Dr. Marilyn Downs, PhD., LICSW

Preferred Name: Marilyn

EMDR Trainer

About Me

I have over 30 years of clinical experience working with clients of all ages. I see people with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, family issues, loss, loneliness, identity questions and many other challenges. I have a particular interest in helping people with histories of trauma, as well as those who are or have been in a relationship with someone with mental illness or addiction. My style is warm, non-judgmental, respectful, and active. I am interested in seeing you as a whole person; understanding your experiences within your personal, cultural and social contexts; and supporting your strengths and resilience.

Education & Experience

MSW, Boston University 1985 Ph.D., Simmons University 2011 15 years working in community mental health 17 years working in university mental health 20 years in private practice

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicide Risk
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Immigrants
  • Seniors
  • Underserved


  • English


  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Sliding Scale