Joanna Ravina

Joanna Ravina

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments



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


Mon: 8:00am-3:00pm
Tue: Closed
Wed: 8:00am-3:00pm
Thu: 8:00am-3:00pm
Fri: 8:00am-3:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

  • Life transitions

  • Relationship issues

  • Stress management

Professional statement

Dr. Joanna Ravina is a psychologist in private practice with offices in Brookline and Newton, MA. She specializes in anxiety, depression, and stress management and enjoys working with college students through transitionary times as they navigate academic, relationship, and career challenges. Dr. Ravina also supports adults experiencing depression and anxiety by offering concrete techniques and a deeper understanding of self.

One of Dr. Ravina's approaches is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in which she helps clients build practical skills to recognize and shift negative thought patterns and behaviors. She also draws from psychodynamic approaches, particularly those that focus on relationships. She takes a client-centered approach to therapy and tailors each session to the client’s needs. 

Dr. Ravina works with adolescents and adults of all ages, including parents and families. Her practice facilitates open and engaging conversation toward productive change and well-being.


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
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
Relationship issues – 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
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other

General expertise

Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Perinatal mental health – Anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families; navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders


Dr. Ravina is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $195 - $250 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Dr. Ravina can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Message to clients

"I am a licensed clinical psychologist. I work with adults and older teens on a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and stress. People who call me are often feeling overwhelmed or distressed. Many are curious about how therapy could help them. I have extensive experience with a number of different approaches to help you feel better.

I have been seeing clients for many years. I have developed expertise in treating anxiety, depression, and addressing relationship difficulties, parenting, and life stress. I draw from a variety of approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and interpersonal therapy (IPT), which focuses on relationships.

Some people are looking to learn skills and coping techniques. Some are looking to understand familiar patterns that are getting in their way. I want therapy to be helpful and targeted to your needs. I can address the "here and now"--what is on your plate today? What is coming up for you this week? We can focus on these issues to help you manage and feel supported. I also work with people on issues that have been present for some time. We can work to better understand these patterns so that they no longer interfere with things you want in life.

After we have an initial phone conversation, we will meet so that you can tell me about yourself. During our first meeting, I will listen closely to your story--attending to both your difficulties and your strengths and capacities. We will likely meet another time and then together, we will make a plan that best addresses your needs. It is important to me that I offer an environment that feels supportive, safe, and helpful."

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)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Insomnia (CBT-i)In cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, the therapist works with each client to recognize and change underlying beliefs hindering sleep. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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, 2014 - Present
Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, 2012 - 2014
MacArthur Foundation, Fellow, 1996 - 2000
Private Practice in Ardmore, PA, 2000 - 2002
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 1995 - 1996

Temple University, PhD, 1997
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 1995 - 1996
Columbia University, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Research Assistant, 1989 - 1991
Columbia University, Columbia College, BA, 1989