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Cathryn Freid(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhD
Eating disorders-Anxiety-Depression-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)-Relationships-Existential challenges/crises-Insomnia-Life transitions-Parenting-Stress management-

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Professional statement

Dr. Cathryn Freid is a psychologist in private practice in Newton, MA. Her practice draws from evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and depression. She provides individual therapy for adolescents (16+) and adults and also provides Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for adolescents (12+) and young adults with eating disorders. Additionally, Dr. Freid provides parent guidance for parents whose child is already receiving treatment for an eating disorder and are looking for additional support.

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. Dr. Freid’s office is conveniently located close to the Newton Highlands T-stop with plenty of street parking. She is currently offering appointments both in person and via telehealth.

Message to clients

Hello! Throughout my career, I have been especially interested in the comorbidity (co-occurrence) of psychological symptoms and disorders. For example, people often experience both an eating disorder and anxiety, or anxiety and depression. My goals with you will include identifying and working on common factors that underlie multiple symptoms in order to best address everything you are experiencing. Within this framework, we will develop an individualized treatment plan that best meets your specific concerns and treatment goals.

My treatment approach is primarily cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a collaborative approach that involves working toward specific treatment goals and developing skills to improve current symptoms as well as to address longer-term goals. I work with people with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD and depression. I also frequently work with people wanting to address body image concerns, life transitions and relationship issues. As well as individual therapy, I provide Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for adolescents and young adults with eating disorders and parent guidance for parents whose child has been diagnosed with an eating disorder.

Work and Education

Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Chicago Medical Center, Predoctoral Internship
Private Practice
Massachusetts General Hospital Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Clinical Teaching Faculty
Harvard Medical School, Lecturer in Psychology
Brigham and Women's Hospital Women's Hormones and Aging Research Program, Research Associate & Consultant
McLean Hospital, Project Director

Vanderbilt University, Clinical Psychology, PhD
Northwestern University, BA, summa cum laude


Massachusetts: PSY10332 - Florida: TPPY2276




Eating disorders - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID); 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

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

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

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

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)

Locations & Hours


Cathryn Freid is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$300 (50min)
  • Initial session:$350 (60min)
  • Family sessions:$300 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
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.

Professional endorsements

"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."

- Kate Nyquist, MDFebruary 2016

"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!"

- Rebecca Platt, PsyD, school psychologist and private practiceJune 2016

"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."

- Aisha Usmani, PhDMay 2016