About Dr. Boatswain

Dr. Boatswain is a licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University, a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the College at New Paltz, and earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany. She completed her clinical training at the American Psychological Association accredited Pederson-Krag Center, Huntington, New York. She has worked as a psychotherapist at New Hope Guild Center in Brooklyn, New York, Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, and as an assistant professor at Long Island University. Most recently she worked as a staff psychologist at Manhattanville College for nearly 10 years. She has over 20 years of experience as a trusted counselor and professional.

Dr. Boatswain is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Group Psychotherapy Association, National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists, and Registrant with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. What this means is that Dr. Boatswain is a member of the nation’s leading organizations that ensure high standards, ethics, and best practices by a psychologist.


Dr. Boatswain uses evidence based counseling practices. This means that theories and perspective as well as techniques used in counseling have research to support their efficacy. Elements incorporated into counseling varies with each individual client. Elements in your counseling sessions may include understanding how past history and emotional hurts as well as your relationship with yourself and others affect your life ( psychodynamic and interpersonal therapy), understanding how your physical, emotional and spiritual health affect your overall well being (holistic approach), and techniques for coping with stress and emotional distress (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) .

Through many conversations with dual career families, individuals, and groups Dr. Boatswain has come to understand their needs. Dr. Boatswain has also found that that among dual career families their top 3 concerns, in order of importance are : stress/anxiety/emotional concerns, followed by physical health, and thirdly nutritional or dietary concerns.

Dr. Boatswain notes, “ A godsend is someone or something that comes into your life and provides timely help. I enjoy helping my clients navigate the twists and turns of life. The questions of ‘Am I doing this thing called life right?,’ ‘Am I in the right job?,’ ‘Am I raising my kids right?,’ ‘Am I spending my time/life the way I want to?’ Understanding how to integrate mind, body, and spirit for fulfilling relationships and optimal health is the best guidance I can offer.”