Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatrist, MD
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 26)
Parents of children (parent guidance)
Specialties & expertise
- Impulse control issues
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Existential challenges / crises
Dr. Amy Funkenstein is an Adult, Adolescent, and Child psychiatrist in Belmont, MA. She specializes in anxiety disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, panic disorders, and phobias, and sees clients for other common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. She works with children, parents of children (for parent guidance), and young adults (up to 26 years old).
Dr. Funkenstein believes that medication management is most powerful when in conjunction with therapy or another evidence-based treatment option. She uses Exposure Therapy with Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Behavior, Habit Reversal Therapy for Trichotillomania, and goal-oriented supportive therapy with behavioral components for other mental health issues. She is committed to involving members of the family or other supports in order to help patients move in a healthy direction, as she believes each individual is part of a greater system.
Prior to starting private practice, Dr. Funkenstein worked at Tufts Medical Center, Rhode Island Hospital Young Adult Behavioral Health Program, and Bradley Hospital. She completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital (Brown University Medical School) and her Adult Psychiatry Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance (Harvard Medical School).
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues while supporting children
Trichotillomania – Habit Reversal Therapy for recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out body hair (e.g. eyelashes, eyebrows, hair)
Perfectionism – Working on shifting mindsets that refuse to accept any standard short of perfection
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Dr. Funkenstein is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Intake session: $495
- Ongoing sessions (25min): $200
- Ongoing sessions (50min): $350
Note: Dr. Funkenstein is an out-of-network provider for all insurance carriers. You will be given a receipt for the services provided to submit to your insurance company with all necessary information. Insurances that include out-of-network benefits often reimburse between 20-90% of fees.
In checking with your carrier, it may help to report the codes that will be billed. You will need to know if you have out of network benefits, any deductible for out of network benefits you must meet, and the dollar reimbursement amount for the following codes:
- Initial Evaluation: 90792
- Half Hour Medication Management Appointment: 99214 or 99213 (depending on complexity) and 90833
- Hourly Psychotherapy with or without Medication Management Appointments: 99214 or 99213 (depending on complexity) and 90836
Message to clients
"I am committed to my patients to see their lives improve through a compassionate, straight-forward approach. I'm happy to work with individuals alone but I'm also happy to involve family in order to move the family system or the patient in a healthy direction. I believe every individual is part of a greater system, and in order for individuals to improve quickly and with sustainability, the system around the person often needs treatment. This often means I see children as the primary patient but mostly see them with their parents, and then their parents alone either for individual or couples therapy, and I will often prescribe for the parents if they need treatment. I found this more holistic approach to treating children (and often college students) produces behavior and mood/anxiety changes that are longer-lasting and more powerful.
I believe in the power of medication management but think it is an adjunctive therapy to the primary treatment which is the evidence based treatment for whatever the patient is struggling with. For OCD, this is exposure with response prevention, for Trichotillomania, this is habit reversal therapy, and for existential issues, it's goal-oriented, supportive therapy with behavioral components as needed."
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Exposure with Response Prevention
Habit Reversal Therapy
Education and work experience
Private practice, Psychiatrist and therapist, 2017 - Present
Tufts Medical Center, Staff Psychiatrist
Rhode Island Hospital Young Adult Behavioral Health Program, Staff Psychiatrist
Bradley Hospital, Staff Psychiatrist, OCD Intensive Treatment Program
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Rhode Island Hospital, Warren Alpert Brown Medical School
Adult Psychiatry Residency, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School
University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD, 2009