Adult & Child Psychiatrist, MD
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Specialties & expertise
- Substance use
Dr. Chiké Nwankwo is an adult and child psychiatrist Brookline, MA with expertise in anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and substance abuse. He completed his Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry Fellowships and Residency at Harvard Medical School and received his MD from University of Michigan Medical School.
The majority of Dr. Chiké's work is talk therapy, with medication management available as necessary. His approach to medication is highly transparent, and he values developing a trusting and respectful relationship with his clients before prescribing. Dr. Chiké combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, mindfulness practices, psychoanalytical therapy, and supportive therapy to cater to the individual's needs.
Dr. Chiké began his studies in Behavioral Neuroscience as an undergraduate student at Harvard College, and continues to be passionate about the study of how the mind works and how people behave. He offers a collaborative, supportive approach, alongside his canine co-therapist, Dale. His office is conveniently located right on the Green Line (C).
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)
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Autism spectrum – Family and parent support around a new diagnosis; learning behavioral strategies; advocating for academic accommodations
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Panic disorders – Navigating triggers; gaining coping skills; resolving underlying traumas
Dr. Chiké is not in-network for any insurances. Learn why seeing an out-of-network provider can be beneficial here.
- Initial session: $450 (60min)
- Ongoing sessions: $350 (45min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Chiké can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions. Here are downloadable reimbursement forms: Aetna / Blue Cross Blue Shield / Cigna / Tufts / Generic form
Message to clients
"I try to be really respectful of people. It’s no small thing to come into therapy, nobody ever comes into therapy on their best day, its often their worst. I really try to keep that in mind. I really try to meet people where they’re at. I want to help people get the most out of their lives."
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
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, 2006 - Present
North Suffolk Mental Health Associates, 2004 - 2014
Harvard Medical School: Cambridge Health Alliance, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, 2004 - 2006
Harvard Medical School: MGH/McLean, Adult Psychiatry Residency, 2001 - 2004
Caritas Carney Hospital, Preliminary Program in Internal Medicine, 2000 - 2001
University of Michigan Medical School, MD, 2000
Harvard College, AB, 1995