Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Eating disorders
- College mental health
- Work stressors
- Stress management
- Anxiety disorders
- Interpersonal relationships
Dr. Rebecca Shingleton is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Boston, MA. Her specialty lies in supporting clients with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and stress management. Having previously trained at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, she particularly enjoys working with college students and young adults and helping them navigate career or academic difficulties, adjustment concerns, relationships, and life transitions.
Dr. Shingleton draws upon empirically supported tools in treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance-based therapy (ACT). She uses exposure therapy with response prevention for clients with OCD and CBT for clients with eating disorders. Above all, she is committed to personalizing each client’s treatment plan and providing a warm and open environment to catalyze change.
Dr. Shingleton completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Princeton University, research assistantship at Columbia University Medical Center, and doctoral studies at Boston University. Additionally, she completed postdoctoral training at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Shingleton brings her extensive clinical experience to help clients live a values-based life and reach the life they want to live, while coping with any mental health challenges they may be facing.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Eating disorders and body image concerns – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, calorie counting, body image concerns
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
College mental health – Challenges facing college students including adjustment, academics, and relationships
Work and life stressors – Navigating day-to-day stressors through cognitive behavioral, acceptance-based, and mindfulness practices
Transitioning to the adult life – Facilitating the struggles, hopes, and dreams of a modern emerging adult
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated
Dr. Shingleton is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Shingleton can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Welcome! I am Dr. Rebecca Shingleton, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in downtown Boston. Thank you for visiting my profile – I have provided some information about my approach and background, and I encourage you to contact me with any questions you may have.
I evaluate and treat symptoms related to anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD, depression, and eating disorders. Additionally, I work with adults looking to effectively navigate current life stressors (e.g., work challenges, interpersonal relationships, transitions). My aim is to create a compassionate and open environment in order to address my patients’ concerns. I use state of the art interventions such as cognitive behavioral and acceptance based strategies. These empirically supported tools have been shown to be successful at catalyzing change. I then personalize treatment in order to effectively and efficiently achieve my client’s goals.
I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Princeton University, research assistantship at Columbia University Medical Center, doctoral studies at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, clinical internship at Weill Cornell Medicine, and postdoctoral training at the VA Boston Healthcare System. In these settings, I have trained with international experts in cognitive behavioral therapy and the treatment of emotional disorders. In addition to my private practice, I teach an undergraduate course at Harvard University and provide research mentorship to students. I have also consulted for digital therapeutic companies seeking to integrate cognitive behavioral strategies and research into their product. I have received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, published over 15 papers and book chapters, and have presented on a range of topics pertaining to mental health both nationally and internationally."
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
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)
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)
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. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Harvard University, Instructor, 2017 - Present
VA Boston Healthcare System, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016 - 2017
Boston University, PhD, 2016
Weill Cornell Medicine, Clinical Internship, 2015 - 2016
Columbia University Medical Center, Research Assistant, 2008 - 2010
Princeton University, AB, 2006