Michael  Koren

Michael Koren


Psychologist, PsyD Practice: Brighter Life Therapy Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Massachusetts Accepting Online

*Please note that my colleagues within the same clinic often have availability in case I myself do not. Feel free to inquire!

*We offer appointments in Spanish too!

Updated October 25, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Relationship issues
  • Insomnia
  • Existential challenges
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Dr. Michael Koren is a Clinical Psychologist in Cambridge, MA. He works with adults of all ages who are striving to live their lives with less stress and greater purpose. Many of his clients come in when they realize events from the past are impacting their relationships and self-worth now, or when depression, anxiety, and stress become overwhelming. Dr. Koren pulls from evidence-based approaches to tailor treatment to each individual, creating a new toolkit to help them meet their goals.

Dr. Koren has deep expertise in trauma, which can take many forms, including physical symptoms such as frequent illness or difficulty sleeping, as well as chaotic relationship histories. He works closely with each client to find a balanced daily routine, which might include mindfulness practices or practical problem-solving skills. At the heart of his work is a strong therapeutic relationship, where no issue is too big or too small to be safely explored.

Dr. Koren’s goal is to help clients rediscover their sense of meaning and purpose through a combination of existential dialogue and concrete coping strategies.

Message to clients

Connecting with the right therapist can be a challenging task. I believe that this partnership is fundamental to successful therapeutic outcomes. Therefore, I'd encourage you to find a therapist who ‘sits well’ with you. May your journey be filled with health and inspiration!


Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Insomnia - Exploring ways to improve sleep patterns, develop healthy sleep hygiene, master relaxation techniques, manage stressors, reduce worrying, and address insomnia

Existential challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $225
  • Initial session: $250 (50min)
  • Group sessions: $50 (75min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017 - 2018
Veterans Affairs (VA) Columbus, OH, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship, 2015 - 2016

Nova Southeastern University, PsyD, 2016


Massachusetts: 10867



Client testimonials

"Dr. Koren is patient and supportive. He lets me talk (as is my want), but gently pushed me into areas that may have needed probing. He also encouraged me to move on when he felt we’d come far enough rather than looking to milk me for money."
- Mid-30s male client • December 2019