Counselor / Therapist in Cambridge, MA

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Marsha Vannicelli, Ph.D.

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Individual, Couples and Group Psychotherapy
in Cambridge, MA
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, who works collaboratively with clients to help them improve relationships and take better care of themselves emotionally. Adult children of aging parents, ACOA's, spouses of substance abusers and professional caregivers (including therapists) value my warm, collaborative style and respect for each individual's unique ways of adapting. Through my books, lectures and teaching, I have trained and supervised 100s of clinicians in group psychotherapy, as well as individual and couples therapy. I teach what I love about my work -- helping clients to feel more empowered in relationships, to improve self-esteem, and to deal with family-of-origin issues, communication problems, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and self-defeating behaviors (including addictions).

As founder and former Director of the Substance Abuse Outpatient Clinic at McLean Hospital, I have helped family members to cope with the pain of chaotic and unpredictable lives, find more effective ways of intervening to help their loved ones, and improve the quality of their own lives.

I have a special interest in helping clients deal with the complicated feelings and emotional upheaval often associated with major transitions in their own lives and those of family members (marriage, divorce,empty-nest, retirement and bereavement). This work may be done in individual therapy, couples therapy or group therapy.
Dr. Vannicelli is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School, and is on the faculty of the Mass School of Professional Psychology where she teaches doctoral candidates how to do group psychotherapy. She has trained and supervised clinical staff at many agencies in the Greater Boston area including: Family Counseling and Guidance, the Training Program of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, Boston Institute for Psychotherapies, Spaulding Hospital, Minor Street Day and Evening Program (HCHP), Brighton Memorial ATP, and Boston ASAP.

Who's Who in American Professional Woman (1988); Fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association; Advisory Board, American Academy of Health Care Specialists in the Addictive Disorders; and past tenures as Editorial Reviewer for the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Following her internship at McLean Hospital, Dr Vannicelli founded and for 20 years was the Director of the Appleton Outpatient Treatment Center at Mclean Hospital. She is currently a Clinical Associate at Mclean. She has also held positions as Consultant to: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Center of Alcohol Education, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the Mass Advisory Unit on Mental Health.

Dr. Vannicelli has written extensively (more than 50 professional publications) including two Guilford Press books: Group Psychotherapy with ACOA's: Treatment Techniques and Countertransference Considerations; and Removing the Roadblocks: Group Psychotherapy with Substance Abusers and Family Members. She has also lectured widely (more than 200 appearances) on TV and Nationally and internationally on topics of special interest: midlife issues, woman's issues, group psychotherapy, couples treatment, and the treatment of ACOA's and alcohol abusers. Selected titles include:
"Fifty/Fifty: The Meaning of Midlife for Women"
"How Family Members Cope and Help when Faced with Substance Abuse"
"Guided Self-Management: A New Alternative to Abstinence for Problem Drinkers
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Loneliness
 Anger Management  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Chronic Illness  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Grief and Loss  Women's Issues
 Group Therapy  Work and Career Issues
 Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)  Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
 Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)
• Graduate Degree: Ph.D., Tufts University, Medford MA
• Clinical Internship: McLean Hospital, Belmont MA
• License No. and State: 318 Massachusetts
• Life Member, American Psychological Association
• Life Member, Massachusetts Psychological Association
• Member, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
• Fellow and Life member American group Psychotherapy Association
• Life Member Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy
• Board Member : Academy of Health Care Specialists in the Addictions
Payments Accepted
Cash, check
Hours:Monday - Friday noon to 9PM
License:MA 318
545 Concord Ave
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