Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Offers remote video sessions only to clients living in RI & CA
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
College and graduate student mental health
Race & cultural identity
Bita Shooshani is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rhode Island and Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California who offers remote video sessions to clients living in RI and CA. Her specialty areas include working with college and graduate school populations treating anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and/or obsessive compulsive disorder to promote healing and thriving despite barriers and societal oppression.
As a queer identified Iranian American therapist, Bita has extensive experience working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, immigrant, international, and communities of color using a strength based approach. She uses an intersectional analysis to understand how systems of oppression impact our mental health.
Bita’s approach is client-centered and informed by evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She takes an active approach to help her clients to not only alleviate symptoms but to obtain skills to develop a wellness practice which can continue to benefit them beyond sessions. She also incorporates multicultural and feminist psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness-based practices, Buddhist Psychology, and family systems theories. When working with clients with a history of trauma, Bita integrates a focus on the body to help inform the healing process.
Bita wants her clients to leave feeling empowered to take control of their lives and live an authentic life. Before starting her private practice, she worked as a psychotherapist at Brown University’s Counseling and Psychological Services and San Francisco State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services’ Prevention Education Programs. She looks forward to meeting you for a consultation to see if what you’re looking for is a good match for her expertise.
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
Mindfulness – Using techniques such as breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and reduce day-to-day stress
College & graduate student mental health – Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression
LGBTQIA topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Race & cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Gender identity & transgender health – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Spirituality & religion – Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Substance abuse – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Brown University Student Insurance
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Initial/ongoing sessions: $150/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $150 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Bita can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“It takes a lot of courage to work on healing ourselves. I believe healing is possible even if the only thing we can change is our perspective on what’s happening. New possibilities emerge and we feel more free to take steps towards fulfilling our dreams. I’m happy to connect with you to see if I can be of assistance on your path and wish you the best on your healing journey.”
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.
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)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (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)
Multicultural Feminist TherapyPractice of therapy informed by feminist philosophies and grounded in multicultural perspectives to find strategies and solutions to transform one's daily life and relationships. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Brown University Counseling and Psychological Services, 2015 - 2019
Brown University, Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy, 2011 - 2015
San Francisco State University Counseling and Psychological Services, 2001 - 2011
San Francisco State University, Masters of Science in Counseling, 2001
University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelors, 1997