Paul  Sawyer

Paul Sawyer

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, afternoon, & evening appointments in Newton practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Young adults
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Mindfulness
  • Relationships

Professional statement

Paul Sawyer is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist in Newton, MA who works with individuals of all ages and various presenting concerns. He specializes in working with young adults (ages 18-35) who are experiencing mental health, substance use, or life-transitional issues (e.g. beginning college, launching into adulthood, managing relationships, grief/loss, etc.).

Paul has training and experience in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Internal Family Systems (IFS), mindfulness practices, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He meets his clients where they are and helps them develop realistic goals. He also helps them become more grounded and connect to their bodies. In addition, Paul focuses on the relationship he has with his clients and uses this to look at how they approach other relationships.

Drawing from various theories in understanding the roots of suffering and discontentment, Paul takes a non-judgmental, curious, compassionate approach to guiding clients to a place of healing and wellness. He looks forward to meeting you.

Message to clients

No matter what circumstances led us to where we are today, I believe that we all have the potential to be happy and content. It takes work to get there, but with a commitment to therapy, you’ll soon find yourself on the path to a better future.

Choosing to begin therapy and addressing difficult emotions, behaviors, and thinking patterns head-on is an act of courage and bravery. I consider it an honor for individuals, like yourself, to allow me to partner with you on this journey. I am happy to answer any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment with you.


Young adults - 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

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

Addiction - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

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


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


Paul Sawyer 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: $200 (50min)

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Newton practice

24 Lincoln Street

Third Floor

Newton, MA 02461


  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2019 - Present
O'Connor Professional Group, 2017 - Present
New England Recovery Center, 2016 - 2017
Bedford VA Hospital, 2015 - 2016
Arbour Counseling, 2014-2015
Wediko Children Services, 2013 - 2014

Boston College, MSW, 2016
Stonehill College, BA, 2010