Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Movement- and body-based therapy
Amy Small is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, Rhode Island, who specializes in a body-centered approach to anxiety, depression, and trauma recovery. She works equally well with teenagers and adults, including couples and family units. Amy also offers mind/body coaching services individually and in groups for those looking to explore patterns of their personality and to step into new ways to meet challenges.
Amy draws on her background in martial arts to integrate talk therapy, mindfulness exercises and gentle movement in an embodied therapy experience. By exploring the link between bodily experiences and daily thoughts and feelings, Amy helps clients explore new, more positive ways to respond to stressors.
Amy earned her BA in psychology from Swarthmore College, and her Masters in Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work. Through her unique approach, she helps clients find new ways of connecting to their values and preferences, whether in addressing life transitions, relationship difficulties, or responses to trauma.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Mindfulness – Utilizing breathing, visualization, and awareness exercises to notice habitual patterns of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and to practice bringing attention to present moment experiences without judgement.
Movement and body-based therapy – Utilizing gentle movements and awareness of physical experiences to explore the effects of habitual patterns of thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and tension, and to practice preferred responses to challenges and stress.
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing for hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Ongoing sessions: $175/session
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $85- $175 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Amy can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“With curious, tuned-in listening, I hope to explore what shifts you would like to make space for in your life. I am not going to impose an agenda, but will instead offer paths of exploration, questions, and observations. It's your choice what path we follow.”
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
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)
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)
Movement- and Body-Based Therapy
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private practice, 2015 - Present
Jewish Family Service, 2013 - 2018
Swansea Wood School, 2009 - 2012
Wediko Children’s Services, 1996 - 2005
Simmons College, M.S.W., 2004
Swarthmore College, B.A. Psychology, 1997