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!


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.


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.


Ruben  Hopwood

Ruben Hopwood

47 Third Street, Cambridge, MA, 02141

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
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!


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

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $100 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
Accepting new clients 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!


Chalice  Mathioudakis

Chalice Mathioudakis

Online Sessions, MA

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

My absolute love is helping sensitive LGBTQIA+ introverts who have been pushed to the margins discover their voice.

Maybe you’re deeply empathetic, you’ve been told you’re too sensitive, an over-thinker, take things too personally, too quiet, too withdrawn, too much, too... something! Roughly 15-20% of the population has a level of sensory processing sensitivity and about 25-40% of the population are introverts. If you suspect this describes you, you’re in good company.

I think us sensitive introverts have unique needs, ways to tend to ourselves, and types of emotional nourishment that are under-appreciated in the dominant culture. And when we’re navigating a life that involves various intersections, things can be really difficult, even overwhelming.

It’s very important to me that the therapy space honors all pieces of your identity. I offer a judgement-free zone for those interested in exploring and navigating topics related to power, privilege, oppression, and marginalization (e.g., white supremacy, transnegativity, homophobia, sexism, ableism, etc.). In the spirit of full transparency, I believe that as a human who embodies a number of structural privileges, my anti-racist and anti-oppressive learning is never finished, which is humbling.

My goal is to offer you the highest quality holistic counseling that I can, so any gains you make in therapy will last the rest of your life. And I always emphasize that no matter who you are or where you come from, your story is honored here.


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