Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients
Emerging adults / college students (18 - 24)
Emerging adults (18-30)
Specialties & expertise
- Transitioning from school to work
- Personal and professional growth
Doug DiMartile is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in downtown Boston, MA. Doug specializes in working with individuals navigating trauma, anxiety, and depression. He also enjoys helping clients achieve personal and professional growth, as well as supporting emerging adults as they transition from college and graduate school to the working world.
Doug has extensive experience in trauma recovery, having worked with individuals experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, and abuse. He believes in each individual's internal strength and admires the resilience of the human spirit.
In his private practice, Doug conducts sessions in both English and Spanish. His utilizes a holistic bio-socio-psycho-spiritual integrated approach, informed by his training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, existential therapy, mindfulness practices, and psychoanalytical therapy.
Doug works with emerging adults, adults, and seniors. He consistently strives to be on his clients' side as they figure out their own path, and believes that the individual is the catalyst for their own change.
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
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
Personal and professional growth – Building on existing strengths to reach goals in relationships, health, and work or school
Career challenges – Supporting emerging adults as they transition from school to work, find fulfilling careers, manage workplace relations, and make midlife career changes
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
Adoption and foster care – Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Transgender topics – Provides therapeutic support before, during, and after transition
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Boston College Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Harvard Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Lesley University Student Insurance (BCBS)
- MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (BCBS)
- Northeastern University Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Initial session: $240 (60min)
- Ongoing sessions: $220 (50min)
Sliding scale: Not offered.
Therapist's note: Doug can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Whether struggling through life transition, feeling uncertainty, experiencing anxiety/worry, or wishing to feel less sadness and more joy, more purpose, more fun! - I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to find your ground and get back on track.
I consider myself fortunate and privileged to join with individuals on their journey to find healing, happiness, success, order, peace and understanding. With a keen passion for working with individuals, I offer support through a trained holistic lens, where we collaboratively examine life through the biological, social, psychological and spiritual lens'. Together we make meaning, while clients often find healing, strength and shift life experience toward the positive. We also make room to laugh! I hope you will invite me to join your journey."
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)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Holistic Bio-Socio-Psycho-Spiritual Integrated Approach
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 Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (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, Present
St. Francis House, Clinical Leadership & Supervisor, 2010 - 2016
Lesley University, Senior Teaching Fellow, 2012 - 2014
Boston University, MA Certificate in Non-Profit Management & Leadership, 2015
Lesley University, MA in Mental Health Counseling, 2009
University of Oregon, BA, 2000