Dina Pasalis, LICSW

Dina Pasalis

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW, MBA

Accepting new clients


 

Clientele

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults
College students
Adults
Couples

Specialties & expertise

  • Life transitions
  • Existential questions
  • Social identity issues
  • Racial identity
  • Women's Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Couples counseling
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dina Pasalis is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA, a five- minute walk from Harvard Square T stop (Red Line).

Dina has expertise in life transitions, social identity issues, anxiety and depression. She works with individuals and couples. In her private practice, she sees teenagers and adults, with a focus on college students and professionals. In addition, Dina is deeply committed to working with clients struggling with the impacts of structural oppression such as racism and sexism.

Psychodynamically trained, Dina incorporates treatment approaches that are relevant and meaningful to each client, including Internal Family Systems and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. Certified in Kripalu Yoga, she approaches clients with an engaged heart and deep respect for the bodies role in healing emotional wounds.

Dina received her Master's Degree from The Smith School for Social Work and her BA from Princeton University. She earned an MBA from the University of Michigan (now the Ross School of Business) and spent nearly a decade working at a Fortune 100 company.


Specialties

Social and racial identity – Navigating the impact of privilege and oppression for identities including race, class, religion, age, ability, and immigration status
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
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
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

General expertise

Trauma – Dealing with domestic violence, past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma
Gender and sexuality, LGBTQ topics – Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues


Insurances

Dina is not in-network for any insurances.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual and couple's sessions range from $170 to $220

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Dina can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Message to clients

"For me, becoming a therapist required a commitment to my own growth and healing. This, I think, is the most important thing to know about me. Through the process you are about to engage in, I found work that engages me and allows me to feel more myself. Whether you struggle with existential angst, relational tension, depression, anxiety or the trials of life transition, I will collaborate with you to figure out the best way through... for YOU. Training in the theory and practice of social work, psychoanalysis and yoga inform my approach with individuals and couples.

As a social worker I believe family, organizational and community systems contribute to and inhibit wellbeing. As a psychodynamic clinician I believe your psyche is complicated. At times we take action based on what we believe is solid reasoning. Later, we may discover hidden motivations.
Finally, as a trained Kripalu Yoga instructor I believe in the value of presence. No matter what stressors exist - external or internal - if we can find our feet, find our breath, often, we can figure out how to move forward. I look forward to hearing from you.
"


Treatment approaches

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) AEDP focuses on the in-depth processing of trauma and emotional difficulties to encourage the formation of new, transformative, positive experiences. AEDP acknowledges the inner strength of each individual by activating the adaptive change process and building a strong emotional relationship with the client. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (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)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, Position, 2016 - Present
Eliot Community Services, 2015 - 2017
Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, 2014 - 2016
Cambridge Health Alliance, 2013 - 2014
Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, 2012 - 2013

Smith School for Social Work, MSW, 2014
University of Michigan, MBA, 1999
Princeton University, 1992


Languages

English


Professional endorsement

It is with great pleasure that I provide Dina Pasalis my strongest possible endorsement. Dina thoughtfully and powerfully addresses clinical challenges by combining technical innovations with the knowledge, values, and practices of local communities that have often been disproportionately affected by mental illness. She is passionate, honest and thoughtful of the complex interactions between the natural and cultural world and within this nexus Dina shares her significant knowledge and experiences in psychotherapy freely. She is creative, moving, expressive, humorous, and spirited.

Dina has excellent insight and possesses rigorous analytical decision making abilities that have supported her approach to psychotherapy. She has not only excelled at the specific task of moving forward initiatives for healing, but has become a force that supports and brings excellence to our community of psychotherapists. Dina’s perspective is holistic and grand, simplistically beautiful but mindfully complex and approaches clients with kindness, compassion, expertise and support. In sum, the experience both in knowledge and practice that Dina brings is nothing short of inspiring.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Trauma, anxiety, PTSD, depression, gender and sexuality, disassociation, OCD, grief, chronic pain, domestic abuse, domestic violence, relationship issues, coping skills, chronic pain.
— Fernando Ona, PhD, MPH, MSW, LCSW
I would recommend Dina without reservation. Dina possesses a remarkable capacity to fully engage both her mind and heart in her interactions with clients. She is insightful and warm, trustworthy in her capacity to be involved with, and accepting of, the full range of human emotion and experience. She is open, collaborative, deeply respectful, and attuned to both the common experience and the uniqueness of her clients. She is genuinely committed to the work and value of therapy.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Depression, anxiety, life transitions, and trauma.
— Ann Bitetti, psychotherapist, The Eliot Center