— Welcome

About me

Welcome! I am Wayne Kessler, a Certified CBT and EMDR Therapist

Life can be challenging at times.
You deserve to feel heard and supported. I am here to give you the nonjudgemental support and safe space that you need to heal, grow and begin to feel better.

Wayne Kessler Therapist
Wayne Kessler, MSW, LICSW 

Why I Do This Work

I have always had an interest in helping others. I guess I discovered this at a young age. I also learned that I am very good at this and people gravitate towards me and confide in me naturally. I enjoy the process of connecting with people at a different level and helping them to discover things about themselves and realize they have qualities and abilities they didn’t realize they had. I am truly humbled and grateful for those who allow me to share their life experiences with me, no matter how traumatic they are. Together, we find the path of healing that works for them, at the pace that feel most comfortable. Every day, I learn so much from and am inspired by my client’s insights and ability to rise above their challenges.


My Experience

I have been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker for over 30 years, working with adults who have challenges related to: work-related stress, relationships, layoffs, toxic work environments, fears, health-related issues, school challenges, career transition, struggling with grief from the loss of a human or pet, and challenges around retirement.  I have many years of experience in different settings, including individual therapy, inpatient, residential group homes, outpatient, and in-home therapy.


Who Can You Help?

Therapy is only offered via teletherapy to adults in Massachusetts at the time of the therapy session.

I work with a diverse population of individuals, including those who’ve never been in therapy, to individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and other executive functioning challenges. I do not provide services to actively suicidal individuals. If you are actively suicidal, you will need to be stabilized before I can work with you. I do not provide medications, but, I can refer you to a prescriber. I work primarily with adults.  and am an  LGBTQIA+ friendly therapist.


Who I Am Not Able To Help

My areas of expertise do not include people who are actively suicidal, have eating disorders, have severe OCD, Couples, or have ASD; so I don’t work with those populations. I have many years of experience in different settings, including individual therapy, inpatient, residential group homes, outpatient, and in-home therapy.


Therapy Offering

 I am dedicated to providing an open, welcoming, empathetic, and collaborative learning environment in which you feel safe and comfortable expressing yourself without judgment. I work with individuals from all walks of life and use my skills as a Therapist and mindfulness teacher to aid in your understanding of yourself and others.


Therapeutic Orientation

My therapeutic orientation is trauma-informed and evidence-based, and I am certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT). I also use trauma-informed EMDR therapy, IFS, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused therapies, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, somatic and strengths-based approaches in my practice. My therapeutic approach involves tailoring the therapeutic intervention to the individual’s unique needs with a customized, co-created treatment plan. I create an open-minded, safe space. I am a lifelong learner, so I strive to keep my clinical skills cutting-edge and up-to-date by frequently attending the latest training and workshops to further my expertise, awareness, and understanding.


Insurance Accepted

I currently accept most private insurance plans. However, I am not in-network for all plans offered by private insurers, as many have closed networks. We will need to check if I am in-network for your specific plan. I will explain how to do this step by step.


Insurance I Do Not Accept

I do not accept any of the MA state health insurance plans like Medicare, Medicaid or MassHealth.

I also do not accept any MassHealth Connector plans like Tufts Direct, and Tufts Together


Be Brave And Reap The Benefits of Therapy

Starting therapy takes a lot of courage and can be a challenging, yet highly rewarding experience. I believe that if we are able to become curious and adventurous, our lives can become more connected, grounded, and enriched in the process. I am committed to supporting you through this process with a warm, supportive, and collaborative spirit.


Take The First Step

Get in touch via email  or set up your first therapy session here using the schedule a session link. After submitting a contact request form, I will be in touch. I no longer offer 15 minute consultations but you can read some FAQ’s people normally ask me on the Consultation Session page.