Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW, MBA
Accepting new clients
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Specialties & expertise
- Life transitions
- Existential questions
- Social identity issues
- Racial identity
- Women's Issues
- Couples counseling
- Gender and sexuality
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.
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
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
Dina is not in-network for any insurances.
- 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 approachesAccelerated 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