Dr. Beverly Serabian

Beverly Serabian
Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients (updated May 1, 2017)

Dr. Serabian is outstanding. She brings warmth, kindness and also extensive psychological knowledge to each session... The transformation has been unbelievable. I cannot provide a higher recommendation for couples and individuals than Dr. Serabian."

- Brown University professor (2016)

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    About Dr. Serabian

  • Over 30 years of experience in the field of psychology; extensive training in mind-body medicine and mindfulness practices
  • Sees most clients for anxiety, depression, relationships, and couples and marital therapy
  • Helps clients shift from pain to peace and peace to cultivating potential
  • Incorporates Buddhist philosophy and spirituality as a tool in healing

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Dr. Serabian has been in the field of psychology for 30+ years. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and her BA from Boston University.

Dr. Serabian has extensive training and experience in mind-body medicine and the observation of the self as a whole person in context including sleep habits, exercise and diet, drug use, family of origin roots, and cultural constraints and supports. Her specialty areas include depression, anxiety, women’s Issues, developmental crisis, marital and couples therapy, gay and lesbian Issues, spiritual crisis, and group therapy.

Dr. Serabian's approach to therapy is influenced by Buddhist philosophy, and she views each client session as a one-point meditation. She uses mindfulness and relaxation techniques in addition to Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Family of Origin, and Feminist therapy approaches to assist clients in carefully dissolving and dismantling whatever is maintaining the pain and inhibiting growth.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

" We're all blessed to be born into this life, and we have this one precious opportunity to develop ourselves. We all deserve to be loved and the place where love starts is self-love. The first and most important love is the love for yourself. We all deserve to feel safe and satisfied, and experience joy in our lives. When people come into therapy, they come in with pain, so the work is to move people from pain to peace, and the joy begins to emerge simply by removing that pain and finding peace. Some people are satisfied with finding peace, and that's wonderful; others may want more, and we can together work from that peaceful place to cultivate and realize their full potential. It's a wonderfully creative endeavor, and a beautiful way to live life. " 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, Clinical Psychologist
Salve Regina University, Holistic Counseling Program, Assistant Professor
Eleanor Slater Hospital, Clinical Psychologist

Mindfulness-Based Therapies Salon, A monthly exploration of mindfulness practice and application for clinicians, Convener
RIC Social Work Continuing Education Program, Presenter for Mindfulness-Based Therapies Applications in Anxiety, Depression, and Stress
Rhode Island Department of Health, Appointed Board of Examiners in Psychology
Rhode Island Psychological Association, Past Treasurer, Past President

California School of Professional Psychology, PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1981
Loyola College, Advanced 30-Hour Graduate Study Certificate, Counseling Psychology/Educational Management, 1978
Boston College, MEd Counseling and Guidance, 1971
Boston University, Psychology, BA, 1969

specialties

SPECIALTIES

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, panic disorder; eating disorders related to anxiety
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms  
Life transitions, existential issues – Includes adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction
Gay and lesbian issues – Questioning, coming out or not, family reactions, advocacy, safety, new relationships
Relationship issues – Includes interpersonal tensions and struggles; navigating dating; challenges of long term romantic relationships, marital difficulties
Spirituality / spiritual crisis – Utilizing spirituality as a tool in healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Women’s issues – Finding one's voice as a woman; forgiving oneself, letting go of shame of not having spoken up; making time for yourself and healing your energy

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

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)
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)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), patients works with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps patients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Feminist TherapyFeminist therapy listens to and privileges, the voices and experiences of those who have been defined as "other" by dominant cultures. Feminist therapy thus shifts the value of knowledge claims from those of culturally appointed experts to the expertise of the oppressed. (learn more)
Family of Origin

clientele

CLIENTELE

Young Adults / College Students
Medical students
Adults  
Seniors
Couples (Marital Therapy)

Languages

LANGUAGES

English


My husband and I were having some difficulties getting past some arguments. We were stuck and needed some tools to help us strengthen our relationship in times of stress. Dr. Serabian is outstanding. She brings warmth, kindness and also extensive psychological knowledge to each session. She made us feel incredibly comfortable and over time, has not only changed our marriage but the way we approach our own lives and stress. The transformation has been unbelievable. I cannot provide a higher recommendation for couples and individuals than Dr. Serabian.
— Brown University Professor (2016)