Dina  Pasalis

Dina Pasalis

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Masters of Business Administration, MBA

Not accepting new clients in Cambridge practice (updated December 03, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Life transitions
  • Existential questions
  • Social identity issues
  • Racial identity
  • Women's issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Couples counseling
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dina Pasalis is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA, a five- minute walk from Harvard Square T stop (Red Line).

Dina has expertise in life transitions, social identity issues, anxiety and depression. She works with individuals and couples. In her private practice, she sees teenagers and adults, with a focus on college students and professionals. In addition, Dina is deeply committed to working with clients struggling with the impacts of structural oppression such as racism and sexism.

Psychodynamically trained, Dina incorporates treatment approaches that are relevant and meaningful to each client, including Internal Family Systems and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. Certified in Kripalu Yoga, she approaches clients with an engaged heart and deep respect for the bodies role in healing emotional wounds.

Dina received her Master's Degree from The Smith School for Social Work and her BA from Princeton University. She earned an MBA from the University of Michigan (now the Ross School of Business) and spent nearly a decade working at a Fortune 100 company.

Message to clients

For me, becoming a therapist required a commitment to my own growth and healing. This, I think, is the most important thing to know about me. Through the process you are about to engage in, I found work that engages me and allows me to feel more myself. Whether you struggle with existential angst, relational tension, depression, anxiety or the trials of life transition, I will collaborate with you to figure out the best way through... for YOU. Training in the theory and practice of social work, psychoanalysis and yoga inform my approach with individuals and couples.
As a social worker I believe family, organizational and community systems contribute to and inhibit wellbeing. As a psychodynamic clinician I believe your psyche is complicated. At times we take action based on what we believe is solid reasoning. Later, we may discover hidden motivations.
Finally, as a trained Kripalu Yoga instructor I believe in the value of presence. No matter what stressors exist - external or internal - if we can find our feet, find our breath, often, we can figure out how to move forward. I look forward to hearing from you.


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

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

Social identity issues - Navigating the impact of privilege and oppression for identities including race, class, religion, age, ability, and immigration status

Racial identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Women's issues - Expertise in working with adult women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges and promote physical and mental health

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

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

Couples counseling - Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities

Gender and sexuality - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Trauma - Dealing with domestic violence, past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma

General expertise


Dina Pasalis 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: $220
  • Sliding scale: $170 - $220
  • Couples sessions: $220

Therapist's note

Dina can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Cambridge practice

1208 Massachusetts Avenue

Suite 6

Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Mon 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 11:30am-9:00pm
  • Wed 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 7:30am-10:30am
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, Position, 2016 - Present

Eliot Community Services, 2015 - 2017

Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, 2014 - 2016

Cambridge Health Alliance, 2013 - 2014

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, 2012 - 2013

Smith School for Social Work, MSW, 2014

University of Michigan, MBA, 1999

Princeton University, 1992


  • English

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