Rivkah Lapidus,PhD, LMHC, CGP

Rivkah Lapidus,PhD, LMHC, CGP

Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Mental Health Counselor - 7925
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


44 Kidder Ave
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144

My Approach to Helping

I am an experienced psychotherapist, visual artist and essayist. I am an expert in Addiction Psychology, Moderation Management and Harm Reduction Therapies, and the Creative Process throughout the life-span. I work with individuals, groups and families.

The essential ingredient of all good therapy is the quality of the relationship between therapist and client. What happens in the therapy hour is a co-construction, which means that the client and therapist are mutually engaged in a process of learning, listening and exploring.

Over the course of my professional life, I have honored my early psychodynamic teachers, but have also learned a good deal from humanistic philosophy. The search for meaning is a human need in an often inexplicable world.

People may come to me because they are distressed about feelings, anxieties, behaviors and life-transitions. They are concerned with establishing a meaningful place in the world. Cultural context and social influence are very important factors in how we think of ourselves. Multi-generational family history also sheds light on current relationship conflicts and \"stuck\" places.

The \"I-Thou\" relationship described by Martin Buber defines the quality of my approach. I actively engage my clients in framing and exploring the issue they present with. Often the issue takes on new layers as we continue to meet. We develop our \"treatment plan\" together, and openly reflect on the treatment process.

More Info About My Practice

My standard fee is $150. Insurance plans help to make therapy affordable to many who would not otherwise be able to have therapy, but they also place limits quantity of care, patient confidentiality and diagnosis. I accept several insurance plans. Please feel free to inquire.

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Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Young adults, adults in transition, substance use disorders, artists, Recovery, Moderation Management

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Habits
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Constructivisim
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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