Frederic Schiffer, MD

Fredric Schiffer

Psychiatrist, MD

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)


Mon: 11:00am-7:00pm
Tue: 11:00am-7:00pm
Wed: 11:00am-7:00pm
Thu: 11:00am-7:00pm
Fri: 11:00am-7:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Substance use

Professional statement

Dr. Fredric Schiffer is an adult psychiatrist offering psychotherapy and medication management in Newton, MA. Combining over 30 years of clinical expertise and excellence in evidence-based techniques, he works closely with his clients to explore trauma, substance use, depression, and anxiety. His practice’s primary focus is on genuinely understanding the emotional traumas of each client to treat it in an empathetic, informed way.

Dr. Schiffer practices from a psychodynamic and dual-brain approach, the former which he developed to explain the relationship between the cerebral hemispheres and their manifestation of separate personalities. Dual brain therapy is explained in his book Of Two Minds and is supported by peer-reviewed research papers and review articles.

Dr. Schiffer received his MD at Drexel College of Medicine and subsequently completed residencies and fellowships at Hahnemann Hospital and Medical College, Harvard Medical School, and McLean Hospital. In addition to private practice, he serves as Research Associate at McLean Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Substance use – As a certified Suboxone provider, Dr. Schiffer works to prevent and reduce challenges related to opioids and cocaine use

General expertise

Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Learning disabilities –  Including social, communication, and behavioral challenges related to autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and ADHD


Dr. Schiffer is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial/ongoing sessions: $300/session (60min)

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

Message to clients

"I believe that symptoms originate most often in childhood traumas that get more complex as one grows. Often these traumas are not recognized or if they are their full significance is often well appreciated. The work I do is to help you find that part of you that is still stuck in those old traumas and help you to come to bear and process the tangled issues to become more integrated and achieve wellbeing. The work should be challenging but also intensely interesting and helpful."

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 1978 - Present
McLean Hospital, Research Associate, 2000 - 2018
McLean Hospital, Attending Psychiatrist, 1978 - 2000
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Resident in Psychiatry, 1975 - 1978
Harvard Medical School, Cardiology Fellow, 1973 - 1975
Hahnemann Hospital and Medical College, Medical Resident, 1971 - 1973

Drexel College of Medicine, MD, 1971
University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1967