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Seana Peterson Pyschotherapy, LICSW

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Seana Peterson believes all people have the capacity to heal and a trusting therapeutic relationship can help. Her approach is integrative and she weaves together a unique blend of perspectives tailored to each client’s needs. Seana has specialized training in the treatment of trauma and complex PTSD and works most often with teens, college students, and young adults.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • AllSavers UHC
  • Harvard Pilgrim
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
Locations
Licensed in
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  • Massachusetts
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“People who seem to work best with me tend to be curious and self-reflective (or open to developing these skills).”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was first inspired to become a therapist after having positive experiences in my own therapy. Throughout college and my 20s, I met with several therapists who I felt really got me, each in their own way. Being seen, heard, and validated was powerful medicine and I still carry their wisdom with me today. Despite these experiences, therapy is not my first career! I started out in advertising, helping companies market themselves to sell more products. My work involved studying people in their homes, trying to understand why they did what they did. I loved learning about people, but I hated why I was doing it. I saw people needing support, not more stuff. Luckily, I could talk to my therapist about my discontentment. She helped me explore my values, learn to trust my gut, and ultimately make the changes I needed to start on this career path.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy is a collaborative process, so it is important that you and I feel like we will work well together. For this reason, I will ask to schedule a brief introductory meeting with you to learn more about what brings you to therapy and explore how I might be able to help. Should we both decide it’s a good fit, we will move forward with the intake process. In our first couple of sessions, I will ask you a variety of questions to get to know you, your history, and anything that might be an important foundation for our work together. After this, we will discuss your hopes and goals for treatment and develop a plan for how to address what matters most to you. People who seem to work best with me tend to be curious and self-reflective (or open to developing these skills). I often ask my clients to “stay curious” during the week so they can share what they learned about themselves in future sessions.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
One of the best things about my job is that I will never be done learning. My biggest source of inspiration for what I want to learn next is my clients, who challenge me to continue growing. I regularly seek out consultation and training from other therapists and experts in the field of mental health. Most recently, I completed training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), which is used to treat the effects of trauma. I am a member of the New England Society of Trauma and Dissociation (NESTTD), which helps me stay informed of developments in the field of trauma therapy. Most importantly, when I encounter something in therapy with a client that I am not yet skilled in, I seek professional supervision and additional training. Your care is important and you deserve a provider who is well-versed in your concerns.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I care deeply about your experience in therapy. When you meet with me, you can expect to be treated with kindness, respect, and genuine interest. I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is the most important factor in therapy because it lays the foundation for everything else. At my core, I believe that everyone deserves to have a space where they can show up fully as themselves. In order for people to do that, therapists have to create an environment where clients can be honest about what they think and feel. In my practice, I acknowledge and affirm the realities of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and ableism and their effects on mental health. Like everyone, I have my particular mix of marginalized and privileged identities and I work hard to stay aware of my power as someone in the therapist role. Lastly, when I mess up (which I do, don’t we all?), I apologize, learn, and do better. It’s that simple.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited to see mindfulness and body-based practices getting recognized for their usefulness in therapy. It’s important to note that many of these practices are not new; they come from lineages of wisdom that have existed for thousands of years. We are lucky to be able to learn from them! I am a certified yoga instructor with training in yoga approaches for trauma. I also incorporate the emotional freedom technique (EFT), which uses gentle tapping on acupressure points. These approaches (and many others) help clients connect their mind, body, and spirit, all of which are important aspects of mental health.
“I often ask my clients to “stay curious” during the week so they can share what they learned about themselves in future sessions.”