Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Supervision

About Paula Sacks

Paula Sacks, LICSW

Paula Sacks is a licensed, clinically trained social worker in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  Her office is conveniently located on Rt 9 (Boylston Street) across the street from The Shops at Chestnut Hill.

Areas of expertise:

Specialist in Adult Attachment disorders

Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy for:

  • Grief / Depression

  • Adjustment disorders
  • Phobic disorders
    * Flight
    * Height
  • Anxiety disorders

  • Peak Performance

Professional Training

Completed advanced course training thru Harvard Medical School:

  • Year long hypnotherapy externship
  • Year long externship in the Treatment of Attachment Disruption
    and Disorders in Adults

  • Core Conflictual Relationship Theme (CCRT)
  • Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT)


2018 – The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation awarded the 2017 Pierre Janet Writing Award for the book, “Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair.”

2010 – Governor Deval Patrick appointed Paula Sacks to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Work where she retired in 2015 as Board Chairman.

Psychotherapist at Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Paula Sacks administered psychosocial assessments and long-term individual psychotherapy for a wide range of psychological issues for low income clients, and provided in-house Attachment Theory training for staff and volunteer therapists from 2004-2008.

Publications & Podcasts

Dr. Brown, Dr. Elliot, Ms. Sacks and a team of 6 therapists published Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair. Norton Books, August 2016.

Dr. Brown, Dr. Howard Steele and Ms. Sacks collaborated on a journal article, The Relative Contribution of Early Childhood Insecure Attachment and Abuse in Later Childhood to Personality and Dissociative Disorders. Pending Publication.

Your Zen Life: A Discussion on Attachment Psychology and Attachment Repair

We are very happy to share with you this interview between Attachment Specialist Paula Sacks and @Danielahearn_

Paula worked with Dr. Brown and others to create the monumental book ‘Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair’. She is also currently finishing a book on attachment repair and parenting.

Please listen in on the discussion about Attachment, IPF and more!

For additional information check out @attachmentproject

Podcast: Beauty is Eternal – Episode 11

Attachment Disorder Expert Paula Sacks: Insecure vs. Secure Attachment Styles, Tinder Shark-Pool Dating Rules & How To Build Self-Esteem

Paula Sacks talks about attachment styles and why they matter, explains the rules of online dating to keep women and men safe from predators and people who say one thing and do another, discusses anxious and avoidant dating style combinations and teaches us how to build self-esteem and how to become secure.

Listen to the Podcast here.

Podcast: CUTV News Radio Spotlight

Paula Sacks is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in attachment styles and a co-author of Attachment Disturbances in Adult: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair.

In this podcast, Paula discusses the four attachment styles.

Listen to the Podcast here.

Podcast: Paula Sacks – NurseMARK – Episode 12

Paula Sacks, Psychotherapist and expert on Attachment Theory, talks about how we develop our inherent attachment styles. She shares how schemas and attachment styles affect all our relationships into adulthood and what steps to take to move to a “secure” attachment style. She also shares why it’s critical to do several small things while your child is between birth to 18 months of age to ensure their development of a secure attachment style.

Listen to the Podcast here.

Contact Information


Paula Sacks, LICSW
200 Boylston Street, Suite 305
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467