If you're interested in connecting with a therapist, Boston, MA has different options available. 

A therapist can help you with a variety of mental health challenges, whether you’re dealing with an underlying condition like anxiety or depression or struggling with personal growth and positive change. Whether you need a trauma informed counselor or aren’t sure about which therapeutic approach is right for you, finding a therapist can be challenging. With BetterHelp, most people are matched with a therapist within 48 hours of signing up. Because so many therapists are available on the platform, you can switch at no extra charge until you find the right fit. Most BetterHelp therapists have a master’s or doctoral degree, use evidence based treatments, and work to create a collaborative environment in a judgment free space. 

If you’re worried about therapy cost, BetterHelp is generally more affordable than many in-person therapy options. If you’re ready to start a life changing journey, boost self confidence, and improve your everyday life, speak to a Boston-based therapist today.


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Nancy Solow

Offering therapy in MA
License: MSW,LICSW
GriefParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
27 years of experience

Welcome to BetterHelp! I am an independent clinical social worker licensed in Massachusetts, with more than 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. While my specialty is in adoption, foster care and early trauma, I am able to work with a broad range of concerns. My style is strengths-based, warm and interactive. I am flexible in my approach, and able to tailor it to your specific needs. I draw on my training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Family Systems, Attachment-based therapy, ARC (Attachment, Regulation, Competency), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Solutions Oriented Brief therapy, and base my approach in compassionate listening. I believe in treating people with respect and dignity, and in protecting their privacy. I strive to create a safe, nonjudgemental and comfortable environment in which to explore new understanding, hope and direction. It takes courage to reach out for help, and I'm glad you're here. I believe things can change and get better, and I look forward to working with you!

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Yvonne McNulty

Offering therapy in MA
License: MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTGriefDepression
10 years of experience

One of my favorite quotes by John Kabat Zinn is “You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf”. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in a coastal area, these words speak to me for both the lives of my clients and myself. My experience is varied, including working in medical settings, mental health agencies, inpatient addiction treatment and privately. I work hard to assist in an open non judgmental way while stressing that I provide support but the individual does the real work. Reaching out for help can be the difficult part and I welcome the opportunity to work with you in achieving your goals.

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Dr. Sylvia Mignon

Offering therapy in MA
License: LICSW,PhD
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
10 years of experience

Therapy is an exploration of self-discovery through reflection on feelings, thoughts, behavior, and relationship with others. Along this path we seek to live a deeper more fulfilling life . I earned my BA from the University of Rhode Island, my MSW from Boston College, and my PhD from Northeastern University. In addition to my clinical work with mental health clients, medical patients, abuse survivors, substance use disorder clients, and correctional populations, I am Professor Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2020). I am the author of 5 textbooks on substance abuse, substance abuse treatment, family violence, child welfare, and mental illness. My most recent book is titled Social Work and Mental Health: Evidence-based Policy and Practice (Springer Publishing, 2020). My therapy approach is holistic and eclectic, incorporating client centered-therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is the bedrock of the odyssey through therapy into change. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing in your journey.

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Dr. Mary Barlow

Offering therapy in MA
License: PhD,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
3 years of experience

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am a licensed clinical social worker. My personal mission is to help others find their path to happiness and define what happiness looks like for them; everyone is different. I followed my passion for supporting others by pursuing a BS in Psychology at the University of Houston and an MSW at Walden University. I also hold a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services. I have worked in several clinical settings in nonprofits. I have experience in counseling couples, individuals (adults and young adults), and facilitating groups. I utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and a client-centered approach. It is so wonderful that you are taking the next step towards change to improve your well-being and mental health. My goal is to help you identify and achieve your goals by providing a safe, authentic, and supportive individualized therapy experience. Please let me know how I may support you. Thankfully, Dr. Elizabeth Barlow

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Bethany Peter

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Massachusetts with 10 years of professional work experience. Together, we will work together to find your authentic self and help you regain the hope and happiness you deserve. I believe in developing a unique relationship specific to each client that will foster the most effective results. My approach is eclectic and client led. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. I am a positive person, a good listener, compassionate, and solution-oriented. More importantly, my goal is to help you return to a mindset where you can experience satisfaction and joy again. I will strive to assist in your growth by supporting you in ways that are non-judgmental, empathetic and in a safe place to work through any issues, personal development, relationship concerns, and conflict. Together, we can find solutions and develop plans and skills to handle life’s obstacles. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you.

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Alana Banks

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

Life can be unpredictable and adjusting to life transitions presents unique challenges that may cause feelings of uncertainty, confusion, abandonment, emptiness, isolation, irritability, hopelessness, distrust, anxiousness or moments of frustration. We all have STUFF that sometimes gets in the ways of living a beautiful life. Therapy helps and emotional healing is possible. As a licensed therapist in Texas and Massachusetts, I have more than 10 years of professional experience working with emerging adults, single parents, caregivers, older adults and couples in a variety of settings. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, client-centered and strength-based with attachment and trauma theories as a foundation. I have extensive experience implementing evidence-based modalities to effectively treat anxiety, depression and trauma disorders, incorporating specialized training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based strategies, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and motivational interviewing techniques. I work collaboratively to customize a tailor-made plan to support a holistic wellness journey to discover healing and transformation with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, grief & loss, life transitions, stress management, intimacy and sexual empowerment related issues. It is my promise to always offer a safe, warm, and inviting space to share and explore your story reflecting on the patterns of past and present challenges leading you toward renewal, growth and a value-driven life of transformation. I welcome the opportunity to support you on your wellness journey!

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Carol LeBlanc

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsDepression
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Maine with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, depression, substance use and addiction. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion and will tailor our dialog/ treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Marissa Gurello

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor, licensed in Massachusetts, with 4 years experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. Through my work I have supported clients in navigating life’s stressors, anxiety, depression, family conflict, self-esteem, motivation and beyond. I collaborate with my clients to create an open and honest space, where they can feel safe to share and grow. My style incorporates a collaborative strength-based approach with components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and client-centered practice, while keeping in mind individual experience and specific goals. Taking the first step to seeking therapy can feel uncomfortable and is very brave! I am here to support you in that process and help to make this a positive and personable experience for you.

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Isabel Villegas

Offering therapy in MA
Trauma and abuseParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
23 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 21 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with trauma and abuse, parenting issues, depression, & coping with life changes. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Frank Gomez

Offering therapy in MA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

Hello, I'm Frank Gomez, I am a mental health counselor practicing in Massachusetts. With expertise in individual, couples, and family therapy, I'm committed to guiding clients towards healing and growth. Drawing from a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Couples and Family Therapy from William James College, I bring 9 years of diverse experience to the table. While my background is rooted in family therapy, I offer tailored, evidence-based treatment for individuals, couples, teens, and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, and trauma. My therapeutic toolbox includes Systemic Therapies, CBT, TF-CBT, and Positive Parenting. During our sessions, anticipate a warm, compassionate, and direct approach crafted to address your specific needs and background. Together, we'll explore new perspectives and overcome challenges to cultivate meaningful change in your life and relationships. I'm excited to accompany you on this transformative journey.

How to find counseling in Boston

Finding the best therapist close by in Boston can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Boston. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Boston, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Boston or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Boston area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Boston, elsewhere in Suffolk, or in the greater state of Massachusetts.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Boston area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Boston therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Boston due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Boston may not take health insurance, some in the state of Massachusetts may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Massachusetts you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Boston, Massachusetts working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Boston above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Boston helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Boston therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Boston therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Boston therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in MA, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 02124 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Boston counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Boston licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Boston, Massachusetts can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Boston has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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