Center for Effective  Therapy (CET)

Helping children and families using clinically proven treatments with locations in both Boston and Waltham.

Who is CET For?

The Center for Effective Therapy is an outpatient center that focuses on short-term, high-quality evidence-based treatment. With locations in Boston and Waltham, we aim to provide families with the tools they need to succeed.

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Children & Youth

Individuals ages 2-22 with a wide range of mental health challenges or concerns

Parents & Caregivers

Individuals seeking mental health assistance or training to support their children


Doctors looking for support and training for mental health conditions that impact children


Schools seeking training and workshops to address mental health needs in the classroom

Is Your Child Struggling? Let Us Help.

The idea of treatment can be scary for a lot of children. Play this video for your child to get a look at what our process is like.

Improving behavioral health

My Child Is Experiencing...


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Used to treat anxiety and depression conditions, CBT centers around changing thinking patterns and behaviors. It is one of the most widely used forms of psychotherapy.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Used to enhance parenting techniques, PCIT is for children with emotional and behavioral problems. Therapists help families learn learn specific behavior management techniques to help their children.

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The Modular Approach to Therapy for Children (MATCH)

MATCH is designed for multiple disorders and problems encompassing anxiety, depression, trauma, and disruptive behavior disorders.

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Behavioral Parent Training (BPT)

Used to treat children with non-compliance or behavioral issues, BPT involves training parents and helping them modify their own behaviors to best assist their children.

Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE)

CARE utilizes the 3 P skills (Praise, Paraphrase and Point-Out Behavior) to connect with children. This involves techniques for giving children effective positive commands, and selective ignoring techniques to redirect diffcult behaviors.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is for children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 who have significant emotional problems related to traumatic and abusive life events.

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Making A Difference

Success Stories

CET has been a tremendous help for my son. He now has the tools that he can utilize when he is faced with a stressful situation either in school or at home. I know that without the guidance he received at CET, he would not be in the place he is today.

The Center provides research-based techniques and strategies designed to help your child handle emotional stressors. The clinician we worked with was very respectful, sensitive, and caring.

We were extremely fortunate that a trusted advisor recommended CET. From the moment of the intake phone call, it was clear that it was the right place to be. Our first visit and every subsequent visit confirmed and deepened that first impression of dedication and excellence.

Long after treatment at the CET rescued us from crisis, both my son and I continue to use the skills we were taught there, to the betterment of both our lives.


How It Works

We start with a phone screen where you’ll be able to explain your concerns about your child and we’ll go over our treatment options. If we determine that CET is a good fit, we’ll schedule an in-person assessment. A few weeks after the assessment, you’ll receive a written assessment report on your child which includes a diagnosis. From there, we’ll make recommendations for treatment and get your child started!


CET Can Help You And Your Child

Trying to find the right treatment for your child can feel hopeless. Many of our clients have said our services are the first thing that’s worked for their children. Our expert staff is ready to provide support and guidance to families at a moment’s notice.