Last updated: 5/24/2020

Leslie Donovan Shakespeare, LICSW (617) 732-3921
Last Updated: 5/24/2020
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Gender: Female/Female Identifying

Languages Spoken:

** Currently available for video conferencing five days per week.**

I enjoy helping individuals and couples (ages 18 and up) overcome whatever is preventing them from experiencing greater health, emotional well-being and fulfillment in their lives.  For nearly 20 years, as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, I have provided counseling to clients dealing with a variety of issues: anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, life transitions and loss, recovery issues, career change, as well as creative blocks. 

Our work begins with creating a safe, collaborative relationship in which you can identify your goals and we discuss the best ways to achieve them.  We will examine any patterns of thoughts, feelings and/or behaviors that may block you from experiencing the powerful and creative resources within you.  As we become aware of these habitual responses, and understand the role they may have played, we can heal and choose more effective ways to live in the present.

Therapy is always tailored to your specific needs and preferences.  Our work will integrate many therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, solutions-focused, meditation, and coaching.  Along with my training and expertise, I bring warmth, compassion and humor to each session, as well as a deep respect for my clients’ strengths and life experiences.

I would be happy to talk with you to explore how we can work together to help you achieve your goals.  

Focusing on:
Anxiety/Panic Disorders Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder Career/Employment Concerns Couple or Marital Issues Depression Education/Personal Development Grief/Loss Interpersonal Relationships Life Transitions Parenting Issues Sleep Disorders Stress Women's Issues
Also serving:
Addictions/Substance Aging Anger Management Attachment Disorders Body Dysmorphic Disorder Eating Disorders Family Issues Infertility Men's Issues Multicultural Issues Pain Management Physical Illness/Impairment Postpartum Depression Pregnancy/Childbirth Sexual Abuse/Rape Sexual Orientation Sexuality Issues Spiritual/Religious Concerns Suicidal Thoughts Trauma/PTSD
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Leslie Donovan Shakespeare
390 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474
(617) 732-3921

Contact: Ms. Donovan Shakespeare

Office Hours:
Mon12:00pm – 8:00pm
Tue12:00pm – 6:00pm
Wed12:00pm – 7:00pm
Thu12:00pm – 8:00pm
FriBy appointment
Online Schedule: Schedule
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 1 Hour
Weekends: 3 Hours

Access by Public Transportation
Evening Office Hours
Online Therapy (email, live chat, video)
Telephone Counseling
Video Counseling (Zoom, Skype, etc.)


Years of Experience: 23

MA - LICSW [1030393]

Credentials and Certifications:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Fees and Payment Options
Individual: $100
Couples: $120
Group: N/A
Family: $125

Sliding Scale: Yes

Accept Credit Card: No

Private Insurance or Out of Network: Yes

Free Services:
Brief Phone Consultation
Information & Referral

AllWays (Partners Employees only) Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare PPO Blue
Blue Cross Blue Shield (Blue Care Elect) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Blue Cross Blue Shield (HMO Blue) Blue Cross Blue Shield Personal Help Network
Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO) Blue Cross Major Medical
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP) HMO Blue Choice
Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity Magellan Behavioral Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage HMO Blue MIT Health Plan

Age Groups and Specific Populations (focus areas are bold)
Age groups:
Adults (26-59) Seniors (60 +) Young Adults (18-25)
Adolescents (13-17)
Specific populations:
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Caregivers Children of Divorce College Students Grandparents Interracial Families/Couples
Biracial Chronic Illness Diabetes Disabled Gifted Learning Disability Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) Obese or Overweight Step Families Twins Unemployed
Treatment Methods and Approaches
Theoretical approaches - focus areas:
Coaching Cognitive/Behavioral Evaluation/Diagnostic Feminist Humanistic Internal Family Systems (IFS) Long-Term Meditation/Relaxation Narrative Therapy Psycho-Educational Psychodynamic Relational Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Other theoretical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Behavioral Body Centered Psychotherapy Contemplative Crisis Intervention Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping) Existential Psychotherapy Gestalt Gottman Method Holistic Hypnosis Imago Relationship Therapy Information and Referral Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Mindfulness Based Approaches Parent Guidance Prevention Short-Term (Brief Treatment) Social Support Spiritual Counseling Systemic
Methods - focus areas:
Couple/Marital Educational or Psycho-Educational Family Systems Individual Online Therapy
Other methods:
Peer Support Supervision/Consultation
Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious experience:
Buddhist Christian Jewish
Hindu Muslim Pagan
Multi-cultural experience:
African-American Asian Hispanic Indian Irish Italian
Arabic Brazilian Haitian Portuguese
Professional Associations
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)