Gaia Zanna-Altschuler – Director of Communications

Gaia Zanna, LMHC, PsyaDc is a licensed clinician, practicing privately, in downtown Boston. Originally from Bologna, Italy, Gaia has a deep understanding of different cultural backgrounds and the emotional complexity of adjusting to a new country. As a bilingual clinician, she offers sessions and consultations in English and Italian.

Gaia specializes in anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family issues, trauma and cultural adjustments. She uses a range of therapeutic approaches depending on the client’s needs, in particular, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy, supportive therapy, trauma recovery therapy approach that focuses on helping clients release trauma from the body called, The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) approach. She is actively and passionately involved in working and advocating on empowering women and the LGBTQIA community in different aspects of life and its challenges regarding relationships, fertility, divorce, self-esteem, gender, identity, trauma and work environment.

Gaia started her academic journey in Italy at the University of Medicine and Surgery in Ferrara and later transferred to Boston, obtaining a dual Bachelor degree in Counseling Psychology and Biology from Emmanuel College. She earned her Master Degree from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in Boston with a fellowship training in Child Psychology at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. She is currently completing her Doctoral Program in Cultural Psychoanalysis, PsyaD, at the Boston Graduate school of Psychoanalysis.

Gaia offers an extensive and well-rounded academic and clinical background in research from Harvard University, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and the University of Medicine and Surgery in Ferrara, as well as having practiced and served public schools, clinics in Boston and Bologna, Italy, Colleges and now in private practice. Gaia’s diverse experience has assisted her in achieving a deeper theoretical, personal and clinical perspective as well as knowledge of human interaction and its emotional complexity, yet remaining sensitive, warm, non- judgmental, empathetic and inclusive in the therapeutic environment and relationship with clients. Gaia’s role at ASMI will be to facilitate communication among the faculty, students, and families, as well as addressing personal and professional concerns and stressors.