Specialties & expertise
- Anxiety and depression
- Existential concerns
- Life transitions
- Academic issues
- Sessions in English and Spanish
- Career counseling
- Relationship issues
- Anger management
- LGBQ and sexuality topics
- Personality disorders
Robert Dyer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA. His office is conveniently located next to the Central Square T-stop, where he offers sessions in English and Spanish.
Robert specializes in helping people with existential concerns, anxiety, depression, life transitions, academic stress, substance abuse, and professional development. Having worked as a counselor at the Butler Hospital Integrated Therapies Program, Robert is particularly well-versed in supporting clients through existential challenges. Using Existential, Interpersonal, and Psychoanalytic Therapy, he helps clients ask big questions about life and existence as well as better adjust to life transitions.
In addition to psychotherapy, Robert provides academic and career counseling, including assisting clients transition to new academic or career settings or helping them find a new career path.
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
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
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
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
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
LGBQ and sexuality topics– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
- Blue Cross Blue Shield (Current slots filled; accepting private pay clients only at this time)
- Individual psychotherapy sessions: $140/session (55mins)
- Individual career counseling sessions: Robert offers package rates for career counseling. Please contact him directly to learn more.
Sliding scale: A sliding fee scale is offered to accommodate various financial circumstances.
Therapist's note: Robert can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Psychotherapy can be a way to alleviate painful experiences and discover new ways to grow. With the help of a trained guide, we can understand ourselves better, adjust how we act, and improve how we relate to ourselves and others. My background in existential and interpersonal therapy prepared me to help with emotional difficulties, questions of meaning and purpose, and major life transitions."
Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Education and work experience
Butler Hospital Integrated Therapies Program, Program Therapist, 2014 - 2017
City on a Hill Charter Public High School, Counseling Intern, 2013 - 2014
William James College, MA, 2015
University of Chicago, MBA, 2006
Harvard University, BA, 2000