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I am  an adolescent, young adult, adult and family therapist, with over 15 years of clinical work in schools, medical and psychiatric hospitals, and private practice.  My approach to treatment is individually tailored to meet  the specific needs of the client and/or family.  The ultimate goal of  treatment is  to help the adolescent or adult develop coping strategies to improve confidence, quality of life, and expression of emotion. 


I utilize a variety of behavioral and strength based therapeutic approaches tailored to the specific needs of the individual, including parent training and counseling.   I am certified and experienced in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  CBT is a highly successful, research-based treatment modality aimed at addressing distorted cognitions, behaviors and emotions while encouraging active, collaborative work with the therapist.   I educate clients about their specific mental health challenges, so that clients truly understand themselves and their specific issues.  We then, together, develop a "tool box" of strategies to help clients manage individual symptoms.  These are lifetime skills and strategies that will help individuals live a much more authentic, happy and fulfilled life.


  • Master of Social Work

Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work

  • Certificate in Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions

Boston University School of Social Work


  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

  • Licensed School Social Worker







Selected Experience


  • Susan Ryerson, LICSW

        Private practice in Newton Centre,    

        counseling adolescents, young adults,

        families and  parents.   

  • Boston Institute for Psychotherapy

        Individual and group counseling to   

       elementary and middle school students 

       and families in Boston Public School



  • Framingham Public School System

Individual and group counseling to elementary and middle school students and families


  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Family consultation and crisis intervention


  • Yale Psychiatric Institute

Individual, group, and family therapy

Susan Ryerson, LICSW

Adolescent Therapist in Newton, MA

Greater Boston Area

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