About Dr. Arboleda


I have a direct, active style, and will work collaboratively to tackle whatever challenges brought you into therapy. We will find more successful ways to cope with and adapt to the difficulties you are experiencing. 

When I work with you, I will ask questions and make practical suggestions that will enable you to make the positive life changes you sought by seeking therapy for yourself. Primarily, I use what you bring up in our sessions as material for our work together. I can make you aware of and help you change your thinking patterns and/or teach you some mindfulness practices.  I will also use your memory of events that happened in the past, what is going on in your current life, your dreams and unconscious slips, and our interactions as a means of helping you achieve your therapeutic goals.

At Harvard University, I studied developmental psychology and graduated summa cum laude in 1976. I went on to complete my doctorate in 1982 at Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  My dissertation on "Thought Disorder in Children of Psychotic Parents" was published in the journal, Archives of General Psychiatry.  I completed a clinical internship at the Judge Baker Guidance Center in Boston and a postgraduate internship at Boston's Children's Hospital.  After completing my clinical training and getting my license,  I worked and taught at Boston's Children's Hospital for five years. 

After leaving Children's, I was a psychologist at various private schools in the Boston area,  a member of a group of psychologists who organized national conferences for private school teachers and established my solo private practice in Cambridge.  In 1989, I left the private school world to dedicate myself exclusively to my private practice.

I have lived in the Boston area since 1972, but have dual citizenship.  I was born and raised bilingually in Bogotá, Colombia, educated in English speaking schools, spent a year living in Paris, and have traveled extensively throughout the world. Thus, it is natural for me to be able to understand different cultural/international perspectives. As a result, though I have worked mostly with U.S. citizens, I also have extensive experience treating citizens from numerous countries.

If you think we might be a good match, please do get in touch with me, by either calling 617-876-6535 or emailing me at [email protected] I will get back to you as soon as I can. If you haven't heard from me in 24 hours, please try to contact me again.

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I look forward to hearing from you

Catalina Arboleda, Ph.D.


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10:00 am-6:00 pm


10:00 am-6:00 pm


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