Psychology and Behavioral Health in Boston, MA

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States as well as the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England. The city covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 667,137 but the larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston is home to an estimated 4.7 million people. Due to it’s size and history, it comes as no surprise that Boston is an international center of higher education as well as a leader in healthcare, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Boston is home to a large number of medical and research facilities, many of them associated with universities and prestigious medical schools. As a result, the plethora of mental health services and options cover an extensive range to assist an individual in finding the specific care they need. The city is home to many psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and integrative mind-body healers. Boston hosts over 3,700 therapists and social workers specializing in substance abuse and behavioral disorders, 150 marriage and family therapists, as well as over 2,500 general psychologists, and 630 psychiatrists. Most people seeking psychotherapy or other types of behavioral health services need only outpatient counseling services and/or medication management. However, those that need more extensive services can consider things like intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) or inpatient hospitalization in a facility that offers psychological and psychiatric services.