Youth and Family Psychotherapy Services (YFPS)

Youth and Family Psychotherapy Services (YFPS) at William James College

The mission of Youth and Family Psychotherapy Services (YFPS) is to support the wellbeing of youth and families across a wide array of emotional, behavioral and developmental circumstances. We strive to serve our community through the delivery of exceptional culturally responsive care. Thus, our approach is both firmly rooted in evidence-based therapies and collaborative in nature. Patients play an active and critical role in personally relevant and meaningful treatment. 

Our services are targeted at a range of presenting concerns including: anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral concerns (e.g., noncompliance, tantrums, disruptive behaviors, social skills deficits), behavioral health issues (e.g., stress related to chronic illness, medication/treatment adherence), common developmental issues (e.g., sleep, feeding/eating, toileting), depression, individual/family adjustment to divorce, and trauma.

Depending upon the nature of the presenting concern, personalized treatment will include a combination of diagnostic evaluation, psychoeducation, ongoing psychotherapy, and consultation.

We encourage you to connect with us to see if we are the right fit for you and your family.  You can email YFPS@williamjames.edu or call 617-831-1176.


What makes our program unique?

YFPS serves as a training site for advanced doctoral students at the American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited William James Internship Consortium. Doctoral student clinicians are supervised—which includes weekly meetings—by licensed clinical psychologists with extensive experience in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for youth and families.


Costs/Payments

We offer all clinical services on the basis of a flexible sliding scale.  We wish to make help available to all who need it.


Our Location

YFPS is located at William James College. The address is 1 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA. The offices are on the 4th floor.


Our Team

YFPS is co-directed by Dr. Bruce Ecker and Dr. Emma Peterson. Dr. Julie Ryan serves as a consulting psychologist. Please see additional biographical information below.


Expert Consultation

Judge Baker Children’s Center, a national leader in the dissemination of evidence-based therapy, provides training and consultation to our clinicians in the delivery of The Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), an evidence-based therapy for children with emotional and behavioral challenges.


Biographical Information

Bruce Ecker, PhD, co-director of the YFPS, is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years experience treating children, adolescents, and their families. Trained at the University of Minnesota and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he was previously a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and on the clinical faculty both at Tufts University School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts.  Dr. Ecker is an Associate Professor at William James College, where he is past director of the child clinical concentration, Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR).

Emma Peterson, PhD, co-director of the YFPS, is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Peterson completed her doctoral training at the University of Denver. She continued her internship and postdoctoral training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Kennedy Krieger Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she gained expertise in the application of evidence-based approaches to a wide range of developmental, behavioral, and emotional presentations in outpatient, medical, and community-based settings. Dr. Peterson is an Assistant Professor at William James College and core faculty member for the Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) concentration.

Julie Ryan, PhD, consulting psychologist and faculty supervisor, is a clinical psychologist specializing in evidence-based treatment for anxiety, behavioral, and mood disorders with children, adolescents and families. Dr. Ryan completed her doctoral training at the State University of New York, at Albany. She continued her training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and at New York University Medical Center, Child Study Center. She has received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Parent Management Training (PMT). She has served on the faculty of New York University (adjunct) and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Ryan is an Associate Professor at William James College, where she serves as director of the child clinical concentration, Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR).

Cassie Cardoza, LMHC, is a fifth year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at William James College. Ms. Cardoza earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Ms. Cardoza has extensive clinical experience in community mental health clinics, home-based settings, and inpatient units, all with a variety of patient presentations.

Erica Deshpande, M.Ed, is a fourth year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at William James College. She earned her BA from Boston College, followed by an M.Ed at Harvard University. Ms. Deshpande is passionate about integrating systems-level advocacy, research, and clinical practice, which has led to a wide array of experiences including development and implementation of programs to reduce substance use and community violence, research on maternal-infant attachment, program evaluation, and clinical work with individuals across the lifespan.

Nicole Mulhall, LMHC, is a fourth year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at William James College. She earned her Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Assumption College, with concentrations in children and families and cognitive behavioral therapy. Ms. Mulhall has extensive experience working with children and their families across a variety of settings including several outpatient clinics, a community-based acute treatment (CBAT) program for adolescents, a special education therapeutic day school, and in-home therapy services.


Contact Information

Email address:  YFPS@williamjames.edu
Direct Phone Number: 617-831-1176

The Youth and Family Psychotherapy Service is established under the umbrella of M. Gorman Psychological Associates at William James College.

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