Accepting new clients
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Chronic illness
- Existential challenges / crises
- mpulse control issues
- LGBTQ and gender identity issues
- Loss and grief
- Life transitions
- Stress management
Dr. Cathryn Freid is a psychologist in private practice in Newton, MA. She specializes in anxiety, eating disorders, depression, family issues, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and relationships, and sees adolescents (age 12 and older) and adults. Dr. Freid provides evidence-based assessments and treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in which she has over 10 years of training and experience. She uses a collaborative approach to help clients understand how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact and to develop skills for increasing cognitive flexibility and distress tolerance, improving symptoms and changing targeted behaviors.
Dr. Freid received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. She completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. She has held professional positions at McLean Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she gained additional experience in research addressing issues related to women’s mental and physical health.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Freid currently has appointments as Clinical Teaching Faculty in the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program (EDCRP) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and as part-time Lecturer on Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. As part of the EDCRP at MGH, she provides weekly supervision to trainees and regularly collaborates with colleagues within this program. Prior to Dr. Freid's appointment at MGH, she was affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a consultant on issues related to mental health assessments for the Women’s Hormones and Aging Research Program (WHARP) in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Freid’s office is conveniently located close to the Newton Highlands T-stop with plenty of street parking.
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; body image concerns; guidance for parents of children with eating disorders
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks; phobias; using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention for relevant conditions
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues; guidance for parents of children with eating disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using Exposure and Response Prevention and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
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
Chronic illness – Co-occurrence of medical and psychiatric symptoms; managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
LGBTQ and gender identity issues – Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
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
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
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; guidance for parents of children with eating disorders; becoming a parent, changing parental roles
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Dr. Freid is not in-network with any insurances.
- Individual sessions: $200/session (50min)
- First appointment: $200/session (60min)
Therapist's note Your insurance company may offer partial reimbursement for out-of-network services. Dr. Freid can provide you with documentation to submit to your insurance company to seek reimbursement.
Message to clients
"My practice focuses on evidence-based treatments, which are treatments supported by research. I primarily use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in my practice. CBT uses a collaborative approach to help you better understand how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact and how these interactions contribute to and maintain symptoms such as anxiety, depressed mood or eating disorders and body image concerns. The goal of treatment is to help you develop skills to address your current symptoms and that you can use long-term to promote resiliency and improve emotional well-being."
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.
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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Harvard Medical School, Instructor in Psychology, 2009 - 2011; part-time Lecturer in Psychology, 2015 - Present
Massachusetts General Hospital, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Clinical Teaching Faculty, 2017-present
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Women's Hormones and Aging Research Program, Research Associate, 2015; Consultant, 2015 - 2017
McLean Hospital, Project Director, 2009 - 2011
Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Chicago Medical Center, Predoctoral Internship
Vanderbilt University, Clinical Psychology, PhD
Northwestern University, B.A., summa cum laude