John Lee, MSW, LICSW

individual and family therapist, specializing in improving the emotional well being of children and adolescents

2017 Review (or why I closed my practice+moved)

Make Way for Ducklings

Happy New Year from Boston! As 2017 has come to a close, I thought it would be fitting to review the past year (which is not something I’ve publicly done before).


The biggest event of this year was the decision to close my practice and return back to the Boston area to accept a new opportunity. Over the prior five years, I was living a paradox:  helping clients look at their lives and their choices in order to find a sense of peace or balance, while I was running my practice unbalanced. Sure I didn’t work 5 days a week, and not every work day was solid block of 7 clients in 7 hours, but by the end I was juggling a lot. I can admit that I enjoyed the hectic schedule, I liked the hustle, and I was successful, but it wasn’t sustainable. (more…)

Here’s What I Listened to Last Week: 🎓Grad Edition🎓 

I’m still listening to stuff, but also feel like I’ve fallen behind in keeping up with all my podcasts, but I’ve got some interesting listens for those who are graduating from college or high school. Like all graduation speeches, it can be a pertinent/relevant talk for the whole audience, not just the graduates.


So here’s what I listened to:

Importance of Relationships

Ultimate Advice for Every 22y/o

How to Resolve Internal Conflict

Meditation: Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go

Bonus: Positivity


☀Rise and Shine☀

The Earth has awakened from the rest and recovery of winter, and for many spring has arrived.

For many increased daylight after work/school has led to enjoying outdoor activities or fresh air in the evenings. For others, their bodies and minds have awakened to the opportunities of renewal and fresh beginnings.


From my vantage point, two divergent things are commonly observed. My clients from the fall or winter are doing better, or have decreased the need to see me. Others are struggling with the forthcoming life transition: end of a school year, graduation, addition of a new family member, the end of a relationship, etc.


Whether you are on spring break, spring cleaning, in a period of reflection, or observing Lent- a new season is upon us.

What are you still holding onto from 2016?

What goals do you want to start in Q2?

What obstacles prevent you from progressing?

What supports do you need in this season of life?