Amy  McCarthy-James

Amy McCarthy-James

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Massachusetts Accepting Online

I am a Telehealth only practice.

Updated September 7, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Life transitions
  • Interpersonal challenges

Professional statement

Amy McCarthy-James is a social worker in Boston, Back Bay. She works with individuals and adults. Many of Amy’s clients come in to address anxiety, depression, trauma or substance use. Amy is particularly passionate about serving people dealing with challenging transitions who are willing face life's challenges head on, so they can meet their goals and be more aligned with their own values. She also has advanced training in the area of trauma disorders, substance use disorders, generalized anxiety disorders.

Amy is trained in Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and takes a client centered, non-judgmental, harm reductionist approach. When clients first start therapy, Amy seeks to create a safe environment where they feel comfortable sharing the stories that define themselves and their lives. In therapy, she supports clients in rewriting their stories so that strengths and values, rather than problems, become the centerpiece that helps define their identities. This new perspective allows clients to face their problems with a sense of empowerment, and to live a life that is in line with their person they want to be.

Amy received her MSW from Simmons University. Outside of private practice, she enjoys hiking, and spending time with my friends and family. Amy offers in-person and remote therapy sessions. Her office is located off the Arlington St Green Line stop


Message to clients

Balancing the demands of day to day life can be challenging, especially when you are healing from trauma, addiction, and loss. I seek to create a space of healing, growth, and self discovery in which you can create positive change in your life and achieve your goals.

In my therapeutic work, I use a person centered approach to support clients to rewrite their own stories in a way that is empowering and helps them achieve their goals, and to create a safe and open environment in which people can feel comfortable sharing their stories.

Reaching out is the first, and sometimes the hardest step in healing. I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your story.


Specialties

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Interpersonal challenges - Skill-building to increase interpersonal efficacy and decrease discomfort in social settings; boosting self-esteem




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Amy McCarthy-James is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $165 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 4-8
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 10-2

Work and Education

Private practice, 2019 - Present
Pine Street Inn, 2018 - Present
Heading Home, 2015 - 2018

Simmons University, MSW, 2015


Languages

English