Counseling Arts

Judith Kneen

Judith Kneen
Watertown Office: 617-924-2211

Judith is currently a private practice clinician with 40 years experience engaging with ages 3-90 in individual, couple, family, and group therapy. Expressive therapies – sand play, dream work, art and clay creations, drama and narrative – are tools she feels to be central to the therapeutic challenge of individual change, healthy relationship building, and integrative healing.

Judith gives focused attention to being awake and attentive to the inner life of the psyche, bringing greater intimacy with all aspects of one’s self and one’s self in relationship. As a clinician, she believes in the importance of honoring one’s story- past, present, and future and providing a safe and contained space where one can trust going into the “dark” and befriending one’s hidden vulnerabilities until an unburdening can occur and one’s inner light can shine.

Her belief is that all therapeutic process work is responding to the ordinary human impulse to be curious, explore, grow and change, which is inextricably connected with opening one’s Self to greater compassion, connection, courage, and love. Judith is the founder of New England Center for Sand Play Studies and a founding member of the Arlington Youth Consultation Center sand play consulting group,
providing annual conferences and offering therapeutic services to all ages in private practice, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, churches, and mental health settings.

In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Judith provides group trainings, case consultation, and clinical supervision for therapists and mental health groups and periodically gives keynotes and teachings at conferences and workshops.

As Clinical Assistant Professor, now retired, at Boston University School of Social Work, Judith developed courses on child and adolescent advanced practice and psychopathology in childhood. She pioneered work with multiple family groups, developed a child study program using the therapeutic model of sand world play, collaborated in the creation of a videotape series on young adults with disabilities, and participated in several World Congresses on Children and Play (England) and Deepening Compassion for Health and Healing (Hungary).