Specialties & Expertise
Social identity issues
Gender and sexuality
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
Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
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
Dealing with domestic violence, past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma
- Teenagers (13-18)
- Young adults (18-24)
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