Accepting new clients
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Perinatal mental health
- Postpartum adjustment
- College mental health
- Physician mental health
- Infertility counseling
Dr. Teresa Spillane is a psychologist in Boston, MA specializing in perinatal mental health, postpartum adjustment, physician mental health, college mental health, and psycho-oncology. She utilizes psychodynamic therapy to give her clients a flexible, eclectic, and productive approach to mental health.
Dr. Spillane has particular expertise in helping new and expecting mothers with the heal emotional and mental challenges of the transition to motherhood. She understands the emotional impact of having a child, and works diligently with her clients to ensure they feel supported and confident in parenthood. In addition to this specialty, she enjoys working with young adults, college students, and older adults.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Spillane is a trusted consultant to New England Ob-Gyn, and has worked in several hospital settings and as a professor for Harvard Medical School.
Perinatal mental health – Anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families; Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Postpartum Adjustment – Exploring the hormonal, logistical, and emotional challenges that come after having a child
College mental health – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Physician mental health – Dr. Spillane has a special sensitivity to the emotional and developmental needs of physicians, especially those in training. For 15 years, she taught in the "Patient-Doctor" seminar for first and third year medical students at Harvard Medical School
Psycho-oncology – Working with the aspects of cancer that go beyond medical treatment and include lifestyle, psychological and social aspects of cancer
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Infertility counseling – Experience working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum / postpartum depression
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Pain management – Managing pain at work, e.g. Carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Dr. Spillane is not in network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session $240
Ongoing sessions: $195
Therapist's note: Dr. Spillane can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"My approach to mental health involves asking, "How well can this person love and work?" "How flexible is this person in coping with difficulty?" "What is the nature of this person's suffering?" I try to address all three areas with compassion, empathy, and good humor. With 25 years of experience working with a variety of people, I find the quality of the therapeutic relationship is often the best predictor of a therapy where a person feels, heard, affirmed, challenged, and helped to heal and grow.
Treatment approachesPsychodynamic 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
Private practice, 1995 - Present
New England Ob-Gyn, Consulting Psychologist, 2016 - Present
Pediatric Psych-Oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Intern,
Isis Parenting, Consulting Psychologist
Harvard Medical School, Faculty
Brandeis University Counseling Center, Fellow
Simmons Cellege Counseling Center, Intern
Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy , Mass. General Hospital, Board Member