Working Together

Therapy provides a safe and welcoming sanctuary for you to unburden yourself, relieve stress, and navigate through personal and relationship challenges with empathy and support.

My Approach

My approach is warm, collaborative, and tailored based on your needs. I specialize in psychodynamic therapy, also known as psychoanalysis or depth psychology. It is an insight-oriented, whole person-centered, emotion-focused approach based on genuine connectedness between the therapist and the client. This approach aims to meet you where you are at, walk alongside you, and resolve deep-seated issues related to your sense of self and your relationships with others.


You can find details about availability, location, telehealth, costs, payment methods, and policies regarding health insurance, billing, appointments, and cancellations on this Logistics and Policies page. 

I work with adults seeking long-term therapy to address persistent anxieties and deep-seated feelings of insecurity and inadequacy. Together, we can help you develop self-empathy and self-esteem to undo the impact of trauma for more satisfying relationships and a more fulfilling life.


I am dedicated to guiding individual adults through the complexities of enduring issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, and the nuances of personal relationships. My experience extends to helping individuals with a diverse array of challenges, including:

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Behaviors They Want to Change or Stop

Life Events or Experiences

Mental Health Disorders They Want to Treat

*If you require paperwork for out-of-network reimbursement, or if you need to use BCBS insurance, I will have to provide a DSM-5 diagnosis for the purposes of your insurance coverage. 

Feelings and Emotions


Goals for Their Lives

Aspects of Their Identities

How I Work

In each session, I strive to empathically understand my clients' feelings and their needs from their perspective. I listen attentively to them with an open and non-judgmental mind, without making assumptions. I create a safe space for their full range of emotions, so they don't need to hold back or take care of me. I help them get in touch with, validate, and make sense of their feelings, supporting them in the ways they need. 

Meet Han

Han Bertrand, MTS, MSW, LICSW, LCSW

I'm a consultant and licensed psychotherapist in private practice based in Boston, Massachusetts, and hold licenses as a clinical social worker in Massachusetts (LICSW #123987), Oregon (LCSW #L14216), and Florida (LCSW #TPSW3510).

Hello! Nice to meet you. Allow me to introduce myself:

As a dedicated psychotherapy professional, I am honored to be a member of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. I have had the privilege of receiving advanced training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy through postgraduate fellowships at The Danielsen Institute at Boston University and The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. Additionally, I hold a Master of Social Work and a Master of Theological Studies from Boston College, where I had the opportunity to integrate clinical social work with expertise in psychology, spirituality, and mental health care. I am happy to answer your questions about me or my philosophy when we meet.

My Philosophy

My approach to therapy prioritizes understanding my clients' needs and creating a welcoming and safe space for their emotions.

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Many of my clients who have had previous therapy experiences find that my approach makes them feel more relaxed and comfortable when tuning into themselves, connecting with their feelings and memories. They often realize that all parts of themselves, regardless of how burdening or overwhelming, can be fully welcomed, accepted, and integrated. The psychotherapy I practice is confidential and centered on empathy and mutuality, the here-and-now experience, and inquiry into self.

I believe that therapy is for everyone. Therapy works when there is a secure therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client. Neuroscience shows that our brain can be rewired because of the brain's neuroplasticity. This happens only when there is genuine connectedness between the therapist and the client. In that emotional connection, the brain's neurons reorganize, reconnect, and rewrite. With enough time, the rewiring process will shift our mentality, mindset, and views to see ourselves and others in relationships. This shift is not based on any skill or tool, but on an innate capacity that has been activated, restored, and strengthened in the ongoing therapeutic relationship.

Feelings need to be validated and understood.

Feelings are the language of our inner world. Yet, to truly embrace their wisdom, we must first understand and accept them without judgment or resistance. 

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When you acknowledge your feelings, you allow yourself to feel them, which means talking about them, exploring, and understanding them more deeply. This can be a challenging task, especially when we have been trying to avoid them, but it is an important part of mental health and emotional intelligence that enable us to live to the fullest. 

Understanding your feelings is also understanding yourself and your relationships that bring both joy and pain. Having feelings is part of being human. There's no way to never have feelings, but there's a way to master self-regulation through self-empathy. Growing your ability to empathize with your own feelings is an irreplaceable benefit of long-term psychotherapy. 

Understanding your feelings means tuning into your needs, which may have been previously dismissed, repressed, overlooked, or rejected. It enables you to develop healthier coping mechanisms and build more meaningful relationships. 

Feelings are the language of our inner world. Yet, to truly embrace their wisdom, we must first understand and accept them without judgment or resistance. Healthy coping mechanisms stem from this foundational understanding, guiding us towards integration and growth.

Common Misunderstandings about Psychotherapy

Therapy is more than CBT, DBT, ACT, EMDR, EFT, IFS, and other acronyms; it's about addressing your needs and feelings.

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Misconception: Psychotherapy is a quick fix for problems.

Contrary to popular belief, psychotherapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution or a magic pill that instantly resolves issues. It's a process that requires commitment, patience, and active participation from the individual. 

Misconception: Talking about problems in therapy is pointless; it doesn't help.

It's understandable to feel skeptical about the effectiveness of talking as a therapeutic tool, but research and countless personal testimonies attest to the profound benefits of verbal expression in therapy. By verbalizing thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and supportive environment, individuals gain clarity, perspective, and emotional relief. Therapy provides a space for introspection, validation, and empathic understanding, which can be profoundly transformative. For instance, a person struggling with depression may initially doubt the value of discussing their feelings, but over time, they may find that expressing themselves openly fosters a sense of connection and relief from emotional burden.

Misconception: Psychotherapy is all about blaming parents for current issues.

While childhood experiences and family dynamics can indeed influence adult behavior and emotional patterns, effective therapy isn't about assigning blame to parents or dwelling on past grievances. Instead, it's about understanding how early experiences shape our perceptions and behaviors, empowering individuals to recognize and change unhelpful patterns. For example, a person may discover that certain beliefs or coping mechanisms developed in childhood no longer serve them well in adulthood, leading to insights and opportunities for growth.

Misconception: Psychotherapy is solely about dwelling on the past.

While exploring past experiences can be a valuable aspect of therapy, it's not the sole focus. Therapists utilize various techniques to help individuals gain insight into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, empowering them to make positive changes in the present and future. 

Misconception: Only "weak" individuals seek therapy; it's a sign of failure.

Seeking therapy is a courageous step towards self-improvement, not a sign of weakness. Just as we visit a doctor for physical ailments, consulting a therapist for emotional and relational challenges demonstrates strength and a willingness to confront issues head-on. For example, a high-achieving professional may seek therapy to address work-related stress and prevent burnout, recognizing the importance of self-care and mental well-being.

Misconception: Psychotherapy is only for individuals with severe mental health issues.

In reality, psychotherapy is not solely reserved for those with diagnosable mental illnesses. Many adults seek therapy to navigate life transitions, manage stress, enhance self-awareness, and improve relationship dynamics. 

When our needs are met, and our feelings are validated, understood, and accepted, we feel whole and connected again.