Charlene Chow LMHC, MPH, Creative Arts Therapy in Newton Center, Massachusetts, 02459

Charlene Chow

LMHC, MPH

Charlene Chow

LMHC, MPH

Professions: Creative Arts Therapist, Life Coach, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMHC - 10333
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: Complimentary 10-minute phone consultation.

$150 per 45-minute office session.

$270 per 45-minute home visit for elders.

Phone sessions at different rates, available for returning clients.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

72 Langley Road
Suite 23
Newton Center, Massachusetts 02459

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My Approach to Helping

I work collaboratively with adults of all ages, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, political affiliation, or other life history or experience. I provide support around mood or anxiety disorders, chronic illness or acute medical conditions, cultural adjustments, life stage changes, and other challenges of daily living. In practice I am person-centered, culturally sensitive, cognitive-behavioral, trauma-informed, and strength-based, with special appreciation for the holistic mind-body connection and expressive art therapies.

As a team, no challenge is too great for us to cope with. You have a lot of strengths, and I want to work with you to realize those strengths and attain your goals -- whether that is to let go of, accept, or overcome a mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual curve ball that life has thrown your way.

More Info About My Practice

My practice is informed by more than a decade of clinical exposure, serving clients with a medical focus since the 1990s, a public health focus since 2010, and a mental health focus since 2013. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts, with a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University's School of Medicine, as well as a M.P.H. with a concentration in Health Management from Drexel University.

Outside of this practice, I also provide crisis intervention counseling at Boston Medical Center, serving the Psychiatric Emergency Services department as part of the Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST). My work is grounded in my belief that everyone needs help sometimes, but everyone deserves help and understanding always.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

Clients sometimes ask what makes me qualified to help them manage a long-term mental health issue, a chronic medical illness, or a new and unexpected life stressor. The obvious answer is: over 10 years' worth of pre-medical and behavioral health training. But the more personal answer is: over 10 years' worth of hands-on experience coping with mysterious medical issues, culminating in a diagnosis of discoid lupus In 2016, which has since evolved into systemic lypus erythymatosus.

I know what it's like to live with a lifelong condition, what it's like to be told for years that there is no clear answer for what you are going through, what it's like to be questioned, doubted, and challenged as if the symptoms are 'all in your head.' Rather than deter me, my experiences have only fueled my interest in helping others who may be dealing with chronic health conditions, and more broadly those who may be faced with any unanticipated challenges of a medical, psychological, emotional, or practical nature. I believe there are answers for what you may be going through, and while those answers may change your life, it need not be changed for the worse.

What Makes up a Problem?

If you're considering therapy for any reason, you may already feel there is a situational or long-term problem that is "big enough" to take to a professional. In reality, no problem is "too big" or "too small" to bring to therapy. I'm not here to doubt, judge, criticize, or tell you what to do. I'm here to help you work through your problem by building understanding around what brought you to this point, and then shaping appropriate, workable solutions that leave you feeling healthy, productive, and empowered.

To use a common analogy: you can't control the hand that life deals you, but you can control how you play your cards. Playing any of your cards can lead you closer to a satisfactory solution for your problem. It's my goal to help you realize the value of all of your various cards, and to help you play them in a way that best suits your problem-solving style and goals for healthy living.

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Health professionals, college students, elderly

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Equine and Animal Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Neuropsychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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