Hello, my name is Kerry Duarte. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Massachusetts. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Salve Regina University as well as a Master of Social Work degree from Wheelock College. I have worked in community agencies offering in-home and office-based therapy. I have also worked within school settings as a school- based social worker. In 2017 I started an online private practice called Ray of Light Wellness in which I meet with clients throughout Massachusetts providing them accessible and affordable services. I like working on BetterHelp and Pride in additional to my practice because I can be more available to clients on an ongoing basis allowing us to make stronger connections and get more work done together. For clients looking for a bilingual therapist, I provide counseling sessions in both English and in Portuguese. In terms of my specialty areas of practice, I have the most experience helping clients who are undergoing anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, trauma, self esteem issues , chronic illness & pain, and gender identity issues. I use a strength-based approach combined with therapy approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness to help clients gain self awareness and healthier coping strategies. In 2019, I also became a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). The integrative approach to mental health looks at the role that mental health plays in the health of the physical body as well as how the decisions we make in terms of nutrition, sleep, exercise, and overall environment affects our mental and physical well being. I use an integrative approach for clients who are open to alternative and nature treatment suggestions and want to learn more about that.
Being a therapist is a true passion for me that allows me to love what I do. I want to help others find fulfilling ways to bring health, joy, and happiness back into their lives. I believe it is extremely important to have a good therapist-client relationship in order for therapy to be effective. I am more than ready to partner up with you to guide you in accomplishing your personal goals. Everyone's journey will be different but you should never ever give up on yourself and on your goals. When you are ready, I am ready to go on the healing journey with you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Eating disorders
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LICSW #118247 (Expires: 2023-02-06)
I worked with Kerry for over 2 years. The only reason I’m stopping is because I moved to another state out of her scope of practice. I tried a therapist before using BetterHelp and it was so expensive and not worth it. It wasn’t a good fit. I’m lucky BetterHelp paired me with her. From the beginning she taught me how to look at things I was dealing with and figure them out. She gave me worksheets and activities to do to help me actively work on learning new habits. She consistently checked in to see how my progress was going. She was always responsive timely and if she was busy she’d let me know when she’d be able to respond. I worked with her on anxiety, panic, child abuse, relationship issues, etc. she helped me through so much! I HIGHLY recommend working with her. You won’t be disappointed.
Kerry changed my life!
Kerry always knows the good questions to ask to hone in on what I'm working through.
You couldn’t find a nicer or more compassionate person.
Kerry Duarte has truly changed my life. I am so thankful for her and everything she has taught me about myself and the people around me. She is incredibly thoughtful, kind, approachable, and engaged. I’m so thankful that I met her and got to grow with her. She has changed my life for the better.
Kerry is great!
I’ve been working with Kerry for a couple weeks now and she’s really helped my anxiety. I have a therapist who I love, but unfortunately she doesn’t take my new insurance. Kerry has been a great transition and has even provided me so insight that I didn’t consider. She’s responds quickly, but if she knows she’ll be unavailable, she’ll let you know and is true to her word on when she’ll get back.
She is nice and understanding. I could talk with her about everything.
Kerry is amazing. This is my first experience with any kind of therapist and she made me feel extremely comfortable right from the beginning. I really feel like I can talk to her about anything and even if she can’t respond right away I feel better just by sending her the message since I know it’s going to be read by someone so understanding. I couldn’t have been matched with a better first time therapist and I am so grateful.
She is kind and responds with care. She sends me tools that are appropriate to my problems. She checks in when she has not heard from me. Great fit for me