Kristin Osborn



I teach people how to pay attention and value the wisdom of their emotions, behaviors and thoughts so they can navigate their personal and professional life in a compassionate way that encourages healthy behavior and caring relationships.

I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Vermont and Massachusetts with 20 years of experience. I was trained and certified by the founder of Affect Phobia Therapy (APT), Dr. Leigh McCullough, author of Changing Character and co-author of Treating Affect Phobia: A Manual for Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

In my private practice, I offer individual and family consultation to adolescents and adults, as well as, health care providers and business owners. All my clients may receive an audio-visual recording of each session and are expected to follow-up each meeting by reviewing their previous session and completing practice recommendations.

As a certified APT supervisor and trainer, I offer on-going APT training and certification in London, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Boston and have conducted workshops and presentations in Ireland, Spain, Africa and England.

Currently I serve as the Director of the Psychotherapy Research Program at Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and am the President of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association.

Since 1997, my work has focused on teaching clinicians and clients that the healthy experience and expression of feelings like sadness, anger, and self-compassion can motivate healthy behavior. I have found that once people understand how to use this internal resource, they are more able to thoughtfully and effectively improve their relationships and overall physical and emotional health.

Kristin A.R. Osborn (Director of Training) is an APT psychotherapist, trainer, and supervisor with 15 years experience working with adults, adolescents, families and groups. She has a private practice in the Boston area and conducts training and supervision groups in North America and Europe. She has a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is Director of the Psychotherapy Research Program, formerly directed by Dr Leigh McCullough. She is the President of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA) and serves as their Executive Coordinator of Continuing Education and Treasurer. Her most recent article, Learning how to rate video-recorded therapy sessions: A Practical Guide for Trainees and Advanced Clinicians, was published in the Psychotherapy Journal in June 2011, and she is the co-author of a chapter in the book, Clinical Strategies for Becoming a Psychotherapist. She offers trainings in Ireland, England, Spain, and Holland. To contact Kristin Osborn, go to or email her at