Kay  Schwader

Kay Schwader

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for morning & daytime appointments in Boston practice (updated March 25, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Body-focused repetitive behaviors
  • Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

Welcome! If you are experiencing difficult life circumstances, suffering from excessive anxiety or other painful emotions, or going through a period of transition, together we can discuss how I may be able to help.
Adopting a nonjudgmental stance and cultivating a warm and validating environment, allows me to establish and maintain trust with my patients. I believe that when you feel safe within the therapeutic relationship, you can grow, recognize and acknowledge your strengths and vulnerabilities, and compassionately examine opportunities for acceptance and change.


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

General expertise


Kay Schwader 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 (45min)
  • Couples sessions: $260 (60min)
  • Ongoing session fee: $240 (55min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Schwader can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Boston practice

399 Boylston Street

Suite 900A

Boston, MA 02116

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


  • English

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