Madhabi Mistry, PsyD

Madhabi Mistry

Psychologist, PsyD

Not accepting new clients


 

Clientele

Children (<12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Family
Parents
Seniors (65+)

Specialties & expertise

  • Adolescent issues
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Substance use
  • Parent guidance
  • Relationship issues
  • Existential challenges / crises
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Family/parenting issues
  • Life transitions
  • Self harm
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Madhabi Mistry is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings. She was trained in New York and Massachusetts in psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies, and has worked extensively within dialectical behavior therapy and motivational enhancement treatment models. She has been practicing in Massachusetts since 2004, bringing an eclectic orientation and flexibility to her work.

Dr. Mistry's specialties and areas of interest include adolescent issues, dual-diagnosis treatment, depression, anxiety, substance use, parent guidance and relationship issues. Having immigrated as a child, Dr. Mistry has always been keenly interested in the development of self, the experience people have of being the same or different from others, and the many ways in which diversity impacts our lives. She received her doctoral degree from a Clinical Psychology program that focuses on underserved communities, and has had the privilege of working with individuals from various ages, races and ethnicities, orientations and identities, and social and economic circumstances.


Specialties

Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Excessive worrying, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Substance abuse – Difficulties related to substances with addictive properties such as alcohol, prescription, non-prescription and illicit drugs
Relationship problems –  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
Adolescent psychology – The norms of typical adolescent development and the challenges that teenagers face as they advance cognitively and socially

General expertise

Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Cultural adjustment – Understanding the differences and similarities between a new culture and your own; feeling more at ease, capable and natural in a new environment
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family/parenting issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
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
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


Insurances

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $250
  • Ongoing sessions: $200

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered on an individual basis to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.

Therapist's Note: If you receive health insurance through another company (such as Aetna, Cigna, or Harvard Pilgrim) and would like to use it for therapy with us, please contact them directly to find out if you have “out-of-network mental health benefits” (benefits for providers who do not accept their insurance and are not credentialed with them). Payment is due at the time of the session and we will give you a monthly bill to submit to your insurance company, who will then send you a check directly. Many PPO and POS plans have "out-of-network" benefits that cover some percentage of the cost. If you have an HMO from a company other than BCBS, it is most likely your insurance will not cover our services and you would need to pay directly without reimbursement by your insurance company.


Message to clients

"I am motivated and inspired by the diversity of life experience represented by my clients and my practice. So many clients and their families, have helped me to become sensitive to the unique challenges each person faces. Especially meaningful has been my work with young people facing significant barriers to social development, such as substance abuse. In my work, I hope you will find that I will make it a priority to understand your experience of yourself in the world and your sense of self, so that I may best help you reach your goals. I strive to create a warm and collaborative environment in which you could be at ease to share your symptoms, reflect on past experiences, and build mastery."


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)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
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)
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

Azimuth Psychological, Clinical psychologist, 2013 - present
McLean Hospital, Acute Adolescent Residential Treatment, 2004 - 2013; Clinical Associate, 2013-present
Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Instructor in Psychology, 2004-2013; Lecturer on Psychology 2013-present

C.W. Post, Long Island University, PsyD, Clinical Psychology, 2004
New York University, BS in Psychology, 1998


Languages

English


Client testimonials

I highly recommend Dr. Mistry for depression, substance abuse, relationship issues, family issues, motivation issues, and impulsivity. She really cares about patients, and is very chill.
— MIT Student (2016)

Professional endorsements

Dr. Mistry has experience working with children’s, adolescents, young adults, adults, families and couples. She has experience assessing, diagnosing, and treating very complex cases. Her ability to build parity and create a treatment plan that fits for her clients is second to none.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma/loss, impulsivity
— Peg Worden, Psy.D. McLeanHospital (2016)