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Jacob Weinberg, LICSW

Jacob Weinberg, LICSW

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Works with:
Adolescents (starting around age 15), adults, families, groups

Therapy Approach:
Strengths-based, cognitive behavioral (CBT), solution-focused, positive psychology

Specialties:
Anxiety, depression, ADHD, coping with academic, relationship, family or medical issues

Get to Know:
I believe that effective therapy helps you feel understood, more aware, empowered and ultimately better able to effectively navigate distress. Life can be full of struggles and sometimes it is difficult to imagine that circumstances can change. I believe in people’s capacity to change and in their ability to increase a sense of wellbeing. For some people, entering therapy is scary, especially if it is for the first time. Taking a step into the unknown during a time of struggle is a sign of strength, and I applaud you for searching for a therapist who is a good match.

I am a non-judgemental listener and my style is collaborative and supportive. I help people increase insight and awareness through exploration and reflection. I will observe, ask questions, validate, and gently challenge. I value kindness, compassion, humor, and a positive and trusting therapeutic relationship.

I believe and practice what Jon Kabat-Zinn expressed when he wrote that, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Obstacles will present themselves in our lives and we can learn how to skillfully navigate them.

I have over 12 years of experience as a clinical social worker working with adolescents, adults, parents and families in a variety of settings including office, school, residential program, hospital, and home.

Through exploration and collaboration I help people become aware of patterns and habits that may no longer be serving them well, and which  get in the way of realizing their goals. Together, we can help you develop new, more functional habits and practices that improve happiness, fulfillment and effectiveness, thus moving you closer to achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself. I enjoy integrating mindfulness techniques and skill-building work into my sessions with clients, as well as helping clients to amplify their strengths to achieve positive outcomes. I am committed to culturally competent practice and to meeting you where you’re at in a non-judgemental manner. I utilize perspectives and techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and positive psychology among others.

I enjoy working with adults of all ages, and specialize working with young adults and adolescents aged 15 and above. I also have a passion for working with parents and with men’s issues.

I support clients experiencing family conflict, relationship or parenting issues, academic and work problems and with other stressful life transitions or events. I also specialize in helping people who are struggling with mood issues and depression, anxiety, ADHD and other mental health problems.

Professional Training:
Earlham College, B.A.
Simmons College, M.S.W.

For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or jacobw@bostoneveningtherapy.com.

 

Kirstie Olofsson, LICSW

Kirstie Olofsson, LICSW

Works with:

Adolescents (15+) Adults and couples.

Therapy Approach:

As a Social Worker, I believe that in order to have a successful and meaningful therapeutic experience it is necessary to work  in a way that is collaboratively, open and active. I am ready to listen and to share my thoughts (and my sense of humor) in a non-judgemental manner so that together we can explore alternatives and solutions.

Specialties:

I specialize in working individuals who experience anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, divorce/blended families, cultural/interracial and identity issues.

Get to Know:

Welcome! I am a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) and bi-racial Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I understand from a professional and personal experience that sometimes we need support and the first step is to ask for it. Are you ready to explore new possibilities? I work with women, men and adolescents. Together we will engage in a meaningful therapeutic relationship, we will establish a strong and trusting relationship that will allow you to embark on a pathway of discovery where you can live a life of joy, peace, acceptance and fulfillment.

I specialize in working with individuals who are challenged by:

  • Divorce, post-divorce and blended families.
  • Cultural, identity, immigration and ethnic issues.
  • Mental health challenges such as: depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, lack of coping skills

In the past ten years, I have worked within hospital, correctional and educational settings. Currently, I teach graduate level Advanced Clinical Social Work at Simmon’s College. I value these experiences as they have shaped me as a person, and have inspired and informed me as a clinician.

I look forward to meet you, to promote your self-determination and sense of empowerment so that you can create positive and lasting changes in your life.

Professional Training:

  • Masters in Clinical Social Work, Boston University
  • Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Certificate, Boston University
  • Medical Spanish for health practitioners, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
  • CANS (Child and adolescent Needs and Strengths) Certified Assessor in Massachusetts.
  • Masters in Fine Art and Painting, Southampton University, UK

For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or kirstieo@bostoneveningtherapy.com.

Emily M. Balazs, LICSW

Emily M. Balazs, LICSW

Works with

Adolescents (17+), adults and older adults, couples

Therapy Approach

The decision to enter into therapy can be a difficult one to make for many reasons. Though for most people, the thought of letting oneself be vulnerable is quite uncomfortable and scary and can be enough of a deterrent to seek help.

I see therapy as an opportunity to create more space and possibility in one’s life. In my work over the past eight years I have seen that through the safety and containment of a therapeutic relationship, being vulnerable can begin to feel less frightening and can create a path towards profound healing and deeper connection with others outside of the therapy room. On this path, I seek to help people to see and know the stories they tell about themselves and others, how those stories impact their lives, how cultural messages influence how we feel about ourselves and how they have been shaped and internalized over time. Through this process, it is possible to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering being experienced which then increases a sense of control and decreases the likelihood of being overtaken by emotional or psychological distress. I have found through both professional and personal experience that the more we can see the problems we face in their totality, the more we can empower ourselves to change their course.

