Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Interpersonal relationships
- Children and adolescents
- Life transitions
- Work stress
- College mental health
Brad Schutzer is a counselor in Quincy, MA with expertise in working with both children and adults on topics such as anxiety, depression, and stressors related to school and work. With nearly a decade of clinical experience working with clients of various backgrounds, Brad is dedicated to helping clients develop actionable strategies to overcome their challenges. He uses evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to empower clients to remove negative thinking and focus on important values and goals. He also incorporates play therapy in his work with children.
Brad sees children as young as 6 years old for topics such as emotional development, school avoidance, interpersonal issues, oppositional behaviors, and educational stress. Among adolescents and teenagers, he sees a lot of self-esteem issues and challenges during the transition into adulthood. With adults, Brad works with clients on managing family stress, occupational issues, and relationship problems.
Prior to opening his private practice, Brad worked at Community Resources for Justice and Strattus Mental Health Clinic. His goal is to create a safe space for clients feel comfortable and supported to realize growth and progress.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Adolescent/college mental health – Support navigating school-related expectations and stress; addressing difficulties in making life decisions
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
- Beacon Health
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Neighborhood Health
- Boston College Student Insurance
- Harvard Student Insurance
- Lesley University Student Insurance
- MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan
- Northeastern University Student Insurance
- Initial/ongoing sessions: $100/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Brad can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Starting therapy can sometimes be an intimidating process and I very much understand and appreciate that. I strive to provide a comfortable and safe environment for my clients that allows for progress and growth. Goals in therapy are different for everybody and I focus on meeting my clients where they are and tailor my treatment to help my clients to the best of my ability."
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)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Community Resources for Justice, 2015 - 2017
Strattus Mental Health Clinic, 2013 - 2015
Northeastern University, Master of Science, 2013
James Madison University, BA, 2011