Cognitive Behavior Therapy Associates, LLC. (CBTA) is a group of highly specialized licensed psychologists located in Woburn, MA, serving the Greater Boston Area. Using cognitive and behavioral therapies, our therapists work together with patients to solve their puzzles one piece at a time.

Our Services

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is the therapy of empowerment. It helps people change the way they think, feel and act through collaboration between a skilled therapist and a motivated patient.

Thoughts shape who we are and what we see around us. Our thoughts color all of our experiences and relationships. Some people may see their experience in black and white, good or bad. The therapists at CBTA try to help our patients develop a broader palette from which to paint their world.

Our practice offers psychological assessment for those involved in immigration-related issues such as asylum cases, deportation orders and spousal abuses, among others. We work with many of the largest immigration practices in the Greater Boston Area. References are available upon request.

CBTA offers competitive fees and speedy services for attorneys in need of immigration-related consultations. We do thorough and professional evaluations that yield comprehensive psychological reports for use in filings.

In the past, our clinical interviews have helped clients in cases involving:

  • Family separation and its psychological consequences
  • Psychological assessment of past persecution and/or fear of future persecution
  • Spousal/partner abuse and violence
  • Comprehensive psychological reports for use in filings

Our Therapists

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James A. Vermilyea, Ph.D., ABPP, Fa.Clin.P., MBA

Dr. Vermilyea has been a practicing psychologist for over 25 years and is an expert in cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral therapy. His specialties cover a broad range, including but not limited to behavioral programming for impulse disorders, cognitive and behavioral treatments for all types of anxiety, phobias, sexual disfunction, and depression. Dr. Vermilyea works primarily with older adolescents and adults.

He is currently on staff at McLean hospital and has worked on call at several hospital emergency rooms. Dr. Vermilyea is a Clinical Fellow at Boston University’s Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders and a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Medical School where he supervises interns and residents. He was a senior psychologist and assistant to the chairman of Lahey Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. His graduate training included studying with some of the world’s preeminent researcher-clinicians in the fields of anxiety disorders, depression and sexual therapy. He has been licensed in Massachusetts as a psychologist and health service provider since 1987.
  • Board Certified in Clinical Psychology
  • American Board of Professional Psychology #4604 (1996)
  • Licensed Psychologist Massachusetts #4233 (1987)
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Elaine Borgen, Psy.D

Dr. Borgen is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Health Psychology. She has over 10 years of experience in helping clients with anxiety as well as chronic medical and stress related conditions.

Dr. Borgen utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy combined with biofeedback, relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques when appropriate in her treatment. She works with her clients to develop a personalized treatment plan to meet each individual’s therapeutic needs. Dr. Borgen actively problem solves and collaborates with her clients to increase their sense of control and empowerment, while helping them to learn the skills they need to regain control over their health and wellbeing. She has a strong reputation for offering effective and empathic care that gets results.

Dr. Borgen was previously affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where she was on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, the Department of Medicine and held privileges in the Department of Orthpedics. She was also previously affiliated with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Fallon Health Care and Commonwealth Psychology Associates in Boston, MA.
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist Colorado #3543
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist Massachusetts #7953
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Dr. Dennis Upper

Dr. Upper is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. With 35 years of clinical experience, he understands the importance of creating a therapy connection with a foundation of trust and safety for his clients. Dr. Upper helps individuals, couples, and groups with a wide range of life issues, including relationship problems, marital conflict, depression, anxiety, addictions, sex, career, and personal motivation issues.

A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Upper received his Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. His professional career has included clinical positions at the Boston V.A. Healthcare System, Lahey Clinic, May Behavioral Health, and McLean Hospital; teaching positions at Harvard and Northeastern Universities and the Harvard Medical School; and senior management positions at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and at hopeFound, a nonprofit organization which assists homeless men and women.

A prolific scholar and writer, he has edited twelve professional books, written over thirty professional articles, and had his short stories and poems published in more than fifty literary journals. Dr. Upper’s expertise in cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused techniques creates positive outcomes for the clients he serves.
  • Board Certified in Clinical Psychology
  • American Board of Professional Psychology #3046
  • Licensed Psychologist Massachusetts #567
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Peter Harakas, Ph.D, MBA

Dr. Harakas is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in health psychology and primary care behavioral health. He has extensive experience in helping clients and their caregivers cope with medical conditions and the emotional problems that often accompany medical problems.

Dr. Harakas is excited to join CBTA LLC. He looks forward to working with adults and adolescents with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, coping with chronic illness, career issues, work-related anxiety and stress, and couples or marital difficulties. A U.S. citizen who has also lived in the U.K. and Greece, Dr. Harakas appreciates the role culture plays in our daily lives and works with clients with diverse backgrounds. He also provides psychotherapy in Greek.

Dr. Harakas holds an undergraduate degree with a double major in Psychology and Marketing from the American College of Greece, a Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Surrey in the U.K., and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Primary Care Behavioral Health at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford, MA, and has also completed the University of Massachusetts Family Medicine program’s Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health.

Dr. Harakas’ clinical training includes positions in outpatient psychotherapy, university student health, family medicine and primary care, spinal cord injury, and various departments within hospitals. He has specific experience working with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patients and with veterans and their families. As a clinician, Dr. Harakas believes in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust and respect and adopts a collaborative approach with clients. He incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), process experiential, and emotion-focused perspectives. As a researcher, Dr. Harakas has experience and publications in the areas of chronic pain, smoking cessation, and motivational interviewing.
  • Licensed Psychologist Massachusetts #9635

Contact Us

Where We Are

300 TradeCenter,
Suite 7790,
Woburn, MA 01801

Phone: (617) 531-7133
Fax: (781) 281-0644