Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients
Virtual sessions available at any of these times, midday, and Wednesdays.
Specialties & expertise
- Couples Counseling
- Family Issues
- Mood Disorders
Masha Sorkin is a licensed clinical social worker in Brookline with expertise in college and young adult challenges, anxiety, couples counseling, trauma, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), family issues, and mood disorders. Masha recognizes that her clients have busy lives, and holds early morning, late evening, and Sunday office hours to make therapy accessible for students and working professionals.
Masha’s practice is focused on working with college students and young adults in their 20s and 30s as they navigate the complicated world of “adulting.” Masha has deep expertise in skills-based approaches to anxiety disorders, including exposure therapy for OCD. She also works with many trauma survivors, offering EMDR to work towards releasing painful memories that are trapped in the body. Masha enjoys helping couples who are feeling “stuck” and trapped in patterns of negative communication reconnect, problem solve collaboratively, and express appreciation for each other’s strengths.
Masha values the contribution that clients make to therapy, and readily adapts her style and the structure of the session to meet individual needs. She frequently provides homework in order for clients to independently assess what skills work best for their lives and get the most out of therapy sessions, and works to support individuals outside of scheduled sessions via Skype, email, phone, and text. Her office is conveniently located less than a minute walk from the Kent Street Station on the Green Line (C).
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Mood Disorders – Includes depression and bipolar disorders
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Cultural adjustment – Transitioning from another country, state, or city; adjusting as an international student or out-of-state student
Custody issues – Navigating recent separation; supporting the child through parenting challenges
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder – Managing symptoms related to the menstrual cycle
Masha is not in-network for any insurances.
- Initial Appointment: $185 (60min)
- Ongoing Sessions: $155 (45min) or $160 (50min)
Couples and Families
- Initial Appointment: $200 (60min)
- Ongoing Sessions: $185 (50min)
Message to clients
"I feel that finding the right therapist is so important to the quality of treatment and achieving success for set goals. I believe that it is hard to take the first step to come to therapy and it is therefore even more important to find someone you can connect to and feel comfortable with. My mission for all of my clients is to partner with them to achieve their goals and to empower them to obtain and maintain the skills in their own lives so that they eventually come to therapy to check in rather than to confront a crisis."
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)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD. In ERP, the client confronts the thoughts, images, objects, and situations that makes the client anxious; then makes a choice not to act upon a compulsive behavior. With ERP a person has to make the commitment to not give in and do the compulsive behavior until they notice a drop in their anxiety. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Springfield College, MSW, 2010
Private Practice, 2012 - Present
Community Outpatient Clinic Founder, 2017
Northeast Center for Youth and Families, Director of Northeast Area Services
Department of Children & Families