my philosophy

My goal is to work with you to create meaningful and lasting change.

People tend to describe me as open, calming, empathic, and fearless. Together, we will develop your capacity not only to feel better, but to be healthier. One aspect of therapy is the generation of insight. Understanding yourself is a powerful source of transformation and development. However, insight alone is not always enough to create psychological healing.

I work with people to generate deep insight but also to create a new way of being and feeling in the world. For these purposes, I often incorporate both experiential and mind/brain/body therapies into the work.


I comfortably treat adults, young adults, millennials, college students, and adolescents with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), history of abuse, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), dissociation, and borderline PD.

I use biofeedback and brain/mind/body modalities to work with migraine and tension headaches, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and skin picking disorders.

I help people who are grieving losses, who have self-esteem issues, who have difficult family-of-origin relationships, who are forming their identity as an adolescent or young adult, who are exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity, couples seeking to heal their relationship, and those interested in developing a greater capacity for connection and intimacy.

I also use my training in neuroscience to understand the brain/mind/body connection and to translate this knowledge into clinical application. People find this perspective particularly helpful in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, sleep, and pain.

Boston therapist blending neuroscience, mind body work, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and IFS for conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD

my experience

I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from MSPP in Boston, and my doctorate in neuroscience from Washington University.

I have experience in private practice psychotherapy, primary care behavioral health, inpatient work with psychosis and serious mental illness, crisis intervention, and neuropsychological evaluation.

I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma, APA Division 44 – the Society for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.


I blend many ways of working to disentangle the complexity of emotional turmoil, biology, past history, stress, trauma, and familiar but self-defeating patterns.

The major modalities I work within are: talk therapy (depth therapy), internal family systems (IFS), mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), emotionally-focused couples therapy (EFT), brain/mind/body based interventions, and biofeedback. See more about these therapies here.

I also believe that therapy must always take into account how social factors (including class, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age) influence how we function in the world.

Within these contexts, therapy can help release one’s natural ability to feel, choose, work, love, and think more freely – that is, to act and feel more like oneself.


copyright 2015 Michelle Schlief, PhD, PsyD