After forty gratifying years of providing psychotherapy and counseling services to the greater Boston community, Focus Counseling and Consultation is closing as a group practice on June 30th, 2013. We are pleased to announce, however, that the core members of Focus, Inc.: Mimi Elmer, Deborah Haynor, John Hubbell, and Deborah Silverstein, will be continuing in practice. You can find information about them, their specialties, and contact information listed below. We look forward to hearing from you.

- The Focus Staff



Deborah Silverstein, LICSW Deborah Haynor, LICSW Mimi Elmer, LICSW John Hubbell, LICSW
Deborah Silverstein Deborah Haynor Mimi Elmer John Hubbell

I have been practicing as a psychotherapist since 1973, for most of this time at Focus Counseling and now in my private practice in North Cambridge. My work with individuals and heterosexual and gay and lesbian couples has been a constant source of professional and personal inspiration. I have extensive experience helping both young and mature adults deal with complex life challenges and transitions, as well as expertise related to childhood exposure to family trauma and its long term legacy of depression and anxiety. I actively integrate stress and anxiety reduction strategies, Mindfulness Meditation, and the Internal Family Systems model (IFS), along with an openness to creative and artistic expression into a collaborative therapeutic process. Additionally, I specialize in working with people who are experiencing infertility; and those who are building families through adoption and third party reproduction (donor gametes, surrogacy, etc.). I look forward to hearing from you.

You can reach me at:

Psychotherapy is a collaborative process between client and therapist and change is made possible through this joint effort.  Throughout more than 35 years in practice with individuals and couples, I have met with people going through a wide range of developmental transitions, who carry both acute and long-standing problems, who are gay, lesbian and straight. I have a particular interest in working across differences of race, class, ability, and gender.  I am trained in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model which I have found to be especially helpful in facilitating growth and change.

My office is still located at:
186 1/2 Hampshire Street in Inman square, and my phone number is:
617-8764488, ext. 53.

I have been a psychotherapist and co-director of Focus Counseling and Consultation, Inc. since 1976. I am pleased to be continuing my private practice in the same location at 186 ½ Hampshire Street in Inman Square, Cambridge, maintaining both a general adult psychotherapy practice as well as a specialty in bereavement. My other areas of expertise include trauma, relationship issues, and helping adults navigate developmental transitions. I have worked extensively with the problems experienced by women and men from dysfunctional families. As a co-founder of "After Suicide," I also offer counseling to survivors of suicide, as well as supervision and consultation to professionals on issues related to suicide bereavement.

I can still be reached at:
617-876-4488 x52.

I look forward to working together.

I have been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years.  I work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression and histories of family dysfunction, including sexual trauma.  One of my specialties is working with men who are dealing with sexually compulsive/addictive behaviors.  I use a range of therapeutic approaches including cognitive-behavioral, 12 step and Internal Family Systems (IFS). 

My private practice will continue to be at:
186 1/2 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA.  I can be reached at:
617-876-4488 x54.