Idonia  Gaede

Idonia Gaede

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients at 38 Colonial Ave, Newton, MA 02460, USA (updated October 11, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions
  • Career counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Self-esteem
  • Gender and sexual identity
  • College student challenges

Professional statement

Idonia Gaede is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Newton, MA specializing in trauma, grief, career counseling, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. She works with teenagers, young adults, college students, and adults, and her practice is affirming of individuals who identify as LGBTQ. Prior to starting her private practice, she worked as a college counselor at Curry College and as a therapist at Riverside Trauma Center.

Idonia has extensive background working with trauma survivors, including survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as individuals who have experienced bullying, natural disasters, and parental divorce. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she helps clients understand how their traumatic experiences may be affecting current interpersonal relationships and build resilience to move beyond their trauma symptoms.

Idonia also enjoys supporting clients through life transitions, whether a break up, job change, loss of a loved one, or birth of a new child. She aims to help clients tap into their inner resources to find their higher purpose and meaningful connections in their lives. As a former executive recruiter, she has coached and mentored clients towards successful and fulfilling careers, and enjoys helping clients identify their gifts and shape their careers using those skills.

Finally, Idonia is passionate about advocating for the LGBTQ community as an ally, and provides a warm environment for individuals who are questioning, self identifying, and coming out. She works holistically with clients to find the right resources for them, including physicians and support groups.

Idonia's treatment approach integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, mindfulness practices, and Solution Focused Therapy. She creates a non-judgmental, collaborative space for clients to take the first step towards change in their lives.

Message to clients

We are created to have meaningful connections, find a higher purpose and be able to handle the waves that life brings - such as life transitions, traumatic experiences and loss of loved ones - just as a surfer rides the waves of the ocean. I believe people have the ability to live their best lives, and my role as a therapist is to help tap into those inner resources. I guide clients to overcome a range of issues and to move into a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
I have helped adults with traumatic life events, grief and loss, sexual and gender identity questions, anxiety, depression and relationship concerns. I have helped people explore their career path, seek greater fulfillment in their current role or helping them move on to their next great career.
My approach is collaborative, warm and non-judgmental. I use a blend of treatment techniques-integrating mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy as well as career coaching.


Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

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

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Career counseling - Helping to identify strengths, areas of expertise and passion during a job transition or search.

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

Bipolar disorder - Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes

Self-esteem - Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion

Gender and sexual identity - Questioning gender and sexuality; non-binary identification, transgender identification, queer identity, sexuality and power

College student challenges - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing session fee: $125 (50min)
  • Initial sessions: $125 (50min)

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes


38 Colonial Avenue

Newton, MA 02460

  • Sun Closed
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Thu 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2017 - Present

Riverside Trauma Team, 2010 - Present

Curry College Counseling Center, 2013 - 2017

Riverside Community Care, 2009 - 2013

Boston College, MSW, 2009


  • English
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