Looking Glass Counseling provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups. We also provide consultation and supervision to other mental health and affiliated professionals.
Our clinicians have specialty training and experience in the following areas:
- pregnancy & postpartum
- eating disorders
- grief & loss
- relationship issues
- college transitions
We have clinicians who are trained in the following therapeutic approaches:
IFS is a non-pathologizing model of psychotherapy that explores a person’s relationship with different parts of him or herself. Sometimes parts of ourselves take on extreme feelings or beliefs. It can be helpful to get to know these parts and understand what’s motivating their actions. One goal of therapy is to restore balance to our internal system of parts so that we are conducting our lives from a grounded, centered place.
DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment that encourages clients to work toward both acceptance and change. It is often used to treat suicidal behavior, self-injury, eating disorders, depression, trauma, and relational issues. DBT focuses heavily on skill building in these four areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.
EMDR is a protocol for treating trauma that includes bilateral stimulation, often in the form of eye movements or tapping side-to-side. The goal is to process “stuck” traumatic memories and shift how they are stored in your brain, no longer causing present-day distress.
CBT is a problem-solving approach to treatment that helps clients identify distorted ways of thinking and teaches them how to change. Through practice, clients are able to learn new ways of interacting with their thoughts, which in turn impacts their behavior and their feelings.
Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) is a full integration of play therapy with animal-assisted therapy, primarily for mental health/psychotherapy and education purposes.
Trauma-informed therapy incorporates an understanding of the neurobiological and psychological effects of trauma, including the differing impacts of childhood trauma, environmental trauma, ongoing trauma or single-incident trauma. Central tenants of this therapy include establishing safety, increasing emotional regulation skills, trauma processing, improving interpersonal relationships & self-perception, and empowerment.
Psychodynamic therapy is an insight-oriented approach that strives to
increase a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. We are shaped by our early family relationships, and it’s important to understand the patterns that were set into motion early in our lives and how they impact our current relationships.
Perinatal mental health refers to any issues that may arise as a result of planning a family, being pregnant, or having a child. This can include infertility, miscarriage, abortion, termination, pregnancy, stillbirth, premature birth, traumatic birth experiences, postpartum mood & anxiety disorders, attachment issues, family stress, or identity shifts regarding parenthood.
Expressive therapy incorporates the use of arts-based techniques into therapy. It can often tap into different ways of seeing things by utilizing creativity and the imagination. Expressive therapy can include the use of visual art, music, movement, writing, poetry, drama, storytelling, and sandtray.
Vicky Reichert, LMHC
Vicky is the owner of Looking Glass Counseling. She has over 10 years of experience working as a psychotherapist, both in private practice and community settings. She is on adjunct faculty in the Master’s program in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College and has also taught at Lesley University.
Vicky specializes in working with people who have experienced trauma. She holds a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, is a certified rape crisis counselor, and is fully trained in EMDR. She has also completed the level 1 training in Internal Family Systems therapy. She brings this trauma-informed lens to her work, which includes understanding the physical and emotional responses of both long-term and single-incident trauma.
For many years, Vicky has also been committed to working with women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She understands the particular challenges that can come along with having a child, including postpartum depression and anxiety, traumatic birth experiences, attachment issues, and identity shifts as one becomes a parent. She has completed post-graduate training in maternal mental health and is an active volunteer with Postpartum Support International of MA.
Vicky is passionate about her work and approaches sessions with an attitude of curiosity, openness, and respect. She believes that therapy is a collaborative effort, and works hard to achieve a healthy balance of support and challenge to encourage growth and healing.
Vicky accepts the following insurance plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tufts Health Plan
United Health Care
Tara Redepenning, LMHC
Tara earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. She is experienced in working with adolescents and adults in school-based, crisis, and community settings. Tara brings a holistic approach to her work using psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based strategies, and stress reduction techniques. Tara has expertise in working with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, adolescents, and college-age transitions. She also has a clinical interest in working with women during pregnancy and the postpartum period, including fostering and adoptive families.
As an expressive arts therapist, Tara is skilled in incorporating art making, movement and other creative activities into therapy sessions. This approach can enhance the therapeutic work, but is always optional depending on client preference.
