Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Adolescents (12 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Loss and grief
Working with international individuals
Adolescent and young adult mental health
Personal and professional growth
Dr. Catalina Arboleda is a Harvard-educated and trained licensed psychologist in Cambridge, MA. She has deep expertise in helping clients touched by loss build sustainable coping skills. She is particularly experienced at working with those who are looking to improve their relationships within their families, with their partners, or at work. Dr. Arboleda works with many trauma survivors using a collaborative approach to understand and move beyond deeply rooted emotional challenges.
Dr. Arboleda’s practice approach is highly attuned to the needs of her clients, and she is sensitive to the influence of cultural upbringing on the issues that her clients bring to her attention. She draws from a variety of approaches, in order to help her clients better understand and change themselves and their relationship patterns.
Dr. Arboleda sees clients ranging from adolescence to late adulthood, with a special focus on students, working adults, and those who are raising children. She particularly enjoys working with individuals who are motivated to resolve their difficulties and become more resilient. At the heart of her practice is a strong commitment to providing solution-focused therapy, enabling clients to make more positive, meaningful decisions and live more fulfilling lives.
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief, processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Adolescent & young adult mental health – Navigating interpersonal, emotional, and behavioral transitions as an emerging adult
Working with International individuals – Navigating issues in the context of a different cultural identity
Strengthening resilience – Learning how to adapt to different life circumstances
Academic issues – Adjusting to middle or upper school, college, graduate school, post-doctoral status
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting the parenting of their children
Relationship issues – Dealing with stresses in your relationships, finding a suitable partner, changing long-standing relationship patterns
Work Issues – Professional growth, dealing with interpersonal issues at work, achieving work-life balance
Divorce – Dealing with the emotional implications of divorce on one's self and family members, managing the stressors from the divorce of one's parents, relatives, or loved ones, reintegrating to life without one's former spouse
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Initial/ongoing session: $225/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $150 - $225 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"I can make a very positive difference in your life! I am a highly interactive, practical and compassionate psychologist, with a direct active style that will enable to you to make sense and find solutions to the issues you are struggling with. Should we chose to work together, we will work collaboratively, build on your strengths and find new ways for you to approach the challenges you are facing. For thirty years, I have seen mostly American students & professionals, but I have also enjoyed working with people from many other countries."
Treatment approachesInterpersonal 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)
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)
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)
Relational Therapyxxx (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1988 - Present
Private School Consultant, 1985 - 1989
Judge Baker Children's Center & Children's Hospital, 1982 - 1984
Harvard University, PhD, 1982
Harvard University, BA, 1976