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Whether your life is in crisis, or you want to improve a good thing, expert counseling help is right here.

Call us at 617-395-5806 to learn more, or to schedule a session.

Welcome to this webpage, which is a brief overview of counseling therapy at Thrive Boston Counseling. My name is Dr. Anthony Centore. I am the founder and CEO of Thrive Boston, as well as a counselor here. Though we haven't had the opportunity to talk yet, I want you to know one thing:

No matter what your situation, no matter how desperate things might seem, no matter what has happened in your past--you can experience a better life.

If today you are on this website, and you are in a place of hurt or pain, know that you’re not alone. In fact, we live in a time when many people are hurting. Below is a list of some the problems people like you and me are struggling and dealing with:

A Brief Introduction to Four Common Counseling Therapy Issues


1 in 5 people experience depression every year. This is clinical depression, which goes beyond mild sadness or the blues. Depression steals life away from both the person who struggles with it and their loved ones.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Change of appetite
  • Insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Slowed physical movements
  • Agitation
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Excessive guilt
  • Indecisiveness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • And more.

In Boston, depression can be exacerbated by our busy and time-starved lives, and by the short summers and long-dark winters.


Anxiety is a constant fearful state, accompanied by a feeling of unrest, dread, or worry. Anxiety is aroused by a number of factors: external situations (viewing the news, a fast paced lifestyle), physical well-being (lack of sleep, blood sugar) and trauma (situations that caused great pain).

  • Inability to relax
  • Tense feelings
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Jumpiness or feeling faint
  • Excessive perspiring
  • Feeling clammy
  • Constant anticipation of trouble
  • Constant feeling of uneasiness

Self-image, Self-esteem, or Self-worth

Self-esteem refers to an inner sense of value that gives a person resilience to attacks or criticism. Every person has ideas about their own self-worth.

Having good self-esteem does NOT mean being proud or having an overblown "ego". Rather, it has more to do with confidence and self-respect.

Low self-esteem can cause: feelings of self-hate, believing that one is unworthy or incompetent, a refusal to get close to people, a belief that one doesn’t deserve strong or supportive relationships, refusal to trust others, and an inability to accept oneself as special or unique. Your self-esteem is in trouble when you allow others to convince you that you are not valuable or significant. Poor self-esteem is often the result of prolonged periods of negative feedback in a person’s life, which can result in deep wounds and emotional pain.

Poor self-esteem is often the result of prolonged periods of negative feedback in a person’s life. This results in deep wounds and emotional pain.

Relationship Problems (and Loneliness)

We feel more isolated today than ever before.

50% of marriages end in divorce. Communication problems, anger, dependency, jealousy, painful pasts, adultery, and uncertainty about a relationship's future are just a few of the things that can cause serious relationship problems.

Also, today (more than ever) persons are finding that they feel completely alone, even in a large city, such as Boston, MA.

The problem of isolation gets even worse when we work long hours, have moved several times, or when our social support system has left us.

Thrive Boston Counseling Therapy Basics

Do these problems sound familiar to you?

It's no secret that people are hurting every day. We live in the most affluent society in history, but wealth and money don’t make our problems go away (and many of us still struggle to make ends meet).

Thrive Boston Counseling Therapists believe that too many lives are wasted by the problems of depression, anxiety, self-image, and by broken relationships. Too many of us suffer and hide from our problems, such as addiction, sexual Issues, anger problems, or eating Disorders (to name a few).

Here is a list of the issues and services Thrive Boston Counseling Therapy provides every day to the Boston and Cambridge communities.

The real tragedy is that Many people suffer for years without getting help, when change is right there at their fingertips.

They just don't know how to reach out and take it.

"I want counseling help. Where do I turn?"

How do you find help when you feel like you have hit bottom? How do you heal when the pain seems unbearable?

(or perhaps life does not look that dark, but you still have a thought that you want to experience happiness--experience a better life--more often, more clearly, than you are right now).

But wait, I think I am getting ahead of myself....

First, I want to congratulate you on taking the first step towards addressing whatever you're struggling with. If you are reading this, then you're SO CLOSE to making change happen in your life. Maybe it has taken you months to get this far--maybe it has taken years.

