Barbara Goldner LICSW

Barbara Goldner

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW, BSN

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)


Mon: 9:00am-5:00pm
Tue: 9:00am-6:00pm
Wed: Closed
Thu: 9:00am-6:00pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Substance use

  • Relationships

  • Loss and grief

  • Issues of isolation

  • Anxiety

  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Barbara Goldner is a licensed independent clinical social worker in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island. Her practice focuses on working with clients navigating relationships, substance use challenges, loss and grief, issues of isolation, and anxiety. She particularly enjoys working with college students and young professionals during transitionary times as they redefine their self-identity and relationships with others. 

Barbara has deep expertise in working with individuals who are or have loved ones struggling with substance use. She takes a nonjudgmental and highly collaborative approach, based in Gestalt and supportive therapies. She also sees many couples, focusing on improving communication skills and fostering intimacy. 

In addition to her private practice experience, Barbara has also consulted with large organizations, giving her unique insight into the challenges of health and business professionals. She works with clients to focus on positive strengths, moving beyond current obstacles to create meaningful change.


Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Substance use – Challenges related to substance use disorders and recovery
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Issues of isolation  Issues stemming from disconnection and isolation

General expertise

Couples counseling – Helping couples find new ways to communicate and relate to one another, including intimacy challenges
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations


Barbara is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial/ongoing sessions: $120/session (50min)

Therapist's note: Barbara will provide you with invoices for your records and to seek reimbursement from your insurance company.

Message to clients

"Often clients can feel emotionally alone and isolated. When we work together, we create a safe place where you as the expert of yourself, and me as the expert in counseling, join together in partnership to explore all options and pathways to your most powerful self."

Treatment approaches

Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Humanistic TherapyHumanistic therapy centers on the belief that humans are inherently good, and looks at the whole person in the here and now in order to works towards self-actualization. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Relational Life TherapyRelational life therapy is a form of couples counseling that aims to resolve conflicts, improve communication, and foster intimacy. (learn more)
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, 1983 – Present
Director of Outpatient Alcohol Services, Smithtown, NY

The Gestalt Institute for Psychotherapy, 1985
Graduate Adelphi University School of Social Work, MSW, 1983
Seton Hall University, BSN, 1977