Estela Pérez, LICSW

I have been a clinical social worker for over three decades and enjoy working primarily with adults, as well as couples and groups. I believe in the power of creativity to heal and empower individuals, given my background in theater and poetry.

The theoretical framework that informs my practice is client-centered and strengths- based, with a foundation in psychodynamic insight-oriented psychotherapy, as well as family systems, cognitive-behavioral techniques, as well as mindfulness meditation and relaxation. My approach is also based on the goal of personal and social transformation, since I view the problems of individuals, families and communities in a social context. This perspective is based on the liberation health model which espouses that the solutions to the problems of individuals and families must be both individual and social. I contributed a chapter to a book about how to apply this model in clinical practice, referenced below.*

As a native speaker of Spanish, and a fluent speaker of Portuguese, I have worked for many years serving a diverse population in healthcare settings throughout the greater Boston area. I have also taught social work at the Universidade católica de Salvador in Brazil and at Boston University Graduate School of Social Work. I accept various forms of insurance as well as self pay clients and have been seeing clients in private practice since 2003. I joined Tapestry in 2014. You can reach me at or leave me a message at (617) 661-0248, ext. 51.


*Martinez, Dawn Belkin and Ann Fleck-Henderson, eds. Social Justice in Clinical Practice, Oxford: Routledge, 2014 (see Chapter 14).