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New Patient Questions & Answers

Whom will I be seeing?

Our therapists are in the advanced level of their doctoral or certificate program at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. All therapists have completed a minimum of Masters level training.

What happens in the intake process?

The initial meeting between the therapist and the patient is usually considered to be a consultation or information gathering session. It is a chance to provide you with an opportunity to discuss your problem or concerns and what sort of help you are interested in receiving. You may also want to talk about what kind of therapist you would like and what your goals are for therapy. You will be able to decide if you would like to try to work together with the intake therapist or if you would like to have help in looking for another. If you decide to work with the intake therapist, you will work out a schedule of meetings and session fee.

What is the fee for the intake?

There is a $30 fee for intakes.

How do I make an appointment

Call the Therapy Center at 617-277-3910 or email therapycenter@bgsp.edu. Our offices are open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If no one is available to answer your call, leave a confidential message. Your phone call will be returned within 24 hours or the following business day.

How long will I have to wait before I can get an appointment?

Typically patients are seen within one week of their initial phone call.

Who goes to the Therapy Center?

We see children, adolescents, adults, elders, couples, and families. Our patients represent a broad range of ethnic and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations who are seeking help for a wide variety of concerns, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • Addiction or Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Attention Deficit
  • Career/Work Issues
  • Child or Adolescent Issues
  • ADHD
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse or Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • LGBTQ+ Support
  • Life Transitions
  • Loss or Grief
  • Parenting
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Self-esteem
  • Thinking Disorders
  • Self-growth
What is the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP) and what is its relationship to the Therapy Center?

BGSP is the only accredited, independent psychoanalytic school in the country offering Master’s and Doctoral degrees in psychoanalysis. It is one of the few such places in the world. The School’s unsurpassed clinical programs, innovative approach to education and award-winning research have established its international reputation for teaching modern psychoanalytic principles and techniques.

The Therapy Center was established at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis as an integral part of its psychoanalytic training program. Our therapists are in the advanced level of their doctoral program at the School.

What is psychoanalysis?

As a type of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis helps people give up symptoms and behaviors which interfere with their leading meaningful and productive lives. Sometimes called the talking cure, psychoanalysis uses verbal techniques to bring to awareness unconscious forces that determine thoughts, feelings and behavior.

At The Therapy Center therapists work psychoanalytically with patients to help resolve their problems instead of just overcoming them. Then everything may improve — moods, relationships, work, and school. Most importantly, patients are freer to get what they want in life.

How much does this cost?

The cost of the sessions is mutually determined between the patient and the therapist.

Does the Therapy Center take insurance?

What is most unique about The Therapy Center is that we do not take insurance. This arrangement protects patient privacy, helps to avoid stigmatizing diagnoses in medical records, and allows patient and therapist to work as needed for any length of time.

How many sessions will I be able to have?

There is no limit to the number of sessions.

Are the therapists qualified?

All therapists have completed a minimum of Masters level degree and requisite mental health training and are engaged in advanced studies in psychoanalysis.

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