Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
College & graduate student mental health
Race & cultural identity
Family issues & stepfamily therapy
Dr. Annkatrine Gates is a Clinical Psychologist in Cambridge, MA who specializes in college and graduate student mental health, trauma, multicultural challenges, family issues, parenting, and relationships. She is particularly focused on working with families, individuals, or couples who are navigating the unique challenges that occur within stepfamilies. She also has extensive experience in college counseling and trauma, including sexual trauma, childhood trauma, and complex trauma.
Dr. Gates’ treatment approach is rooted in Family Systems and Psychodynamic Theory. Her sessions are individualized depending on her clients’ needs and goals. She believes strongly in the benefits of doing deep, long-term work to help her clients better understand how past experiences have shaped how they view and act in the world today. When working with clients with a history of trauma, Dr. Gates spends time identifying traumatic events and educating her clients on the psychological effects of those experiences. She is careful discussing the trauma in-depth before a client is ready. She instead focuses at first on how the effects of a traumatic experience continue to manifest in a client’s life. As a critical part of treating trauma, Dr. Gates helps her clients develop coping skills to mitigate the ongoing difficulty of surviving trauma.
Dr. Gates prioritizes making sure that all her clients feel seen and heard. She received her PsyD from William James College. Afterward, she completed a post-doctoral internship at Brandeis University’s Counseling Center and a post-graduate fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. In addition to talk therapy, Annkatrine runs three groups: a grief support group, a stepmother support group, and a group for trauma survivors. She looks forward to meeting you.
College & graduate student mental health – Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety and/or depression
Race & cultural identity – Understanding one’s own racial and cultural identity within a personal, inter-personal, community, political and historical context; acclimating to a new environment and culture; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places & historical trauma
Family issues & stepfamily therapy – Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout child rearing; managing stress and developing strategies to improve and increase support
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening, violent, and/or disturbing events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Existential crisis – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Dr. Gates is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $180/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Gates can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“Finding a therapist you feel safe and honestly comfortable with is essential for a truly successful therapy relationship. It is my goal to help you figure out what you are looking for in a therapist and how you can get properly connected if we find that you and I are not the “right” match. I would be happy to set up a free 15 minute phone consultation to answer any questions you may have or to assist you in formulating your questions.”
Treatment approachesFamily SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Brandeis University Counseling Center, Pre- and Post-doctoral Internship
Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Post-graduate Fellowship
Trauma-focused Therapy Training
Multicultural Awareness and Skills Training
Certified Stepfamily Foundation Coach
William James College, PsyD, 2017
Harvard University, ALB, 2012