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Joanna Ravina, Ph.D.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist.  I work with adults (aged 18 and older) on a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and stress. People who call me are often feeling overwhelmed or distressed.  Many are experiencing anxiety and negative thinking. Their mindset is impacting their relationships, their work, and their overall well-being.  I have extensive experience with a number of different approaches to help you feel better.

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About me and my approach

I have been seeing clients for many years.  I have developed expertise in treating anxiety, depression, and addressing relationship difficulties, and life stress. I draw from a variety of approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure-response prevention (ERP), psychodynamic therapy, and interpersonal therapy (IPT), which focuses on relationships.  

I received my B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University.  I earned my Ph.D from Temple University and did my internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh.  I was a Fellow with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  I studied the impact of stress on children, teens, and parents.  Since then, I have worked with adults in my private practice. In addition to seeing clients, I provide supervision to graduate students and other clinicians.   

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What therapy can offer

Some people are looking to learn skills and coping techniques. Some are looking to understand familiar patterns that are getting in their way.  I want therapy to be helpful and targeted to your needs.  I can address the "here and now"--what is on your plate today?  We can focus on these issues to help you manage and feel supported.  I also work with people on issues that have been present for a while.  We can work to better understand these patterns so that they no longer interfere with things you want in life.

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Areas of speciality



Stress management

Workplace difficulties

Relationship difficulties

Insomnia (using a CBT approach)

Life transitions


Parenting issues

Family conflict and change

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What To Expect At Your Visit

After we have an initial phone conversation, we can schedule an in-person or virtual meeting.  In our first session, we can talk about what you're looking for in therapy.  I will listen closely to your story--attending to both your difficulties and your strengths and capacities. We will discuss your goals and make a plan that best addresses your needs. It is important to me that I offer an environment that feels supportive and helpful.

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Contact Me

If you feel that I might be helpful to you, contact me by email or phone and we can schedule an initial call.  You can get a sense of me and my work and I can hear about you.  At that time if you'd like, we can schedule a meeting.  

My office is in Newton Centre and is accessible by T.  I do not accept insurance but I offer receipts for reimbursement.  I look forward to hearing from you.


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