Jean-Paul Des Pres, Ph.D, LICSW

Jean-Paul Des Pres, Ph.D, LICSW

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW - 113591
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 31026
Office 1
29 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02116 - United States
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Billing and Insurance

I am an in-network provider for:

  • Tufts Associated Health Plans, Inc.
  • BCBS

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Science and experience have taught me that each one of us possesses an innate and internal push toward health and well-being. Painful psychological symptoms arise when our normal process of development is interrupted, stifled, or stalled. People are like snowflakes; no two are the same. For example, depression is widespread, yet no two individuals experience it the same way. I specialize in helping you overcome your particular symptoms. I will help you rid yourself of your depression, anxiety, marriage or relationship issues, creative or professional blocks, or substance use. I will help you overcome your trauma, whether chronic or sudden. I am trained in mentalization-based psychotherapy, trauma-informed psychotherapy, attachment-informed psychotherapy, CBT, motivational interviewing, classic models of psychodynamic psychotherapy, and relational psychotherapy. You will find that I am sincere, engaging, steady, compassionate, and informed. Thank you for reading this, and I hope we meet.

Email or Call Jean-Paul Des Pres, Ph.D, LICSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 31026

More Info About My Practice

My fee ranges from $150-$200. I accept a variety of insurance PPO plans and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance plans. My Back Bay office is located within easy walking distance of Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the South End. It is also easily accessible by the T (red and green lines).

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

A negative therapy experience can be extremely discouraging at best, more often shaming and humiliating, and at worst, a confirmation of one's worst fears. I do not begin on a therapeutic journey with a client until we share an understanding of their past therapy experiences and how these have affected their feelings and thoughts about trying therapy again. I have often been told by clients that I am the first or only therapist that they have "stuck with" or who has actually helped them. If you are skeptical about therapy or about working with a male therapist, I welcome your phone call. I am happy to offer a free consultation. Feel free to interview me!

What Makes up a Problem?

Most people would agree that "depression" and "anxiety" are problems. If we take a close look, however, what we find is that these are "problems" because of the IMPACT that they have on peoples' lives. In short, a "problem" is something that causes a PROBLEM. I say this because as a therapist, it's not my job to tell you how to live your life or what your values and beliefs ought to be. My job is to understand how it is that you are not living the life you want to live, and to help you find a way to live it. If it happens that your values and/or beliefs cause tension either within you or between you and others, then we'll examine that tension and find a way to resolve it. "Problems" do not arise in vacuums. They arise out of conflict, either internal or interpersonal. I help people resolve their conflicts, and I have found time and again that when "conflict" goes away, so do "depression," "anxiety," "relationship /marital stress," and many, many other "mental health" issues.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Mid-career, mid-life, college students, elders, couples

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Constructivisim
  • Control Mastery Theory
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self Psychology

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