Achina Stein, DO

Achina Stein

Psychiatrist, DO

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments; please note Dr. Stein does not accept any insurances.


Location

250 Wampanoag Trail
#305
East Providence, RI 02915

Offers remote video sessions.

 

Clientele

Children (<12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Seniors (65+)

Hours

Mon: 10:00am-6:00pm
Tue: 10:00am-6:00pm
Wed: 10:00am-6:00pm
Thu: 10:00am-6:00pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Trauma
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Identity development
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Functional Medicine

Professional statement

Dr. Achina Stein is a psychiatrist and Functional Medicine doctor providing therapy, medication management, and Functional Medicine services in East Providence, RI. She received the RI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 2008 from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and has also been recognized as "Best in Medicine" by the American Health Council.

Dr. Stein uses Functional Medicine to help patients find the underlying causes of illness, including anxiety and depression, and the nutritional and biochemical imbalances that may be contributing to them. Functional Medicine is personalized medical approach that uncovers the root cause of disease instead of focusing on the suppression of symptoms. Dr. Stein searches for underlying triggers that are contributing to a patient's illness through lab testing and tailored interventions that may include diet, dietary supplements, lifestyle changes, and medications. Her goal is to treat the illness in the least invasive way to help the patient's body restore balance. She seeks to promote wellness and create hope, health and healing by partnering with patients.

Dr. Stein is board certified in both Psychiatry and Integrative Holistic Medicine. She completed a medical internship and psychiatric residency affiliated with the medical school at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Cherry Hill, NJ where she was the Chief Resident during her final year. Since her training, she worked in the public sectors of mental health for over 20 years, 5 years of which were at East Bay Center in Barrington, RI as Medical Director. Dr. Stein was also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University from 2002 to 2013.


Specialties

Functional Medicine – Specialized clinical care using blood work, genetic testing, and other medical testing.
Dissociative Disorders
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Identity development – Including within the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and cultural background; resolving trauma and internalized oppression related to stigma

General expertise

Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders


Insurances

Dr. Stein does not accept any insurances. To see her, you would pay the session fees at each appointment and submit a bill to your insurance company for partial reimbursement. Learn how out-of-network benefits work here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $300

Therapist's note: Dr. Stein can provide you with a superbill to show for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Message to clients

"Have you ever just wanted someone to get down to the root of your problems emotional, physically and spiritually? You know something is wrong but you just can't put your finger on it? If you have patterns of emotions and behavior that interfere in your relationships and dismantle your sense of self, I am able to sort out the pieces of the puzzle with you, put them together in a way that makes sense and help you to arrive at a place of peace and control over your life. I take patients who are serious about making changes - not just emotionally, but also physically and spiritually - and that have the courage, energy and investment in time to do the work."


Treatment approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as "EFT" or "Tapping") targets energy imbalances that may be causing painful physical or emotional symptoms through a series of gentle tapping with the fingertips. EFT is used for a broad spectrum of challenges that have an underlying emotional cuase, and aims to heal the root ailment by increasing energy flow throughout the body. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2015 - Present
St. Anne's Hospital, Geriatric Inpatient Unit, 2015 - 2017
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, 2002 - 2013
East Bay Center, Medical Director, 2004 - 2010

ABIHM, Board Certification in Functional Medicine, 2017
AOBNP, Board Certification in Neuropsychiatry, 1996, 2006, 2016
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, 1990


Languages

English
French (intermediate level)


Client testimonials

Dr. Stein has dramatically improved the quality of my young adult son’s life. He had been struggling for many years with weaning himself off of an SSRI he had been prescribed since childhood. Every time he reduced his dosage, he experienced debilitating side effects of depression, anxiety, and unpredictable anger. Although he had worked with a number of board certified psychopharmacologists over the years, Dr. Stein took a unique approach to his situation. She combined her knowledge of functional medicine and psychiatry to create a plan for my son, which included diet changes, natural supplements, and eventually a small dose of a different SSRI to help him reach his goal. He is now off of all traditional medication, and is anxiety and depression free. He is physically healthier than he has been in years.

