Ryan Aylward, Therapist in Cambridge, Massachusetts — Zencare
Ryan  Aylward
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Ryan Aylward

Psychologist, PsyD Practice: Kendall Psychological Associates
Massachusetts Waitlist Online
Cambridge Not Accepting In-person
Updated May 1, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Family issues
  • Work stress
  • Academic challenges

Professional statement

Dr. Aylward works with adults across the lifespan struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, family issues, work and school challenges. He is trained in Internal Family Systems therapy and draws from psychodynamic and attachment theory, Buddhist psychology and mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Aylward graduated from Boston College and received his Psy.D. from William James College. He completed internships at McLean Hospital and Brandeis University as well as a post-doctoral fellowship at Boston College. Dr. Aylward has worked as a therapist and supervisor at Emerson College Counseling Center and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates prior to joining Kendall Psychological Associates. He is currently providing remote psychotherapy over secure videoconferencing platforms.

Central to his work as a psychologist is cultivating therapeutic relationships that help people alleviate their suffering. Psychological suffering is often caused by difficulties experiencing painful emotions or anxiety provoking aspects of one's self. This can contribute to a sense of disconnection from self and others, along with an inability to grieve and accept the change and uncertainty that life brings. Therapy can provide a safe and respectful place to emotionally experience and intellectually understand these impediments to having more choice and fulfillment in one's life.

Message to clients

Our work together will change your relationship with yourself and transform your relationships with the important people in your life. Developing a balance of acceptance and change will help you move past the challenges that bring you to therapy, so that you can move forward with what is valuable and meaningful in your life.

I provide an empathic space for us to understand your difficulties collaboratively. At times sessions are about venting anxiety and frustration, sitting with difficult memories and emotions, or exploring conflicted aspects of one's self. At other times, we work together to develop coping skills for managing overwhelming emotions or to discuss strategies for dealing with difficult relationships and situations.

The therapy process is flexible and can be beneficial in supporting times of crisis or adjustment, addressing longer standing issues, or serving as an open-ended exploration of personal growth. No matter the scope, we assess progress in an ongoing way, meeting goals and facing challenges as they arise. I feel quite honored to be a guide in this important journey toward healing.


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

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

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses

Academic challenges - Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination


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


  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (55min)
  • Initial session: $200 (55min)

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:

  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Cambridge practice
234 Broadway, Suite 2, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:40am-8:30pm
  • Tue 8:40am-8:30pm
  • Wed 8:40am-8:30pm
  • Thu 8:40am-8:30pm
  • Fri 8:40am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:30am-7:00pm
  • Tue 9:30am-7:00pm
  • Wed 9:30am-7:00pm
  • Thu 9:30am-7:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-3:30pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Kendall Psychological Associates, 2020 - Present
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, 2013 - 2020
Rasi Associates, 2011 - 2013
Emerson College Counseling Center, 2008 - 2011
University Counseling Services of Boston College, 2007 - 2008

William James College, PsyD, 2007
Boston College, BA, 2001