Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Intimacy challenges
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
- Life transitions
- Grief and loss
Dr. Colleen Casey is a clinical psychologist in Newton, MA with expertise in anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief and loss, and trauma recovery. Dr. Casey particularly enjoys seeing young adults and college students experiencing anxiety from day-to-day life stressors and challenges with perfectionism. She also works with individuals facing relationship or intimacy challenges.
In her private practice, Dr. Casey works with adolescents and adults to resolve conflicts, improve relationships, and build self-esteem. She also has extensive experience with complex trauma; with these clients, she values her ability to form a stable, supportive relationship and provides a safe environment to facilitate the healing process for each individual.
Dr. Casey draws from various theoretical approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychoanalytic theory to give clients the concrete skills to face current challenges while also examining root causes. She utilizes a strengths-based approach, keeping the focus on what is working well for a client and their ability to control and improve their present circumstances.
Dr. Casey received her doctoral degree from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Prior to private practice, Dr. Casey worked in a variety of clinical settings including a college counseling center and an outpatient hospital setting, providing her with the depth and breadth of experience to support clients from all walks of life.
Perfectionism – Striving for flawlessness, setting unrealistic performance expectations
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Intimacy challenges – Difficulty building and maintaining close interpersonal relationships, avoiding feelings of vulnerability within one's close relationships
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; contemplation of separation; breakups, friendships, dating
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges
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
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Dr. Casey is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/ session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Dr. Casey can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Welcome! Dr. Casey offers a warm, empathetic approach to clients where they can talk about a variety of concerns in a supportive environment. Dr. Casey's areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, perfectionism, and difficulties related to trauma. Dr. Casey helps people make successful life transitions, face challenges, and resolve troubling times in their relationships. Dr. Casey draws from various theoretical orientations, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, family systems, and strength-based approaches."
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)
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. (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)
Strength-Based TherapyThrough strength-based therapy, the positive aspects of a client's character are highlighted rather than his or her weaknesses. It encourages patients to cultivate their interests, identify their strengths, and build upon them to reach goals and establish resilience. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2012 - Present
Mass General for Children at North Shore Children's Hospital, Neurodevelopmental Center, Outpatient Mental Health, 2011 - 2012
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2011
Suffolk University, MA MS Mental Health Counseling, 2005
University of Connecticut, BA in Psychology, 2002