Robert Kitts, MD

Robert Kitts
Adult & Child Psychiatrist, MD

Accepting new clients (updated March 2, 2017)

I have recently started working with Dr. Kitts and would highly recommend him. Approachable, caring, and thorough are just a few words to describe him. I have the utmost trust in his opinions and recommendations.

- Brown University alum '11 (2016)

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    About Dr. Kitts

  • Works with a wide range of ages, from children to adults, and particularly enjoys working with college students
  • Uses CBT, family therapy, mindfulness practices, psychodynamic therapy, and supportive therapy
  • Works with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, college health, LGBTQ+ issues, and school and work burnout
  • Passionate about serving the LGBTQ+ population

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

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.

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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."

EDUCATION & 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

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

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 

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

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

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

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)
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)
Family Therapy

clientele

CLIENTELE

Children (<12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents

Languages

LANGUAGES

English

 

TRANSPORTATION

From Downtown Crossing
12min T-ride, 20min bike

From Fenway
12min T-ride, 15min bike

From Kendall Square
17min walk, 7min T-ride, 5min bike

From Central Square
1min walk, 3min bike

From Davis Square
10min T-ride, 16min bike

From Harvard Square
19min walk, 5min T-ride, 6min bike


I have recently started working with Dr. Kitts and would highly recommend him. Approachable, caring, and thorough are just a few words to describe him. I have the utmost trust in his opinions and recommendations.
— Brown University alum '11 (2016)

PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

Dr. Kitts is one of the most thoughtful and invested psychiatrists I ever met and worked with . His style is warm and accessible despite his extensive knowledge and expertise. He keeps updated on the latest research findings and treatment trends on a regular base. Dr. Kitts takes the time to know his clients and the context of their lives and makes careful treatment recommendations in partnership with his clients and their families. Even though the expertise of psychiatrists is to prescribe psychotropic medication, through his intimate knowledge of the American Psychiatric Association’s practice guidelines, Dr. Kitts will consider alternative explanations and treatments for his clients’ struggles, if those approaches will lead to the best outcomes with the least side effects. For all those reasons, Dr. Kitts is a great clinician and therapist.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, gender and sexuality, OCD, bipolar, somatoform
— Simona Bujoreanu, PhD Boston Children's Hospital (2016)
Dr. Kitts is an empathic physician and a knowledgeable child and adolescent psychiatrist, who is dedicated to helping children, teens, and families. His work on the Pediatric Consultation Service at Boston Children’s Hospital and his role as Training Director in Child Psychiatry prepare him well to evaluate, treat and consult to a wide range of issues that arise for families seeking care.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Dr. Kitts has experience treating the full range of psychiatric and emotional adjustment symptoms that arise in children, adolescents and young adults, including an interest in LGBT youth and youth experiencing the impact of ethnic differences.
— Roberta S. Isberg, MD, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School at Boston Children's Hospital, also in private practice (2016)
Dr. Kitts is an excellent psychiatrist with great interest in psychotherapy. He has excellent clinical skills, is very caring and compassionate with patients and is very professional and collaborative with colleagues. I highly recommend him.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, college mental health, LGBT, combined psychotherapy and psychopharm treatment
— Eleni Maneta, Boston Children's Hospital Psychiatry Department (2016)
Dr. Kitts is especially in tune with the needs of adolescents, young adults, and their families. He is a regional expert in the advocacy and work with LGBT youth and their families, as well. I have seen his therapeutic rapport with patients and families first hand and recommend him highly.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, LGBT issues
— Chase Samsel, MD (2016)