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Joanna Ravina, Ph.D.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist.  I work with adults and older teens on a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and stress. People who call me are often feeling overwhelmed or distressed. Many are curious about how therapy could help them.  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, parenting, and life stress. I draw from a variety of approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), 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 completed my predoctoral hours at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh.  My postdoctoral years were spent with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation studying psychopathology and development in children and adolescents.  After that, I focused on clinical work with adults and teens and then established 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?  What is coming up for you this week?  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 some time.  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 will meet so that you can tell me about yourself.  During our first meeting, I will listen closely to your story--attending to both your difficulties and your strengths and capacities. We will likely meet another time and then together, we will make a plan that best addresses your needs. It is important to me that I offer an environment that feels supportive, safe, and helpful.

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Contact Me

If you feel that I might be helpful for you, please email or call me.  We can talk on the phone.  You can get a sense of me and my work and I can hear about you. At that time, we can schedule a meeting.  

I have offices in Newton Centre and Brookline (Coolidge Corner). Both are accessible by T.  I do not accept insurance but I offer a sliding fee and receipts for reimbursement.  I look forward to hearing from you.


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