Jennifer Koch, MD
Child, Adolescent, & Adult Psychiatrist
Accepting new clients
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
School and family stressors
"Growing up and parenting, even under the best circumstances, are full of challenges. When you or your child is struggling, it makes each of those challenges even more difficult. I specialize in helping adults and children navigate these difficult times whether they are brought on by life stressors, grief, behavior patterns, or illness. I work with individuals and their families to evaluate their circumstances, to provide personalized recommendations, and to address their concerns so that they may return to a more comfortable, peaceful way of life." - Dr. Jennifer Koch
Dr. Jennifer Koch is an adult, adolescent, and child psychiatrist offering psychotherapy and medication management in downtown Lexington, MA. She works collaboratively with adults, young adults, children, and adolescents as they navigate the stressors of difficult times. In addition to learning about a client’s particular concerns, Dr. Koch pays close attention to sleep, nutrition, connection, and exercise to help work towards overall wellness. She supports positive changes with talk therapy and medication as indicated.
Dr. Koch enjoys working with clients of all ages. One focus of her practice is in working with clients to help manage anxiety, irritability, and depression. She draws upon cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy and other evidence-based approaches to evaluate circumstances and provide gentle guidance. In conjunction to her individual work with children and adults, she works with parents to offer parenting support, address concerns, and personalize recommendations.
Dr. Koch completed residency in Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. She is board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
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
General wellness – A holistic approach to care, exploring multiple aspects of health such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, social life/ relationships, career, spirituality, and self-esteem
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
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
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Dr. Koch is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $600 (90min)
Ongoing sessions: $300/session (45min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Koch can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Growing up and parenting, even under the best circumstances, are full of challenges. When you or your child is struggling, it makes each of those challenges even more difficult. I specialize in helping adults and children navigate these difficult times whether they are brought on by life stressors, grief, behavior patterns, or illness. I work with individuals and their families to evaluate their circumstances, to provide personalized recommendations, and to address their concerns so that they may return to a more comfortable, peaceful way of life.
If you are seeking parent guidance, individual therapy for an adult or child, CBT, or family therapy, please call to discuss how we can work together to reach your short or long-term goals. In my private practice, I offer therapy services or therapy plus medication management services.
In addition to my private practice, I work at a local hospital offering psychiatric evaluations and thoughtful medication management for children and adolescents. I also provide guidance to parents with serious medical problems about how to help their children while the parent is ill or receiving treatment."
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
Psychiatry Private Practice, 2014 - Present
Newton Wellesley Hospital Child Psychiatry and PACT, 2014 - Present
Massachusetts General Hospital & McLean Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship 2012 - 2014
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Psychiatry Residency 2009 - 2012
New Jersey Medical School, Humanism Scholar, 2005 - 2009
Yale Medical School, Research Assistant, 2002 - 2005
Dartmouth College, 1998 - 2002