Amanda Vaughn, LMFT

Amanda Vaughn

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments with a 2-3 week wait


 

Clientele

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Family
Parents

Hours

Mon: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tue: Closed
Wed: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thu: Closed
Fri: 8:00am-4:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Infertility

  • Peripartum mental health

  • Couples Counseling

  • Life Transitions

  • Anxiety

  • Depression


Professional statement

Amanda Vaughn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Providence, Rhode Island. She has particular specialization in infertility concerns, postpartum depression, and perinatal mental health. She also sees teenagers through adults for anxiety, depression, and life transitions. She is an interactive therapist who collaborates with clients and offers direct feedback when appropriate to help achieve their goals.

Amanda creates a safe space in her practice for new and expecting parents to achieve wellbeing. She guides clients through the physical and emotional challenges that come along with fertility/infertility, IVF, and perinatal mood changes, and helps them access support systems to create an achievable plan for self-care and support. She believes in providing a place for parents at any stage to process their emotions to ease the transition to parenthood.

Amanda received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University along with extensive clinical training at The Family Institute’s Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. She is trained in individual, couples, and family therapy. Amanda has also received post-graduate training in Child Parent Psychotherapy, as well as in the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.


Specialties

Infertility counseling – Experience working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum / postpartum depression
Perinatal mental health – Anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families; Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

General expertise

Adoption and foster care – Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD) – Severe, sometimes disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that can cause extreme mood shifts and disrupt your work or affect relationships.


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • United Health

  • Tufts

  • Brown University Student Insurance

  • Johnson & Wales University

  • RISD Student Insurance

  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial sessions: $200

  • Ongoing sessions: $130

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Amanda Vaughn can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Message to clients

For expecting or new parents: "The transition into parenthood can bring many joys and challenges. The wish to have a baby can be a powerful driving force in a man or woman’s life. Struggles with fertility can lead to depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, isolation, and physical symptoms. A vicious cycle begins: fertility struggles increase depression and anxiety, and depression and anxiety have been linked to decreased fertility.

Preparing for parenthood is also a large task. Women and couples with a history of anxiety, depression, difficulty making major life adjustments, relational conflicts, loss and grief may also seek out therapy as they prepare to become parents.

Postpartum depression is the most common pregnancy complication. When the joy of motherhood is replaced by feelings of sadness, fear, hopelessness and anxiety both mother and baby are at risk. Postpartum depression can interfere with a mother’s ability to take care of and connect with her baby. I have received post-graduate training to diagnose and treat postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders.

And finally, the journey to parenthood can also involve grief and loss. Miscarriage, still birth, and other complications bring a profound form of heartache. Therapy can ease and address these issues."



Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2012 - Present

Northwestern University, Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy, 2008


Languages

English