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Patty Rocklage, Psychotherapist and Philanthropist

As an experienced, accomplished , professional, and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Patty Rocklage of Sudbury, Massachusetts, feels that it is a privilege to assist Greater Boston Area couples, individuals, and families in working through a wide range of issues. After more than 20 years in practice, she has developed a warm communication style that appeals to those who are trying to overcome life’s struggles.


Marriage and Family Therapists are trained not only in psychotherapy but also in family systems, which allows a focus on understanding the clients’ symptoms in relational interactions that are an influence on one’s behavior. Research has been done showing that family-based interventions by MFTs are effective in a wide range of clinical issues that include relationship problems, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, and more. MFTs are concerned with the long-term well-being of individuals and their families.


Patty and her husband, Dr. Scott Rocklage, PhD ’82, proved on July 18, 2016, that they are also philanthropic when they gave a major gift to MIT’s Chemistry Department to help with the costs of the newly renovated nanochemistry and nanotechnology lab space. A plaque honoring the Rocklages is displayed in the lab’s vestibule, and tributes were paid to them that day.


Scott Rocklage stated that MIT gave him the foundation for his career and professional life, and he wanted to show their gratitude. He had carried out his PhD studies as part of a research group in the Department of Chemistry under Professor Richard R. Schrock, a Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry.


As a side personal note, the Patty Rocklages had sought out Sudbury Kitchen and Bath to renovate their kitchen and ended up completely changing their home over a six month period. That included a three season porch, a new farmer’s porch, a flipped front foyer, a relocated front door, and a completely renovated living area with an open area, matching cabinet finish and tiles, flat screen TV, and a new bar. The exterior landscaping included eco-friendly and budget-friendly walk ways, a new driveway, and stonewall work. Sudbury was able to complete all that in a timely manner and caused minimal disruption in the family’s everyday life.