CarmenLeah Ascencio

IMG_3785CarmenLeah Ascencio, LICSW, MPH, RYT

“You are what your deep, driving desire is. As you desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed, so is your destiny.” – The Upanishads

As a therapist it is my deepest desire to support clients not only to heal and alleviate distress, but also to discover purpose and passion that makes them feel alive.


I am a bi-lingual (English-Spanish) therapist, life-coach, trauma-sensitive yoga teacher, non-profit consultant and adjunct faculty member at Simmons School of Social Work. I have a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public Health from Boston University. I have extensive experience working with survivors of violence and abuse (including sex-trafficking), social justice activists, people of color, LGBQT people, immigrants and refugees, college students, academics, people who work in the sex industry, and people in BDSM & polyamorous communities. As a queer Latina working in a field where there are few therapists of color and fewer queer therapists of color, it is my mission to provide socially and politically conscious, trauma-informed, therapy to PoC and QTPoC.

My approach

I believe that all people have the wisdom and resources to heal and be well within them. My job as a therapist is to help people access their wisdom and inner resources through a variety of therapeutic approaches. I am an eclectic therapist and tailor therapy towards each client’s individual needs. My therapeutic approach is holistic, meaning that I address needs related to mind, body and spirit as is appropriate for each client. I integrate spiritual, artistic and body-based approaches in therapy as desired by clients. I centralize the importance of accountability in practice by asking for feedback after each session and jointly identifying homework for clients to do outside of session to continue the therapeutic work throughout the week.

As a therapist I also believe it is essential to look at emotional/psychological distress in social context, in order to help clients navigate the challenges of their social conditions, without believing that they are the main problem. I believe that even though I work with individuals in therapy, it is also my responsibility to address social issues and oppression that cause individual psychological/emotional distress in our larger communities and society.

I also offer walk and talk nature-based therapy and mind-body therapy. Please visit my website,, to learn more about these therapy practices

My specialties

I offer therapy related to:

  • Trauma (including, but not limited to, healing from sexual violence and abuse, partner abuse, childhood abuse and neglect, commercial sexual exploitation/sex-trafficking, civil war, and persecution)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (with a particular focus on navigating the intersectionality of being a queer and/or trans person of color)
  • Self-care and sustainability in social justice activism
  • Finding passion and purpose
  • Emotional distress related to oppression, such as racism, sexism, classism, homo and transphobia, immigration status, etc.
  • Relationship challenges

My therapeutic approach is informed by (but not limited to):

  • Theories of trauma, including the neurobiology and physiology of trauma
  • Yoga, Buddhism & Mindfulness
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Narrative therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Coaching for Transformation

Information & Initial Session

Please e-mail me* for more information at:


A good relationship match is central to effective therapy. Our first session will serve as a consultation so that I can learn about you and your needs and so that you can ask me questions and learn about my therapeutic approach to make sure we are a good match. If either of us feels that we are not a good match, I can assist you with finding an appropriate referral.

*Please note that e-mail is not a secure method of communication and you should wait to speak with me over the phone or in person if you would like to share anything confidential. It is best to use e-mail to set up appointments, as I am able to reply more quickly this way.

Insurance and Fees

I am currently accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance. For prospective clients who do not have BCBS, please check with your health insurance provider to see if you have any out-of-network benefits. If you do have out-of-network benefits, I can provide the required paperwork in order for you to be reimbursed for out of pocket session fees.

If you are interested in paying for therapy out of pocket, please call me at (781) 436-0116 for rates.

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