Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Immigration and acculturation stress
- Relationship and family issues
- Diabetes-related emotional problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic illness
- Existential challenges / crises
- Infertility counseling
- Life transitions
- Loss and grief
Dr. Lucila Halperin is a psychologist at Kendall Psychological Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts whose 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.
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
- 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)
- Individual psychotherapy: $160/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. Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Message to clients
"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."
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.
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)
Education and work experience
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