Dr. Kay Schwader is a Clinical Psychologist in Boston, MA who specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety. She also has extensive experience in treating trauma, depression, and body-focused repetitive behaviors and in helping patients build self-esteem. She offers a range of services, has expertise working with university students, and welcomes adults of all ages. In addition, she helps couples improve relationship patterns and communication.
Passionate about working with individuals experiencing anxiety who want to face and overcome their fears, Dr. Schwader specializes in delivering exposure-based anxiety treatments grounded in the latest scientific research. She also strives to meet patients wherever they may be regarding readiness for change.
Dr. Schwader adapts therapy to a client’s unique goals, circumstances, and personal needs and works with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that helps them reach their goals for therapy—whether that involves improving their functioning, mood, or quality of life or enhancing their relationships.
Dr. Schwader has developed a warm, nonjudgmental environment where she helps individuals and couples work through their challenges and learn how to better manage their symptoms. She received her PhD from Yale University and did her postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. She looks forward to meeting you at her office in the Back Bay neighborhood.
Anxiety disorders - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - Working with a therapist in a structured way; attending a limited number of sessions; bringing awareness to inaccurate or negative thinking to view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way
Body-focused repetitive behaviors - Including trichotillomania (hair pulling) and excoriation (skin picking); coping with overwhelming urges and impulses; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Kay Schwader is not in-network with any insurances.
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Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Harvard University, Instructor, 2017 - 2019
VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016 - 2017
VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System, Clinical Internship, 2015 - 2016
Massachusetts General Hospital, Research Study Therapist, 2014 - 2015
Suffolk University, Clinical Respecialization, 2016
Yale University, Psychology, PhD, 2013
Yale University, Psychology, MPhil, 2011
Yale University, Psychology, MS, 2010
Harvard University, Psychology, AB, 2006
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