Cathryn  Freid

Cathryn Freid

Psychologist, PhD

Not accepting new clients in Newton practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Relationships
  • Chronic illness
  • Existential challenges/crises
  • Impulse control issues
  • Insomnia
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Loss and grief
  • Life transitions
  • Parenting
  • Stress management

Professional statement

Dr. Cathryn Freid is a psychologist in private practice in Newton, MA. She specializes in anxiety, eating disorders, depression, family issues, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and relationships, and sees adolescents (age 12 and older) and adults. Dr. Freid provides evidence-based assessments and treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in which she has over 10 years of training and experience. She uses a collaborative approach to help clients understand how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact and to develop skills for increasing cognitive flexibility and distress tolerance, improving symptoms and changing targeted behaviors.

Dr. Freid received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. She completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. She has held professional positions at McLean Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she gained additional experience in research addressing issues related to women’s mental and physical health.

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Freid currently has appointments as Clinical Teaching Faculty in the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program (EDCRP) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and as part-time Lecturer on Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. As part of the EDCRP at MGH, she provides weekly supervision to trainees and regularly collaborates with colleagues within this program. Prior to Dr. Freid's appointment at MGH, she was affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a consultant on issues related to mental health assessments for the Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program (WHARP) in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Freid’s office is conveniently located close to the Newton Highlands T-stop with plenty of street parking.

Message to clients

My practice focuses on evidence-based treatments, which are treatments supported by research. I primarily use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in my practice. CBT uses a collaborative approach to help you better understand how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact and how these interactions contribute to and maintain symptoms such as anxiety, depressed mood or eating disorders and body image concerns. The goal of treatment is to help you develop skills to address your current symptoms and that you can use long-term to promote resiliency and improve emotional well-being.


Eating disorders - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; body image concerns; guidance for parents of children with eating disorders

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks; phobias; using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention for relevant conditions

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Family issues - Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues; guidance for parents of children with eating disorders

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Using Exposure and Response Prevention and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'

Relationships - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating

Chronic illness - Co-occurrence of medical and psychiatric symptoms; managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens

Existential challenges/crises - Questioning purpose, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

Impulse control issues - Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking

Insomnia - Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions

LGBTQ and gender identity issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Loss and grief - Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

Parenting - Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; guidance for parents of children with eating disorders; becoming a parent, changing parental roles

Stress management - Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Cathryn Freid is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (50min)
  • Initial session: $250 (60min)

Therapist's note

Your insurance company may offer partial reimbursement for out-of-network services. Dr. Freid can provide you with documentation to submit to your insurance company to seek reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Newton practice

17 Lincoln Street

Suite 3A

Newton, MA 02461


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Work and Education

Private Practice, 2016 - Present

Harvard Medical School, Instructor in Psychology, 2009 - 2011; part-time Lecturer in Psychology, 2015 - Present

Massachusetts General Hospital, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Clinical Teaching Faculty, 2017-present

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Women's Hormones and Aging Research Program, Research Associate, 2015; Consultant, 2015 - 2017

McLean Hospital, Project Director, 2009 - 2011

Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Chicago Medical Center, Predoctoral Internship

Vanderbilt University, Clinical Psychology, PhD

Northwestern University, B.A., summa cum laude



Professional endorsements

Kate Nyquist, MD

Dr. Cathryn Freid is the most genuine and approachable clinician . She is highly experienced in evidence-based treatment and specializes in eating disorders, anxiety, OCD and depression . As well as being an excellent clinician, she teaches CBT to Harvard medical students and psychiatry residents and highly values the use of current research to inform treatment. Dr. Freid has the ability to put others at ease and creates a welcoming environment . I trust her clinical judgment implicitly and often refer clients to her. She cares so much for her patients and devotes such energy to her clinical work.

Rebecca Platt, PsyD, school psychologist and private practice

Dr. Freid is a highly experienced and caring clinician. She provides high quality treatment based on research, while also working with each client as an individual and figuring out how to best address his/her specific needs and treatment goals. Dr. Freid specializes in evidence-based treatment for eating disorders, OCD, anxiety disorders and depression in adults and adolescents. She is friendly and warm, really cares about making clients feel comfortable and works in a very collaborative way. I will continue referring clients to Dr. Freid and strongly recommend her!

Aisha Usmani, PhD

I have known Dr. Freid since 2008 when we worked together during our postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Dr. Freid and I worked on the same research project for treatment of generalized anxiety. During this time, I got to know Dr. Freid professionally very well. One of Dr. Freid’s unique features as a psychologist is that she has significant experience with evidence-based treatments for a variety of disorders, including anxiety disorders, depression and eating disorders. She is a very warm, personable, and empathic person and I refer patients to her who present with a complex combination of eating disorders with other co-morbid disorders.