Lucila Halperin, PsyD

Lucila Halperin
Psychologist, PsyD

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    About Dr. Halperin

  • Specializes in the treatment of difficulties related to immigration and acculturation, anxiety, depression, trauma, family stress, and chronic illness
  • Enjoys working with college students and young adults
  • Utilizes a flexible treatment approach, drawing from psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness practices
  • Bilingual and bicultural; offers sessions in both English and Spanish
  • Staff Psychologist at the group practice Kendall Psychological Associates



Dr. Lucila Halperin’s primary areas of interest include anxiety, depression,  relationship and family issues, immigration and acculturation stress, trauma, grief and loss, and diabetes-related emotional problems. Dr. Halperin incorporates stress-reduction and mindfulness techniques into an integrative psychodynamic approach that also draws from Interpersonal and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural and works with clients in either language.

Dr. Halperin graduated from Tufts University and received her doctorate from William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). She has worked in community mental health settings and in the Behavioral Health Unit of the Joslin Diabetes Center.



"The first step in treatment is to ease people’s distress, and then we work together to understand the underlying causes. I provide a warm and empathic environment that focuses on people’s strengths in order to help my clients make positive and long lasting changes that foster a sense of joy and meaning in life. I work hard to facilitate a genuine and trusting relationship and to work collaboratively with clients to help them towards a greater self understanding. I enjoy working with people from a wide range of cultural, international, and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities."


Kendall Psychological Associates, Staff Psychologist and Intake Director, 2013 - Present
Joslin Diabetes Center, Post-doctoral Clinical Psychology Fellowship, 2011 - 2013
Joslin Diabetes Center, Pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Fellowship, 2010 - 2011
MGH Chelsea Health Care Center, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Pre-doctoral Externship, 2008 - 2010
Entre-familia and the Mom's Project, Boston Public Health Commission, Pre-doctoral Psychology Practicum, 2007 - 2008
MGH Psychology Assessment Center, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Child and Adult Neuropsychological Practicum, 2006-2008, Staff Psychologist and Intake Director, 2013 - Present

William James College (formerly MSPP), PsyD, Clinical Psychology, 2011
Tufts University, BA, Clinical Psychology and Child Development, 2001




Immigration and cultural adjustment – Transitioning from another country, state, or city; adjusting as an international student or out-of-state student
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
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


Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
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
Infertility counseling – Support around the emotional, logistical, and technical challenges people encounter when going through infertility and reproductive complications, e.g. infertility, inability to conceive, miscarriages, considering alternative options such as adoption and/or use of donor material
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
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



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)