Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting clients paying out of pocket or using an out-of-network insurance for the time being (slots for BCBS and Tufts clients are full).
Specialties & expertise
- Adjustment to college/graduate school
- Spiritual issues
- Existential challenges
- LGBQ and sexuality issues
Brennan Mallonee is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA. Her office is conveniently located in Harvard Square.
Brennan specializes in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and questions related to spirituality. She provides a safe space in which clients can explore their spiritual side, whether that means understanding a faith tradition and how it relates to daily life, or finding meaning and purpose during difficult life transitions. Brennan works with clients to access their inner wisdom and strength while exploring life's deeper meaning. She is passionate about helping clients discover who they are, what they really want out of life, and how to live a life that is full and vibrant.
Brennan works with clients 18 and older, and particularly enjoys working with young adults and college students who wish to explore challenges related to intersecting identities. She uses a holistic approach in her practice, incorporating CBT, humanistic counseling, Existential Therapy, mindfulness practices, and supportive therapy to help clients feel comfortable asking big questions and exploring the roots of the human experience.
Adjustment to college and graduate school – Managing new academic, social, and interpersonal pressures
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Spiritual issues – Exploring the role that religion plays in daily life, including the relationship with a higher power, habits, and community; managing conflict and trauma in the context of faith
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
LGBQ and sexuality issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Berklee College of Music Student Insurance (BCBS)
- 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)
- Individual sessions: $155/session
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Brennan can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Welcome! If you're here, that means you're looking for support as you grow and heal. Everyone can use some help with this at some point or another, but it can be intimidating to reach out. My job is to create a place where you feel safe and accepted as you start to explore yourself and ways you might like to grow or change. I believe everyone has wisdom inside them that can help along this journey. Even when you're feeling stuck, we can work together to tap into this wisdom and help you find your best way forward."
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.
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (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)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (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, 2015 - Present
Greenbridge Counseling & Wellness, LLC, 2013 - 2017
Arbour Counseling Services, 2011 - 2013
Youth Villages (formerly Germaine Lawrence, Inc.), 2010
William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology), MA, 2010
Dartmouth College, BA, 2005