Whitney Westmorland is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Many of her clients are individuals or couples experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction, who find that their emotional health is affecting their professional and personal relationships. Whitney also specializes in helping clients with relationship challenges such as dating, disconnection, communication issues, infidelity, and divorce.
Whitney has an expertise in mindfulness, Trauma-Focused Yoga (TCTSY), and other mind-body work, as well as postgraduate training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and The Gottman Method of couples therapy. Whitney’s style is warm and open, and she works first and foremost to establish trust with her clients. Her therapy work is client-driven, and she works with couples to determine whether to meet together, one-on-one, or a combination of the two.
Whitney received her Master’s of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University, and a Bachelor's of Arts in Gender Studies & Comparative Human Development from The University of Chicago. Prior to opening her private practice, she worked at a community mental health center, at a substance use treatment clinic, and as a reproductive health researcher.
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
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)
Mind/Body connection - Using behavioral, psychological, social, expressive, and spiritual approaches to strengthen the relationship between mind and body; utilizing trauma-sensitive yoga
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Whitney can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Justice Resource Institute, 2015 - 2018
Daymark Recovery Services, 2014 - 2015
Appalachian State University, MA, 2015
The University of Chicago, BA, 2013
"Whitney is a skilled and compassionate therapist who is adept at connecting with people, especially those who have experienced trauma or other challenging circumstances. She meets people where they are at and is trauma-informed in her approaches. She is wise beyond her years."- Jennifer Staples, LMHC • December 2019
"Whitney is an excellent therapist who is deeply connected to the wellness and flourishing of her clients. She is compassionate, insightful, strengths-based, and grounded in kindness and approachability."- Liz D’Onofrio, LICSW • December 2019
"Whitney is insightful, warm, and trustworthy in her therapeutic relationships. She is very much a humanist, providing unconditional positive regard to her clients, accepting of the full range of human emotion and experience. Her therapeutic stance is open, collaborative, and empathetic. Whitney’s humanity shines through in her work, and she is kind, thoughtful, and deeply respectful to others. Whitney is passionate about helping clients work through issues to transform their lives. She practices using a variety of theoretical orientations and techniques and draws from a wealth of knowledge, techniques, and experiences."- Melanie Feldsher, MFT • December 2019