Irena M. Cafasso 

Works with: Adolescents, Adults, Elders (65+) 

Therapy approach:

My approach is influenced by a number of counseling styles, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Psychodynamic treatment. However, I believe I am somewhat integrative during sessions, as in my view, it is important to meet each client's individual needs. Therefore, I strive to meet every client exactly "where they are", providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment, focused on building increased self-understanding, self-compassion, as well as skills and resiliency. In my experience, these techniques often lead to decrease in one's emotional suffering and to establishing healthier ways to cope with one's challenges, ultimately leading to a life worth living. 

Areas of specialization: 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief/loss
  • Addiction
  • Eating Disorders/Body image
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • PTSD/trauma
  • Spirituality
  • Creative process & career/school issues
  • Cultural identity/acculturation 

Get to know:

I offer a warm, compassionate and approachable environment with hope that each client has a chance to be exactly who they are in the moment. I give every client my fullest, as I believe the power of being truly heard and seen without judgement. I believe that therapy is not necessarily about trying to fix oneself or fix one’s life, but an act of self-care. And, that increased self-awareness and self-compassion, both greatly contribute to healthier life and inner peace. 

Professional training:

Master’s in Counseling Psychology - Boston College (2002) Psychoanalytic Therapy (Boston Psychoanalytic Institute - 2005) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Two Brattle center - 2007)