Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Autism spectrum / neurodivergence
- Transgender spectrum
- Parenting for transgender / autistic individuals
Jamie Freed is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with offices in Quincy and Newton Highlands, MA. She specializes in working with neurodivergent individuals and their families, including those on the autism spectrum, using a strengths based approach.
Jamie draws from years of experience as the Director of Adult Services at The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), where she worked with adults on the autism spectrum, as well as their families. She emphasizes the importance of psychoeducation and takes a practical approach to helping clientsimprove the quality of their lives whether focusing on communication, relationships, employment or having an independent and meaningful life..
Jamie also has expertise in working with individuals who are exploring their gender identity and expression, including non-binary identities. She brings a nonjudgmental, compassionate approach to the therapeutic relationship. Jamie’s style is primarily cognitive in nature, emphasizing strengths and incorporating coaching skills as necessary to empower her clients and enable self-advocacy.
Autism spectrum / neurodivergence – Understanding the pervasive nature autism (including the impact of sensory sensitivities, anxiety, executive functioning, social communication, perspective taking) and how it applies individually; managing and navigating a non-autistic world
Transgender spectrum – Exploring questions related to gender identity and expression; including individuals who identify as binary, non-binary, and agender
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety especially related to autism and gender
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Parenting for transgender / autistic individuals – Helping parents understand and support their children of all ages
Trauma – Many neurodivergent and transgender clients have experience trauma as a result of family and/or societal rejection and oppression
Academic issues – Managing developmental, executive function and emotional challenges in school; adjusting to high school or college; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to friendships, intimate relationships and sexuality considering family and cultural context
Transgender & gender identity topics – Exploring questions related to gender identity and gender expression, including transgender non-binary, and gender expansive identities; navigating the process of and barriers to transition as well as its impact on you and those close to you
Jamie is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial session: $150 (60min)
- Ongoing sessions: $130/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $75 - $130 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Jamie can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Bring your whole self to therapy, the parts you let others see, those you don’t and those you may not even be aware of. Through a highly individualized approach, I'm committed to creating a safe space, free of judgment, where you feel seen, listened to and understood; empowered to move forward as you want. Recognizing and building on your strengths and interests to get you where you want to go, feel better about yourself and find your place in the world will be at the heart of our work. Noticing barriers, working with them or moving past them will become possible as you feel stronger, more grounded and equipped with coping and stress management skills.
Using a primarily cognitive approach, I incorporate practical coaching support, leaving space to touch on deeper, existential questions while addressing some of the following concerns: anxiety, depression, executive functioning, understanding and management of sensory sensitivities, social communication skills to negotiate friendships, intimate relationships, school, employment and independent life.
Education about autism and gender, as needed, for individuals and/or parents is often incorporated into the session in an effort to increase self-awareness and enable self-advocacy.
I welcome collaboration with schools and other providers to offer the comprehensive support that is often needed.
It is my privilege to be witness to clients' most private stories and struggles and to celebrate accomplishments of all sizes. I am amazed at the strength and vulnerability that exist in all of us and deeply believe in the power of relationship and connection to hold, support, heal and grow.
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)
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)
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, 2016 - Present
Asperger/Autism Network, Director of Adult Services, 2003-2016, Co-Creator and Clinical Supervisor LifeMAP Coaching Program
Boston University School of Social Work, MSW, 1990
Cornell University, BS, 1984