Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- LGBTQ+ and gender identity issues
- School and work burnout
- College health
- Medication management
- Child and adolescent psychiatry
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic or terminal illness
- Compulsive behaviors
- Eating disorders
- Existential challenges / crises
- Sexual identity
Dr. Robert Kitts is a child and adult psychiatrist who has been working in Boston for the past nine years. He works primarily with children, teenagers, young adults, college students, adults, and parents. Dr. Kitts draws from a number of approaches in order to best meet the needs of his clients, including cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and supportive therapy, as well as mindfulness practices.
Dr. Kitts focuses on clients dealing with anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ issues, college health, and school and work burnout. Dr. Kitts also has experience with academic issues, ADHD, bipolar disorder, chronic or terminal illness, compulsive behaviors, existential challenges, impulse control, parenting, transgender topics, and trauma.
Dr. Kitts graduated from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University with his MD after receiving his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He trained at Boston Children’s Hospital and stayed on as faculty for a total of 9 years, including being the training director of its Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. He currently works as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and as the attending psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
College health – Challenges with adjusting in college, issues with career direction, relational issues, feeling like an imposter, perfectionism challenging one’s self-esteem
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues; for transgender individuals, includes advocacy, body adjustment issues, getting needs met in the school community, safety, relationships, health care, family issues
School and work burnout – Feeling overwhelmed by school, postgraduate training or work; decline or loss in passion in one’s work; feeling trapped and hopeless about career path
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Chronic/terminal illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Eating disorders – Including bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Sexual identity – Questioning gender and sexuality; non-binary identification, transgender identification, queer identity, sexuality and power
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), domestic abuse, concussions
Dr. Kitts is not in-network with any insurances.
- Child and adolescent new intake sessions: $500/session (90min)
- Adult new intake session: $300/session (60min)
- Follow-up therapy sessions: $275/session (50min)
- Follow-up medication management sessions: $175/session (25min)
Message to clients
"I've always wanted to be a physician since middle school, and to work with adolescents and kids. I really believe in providing and supporting youth and young adults, empowering them, and creating an environment that makes them have a much more likely chance of being successful in life."
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.
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)
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 primarily used 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
Massachusetts General Hospital, Attending Psychiatrist, 2016 - Present
Harvard Medical School, Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry, 2009 - 2013; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, 2007 - Present
Boston Children's Hospital, Attending Psychiatrist, 2009 - 2016; Associate Training Director, 2012 - 2013; Training Director, 2013 - 2016
State University of New York Upstate Medical University, MD, 2004
Cornell University, BS, Biology, 2000