Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
Accepting new clients
Offers remote video sessions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; in-person in Boston
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Loss and grief
Karin Lewis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an office Boston, MA as well as the option for remote video sessions. She is also leading an eating disorder support group in Providence, RI as well as a bi-weekly group in Boston, MA . With over a decade of experience in running facilities ranging from intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization to residential treatment programs, she is an expert in eating disorder recovery. She helps individuals with all types of eating disorders, including Anorexia, Bulimia, and disordered eating. She pulls from her own experience of recovering from Anorexia Nervosa to help connect with her clients.
Karin’s treatment approach is grounded in the Humanistic and Relational model while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) when appropriate. She also takes a collaborative team approach by working with dietitians, recovery coaches, and psychiatrists to ensure her clients are receiving the best care possible. She also works with her clients to dig deep and get to the root of their issues.
Karin deeply believes in full recovery and is there for her clients every step of the way. She looks forward to meeting you at her office in the Back Bay neighborhood or remotely.
Eating disorders – Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Medical professionals' mental health – Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma
Men's health – Expertise in working with adult men; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges and promote physical and mental health
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Religious issues – Resolving conflicts between personal values, choices, and religion; addressing religious tensions within families; connecting religious traditions and practice with daily living; exploring a new relationship with religion and spirituality
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Spirituality – Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Karin is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
Therapist's note: Karin can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"It's with great pride and gratitude that I introduce you to the Karin Lewis Eating Disorder Center. Together, we will take the time to understand the function of your eating disorder while simultaneously exploring and strengthening the unique and valuable parts of your inner self. As a recovered clinician, it is an honor for me and my staff to help you persevere through the challenging battles of an eating disorder."
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Relational TherapyRelational Therapy operates under the philosophy that in order to be emotionally healthy, a person must have fulfilling and satisfying relationships with the people around him/her. The goal of relational therapy is to help clients build the skills to establish and maintain healthy relationships in their lives. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Monte Nido Treatment Center, Clinical Director, 2013 - 2018
Eating Disorder Center of Andover, Founder and Clinical Director, 2011 - 2013
Private Practice, 2010 - 2013
Monte Nido Treatment Center, Clinical Director, 2007 - 2009
California Institute of Integral Studies, MA 2005
Emerson College BA, 1992