Tara takes an active role in the therapeutic process. She hopes to create a safe and supportive space to explore thoughts, feelings, relationships, stressors and strengths.
Tara accepts the following insurance plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tufts Health Plan
Rachel Woodward, LMHC
Rachel earned her Masters Degree from Lesley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Guidance. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents, and families in outpatient, in-home, and school settings. She has recently completed the Level 1 training in Animal-Assisted Play Therapy through the International Institute of Animal-Assisted Play Therapy, and plans to continue her training for more advanced levels of certification. In addition to her work with Looking Glass Counseling, Rachel is also a therapist at the Community Therapeutic Day School in Lexington, MA.
Rachel’s main focus is working with children and adolescents with a range of difficulties. She brings deep experience in working with ASD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, self-regulation, developmental disabilities, and learning disabilities. She believes that play is the work of the child, and that it is through relationship and play that change can occur. In order to ensure the best possible care, Rachel is dedicated to working closely with the families of her clients. It is important to her that whole child be seen and understood.
One tool that Rachel offers is collaboration with Penny, her therapeutic partner and beloved Bassett Hound. With Animal-Assisted Play Therapy techniques, using animals in certain sessions with clients can be immensely beneficial and truly remarkable. Working with Penny is utilized on a case-by-case basis, based on clinical need and child and family preference.
Rachel is not an in-network provider with any insurance companies, but we are happy to provide documentation if your plan covers out-of-network providers. We also offer a sliding fee scale based on income.
This is Penny and she is a therapy dog! She has been Rachel’s pet for 8 years, and has been doing therapy work for a year and a half. She really loves to play and is always so happy to meet new people, especially kids! Her favorite things are getting pet, eating treats, taking naps, and long strolls when she gets to sniff anything she wants.
Fees & Forms
- 15-minute phone consultation: free
- 50-minute intake session: $150
- 45-minute psychotherapy session: $120
- 75-minute group therapy session: $40
- Here is what you should consider prior to using your insurance for psychotherapy:
We recommend that you contact your insurance prior to starting therapy to inquire about your behavioral health benefits, whether or not you need pre-authorization or referral, your co-pays or deductible, and if you have other provision or limitations to your particular policy.
- For some people it makes sense to use health insurance for psychotherapy, especially if it allows them access to services they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. Insurance companies can sometime pay for a portion or all your therapy, based on your policy. Other people decide that the flexibility afforded by paying privately is worth the extra cost.
- You will be asked to provide written authorization for your therapist to communicate with your insurer. The insurance company is entitled to some personal information about your situation and treatment plan.
- You will be given a mental health diagnosis by your therapist (such as depression, PTSD, adjustment disorder, etc.) in order to prove medical necessity. If you don’t meet criteria for diagnostic criteria, your insurer may not pay for your therapy. You should know that some people do fall into diagnostic categories, especially when they experience significant stress in their lives, but some do not. Many people are seeking therapy even if they do not exhibit significant distress; however they use therapy as a tool for self-enhancement and self-growth. Being a medical insurance, the insurers only support therapy that is deemed medically necessary.
- Your insurer controls the length of therapy and sometimes the models of therapy they accept.
We suggest that you consider your options based on your specific circumstances and the purpose of your therapy. Ultimately, it is your decision and it is usually a balance of needs, privacy, and cost.
Some of our clinicians are in-network providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts Health Plan, Aetna, and United Health Care. In order to see which therapist accepts which insurance plans, please check the Providers page. If you have another insurance carrier that covers out-of-network providers, we will be happy to provide you with documentation for reimbursement. If you choose to pay out of pocket, we offer a sliding scale based on your income.
Please fill out the following Intake Packet to bring to your first session: Client Intake Packet
We are located in the heart of Davis Square at 402 Highland Ave. Our office is in the Maven Realty building. Please enter through the real estate office, immediately go down the stairs, and we are the 2nd office on the right, Suite G. You may wait in the chair outside the office, or in the Maven Realty chairs near the entrance.
Unfortunately, the office is not handicapped accessible.
To request an appointment or to obtain additional information about any of our counseling services, please fill out the contact form. You can also call us at 617-702-9131. You can expect a reply within 2 business days.
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