I can’t thank Dr. Stein enough for healing my son, and enabling him to pursue his career and personal goals without being encumbered by anxiety and depression. In addition to being a grateful parent, I have been a professional psychotherapist (LICSW) working in a private practice for over thirty years, and I can enthusiastically attest to the remarkable intelligence, compassion, and effectiveness of Dr. Stein’s work.
— Parent of a Client (2017)
Dr. Stein has helped me improve emotionally, mentally, and physically through her thoughtful, comprehensive care. She uses a combination of cognitive behavior therapy, emotions-based therapy, and integrative medicine to move me into a better headspace. We have also greatly reduced the amount of medications that I am taking. Dr. Stein has replaced them with proper supplementation and diet recommendations, both of these have improved my body and mind. She is dedicated, always thinking about her patients, sending additional information, videos, and reading material that would help with my physical medical concerns and mental health. Her referrals to other providers have also been a force of change in my life. Dr. Stein’s network of fellow providers in different medical specialties is truly unparalleled.

I recommend Dr. Stein without reservation or feedback for improvement. I think she does a great job.
— Educator (2017)
I’ve seen Dr. Stein for over four years. She’s been able to put together so many pieces that others have missed —functionally, holistically, and conventionally. Her creativity, compassion, intuition, and intelligence are all superb. Her ability to look at issues from so many different angles increases chances of success. While I prefer a holistic approach it is great having the balanced integrative approach as needed.
— Patient (2017)
Dr. Stein recognized cognitive patterns I have formed over the years which have been the source of my depression and anxiety. With her help, I have been able to get off medication and learned to better cope with these mental disorders.
— 28 Year Old Graduate Student (2017)
She has helped improve my son’s mental health symptoms- depression and anxiety. She took the time to determine what was going on in his brain and body through a variety of tests and took steps to correct them. We are noticing that tics are more reduced, too.
— Mother (2017)
For years I went from one doctor to the next and every single one of them stated there was nothing they could do to relieve a bunch of symptoms that were making my life debilitating. I started seeing Dr. Stein and within a few months I felt so much better and in less than a year, all my symptoms were gone. Dr. Stein is probably the most competent, knowledgeable, and caring physician I have ever seen as a patient.
— RISD alum (2017)
Dr. Stein helped resolve a particularly difficult case of colitis. She listened and helped get to the underlying cause of the problem. After three years of horrible symptoms, I am finally symptom free.
— Professional woman (2018)

Professional endorsements

Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified?
Very meticulous, caring, capable physician and therapist with a wealth of experience.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Any mental health issue
— Marshall Wold, MD (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified?
Dr. Stein has a thirst for knowledge-this extends to her patients as she strives to learn about them and to teach them how to manage their illnesses. She focuses on health maintenance and prevention in a holistic and functional model. Of great importance to clients that she has treated in the past is her genuine interest and attention to the patient in front of her. She is also very open to the observations and input from others involved in the patient’s care.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, PTSD, trauma, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders
— Kathleen Kristopik RN, BC, QMHP (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified?
Dr. Stein has a holistic way of helping her consumers. She takes the time to review their history. She is compassionate and listens to their requests; while meeting them where they are at but also assessing their needs appropriately. Her consumers also felt heard and respected her opinion. This type of partnership is strength and recovery focused.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Dr. Stein deals with a lot of different issues. She has worked with a wide variety of consumers.
— Cynthia Patistea, M.Ed, QMHP (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Dr. Stein is an excellent physician. Knowledgeable and caring.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
All psychiatric disorders and wellness education.
— R. Ball, DO (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified?
She is well versed in trauma therapy in combination with functional medicine. She is not only intelligent but empathetic as well.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Trauma, body/mind associated ailments.
— Cynthia Mahoney, PMH-CNS, BC (2017)