Accepting clients paying out of pocket or who have PPO plans other than Blue Cross Blue Shield (slots for BCBS clients are full)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Emotional /behavioral avoidance
- Career counseling
- Life transitions
- Relationship issues
- Eating disorder recovery
- Body image issues
Dr. Allison Karthaus is a psychologist in downtown Boston with expertise in anxiety, difficulties in career and life transitions, relationship challenges, and perfectionism. She specializes in working with recent college graduates, parents of young children, and individuals who identify as LGBTQ. As a registered yoga teacher, she aims to help clients cultivate their own awareness of their physical and emotional bodies, working towards the development of their own intuitive strategies for managing the stress of daily life. Her office is conveniently located downtown within a few blocks of all the subway lines..
Dr. Karthaus utilizes evidence based therapies in her practice, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based therapy, and yoga. Using ACT, she helps clients recognize the things that are important to them, while incorporating mindfulness and CBT skills to manage their stress and anxiety more effectively.
For recent college graduates, Dr. Karthaus provides a space for clients to develop their personal values and goals amidst what can be an intimidating vast openness of career paths. For parents of young children, she provides a supportive environment where parents can develop their own ideas of how they want to balance parenting, home life, work, and self care. Finally, for individuals who identify as LGBTQ, she provides a space for clients to explore their identity and learn to live in a world that is not always affirming.
Dr. Karthaus received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia and worked at Suffolk University and Cambridge Eating Disorder Center prior to starting her private practice.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Career and Professional Issues – Difficulty managing relationships with coworkers or supervisors, executive coaching, career management and trajectory.
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Eating disorders – Including history of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating; identification of control as it relates to food and exercise
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
LGBTQ and gender identity– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Peripartum depression, Anxiety, and OCD
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Weight management (losing weight) – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Boston College Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Harvard Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Lesley University Student Insurance (BCBS)
- MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (BCBS)
- Northeastern University Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Initial session: $300 (60min)
- Ongoing sessions: $225 (45min) or $275 (60min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy and can be discussed upon consultation.
Therapist's note: Dr. Karthaus can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Note: Dr. Karthaus is an out-of-network provider for Cigna, Tufts, Health Plans, and Aetna. Insurances that include out-of-network benefits often reimburse between 20-90% of fees. For clients with Cigna PPO, Tufts PPO, Health Plans PPO insurances, she can file reimbursement claims on behalf of clients directly with the insurance companies. Aetna PPO clients are required to pay the session fee at the time of service and reimbursement will go to the client.
Message to clients
"In today's busy world, it's hard to find peace of mind. Many of us as a result, are overly stressed and experience negative effects of that stress, such as anxiety and depression. As a counseling psychologist and registered yoga teacher, I approach mental health from a wellness perspective aiming to help clients find meaning and fulfillment in their lives. I utilize evidence-based practices, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. My goal as a therapist is to help clients uncover problematic behaviors and ways of thinking and help them implement skills needed to make meaningful and lasting change. I believe that everyone has the capability to live a rich and meaningful life and to overcome barriers. I hope to be able to help you live a more mindful life, become aware of your process, and maximize your potential. I look forward to speaking with you!"
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2012 - Present
Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, 2011 - 2012
Suffolk University, 2010 - 2011
University of Georgia, PhD, 2011
University of Georgia, MEd, 2007
Mercer University, BS, 2005