.E. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

So I was reluctant to even try BetterHelp but after working with Dawn for a bit she has definitely helped me to start working through my struggles. I would highly recommend her to anyone going through things. I’m so thankful for Dawn’s time and insight!

Written by D.A. on May 19, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Thank you!

Written by O.L. on May 10, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dawn is an AMAZING counselor to work with! I've always enjoyed my sessions and I feel like I am heard with my issues approached respectfully. I was really hesitant at first to use this service but I was very lucky with the counselor I got chosen with. I struggle with GAD and a lot of stresses in my life. I'm impressed by Dawn's experience and able to help and provide coping skills to work with. I would absolutely 110% recommend Dawn!

Written by J.U. on Apr 25, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I love my sessions with dawn! I had never tried any type of therapy before this and she completely blew my expectations out of the water! I feel I like I am better able to communicate my feelings to my partner. Its definitely become something I look forward to!

Written by A.V. on Apr 14, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I have had several therapists before whom I was uncomfortable with, and felt almost a pressure to share my struggles with them. Dawn has never made me feel like I have to tell her anything, she respects when I am uncomfortable and gives me the space and encouragement I need to feel comfortable. I am so glad I found her and I am already feeling like I've made progress over the last few months.

Written by A.M. on Mar 17, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dawn is the best!

Written by A.N. on Mar 15, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Dawn was a fantastic resource and advocate for my mental health . She helped me navigate stressful life situations and made me better-equipped to handle my anxiety. I would absolutely recommend working with her.

Written by I.S. on Feb 19, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dawn was kind, considerate and thoughtful. She helped me through a really tough time with honesty, practical sense and a little hand-holding. She was amazing!

Written by H.A. on Jan 21, 2020 after counseling with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She’s super nice and personable and I feel like I can talk to her about anything.

Written by C.R. on Dec 27, 2019 after counseling with Dawn for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion f

It’s very early in the therapy process. She’s let me take my time and been patient with me and not pushy. She’s been lovely and I’d recommend her and have already recommended betterhelp to others!

Written by M.I. on Nov 08, 2019 after counseling with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Being new to this level of communication Dawn has been very responsive, supportive and an excellent advocate.

Written by S.A. on Oct 09, 2019 after counseling with Dawn for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

Dawn is incredibly detailed and to the point. She helps you by not telling you what you want to hear but what you need to hear. Fantastic person who always looks for your best interest.

Written by E.R. on Jul 13, 2019 after counseling with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’ve only had 2 sessions with Dawn but her advice is already helping me with my anxiety and helping me to become more of a positive person!

Written by S.O. on Dec 04, 2018 after counseling with Dawn for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Dawn is amazing. Before BetterHelp, I'd been looking for in-person therapy for about a year and a half. In that time, I'd had a concussion and had been shuffled around from emergency room to emergency room, and hadn't gotten the proper help I'd needed until much later. Months after I'd gotten basic medical care did I eventually get a response from a hospital, willing to let me apply for DBT. I had 8 sessions and they didn't go well, and my applications to 12 other therapists had gone unanswered or were unavailable to help because of my insurance. Finally i found better help, and I'd gone through two therapists on BetterHelp that I hadn't clicked with before finding Dawn. My first therapist just asked me to share everything and didn't respond or give me much engaged feedback, and the second therapist only recommended meditation and exercise. No one touched the real issues that were there, and the process was incredibly frustrating. Then I found Dawn. Dawn is AMAZING. If you're reading this and you're having a hard time, please know that I'm trying to do my good deed of the day by sharing how incredible she is and risking her not having as much time for me because she's been an angel and everyone should know. Dawn listens to what I'm saying and then asks me how I feel, what I'm thinking, and then we work through the problem by identifying the core issue instead of just slapping proverbial bandaids on the problem and pretending it's better. She's also really personable - sometimes I get nervous talking about things but I've never felt like I was talking to the "Freud-lying on the couch- 'this is all because of your mother'" type therapist - she's really sweet and warm, and I have no trouble opening up. As crappy as the process was to find her, I'd do it again because I really think I've found someone that can help.

Written by D.A. on Nov 26, 2018 after counseling with Dawn for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

Working with Dawn has been like working with a good (and very knowledgable) friend. We have come full circle with everything we have started talking about from day 1. She understands, she can easily relate and she has a great attitude. She always lets me finish my train of thought even if she has to wait to say hers because she wants to make sure that she's heard everything you have to say, and that you can also reflect on the things you say. She has all the right questions, i didn’t think i would get this much out of this app after my first failed counsellor but Dawn proved me wrong.

Written by N.O. on Nov 15, 2018 after counseling with Dawn for 3 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

Dawn is absolutley awesome! She is a fantastic listener, and responds to what I am talking about at the most appropriate times. She is very kind and easy to talk to.

Written by C.L. on Jul 30, 2018 after counseling with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dawn is great! Having someone to talk to is amazing, and her being so young still gives her another advantage when talking about anxieties I've had with the start of my adult life. I really feel like she listens to and responds extremely well to everything I say!

Written by J.O. on Jul 14, 2018 after counseling with Dawn for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, and self esteem

Dawn has a great schedule, and is very easy to talk to. She was receptive to my needs and let me work at my own pace.