The town of Central Falls, Rhode Island has a lot of history behind it. In 1676, the Narragansett Indians attacked Captain Michael Pierce and his troops who were following them. There is a stone memorial for them at the mass grave in town, which is called “Nine Men’s Misery.”

Traumatic episodes like this can cause an anxiety disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can cause panic attacks, isolation, nightmares, and flashbacks. PTSD can be debilitating and the only way to get help is to see a mental health expert such as one of the therapists we have in Central Falls. 

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Barbara Mey

Offering therapy in RI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I feel that I act as a guide for my clients on their journey toward self-awareness and self-discovery. I strive to provide a safe and peaceful space in which clients can learn new coping skills to enable them to move toward their life goals. I tailor my counseling style to each individual client's needs and use psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions, working to ensure that my clients are comfortable with my therapeutic approach. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and hold a Master's Degree from Providence College as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Salve Regina University. Prior to joining Sheehan Psychotherapy, my most recent experience was at a substance abuse clinic where I worked with clients in group, individual, and family settings. Before that, I spent almost 10 years in a community mental health setting where I worked with a wide range of clients, including individuals living with mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. I have experience helping clients who are coping with low self-esteem, recovery from trauma, relationship and family issues, and adjustment to life changes. I am also experienced in treating individual who are coping with codependency, including adult children of alcoholics/addicts or other dysfunction, and family members and partners of alcoholics/addicts. I believe that a supportive, caring, and honest relationship with each client is of the utmost importance and I strive to maintain a present, compassionate, and open-minded consciousness throughout the therapy process.

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Michael White

Offering therapy in RI
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

Welcome to all! At some point in all of our lives, we reach a period of needing to reach out for some extra support. Sometimes the hardest part of seeking help is realizing that is "okay to not be okay". I am currently a LICSW in the state of Rhode Island and have worked in a variety of scenarios allowing me to provide treatment to those in need, ranging from working with individuals on inpatient psychiatric units to providing individual counseling with students in high school. The guiding principle when working with my clients is that we are a team working toward the same goal, a goal that is always set by you. My training is strongly rooted in CBT, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused interventions. Nobody is perfect and I want you to know that reaching out for help is a sign of great strength, NOT weakness. I look forward to working with you as a means for you to become the best version of yourself!

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Daphne Jakstis

Offering therapy in RI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepression
21 years of experience

I am a therapist offering more than 20 years of experience helping my clients with a variety of issues. My area of specialty is trauma treatment. I hold certifications in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and advanced clinical trauma treatment. I am a Certified Integrative Mental Health Provider and this allows me to use a combination of traditional evidence-based practices along with holistic approaches for overall wellness. A person's mental health is influenced by many different factors both internal and external. Our mental health can be influenced by our stress, our lack of connectedness to others, our diet, sleep issues, painful past experiences, and our environment. My skillset allows me to provide therapy that helps my clients reach all of their identified goals for wellness and quality of life.

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Kimberly Rose

Offering therapy in RI
License: MSW,LICSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
25 years of experience

Kimberly is a licensed independent clinical social worker with over two decades of experience in family and youth engagement, child welfare policy, practice and program development.  She’s worked extensively with adolescents, young adults along with families, couples and caregivers, helping clients resolve relationship conflicts, improve communication skills, and cultivate empathetic connections. Most recently, she has worked with individuals, providing counseling services with a focus on grief and loss recovery, including a focus on pet loss. She is adept at assisting individuals navigate grief and loss while they develop the coping skills necessary to adapt to life’s uncertainties. Specialties include: adolescent/transitional age issues, self-esteem & social skill building, grief & loss recovery and anxiety management.

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Bethany Virgilio

Offering therapy in RI
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

My name is Beth Virgilio. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health. I believe therapy should be as simple as a non judgmental conversation where clients can leave feeling open to new ideas. I have experience with all ages from young adult through geriatrics. I enjoy the opportunity to incorporate mindfulness strategies and to make goals feel more manageable. I am experienced in CBT and have done extensive work related to anxiety and panic disorder. I look forward to meeting you!

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Angela Boyd

Offering therapy in RI
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Rhode Island with years of professional work experience. I have years of experience working with children and their families in a school setting. I also have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, anger management, & concentration, memory and focus (adhd). I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Christine Mendez

Offering therapy in RI
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensed in Rhode Island with 9 years of professional work experience. I have worked with individuals and families presenting with a range of concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, family conflicts, motivation, self esteem and building confidence. I believe a sense of comfort within the therapeutic relationship is imperative, and so I am fully committed to working with each of my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment, an environment free from unnecessary pressure to perform but instead, where you can be yourself. I meet my clients where they are at and work collaboratively at a pace that meets the client's needs. I take an eclectic approach to treatment using an array of therapeutic modalities (cognitive-behavioral, client centered and motivational interviewing) that best suits each client. Our work together will be tailored to your presenting needs and goals. Seeking help and support in therapy takes courage, so here is to you! I look forward to working with you!

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Loseca Austral

Offering therapy in RI
License: LCSW,MSEd
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
18 years of experience

I have over 18 years of therapeutic experience, which include helping clients with trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, identity issues, career difficulties, anxiety & depression. I have worked extensively with clients to help them build resilience and self confidence, while reclaiming their power. My modalities include but are not limited to CBT, DBT, meditation, client-centered/strength based treatment. I believe you are both courageous and self-honoring for exploring therapy. I look forward to working together to enhance your life.

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William Almy

Offering therapy in RI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger management
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with 26 years working in the areas of Child Protection, Emergency Psychiatric Evaluations, Substance Use Disorders, Trauma, Partner/Spousal abuse and private practice therapeutic work using an eclectic approach tayloring treatment to the needs of each individual - as well as being trained in EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. I have worked with a diverse population and a wide range of emotional issues. I believe that you are the expert when it comes to your own story and that you may possess the many strengths needed to overcome whatever challenges you may face. I look forward to working with you to build the life you want to live.

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Shelana Carneal

Offering therapy in RI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I accompany clients in managing stress and anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse and relationship issues. Through the lens of Somatic Integration and Processing, we will explore the mind/body connection to encourage holistic healing. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that together we can develop skills that will help you overcome challenges. It takes courage to pursue a more fulfilling experience; my passion is to guide clients to an evolved perspective.

How to find counseling in Central Falls

Finding the best therapist close by in Central Falls can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Central Falls. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Central Falls, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Central Falls or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Central Falls area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Central Falls, elsewhere in Providence, or in the greater state of Rhode Island.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Central Falls area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Central Falls therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Central Falls due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Central Falls may not take health insurance, some in the state of Rhode Island may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Rhode Island you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Central Falls, Rhode Island working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Central Falls above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Central Falls helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Central Falls therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Central Falls therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Central Falls therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in RI, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 02863 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Central Falls counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Central Falls licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Central Falls, Rhode Island can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Central Falls has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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