Dr. Abigail McNally,PhD

Dr. Abigail McNally,PhD

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychoanalyst, Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 8239
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $400 per session for Initial Consultation (50 min)
$370 per session for Individual Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (45 min)
$400 per session for Couples' Therapy and Parent Guidance (45 min)
$300 per session for Professional Consultation and Supervision (45 min)


50 Leonard St
Suite 204
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478

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My Approach to Helping

Dr. Abigail McNally a licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst with a private practice in Belmont, MA. With over 18 years of experience in the provision of clinical services, her approach is warm, inviting, humble, thoughtful, safe, ethical, and deeply respectful of the unique complexity of every human mind. She specializes in the provision of intensive individual psychotherapy for individuals looking to make deep and lasting changes in the ways they approach love, work, and play.

Dr. McNally is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy (1-2xweek), psychoanalysis (3-5xweek), dialectical-behavior therapy, internal family systems, trauma-informed therapy, and psychotherapeutic integration. She works individually with adults, college students, and adolescents, and also provides parent guidance and professional supervision and consultation. Dr. McNally is the former Assistant Clinical Director of the Laurel Hill Inn Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Center and the former Psychology Training Director of Two Brattle Center, Ltd. She has previously held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Massachusetts Mental Health Center at HMS, and Smith College School of Social Work, and is currently Faculty, Psychoanalyst, and Supervising Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP).

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Major Life Transition
Insecure Attachment
Self-Esteem Deficits
Parent Guidance
Personality Disorders
Eating Disorders

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy can be life-changing. Depth-oriented psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis can be extremely effective for addressing maladaptive or constricted engagement in one's life (e.g.: depressive withdrawal, anxious avoidance, low self-esteem, problematic relationship patterns, feeling stuck in motivation and work, unresolved grief, difficulty maintaining loving relationships, addictive tendencies, and feelings of meaninglessness). Psychodynamic theories share a core belief that our ways of being in the world are guided by unconscious motivations, feelings, beliefs, and conflicts. This perspective views adaptations to emotional pain during development as often leading to potentially maladaptive responses in the present. Psychodynamic approaches transform painful feelings, thoughts, and behaviors by getting "underneath" the overt symptoms themselves and trying to understand the meaning, original cause, and current relational patterning of the symptoms. Psychodynamic psychotherapy seeks to identify and understand our evolved manners of emotional self-protection, and then gradually open up alternative, more adaptive means of self-regulation. Through insight, exposure to once frightening feelings, new relational experience, and mourning of the past, psychotherapy can help people to people to live more freely, mindfully, and peacefully in the present.

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • 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
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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