Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Substance use
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
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.
- 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."
Treatment approachesDual-Brain Therapy Dual-brain therapy involves shifting response from the global, irrational, emotional side of the left brain to the logical, positive side of the right side of the brain. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
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