Mitchel D. Rose, Ph.D.

Mitchel D. Rose, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, 1972) founded Boston Psychotherapy Associates in 1980 with a single, overriding practice philosophy: “We want to offer the quality of care and service that we ourselves would want to receive: careful, thoughtful, effective, individualized and personal.”

Dr. Rose is Massachusetts Licensed Psychologist 2252 and Health Service Provider. He is a long-time member of the Psychology Department at Tufts University and has also taught at Harvard University, Simmons College and the University of Pennsylvania. The co-author of two texts on sexuality, Human Sexuality and The Psychology of Human Sexuality (both published by John Wiley and Sons), Dr. Rose has treatment specialties in sexual dysfunctions and other issues relating to sexuality, including sexual and pornography compulsions. Anxiety, phobias, depression, substance abuse, career and personal development, and academic difficulties are among his other areas of treatment specialty. He treats individual adults, couples and college-age late adolescents.

Dr. Rose is highly experienced in both insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral therapies. With a strong background in the neurosciences, Dr. Rose is well-informed on the usages and cautions of such non-prescription ancillary treatments for psychological problems as SAM-e, St. John’s Wort and valerian. (See the links page for some useful references on these and other relevant issues.)

About people who have tried to change their lives for the better but have been unable, Dr. Rose says, “it is a privilege and gives me great satisfaction to be a part of their second chance.”


Karen Rose, M.S.W, L.I.C.S.W.

Karen Rose (Smith College School for Social Work, 1983) has been in clinical practice as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a principal at Boston Psychotherapy Associates for over 30 years. Ms. Rose has been a supervisor for Master of Social Work students at Simmons College through her work at Harvard Vanguard (Harvard Community Health Plan) and has lectured at Tufts University and other Boston-area schools.

Ms. Rose summarizes her treatment philosophy as this: “My work with patients is highly interactive. I recognize that the psychological and emotional work that people have come to do can seem difficult, and I always try to be an active collaborator rather than a passive sounding board for my patients. In this way, I believe that we can together accomplish substantial benefit with the minimum of distress.”

Ms. Rose’s clinical specialties include eating disorders, obesity, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, infertility issues, women’s issues, and general life development. Working collaboratively with area hospital programs, she counsels people preparing to undergo gastric by-pass surgery.  She uses an eclectic approach to therapy, with an emphasis on cognitive and psychodynamic approaches. She works with individual adults, couples and late adolescents.