Ruben  Hopwood

Ruben Hopwood

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for morning & daytime appointments (updated October 23, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Gender identity & transgender health
  • Spirituality & religion
  • Issues of masculinity
  • Gender affirming
  • Gender affirmation
  • Mindfulness

Professional statement

Dr. Ruben Hopwood is a Licensed Psychologist in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. He works with people of all genders around issues of identity with a special interest in helping clients explore the role of masculinity in their lives and relationships. Dr. Hopwood often integrates a spiritual lens to help clients navigate questions of belonging, purpose, and higher meaning. Dr. Hopwood is particularly skilled at exploring the role of religion within the LGBTQIA community, where he helps clients address the feelings and behaviors that arise from internalized shaming or rejecting messages.

Dr. Hopwood offers an open and accepting place for individuals to process a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges. In addition to traditional talk therapy, Dr. Hopwood is dedicated to providing gender-affirming care to folks at all stages of gender exploration, including referrals to support medical confirmation.

Dr. Hopwood uses an integrative approach that equally focuses on cultivating insight and strengthening coping skills. He helps clients to develop a mindfulness practice that makes sense in their daily life and can be drawn upon in moments of distress to remain grounded. Dr. Hopwood gently guides clients to examine their past in order to identify the core beliefs that can guide them forward in the face of larger existential questions.

Outside of his counseling practice, Dr. Hopwood is a clinical consultant to mental health and medical professionals on gender diversity and spiritually integrated care and is a visiting researcher at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University.

Dr. Hopwood is a nationally certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBT minority-owned business). He is also a Certified Provider of care under the World Professional Association for Transgender Heath's Standards of Care, version 7.


Message to clients

Everyone can benefit from having someone to support them as they create a pathway to well-being, knowledge, and understanding in their life and work. You can create a life that is more satisfying through working along side someone who listens to you, encourages, challenges, and guides you as you locate your own authentic voice. You can move toward being who you want to be in the world with integrity and with a greater understanding of your own values and needs. You can do this through your commitment to personal growth, self-reflection, and active participation in changing the ineffective patterns in your life. I offer the space to identify, understand, and accept one's individual values and desires without judgement. I support people to move toward radical acceptance of and responsibility for their own actions and outcomes in life without excuses or self-condemnation. If you are ready to create the life you want by changing just one person (yourself) to make your vision happen, let's talk!


Specialties

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender diverse identities; support throughout the process of transition/gender affirmation

Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, purpose, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Issues of masculinity - Including grappling with the impact of cultural norms of masculinity, what it means to be a man or to act like a man, overall impact on psychological health of cultural masculinity on all genders

Gender affirming - Positive support of others that acknowledges and reflects the inherent worth and value of the wide diversity of ways that people experience and express gender

Gender affirmation - The process by which a person may change their expression of gender socially, legally, and/or medically to more closely align with their gender identity and reduce feelings of incongruence

Mindfulness - Practices to encourage a state of active, open, non-judgemental attention on the present


General expertise


Insurance

Ruben Hopwood 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: $180 (50min)
  • Initial session: $180 (50min)
  • Surgery assessment and referral: $500 (120min)

Therapist's note

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


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

47 Third Street

Suite 201-1R

Cambridge, MA 02141

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed By Appointment Only
  • Thu By Appointment Only
  • Fri By Appointment Only
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2018 - Present

Fenway Health, Trans Health Program Manager, 2007 - 2019

World Professional Association for Transgender Heath's Standards of Care, Version 7, Certified Provider, 2019

Nationally certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBT minority-owned business), 2019

Boston University, PhD, 2014

Saint Paul School of Theology, MDiv, 1995

Saint Thomas University, Certificate in Spiritual Direction, 2001


Languages

  • English

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