Licensed Psychologist, PhD
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Mon: By appointment only
Specialties & expertise
Gender identity & transgender health
Spirituality & religion
Issues of masculinity
Dr. Ruben Hopwood is a Licensed Psychologist in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. He works with people of all genders around issues of identity with a special interest in helping clients explore the role of masculinity in their lives and relationships. Dr. Hopwood often integrates a spiritual lens to help clients navigate questions of belonging, purpose, and higher meaning. Dr. Hopwood is particularly skilled at exploring the role of religion within the LGBTQIA community, where he helps clients address the feelings and behaviors that arise from internalized shaming or rejecting messages.
Dr. Hopwood offers an open and accepting place for individuals to process a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges. In addition to traditional talk therapy, Dr. Hopwood is dedicated to providing gender-affirming care to folks at all stages of gender exploration, including referrals to support medical confirmation.
Dr. Hopwood uses an integrative approach that equally focuses on cultivating insight and strengthening coping skills. He helps clients to develop a mindfulness practice that makes sense in their daily life and can be drawn upon in moments of distress to remain grounded. Dr. Hopwood gently guides clients to examine their past in order to identify the core beliefs that can guide them forward in the face of larger existential questions.
Outside of his counseling practice, Dr. Hopwood is a clinical consultant to mental health and medical professionals on gender diversity and spiritually integrated care and is a visiting researcher at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University.
Dr. Hopwood is a nationally certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBT minority-owned business). He is also a Certified Provider of care under the World Professional Association for Transgender Heath's Standards of Care, version 7.
Gender identity & transgender health – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender diverse identities; support throughout the process of transition/gender affirmation
Spirituality & religion – Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, purpose, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Issues of masculinity – Including grappling with the impact of cultural norms of masculinity, what it means to be a man or to act like a man, overall impact on psychological health of cultural masculinity on all genders
Gender affirming – Positive support of others that acknowledges and reflects the inherent worth and value of the wide diversity of ways that people experience and express gender
Gender affirmation – The process by which a person may change their expression of gender socially, legally, and/or medically to more closely align with their gender identity and reduce feelings of incongruence
Mindfulness – Practices to encourage a state of active, open, non-judgemental attention on the present
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
Existential crisis – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
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
Dr. Hopwood is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $180 (50min)
Surgery assessment and referral: $500 (120min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Hopwood can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“Everyone can benefit from having someone to support them as they create a pathway to well-being, knowledge, and understanding in their life and work. You can create a life that is more satisfying through working along side someone who listens to you, encourages, challenges, and guides you as you locate your own authentic voice. You can move toward being who you want to be in the world with integrity and with a greater understanding of your own values and needs. You can do this through your commitment to personal growth, self-reflection, and active participation in changing the ineffective patterns in your life. I offer the space to identify, understand, and accept one's individual values and desires without judgement. I support people to move toward radical acceptance of and responsibility for their own actions and outcomes in life without excuses or self-condemnation. If you are ready to create the life you want by changing just one person (yourself) to make your vision happen, let's talk!”
Treatment approachesExistential Therapy 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. (learn more)
Humanistic TherapyHumanistic Therapy focuses on each person's individual nature, accentuating his or her positive traits and ability to find growth, healing, and fulfilling within themselves. (learn more)
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)
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 used primarily 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
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Fenway Health, 2006 - Present
World Professional Association for Transgender Heath's Standards of Care, Version 7, Certified Provider, 2019
Nationally certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBT minority-owned business), 2019
Boston University, PhD, 2014
Saint Paul School of Theology, MDiv, 1995
Saint Thomas University, Certificate in Spiritual Direction, 2001