Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Dr. KC Chiappa is a psychologist in Belmont, Massachusetts specializing in adolescent challenges, parenting, anxiety, depression, life transitions, drug and alcohol abuse, anger management, and family issues. Having completed his post-doctoral training and worked at McLean’s Hospital’s Adolescent Resident Treatment Program, he is especially passionate about working with adolescents. He also has experience in seeing young adults in their 20s who are living at home, and struggling to gain independence from their families.
Dr. Chiappa draws from a number of different treatment modalities. For adolescents struggling with substance use, he uses motivational interviewing and works collaboratively with clients, their families, and psychiatrists to gently guide them toward recovery. Other treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), existential therapy, and psychoanalytic therapy.
Dr. Chiappa received his Doctorate of Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and completed doctoral training at McLean Hospital’s Adolescent Resident Treatment Program, where he remained as a staff psychologist for an additional 4 years. In addition to his work with adolescents, he also sees young adults, college and grad students, adults, and parents. He creates a non-judgmental, open environment and is committed to ensuring his clients feel heard and validated.
Adolescents' issues – Academic stress, family and peer conflicts, struggles with identity
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
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
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Dr. Chiappa is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $325 (50min)
Ongoing sessions: $200/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $150 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Dr. Chiappa can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"My 15 years of working with adolescents and their families has taught me to approach clients with a non-judgmental, non-authoritative attitude. This helps clients take an honest look at their lives and identify what things need to change or be accepted. Meeting a client without preconceived expectations is critical because it gives me a chance to see the client from her/his own point of view. Also, I work very hard to not act too 'therapisty,' which is something that often hinders therapy with adolescent clients in particular (e.g., 'How does that make you feel?').
Working at McLean Hospital's Residential Treatment program taught me how to meet the clients on their level, with the utmost respect, kindness, and humility. McLean's intensity, taught me to be human with clients and use my naturally curiosity, playfulness, and positive energy to connect with and help others.
I combine Motivational Interviewing (allows clients to identify THEIR OWN need for change), Humanistic Therapy (approaching clients with acceptance to allow them to feel safe enough to share their deepest most painful struggles), and CBT (identifying thoughts and behaviors that perpetuate the client's problem."
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)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (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, 2004 - Present
McLean Hospital, 2003 - 2014
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2003
Connecticut College, 1997