Specialties

  • Addiction and co-occurring disorders
  • End of life and grief/bereavement
  • Managing and adjusting to the onset of complex medical conditions
  • Relationship challenges
  • LGBTQ and sexuality exploration work
  • Social oppression and stigmatization
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Mood/anxiety disorders
  • Trauma

Get to know

My approach to therapy is highly collaborative and is based in Relational-Cultural Theory, Attachment Theory and Feminist Theory. Models of treatment that I use primarily include Narrative Therapy, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Liberation Psychology and Motivational Interviewing, but I also have experience in utilizing meditation and mindfulness based interventions as well as Cognitive-Behavioral and Dialectical-Behavioral strategies and tools when needed. I have worked primarily in community based mental health programs in both the clinician and supervisory role.

For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or emily@bostoneveningtherapy.com.

Patrick Lee, LMHC

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Works with:
Children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Therapy Approach:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing

Specialties:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Drug and alcohol problems
  • Chronic psychiatric conditions
  • Cross-cultural issues

Professional Training:
Carnegie Mellon University, B.A. Psychology
University of Massachusetts Boston, M.S. Mental Health Counseling

Get to Know:

Everyone, at least once in their life, finds themselves struggling with life events that feel insurmountable or with emotions that feel outside of their control. I believe that therapy can help with that and bring out your own resilience and capacity to learn. My guiding principle is to provide an open and accepting environment where people can explore their personal experiences and reinforce their well-being.

I view therapy as a collaborative process and use acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to emphasize mindfulness and awareness of self. Working together, we can identify barriers to success, maladaptive responses and strategies to help you find the change you’re looking for. I enjoy working with a diverse and multicultural population of clientele, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

For more information, please contact me at 857-242-6160 or patrick@bostoneveningtherapy.com.

Adam Carmel, Ph.D.

Adam Carmel, Ph.D.

Adam Carmel, Ph.D.

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Works with:
Adults and adolescents

Therapy Approach:
My focus is on evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and exposure-based interventions (e.g., Prolonged Exposure for PTSD).

Specialties:
I specialize in treating the following problems: Trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety (e.g., social anxiety, panic), self-harm behaviors, drug and alcohol problems.

Get to Know:
Therapy can help people work through suffering to reach their life goals. Sometimes we get stuck in some important part of life and we are lost about how to move forward. It’s often the case that our tools for dealing with life’s problems and challenges – tools that have worked well in the past – are no longer working. My approach to therapy involves providing new tools to cope effectively.

I specialize in using evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and exposure-based interventions (e.g., Prolonged Exposure for PTSD). I offer a practical, solution-focused approach to collaboratively work with individuals on attaining their life goals.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with experience treating the following problems:

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression and loss of motivation
  • Anxiety (e.g., social anxiety, panic)
  • Drug and alcohol problems
  • Eating disorders (e.g., bulimia, binge eating, healthy weight control)
  • Self-harm
  • Relationship and communication difficulties
  • General stress or adjustment problems

Professional Training:
I received extensive training in evidence-based treatments while completing a pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. I am currently an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of DBT Services at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or adam@bostoneveningtherapy.com.

Areas of Specialization

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Beth Potter, LICSW

I specialize in the treatment of young adults, which usually means college age and young professionals, struggling with depression and anxiety (more specifically anticipation anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks) and issues related to self-esteem, body image, eating issues, self harm, emotion regulation, relationships, transitions, and trauma. My therapy approach depends, of course, on the presenting problem and the goals of the client, but can be psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, solution focused, motivational interviewing, or within a trauma framework. Read more…

Rachel Fish, PsyD

Rachel Fish, PsyD

I specialize in working with young adults who are navigating identity as they move into adulthood. I greatly enjoy working with the LGBT population, multi-cultural individuals, and with clients who are looking for help with anxiety, depression, addictions, and trauma. I often incorporate mindfulness, stress reduction strategies, CBT, and psychodynamic models. Also, I will soon be certified in EMDR. Read more…

Fatima Aydin, PhD

Fatima Aydin, PhD

I have a strong interest in issues related to relationships, and enjoy conducting couples and family therapy as well as working with individuals who are experiencing relationship or intimacy-related concerns. I also have significant experience with college and graduate students with a particular focus on their individuation process and establishment of their identities. A third area of interest is around culturally-related concerns, so international students for whom the process of individuation is compounded by cultural adjustment issues, or older international adults who are trying to adapt to a new cultural environment, or couples in mixed race/ethnicity relationships. Read more…

Annie Olinick Berkman, LMHC

Annie Olinick Berkman, LMHC

I specialize in perinatal issues including adoption, abortion, infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy, childbirth, post-partum mood difficulties, partner relationship after becoming parents and trauma or family history that impacts any of these areas. I also specialize in working with college age students around identity, individuation/separation from parents, relationship and sexuality questions as well as academic and social challenges.  Read more…

Anindita Bhaumik

Anindita Bhaumik, LICSW

I specialize in working with victims of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, incest and couples going through infidelity issues as well as with children who have witnessed domestic violence growing up. In other words I work well with victims of trauma. I use trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and use tools like books, pictures toys to work with children as well as adults. Read more…

Anindita Bhaumik, LICSW

Anindita Bhaumik

Anindita Bhaumik, LICSW

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Therapy Approach

I strongly believe that establishing a warm, trusting relationship between the therapist and the client is crucial. My approach is empathic, holistic and non-judgmental. I use a relational framework as well as down to earth psychotherapy techniques so that one can not only connect but also feel comfortable enough to unburden and heal.

