Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for morning and daytime appointments
Caitlin also offers remote video sessions.
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Women's mental health
- Occupational and academic stress
- Life transitions
Caitlin Vinter is a therapist specializing in women's mental health, wellness, and empowerment. She sees women for anxiety, depression, life transitions, quarter-life crises, work or academic stress, and difficulties with family, peer, or romantic relationships. Her clientele is mostly young women, ages 18 - 35 years old, including college and graduate students and young professionals.
Caitlin pulls from various therapeutic approaches to help her clients overcome life stressors and achieve their goals. She helps clients recognize and shift automatic negative thoughts and unhelpful core beliefs through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; identify core values through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; and develop psychological flexibility through mindfulness and value-based goal setting.
Caitlin gained her experience at an outpatient clinic, residential substance use facility, a community drop in center for individuals with chronic illness, and supportive housing agency. She is currently spending a year in France and offers remote therapy sessions for Massachusetts-based clients.
Clients experiencing any of the following may be a good fit for therapy with Caitlin:
- mild depression
- peer or romantic relationship challenges
- life transitions
- work or academic stress
- sense of self
- family issues
Because of the limits of Caitlin's remote private practice, clients with the following specific issues may be better served by a different therapist:
- high risk for suicide/ serious self-harm
- history of psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization
- history of suicidal thoughts, attempts, or self harm
- severe eating disorders
- active substance use
- anyone requiring more than weekly contact and who needs greater access to their providers
Women's mental health
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Occupational and academic stress
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating; negotiating family relationships
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
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
- 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 two sessions: $120
- Ongoing sessions: $100
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Note: Not all BCBS plans cover teletherapy; this might not be determined until you submit for payment for a session. If a plan does not cover teletherapy, you are responsible for the full out-of-pocket fee.
Message to clients
"I am passionate about helping my clients work through their struggles as they uncover and achieve their preferred path in life. Being truthful and vulnerable is no easy feat, so I do my best to make my clients feel welcomed, respected, and accepted in our work together."
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)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (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, 2017 - Present
Commonwealth Land Trust, Clinical Program Director, 2016 - 2017
Victory Programs, Positive Prevention Coordinator, 2015 - 2016
Victory Programs, Education and Prevention Specialist, 2014 - 2015
South End Community Health Center, Outpatient Therapist Intern, 2013 - 2014
Women's Hope Treatment Facility, Counselor, 2012 - 2013