From this point on, you don't have to struggle alone. On behalf of the therapists at Thrive Boston, including myself, we will walk with you from here on out.

How is Thrive Boston Counseling Dramatically Different?

From this point on, you don't have to struggle alone. On behalf of the therapists at Thrive Boston, including myself, we will walk with you from here on out.

Every year, Thrive counselors serve hundreds of individuals, couples and families from Cambridge, MA and Boston, MA. We know what it takes to provide excellent care to the people of Massachusetts. (We also help clients from around the country who seek out our expertise by telephone or online counseling).

We serve clients who work at Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Tufts, McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital--many of our clients are some of the the top thinkers in the country; they trust and rely on the care provided by Thrive Boston Counseling.

At Thrive, we are focused on you, the client. From the first time you make a phone call to our office to when you walk through the door, you are always respected and treated with sensitive, professional care.

We believe you are a person, not a disorder. You're not a combination of symptoms--which is often the status quo with counseling practices these days. --A disorder does not explain or summarize you or your life experience.

We help our clients live better, more engaging and successful lives. To do that, we look at helping our clients to heal and grow as both an ART and a SCIENCE.

The Thrive Boston Counseling philosophy guides everything we do.

Our clients tell us that the most helpful offering of Thrive Boston Psychotherapy is: "the strong therapeutic relationship that forms between the counselor and client." Thrive Boston Counselors take a person-centered approach to counseling therapy. An underlying philosophy of this approach is that the client is always growing and is ultimately in control of his or her own life. During the therapy process, Thrive Boston Counselors focus on client strengths. We find that when clients focus on their assets and abilities, they quickly experience a sense of empowerment and freedom, which helps them to improve their lives.

Thrive Boston Counselors are highly educated and clinically trained to help clients see:

  1. How your thoughts effect how you feel,
  2. How the way you feel affects your behaviors,
  3. How behaviors can effect your environment, and
  4. How environment can affect your thoughts!

Finally, a Thrive Boston counselor can help you see how past experiences are affecting your current mood, expectations, relationships and life satisfaction in the here-and-now.

Thrive Counseling Therapy in Cambridge, MA

At Thrive Boston Counseling Therapy, you won't see many cliches. There's no stereotypical laying on the couch format (we do have nice couches, but most clients sit), we don't think parents are the root of all emotional problems and we try not to overuse the words, and how does that make you feel?

We use the term "client" rather than "patient" for those who use our therapy services. We definitely stay away from terminology like "provider-user"" (which is so prominent with managed care). This is because we pay attention to care and quality, and we pay little attention to titles, uniforms or the showing of degrees and awards in our offices (though our counselors are highly credentialed). At Thrive Boston, therapy is a sincere, safe, empowering, intense and real healing and growth-promoting experience.

No Waiting Lists:

Your First Counseling Appointment is This Week

We want to find you the care you need.

You've made it this far, let us walk with you from this point...this point right here...until you are where you want to be. Until you have reached your goal.

Thrive Boston Counseling wants to do something no other counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers or anyone else in the Boston mental health counseling field does.

Call Thrive Boston Counseling today to schedule your first session, and we will schedule your first therapy appointment with an excellent therapist this week. We often manage to even get new clients an appointment the SAME DAY that they call.

This is something no other counseling practice in Boston, Cambridge, Brighton, Medford, Malden, Melrose, Brookline, Weston, Wellesley, Waltham or anywhere in the Greater Boston area (or anywhere in Massachusetts that we know of) can offer.

We can only offer it because Thrive Boston Counselors believe that helping you get started in your life-changing counseling process is so important, we're willing to design our schedules in a way that we can work with your schedule.

The way we see it is this: You worked up the motivation and courage to begin counseling, so the least we can do is help you receive your first counseling session right away.

I hope this is just the beginning of your life-changing counseling experience.

I really do want you to find the help, care, information, education, or motivation you are looking for.

Let's begin right now. Call us at 617-395-5806.


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Dr. Anthony Centore and the Thrive Boston Counseling