I work with adults, couples, the elderly, teenagers and families facing a wide range of challenges and assist them to connect with their inner strength.

I understand that faith and spirituality can be a source of support for many at times of need so I am open to discussing faith/ spiritual resources that can facilitate one’s journey to wellness.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Years of experience in working with individuals facing mental health challenges like bipolar, borderline personality disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, depression and many others.
  • I specialize in working with teens who are depressed and have resorted to self-injurious behaviors as well as suicidal tendencies.
  • Years of experience working with women, children and families caught in the vicious cycle of domestic and family violence. Leaving an abusive relationship is difficult as many are trauma bonded with their abusers. I assist such individuals in their quest for emotional freedom and personal safety.
  • I assist adult survivors of child sexual abuse, incest survivors, as well as survivors of rape.
  • I work with teens and young adults who are questioning their sexuality and have issues coming out to their parents and families. I help guide them through the process, making it easier for both the individual as well as the families to relate to each other in a respectful and understanding way.
  • I have extensive experience working with individuals and couples facing infertility issues, infidelity, lack of intimacy and marital separation.
  • I specialize in working with women in transition, facing separation, menopause, changes related to aging and empty nest. Migration trauma is often ignored and not talked about. Using strength-based perspectives, I create a welcoming space for individuals to talk about their experiences and take pride in their accomplishments.

Areas of Specialization

I specialize in working with victims of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, incest and couples going through infidelity issues as well as with children who have witnessed domestic violence growing up. In other words I work well with victims of trauma. I use trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and use tools like books, pictures toys to work with children as well as adults.

For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or Anindita@bostoneveningtherapy.com.

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Nancy Hoffman, LICSW

Nancy Hoffman
Nancy Hoffman, LICSW

Therapy Approach

At some point, we all have to deal with the effects of life’s stressors, be they at the loss of a relationship or job; a parent’s or spouse’s illness; the onset of a medical condition; conflict within a relationship; or other sudden and unwelcome changes in life’s routine. Everyone has strengths that are silenced by such stressors and I specialize in helping my clients to deal with those stressors by bringing back those strengths. I see individuals from adolescents to seniors who want to understand and/or change their feelings of anxiety and sadness. Through conversation, support, techniques of relaxation, and, at times, some humor, I help them learn to feel strong again in the face of adversity.

I have assisted a wide variety of clients ranging from parents and siblings of children with challenges; adults who lost parents or are dealing with placing parents in nursing homes, couples, blended families, high school and college students who are having a difficult time with transition, and those going through any kind of loss and anxiety. Much of my work is short term, 6-12 week sessions and critical situations (crisis intervention) which aims to restore clients to full functioning.

In addition to private practice, I have worked in medical and psychiatric hospitals and mental health settings in both clinical and administrative positions and have been an adjunct clinical instructor/field work supervisor at both Boston University and Boston College Schools of Social Work.

I bring 40 years of professional and life experience which my clients find of great help.
I also will make some home visits.

Professional Training

  • Boston University School of Arts and Sciences BA
  • Boston University School of Social Work MSW

For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or nancy@bostoneveningtherapy.com.

Annie Olinick Berkman, LMHC

Annie Olinick
Annie Olinick Berkman

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Works with:
Adolescents (starting around age 17), adults, families, and couples

Therapy Approach:
CBT, psychodynamic, drama therapy

Specialties:
pre-natal/post-partum, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, sexuality and sexual identity issues

Get to Know:
My approach as a therapist is based on respect, empathy, sensitivity and honesty. I believe in the integration of the mind and body in order to create change, growth and healing. Most importantly, I value your awareness, knowledge and self-insight as an integral part of our work together. I use a dynamic approach to therapy and include cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques. At my BETA group practice, I work with clients across a wide range of ages, backgrounds and presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, jealousy, anger, panic, phobias, trauma, relationship/family conflicts and parenting challenges.

I have a specialized background in prenatal/postpartum issues, including miscarriage, abortion, infertility, birth trauma, baby blues and post-partum depression. My therapeutic knowledge in this area is informed by 6 years in the health field working as a birth and post-partum doula, massage therapist and reproductive health researcher.

Congratulations on taking steps towards getting the support that you need for whatever issues you are currently dealing with. The first step is the hardest, and it takes a lot of courage to do it. I look forward to hearing from you and supporting you on your path towards healing!

I specialize in perinatal issues including adoption, abortion, infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy, childbirth, post-partum mood difficulties, partner relationship after becoming parents and trauma or family history that impacts any of these areas. I also specialize in working with college age students around identity, individuation/separation from parents, relationship and sexuality questions as well as academic and social challenges.

For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or annie@bostoneveningtherapy.com.

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