Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Currently accepting new clients with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare; accepting Beacon Health Strategies clients this fall
Offers remote therapy for Blue Cross Blue Shield and private pay clients.
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Grief and Loss
- Life transitions
- Career counseling
- Bipolar disorder
- Self esteem
- Gender and sexual identity
- College student challenges
Idonia Gaede is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Newton, MA specializing in trauma, grief, career counseling, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. She works with teenagers, young adults, college students, and adults, and her practice is affirming of individuals who identify as LGBTQ. Prior to starting her private practice, she worked as a college counselor at Curry College and as a therapist at Riverside Trauma Center.
Idonia has extensive background working with trauma survivors, including survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as individuals who have experienced bullying, natural disasters, and parental divorce. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she helps clients understand how their traumatic experiences may be affecting current interpersonal relationships and build resilience to move beyond their trauma symptoms.
Idonia also enjoys supporting clients through life transitions, whether a break up, job change, loss of a loved one, or birth of a new child. She aims to help clients tap into their inner resources to find their higher purpose and meaningful connections in their lives. As a former executive recruiter, she has coached and mentored clients towards successful and fulfilling careers, and enjoys helping clients identify their gifts and shape their careers using those skills.
Finally, Idonia is passionate about advocating for the LGBTQ community as an ally, and provides a warm environment for individuals who are questioning, self identifying, and coming out. She works holistically with clients to find the right resources for them, including physicians and support groups.
Idonia's treatment approach integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, mindfulness practices, and Solution Focused Therapy. She creates a non-judgmental, collaborative space for clients to take the first step towards change in their lives.
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Career counseling – Helping to identify strengths, areas of expertise and passion during a job transition or search.
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
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
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
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
Sexual identity – Questioning gender and sexuality; non-binary identification, transgender identification, queer identity, sexuality and power
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD) – Severe, sometimes disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that can cause extreme mood shifts and disrupt your work or affect relationships.
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
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)
- Beacon Health
- Individual sessions: $125 (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Idonia can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"We are created to have meaningful connections, find a higher purpose and be able to handle the waves that life brings - such as life transitions, traumatic experiences and loss of loved ones - just as a surfer rides the waves of the ocean. I believe people have the ability to live their best lives, and my role as a therapist is to help tap into those inner resources. I guide clients to overcome a range of issues and to move into a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
I have helped adults with traumatic life events, grief and loss, sexual and gender identity questions, anxiety, depression and relationship concerns. I have helped people explore their career path, seek greater fulfillment in their current role or helping them move on to their next great career.
My approach is collaborative, warm and non-judgmental. I use a blend of treatment techniques-integrating mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy as well as career coaching."
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)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (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)
Solution-focused therapySolution focused therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Riverside Trauma Team, 2010 - Present
Curry College Counseling Center, 2013 - 2017
Riverside Community Care, 2009 - 2013
Boston College, MSW, 2009