Mary McDonald


Mary McDonald


Not Accepting New Clients
Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychoanalyst
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW
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1753 Massachusetts Avenue
Suite 100
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140

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My Approach to Helping

The current crisis creates enormous stress and exacerbates whatever has troubled us all along. This is not a good time to be alone and therapy can be especially useful now. We can seek treatment to cope with stress, gain relief from pain and escape from troubling patterns. It can also provide more than expected: greater adaptability and resourcefulness, and a livelier relationship with one’s self and with others.
During dark times, especially like these, our difficulties are often compounded by feeling we have lost touch with our natural strengths. I have advanced psychodynamic training directed towards helping individuals re-connect with those strengths, and even to access unknown resources within themselves.
Insight can illuminate the path to discovery, reconnection and growth, but insight in a vacuum is cold comfort indeed. My clients describe me as earnest, approachable, warm, and, yes - insightful. I am not a remote practitioner, believing the work needs to be done in a companionable, accepting space with someone who is truly present.

More Info About My Practice

My training includes an Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, a fellowship at The Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, and a fellowship at the PINE Psychoanalytic Center. I am presently a Candidate for Psychoanalytic Certification from the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (where I currently serve on the Board of Directors.)

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Panic
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Workplace Issues

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