Edith Adams, MSW, LICSW

Educational Counselor

Edith enjoys working with students of all ages, from pre-kindergarten through college, in school, college, transfer, and academic and developmental crisis planning. Her range of experiences throughout her career as an educator and clinician positions her well to guide the adolescent searching for the best college fit, the child looking for the right day or boarding school fit, and the student facing a developmental crisis and in need of an appropriate treatment and educational option to facilitate health and healing.

Prior to joining McMillan Education from The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts, Edith worked as a learning specialist in the academic support program and a secondary school counselor in next school placement. While at The Park School, Edith enjoyed providing academic support to students with mild to more significant challenges in reading, attention, executive functioning and processing. She also used her expertise in learning styles to inform her guidance of students and families through the secondary school placement and college process.

Edith is a graduate of St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Educational Studies at Trinity College, where she was also a collegiate athlete. Edith particularly enjoys coaching high schoolers through drafts of their college essays to support their pursuit of liberal arts colleges.

She is uniquely qualified to guide students facing emotional, behavioral, or learning challenges. She completed her mental health and counseling training at Simmons University’s School of Social Work in Boston, where she earned her master’s degree in Social Work. Edith’s experience as a clinical social worker includes counseling in both educational and hospital settings. Edith has been the Director of Mental Health Counseling Services at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, where she both provided direct counseling services to college students and oversaw the entire counseling staff and program. At The Madison Park High School Collaborative in Boston, Edith provided individual, group and family therapy to Madison Park High School students and their families. While working as a counselor at Newton South High School’s therapeutic alternative high school program, she counseled students facing substance abuse issues, chronic school failure, and behavioral difficulties. In Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry and New England Medical Center’s Department of Social Work, Edith held a number of positions working with young people presenting with a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges, including but not limited to mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, dual diagnoses, family systems issues, and developmental difficulties.

Edith and her husband live outside of Boston and are parents to three adult children who, all together, have navigated the opportunities and challenges of independent day and boarding schools, college, collegiate sports, and graduate school. In her free time, Edith loves to be active, cycling and competing in triathlons, and spending time in Vermont with her family. She is also an avid reader and dog lover.

Where Edith comes from


Park School

Dedham Country Day School

Regis College

Madison Park High School Collaborative

Newton South Therapeutic Alternative High School

New England Medical Center Department of Social Work


Learning Specialist, Secondary School Placement Counselor, Director of Mental Health Counseling, Therapist, School Counselor


Simmons University

M.S.W., Social Work

Trinity College

B.A., American Studies

St. Paul’s School

Edith's educational planning focus areas:

Edith's Insights

As I scramble up yet another steep incline, my buddy asks what happened to my leg. I look down and see blood streaming down my calf. Not feeling a thing, I laugh...
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