Jessica Sussman, PsyD

Jessica Sussman

Psychologist, PsyD

Not accepting new clients; out of office until October 10th


 

Clientele

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Seniors (65+)

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sexual abuse, domestic violence
  • Trauma
  • Relationship problems
  • Healthy lifestyle changes
  • Overall wellness
  • Chronic illness
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Existential challenges / crises
  • Family issues
  • Life transitions
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Professional statement

Dr. Jessica Sussman works with adults, young adults and older adolescents. Her areas of interest include: anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship problems, healthy lifestyle and overall wellness. Dr. Sussman incorporates mindfulness, meditation, and body-awareness exercises into her psychotherapy model.She recently completed a 100-hour Yoga for Emotional Health & Healing certification course geared toward incorporating elements of yoga practice and philosophy into psychotherapy treatment for anxiety, depression, and trauma. She also finds value in both cognitive therapy and psychodynamic therapy and integrates these approaches based on the needs of the individual.

Dr. Sussman graduated from University of Connecticut and received her doctorate from William James College, and has worked in various settings prior to Kendall Psychological Associates.


Specialties

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
Sexual abuse, domestic violence, & trauma – Including dealing with sexual trauma, domestic violence/ partner abuse, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) 
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Healthy lifestyle changes – Takes a holistic approach to care, exploring multiple aspects of health such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, social life/ relationships, career, spirituality, and self-esteem

General expertise

Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Cultural adjustment – Transitioning from another country, state, or city; adjusting as an international student or out-of-state student
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated' 


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Berklee College of Music Student Insurance (BCBS)
  • 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)

 

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual psychotherapy: $160/session
  • Group therapy: $45/session.

For clients with BCBS: Clients with Blue Cross Blue Shield plans are responsible only for co-pays and deductibles. Payment is due at the time of your meeting. 

For clients with insurance other than BCBS: Our services may still be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee-benefit plan. Most PPO and POS plans have "out-of-network" benefits that will cover some percentage of the cost. If you have an HMO from a company other than BCBS, most likely your insurance will not cover our services and you would need to pay directly.


Message to clients

“People find themselves in therapy when their usual ways of coping are no longer helping, and they feel discouraged or out of touch with how to move forward. My goal is to help clients discover new experiences of themselves and the world around them, so that they are better equipped to tackle life stressors and setbacks when they arise. Whether the focus is on something immediate or longer-term, I help clients set reasonable and achievable goals that will move them toward the life they wish to lead. I work from a place of compassion and patience, and I encourage clients to have compassion and patience with themselves and the process.”


Treatment approaches

Cognitive 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)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (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)
Narrative TherapyNarrative therapy uses stories to connect an individual to their broader context, by exploring dominant stories and alternative stories; dominant plots and alternative plots; events being linked together over time that have implications for past, present and future actions. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to change their relationship with problems in their lives by rewriting narratives. (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)
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

Lynn Community Health Center, Postdoctoral Fellow and Clinical Psychologist, 2014-2016
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Clinical Psych Intern, 2013-2014
Brandeis University Psychological Counseling Center, Intern, 2012-2013
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Practicum Student, 2011-2012
Belmont Public Schools, Practicum Student, 2010-2011

Yoga for Emotional Health & Healing Certification, 2017
William James College (Formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology), PsyD, 2014
University of Connecticut, BA, Psychology, 2009


Languages

English


Professional endorsements

Why would you recommend this therapist? Dr. Sussman is a skilled clinician as she is highly competent in intervention working with a variety of presenting problems and diagnoses. She is clinically adept in effectively providing services to individuals across age groups as well as to culturally diverse clientele. I frequently sought her out for professional consultation as I greatly trusted her clinical acumen and judgment and valued her feedback. In addition, I have always found Dr. Sussman to be compassionate, empathic, personable, and flexible.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Trauma, depression, anxiety, relational conflicts, healthy lifestyle changes
— Andrew Roth-Heinlein, colleague (2016)
Why would you recommend this therapist? I absolutely recommend her! Dr. Sussman is able to meet with any client, of any population, and is able to adapt her style to their needs. She builds excellent rapport and that is one of her best qualities as patients keep coming back to her. She is very real with patients, and organic about her thoughts yet does this with a fine balance of professionalism. Even with the difficult populations she has worked with, she’s able to look refreshed every day at work and maintain her “center.” She’s one of the most balanced psychologists I have met and gives off a very relaxing vibe that patients love as well as her colleagues.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Relationship issues, women with domestic violence and trauma, teenagers, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders- teenagers especially as she works great with them!
— Dr. Yaquelin Ocana, PsyD (2016)
Why would you recommend this therapist? Dr. Sussman is a skilled and engaging clinician. Her style is approachable and interactive. She has specialized training in a variety of populations, including trauma survivors, adults, and college students.

What topics would you refer clients to this therapist for? Trauma, anxiety, depression, overall/preventative health and wellness
— Julie Simon, PsyD (2016)