Christopher Welch, PsyD

Christopher D. Welch
Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait (updated March 7, 2017)

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    About Dr. Welch

  • Expertise in depression, mood, anxiety, trauma, identity struggles, emotional and behavioral control, and family conflict
  • Experience working with children, adolescents and young adults
  • Passionate about connecting with individuals in early adulthood struggling with perceived inadequacy, identity, and intimate relationships
  • Member of the group practice, Azimuth Psychological

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Dr. Christopher Welch is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with youth and families from diverse backgrounds. His particular areas of interest and expertise include helping children, adolescents, and young adults who are experiencing challenges related to depression, mood, anxiety, trauma, identity struggles, family conflict, and emotional and behavioral control, whether they occur during times of transition or involve more longstanding concerns.

Through his continued training in psychology, Dr. Welch became more keenly aware of how unresolved issues from a person’s past could have a substantial, insidious, and often unrecognized influence on their current difficulties. Therefore, he has found it important to work with each patient to examine areas where they may have become “stuck” earlier in their development, and determine ways they can address and overcome these lingering difficulties, liberating them from obstacles which have heretofore impeded change and enhanced life fulfillment. Dr. Welch has a particular interest in and familiarity with assisting patients with challenges associated with the myriad changes and transitions that occur during adolescence through early adulthood such as perceived inadequacy, identity, and intimate relationships.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"I am committed to building trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationships, and view them as a crucial foundational element to any successful therapy, facilitating self-discovery and emotional healing. Using developmental and relational perspectives and strategies as a framework, along with cognitive behavior skills, I will work with you or your child to begin the process of uncovering and examining unique psychological needs, motivations, and self-perceptions and patterns of thinking about and relating to others and how they might contribute to current difficulties. These insights will aid us as we work together to identify and develop an individualized plan to accomplish the therapeutic goals in a manner that is consistent with your hopes, values, and aspirations.

I believe that my curious, thoughtful, empathic, encouraging, and pragmatic therapeutic style engenders an affirmative and comfortable therapeutic space for our work together. My primary aim is to assist in tapping into inherent potential for self-awareness and understanding, mobilizing strengths, and developing tools that promote confidence, personal growth, and meaningful and satisfying relationships with others."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Azimuth Psychological, Psychologist, 2015 - Present
Somerville Mental Health Center- Child and Family Services/Guidance Center Family Clinic, Post-Doctoral Clinician & Staff Psychologist, 2005 - 2015
Somerville Kennedy School SEEK Program, School Consultant, 2008 - 2013
Crestwood Children’s Center, Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern, 2003 - 2004

Georgia School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 1998 - 2005
Tufts University, BA in Clinical Psychology, 1988 - 1992

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks; perceived inadequacy
Life transitions & Identity struggles – Particular focus on transitions from childhood to adolescence into early adulthood, including identity issues; adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; gender and sexual identities
Disruptive behavior problems in childhood/adolescence – Low frustration tolerance, oppositional-defiant behaviors, verbal or physical aggression, conduct problems that interfere with others’ rights
Anger management – Anger is easily triggered, hyperarousal/difficulties controlling anger reaction, impulsive responses to anger, preoccupations with concerns about fairness


OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Cultural adjustment – Transitioning from another country, state, or city; adjusting as an international student or out-of-state student
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

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)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group.
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)
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)
Integrative TherapyIntegrative therapy combines techniques from multiple psychotherapy modalities in order to best meet the needs of an individual. It considers each client holistically and focuses on building a strong therapist-client relationship in order to flexibly tailor the approach necessary for each individual's healing process. (learn more)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Children (<12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Family
Parents

Languages

LANGUAGES

English