Ronny Nevo, Psy.D.
Supervised by Emily Kerzin, Ph.D.
I value conceptualizing individuals in a holistic manner within the context of their lives and assisting them in identifying their goals, challenges, and strengths. I am passionate about working with people and considering their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in a curiosity-driven and strength-based perspective. I strive to connect with individuals and families and provide a containing presence while being able to sit with complex and overwhelming human experiences that may not have clear hopeful solutions. My clinical work aims to collaborate with clients to identify their resiliencies and draw upon them to assist them in navigating the challenges of their lives.
I work from an integrative theoretical model, pulling more from certain theories when appropriate for the individual or family. This allows me to tailor my orientation differently within and across sessions or to alter my approach to increase engagement and success.
Generally, I think within Humanistic theory, emphasizing holistic self-exploration, mindfulness, responsibility, and creativity. I also generally work with a family and systems lens, considering the surrounding individuals and community and how they may impact and support a client.
Children, Youth, and Adolescents
I enjoy working with children, youth, and adolescents, as well as with their families. Each developmental stage has its specific challenges and strengths, including the manner in which people make sense of themselves and their environment and their ability to impact their surroundings and meet their needs.
Family and Parenting
I appreciate the role of the family and community in the life and context of an individual. I enjoy working with families and being able to hold the multiple perspectives and emotions in the room. I am further interested in exploring how the caregiver’s experiences impact the ways that they are able to engage and connect with their child.
LGBTQ Individuals and Family
I have experience working with individuals in questioning, exploring, and solidifying their gender and sexual identity. I believe that there is power in having the exploration of identity spoken aloud and witnessed by another person. Furthermore, families may sometimes struggle to understand or accept an individual’s identity.
I am interested in grief, loss, and bereavement. I have found that too often individuals and families are not offered sufficient opportunities to explore their relationship and complex emotions in regards to death and loss.
There are many reasons that individuals may not seek assistance for issues related to substance use. In my training, I have had the opportunity to work within this field and explore methods of engaging and retaining participation. I work from a compassionate and experience-based perspective and understanding the biology of addiction, while also maintaining consistent expectations of clients and understanding their personal path to recovery.
There are often times when words are not sufficient to express thoughts, feelings, or experiences. I am interested in offering clients other means of expression, including art and other creative interventions. As with therapy, the emphasis is on the process of creating and self-exploration, not on the quality of the end result.
Originally from Northern California, I have lived in a few different cities during my life and enjoy exploring new places and cultures. I moved to Boston for graduate school at William James College, formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, earning both my Masters and PsyD. While there, I joined the school’s concentration on Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience, dedicated to addressing the challenges that youths, families, and communities face and drawing upon their strengths and supports to assist them in navigating these challenges. I also chose to emphasize in Multicultural and Global Mental Health, a program committed to promoting social justice and addressing mental health disparities among disenfranchised populations in the United States and abroad. This provided me with the opportunity to conduct mental health awareness and prevention workshops during an immersion program in Guyana, South America.
Also in school I focused my dissertation on creating and developing a caregiver program for adolescent-aged fathers, a population that has been demonstrated to have a high need and receptivity for intervention services while lacking the necessary resources and support. This program combines my interests of infant and child development, parenting, and adolescent males within the framework of therapeutic groups.
During my free time, I enjoy travelling, reading, good movies, music from many different genres, playing board games, and walking outside in cities or in nature. I enjoy learning and having interesting conversations with friends and strangers and hearing more about the perspectives of others. I also enjoy activities that allow me to create something and appreciate the result of my work, such as baking, art, and the occasional carpentry project.