Therapists Specializing in Identity Development in Boston Area

Our identity can change and develop throughout life. For many of us, our ideas of who we are and what we believe constantly evolve over the years. Defining your own beliefs, lifestyle, and sense of self can be exciting, but it’s natural to experience some uncertainty or discomfort in the process too. Although identity development is most commonly associated with adolescence, challenges can arise at any time, especially during major life transitions or other times of change.

Therapy can help us better understand ourselves, feel more confident in who we are, and improve our ability to make sense of our world. A therapist might focus on clarifying values to guide your actions through acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) or develop your thoughts and core beliefs through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some therapists also provide existential therapy, a philosophically-rooted approach that focuses on meaning, freedom, connection, and mortality.

As numerous therapeutic modalities can help with identity development, it can be beneficial to discuss the options with one of the therapists in Boston Area below who specialize in this area. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Adrian   Matthews

Adrian Matthews

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 per session

Although the work I do in therapy ends up going in many different directions, the starting point is the same: I believe that when individuals are empowered to make intentional, informed choices about their relationships—choices that reflect their own values, needs, and desires rather than someone else’s—their relationships will be more stable, more satisfying, more sustainable. I want every person I work with to develop: a) insight into which aspects of their relationships have been built around assumptions that may not actually be true or helpful for them, b) clarity about what their values, needs, and desires actually are, and c) skills that will help them translate that insight and clarity into actions that will make all of their relationships—not just their sexual or romantic relationships—more fulfilling and rewarding.

I trust my clients. I trust that they have an intuitive understanding of what kinds of relationships will meet their needs, and that they often just need support in putting that understanding into action; ultimately, my work is about helping my clients have that same trust in themselves. If you'd like support in that process, I want to help. Reach out today to get started.


Michael Cassidy Gallagher

Michael Cassidy Gallagher

1500 District Avenue, Burlington, MA, 01803

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $155 per session

Self-discovery and self-recovery is a journey, it takes courage. Starting from birth we enter life with curiosity about ourselves and our capabilities; about the world around us, and how we fit in. Sometimes this journey is seamless, sometimes we get bumps and bruises. Yet regardless of where we are, we can all use some help on our Insightful Direction. It is my great privilege to work with anyone who is eager to understand why they are the way they are and what we can collaboratively work on to feel whole and understood.


Karen  Seif

Karen Seif

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $125 per session

"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow/I learn by going where I have to go." These words from Theodore Roethke's beautiful poem "The Waking" describe my approach to life and to therapy. Each day is a new beginning, part of a longer journey, and an opportunity to grow into the person you're meant to be. I view therapy as a collaboration, and I genuinely appreciate the uniqueness and individuality of each of my clients. I will help you embrace health and wellness, develop self-knowledge, value your inherent worth, build advocacy and leadership skills, and constructively cope with the complex challenges of life.


Wai-Por (Richard) Cheng

Wai-Por (Richard) Cheng

Online Sessions, MA

185 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA, 02110

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 - $150 per session

Seeking help used to be challenging. It is now however the easiest time to seek therapy I have ever seen. It only takes your focus and willingness to take care of yourself by connecting with the right match of your needs today. Thanks.


Tara L Moyle

Tara L Moyle

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oxford Health Plans, Aetna Student Health Insurance, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 - $175 per session

We all need to be seen, and heard, at any age. Being scared, anxious, or even depressed are sometimes part of being a person. Our fast-paced digital world can present unique challenges for our bodies and minds. I am happy to meet you wherever you are, and will approach each visit with a sense of compassionate curiosity. Just as we hunger for stories of other people to help guide us, you may wonder about your own story. Why are you here? What must you do with your life?

I work with adolescents (12+) through older, retired adults and specialize in issues of transition, anxiety, adjustment, depression, and vocation. I am not the expert in your life; you are. But sometimes we need help with perspective. Together, we will create a plan that will help you reduce the most difficult aspects of your life and help you determine how to move through them. What cannot be changed can be reviewed, understood, and ultimately, accepted.


Stephen  Mathioudakis

Stephen Mathioudakis

Online Sessions, MA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $140 per session

My work is to provide you with connection, care, and commitment in your therapeutic journey. My message is one of hope: that healing is possible.


Michael  Koren

Michael Koren

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

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!


Robert  Kitts

Robert Kitts

678 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $275 per session

I do not practice "cowboy medicine," where I throw diagnoses and medications at you. Instead, my goal is to understand you as best as I can to ensure that you are confident in my treatment and our work together. This could be medication, guidance, support and/or therapy. I value respect, empathy, authenticity, and compassion, which informs my practice and guides my approach.


Ruben  Hopwood

Ruben Hopwood

Online Sessions, MA

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $185 per session

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!


Brennan C. Mallonee

Brennan C. Mallonee

53 Chester Street, Somerville, MA, 02144

Online Sessions, MA

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

If you're here, that means you're looking for support as you grow and heal. Everyone can use some help with this at some point or another, but it can be intimidating to reach out, especially because American culture often emphasizes self-reliance and individualism over collaborative and communal ways of living and growing. My job is to create a place where you feel safe and accepted as you start to explore yourself and ways you might like to grow or change, both individually and in your relationships with others. I believe everyone has wisdom inside them that can help along this journey. Even when you're feeling stuck, we can work together to tap into this wisdom and help you find your best way forward.

My sessions with clients are wide-ranging. I'm often quite interactive and ask questions, share ideas, problem-solve possible strategies, and share new things I've learned in my ongoing study of psychology and the world at large. At the same time, I help you to sit more with your emotions and the wisdom they carry, allowing you to let go of overthinking and settle into a more grounded space where your thoughts and feelings can coexist peacefully.

If this sounds like an approach that might work well for you, feel free to book a phone consultation or send me a message. I look forward to hearing from you.


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