Brandi Hamlin, LICSW

Brandi Hamlin

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients


 

Clientele

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

Specialties & expertise

  • Authentic living
  • Self-esteem building
  • Self-discovery
  • Mindfulness
  • Existential challenges / crises
  • Relationship challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Custody challenges
  • Questioning gender & sexuality
  • Academic issues

Professional statement

Brandi Hamlin is a licensed independent clinical social worker and certified yoga instructor who incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practices, supportive therapy, yoga, and breathwork in her therapeutic approach. 

Brandi works with teenagers, young adults and college students, adults, parents, and groups. She has expertise in anxiety and depression, authentic living, mindfulness, self-discovery, and self-esteem building. Brandi also provides support around relationship issues, academics, existential challenges and crises, custody changes/challenges, ADHD, mood disorders, and questioning gender and sexuality.

After graduating with her MSW from Columbia University in 2012, Brandi has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including community mental health and hospital settings. She currently works as an outpatient clinician as well as a trauma counselor, providing medical advocacy and supportive counseling around sexual assault. Brandi also works as a therapist at The Holistic Heart.


Specialties

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, cognitive distortions
Authentic living – Identifying your values and what you find important and living your life according to those values and honoring yourself as an individual
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Mindfulness – Increasing awareness, being present, recognizing feelings and thoughts in the moment, learning tools to aid in this
Self-discovery – Working to realize and embrace who you are as an individual
Self-esteem building – Recognizing positive attributes you possess and taking the time to honor the good you possess or unveiling the what may be clouded by negative self-esteem that might be holding you back from moving forward

General expertise

Relationships – Navigating through changes or challenges in relationships, including family, friends, and romantic relationships
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; stress management; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Mood disorders – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Custody challenges – Changes in custody, supporting parents and children, child welfare system, adoption
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Questioning gender & sexuality – Preparing for discussions with family/friends, sitting with questions, providing support and safe space to process emotions


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Johnson & Wales University (United Health)
  • Providence College (United Health)
  • Tufts
  • United Health
  • RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial intake session: $125/session (60 min)
  • Psychotherapy session: $105/session (45min)

Sliding scale: Please contact us if you are interested in treatment and private-pay rates feel cost prohibitive


Message to clients

"I think it's really imperative that people have their safe space to be able to come in and talk about whatever it may be that you might be dealing with. Oftentimes, there is something going on that maybe you feel like you can't talk to your friends about or you can't talk to your family. So this is your safe space to be able to come in and talk about whatever it may that you feel like you need to get off of your chest or that you just really need to talk out."


Treatment approaches

BreathworkBreathwork incorporates principles of body-mind therapy in order to achieve personal development and spiritual empowerment. (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)
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)
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)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)


Education and work experience

The Holistic Heart: Center for Professional Growth & Wellness, Therapist, 2016-Present
Wayside-Blackstone Valley Community Services, Clinician/Trauma Counselor, 2015-Present
Crane Therapeutic Services, Therapist, 2012-2015
Arbour Hospital, Social Worker, 2012-2013

Columbia University, MSW, Social Work, 2012
Saint Joseph's College of Maine, BA, Communications - Public Relations & Advertising, 2007


Languages

English


Client testimonials

My first session with Brandi from Holistic Heart was very moving and powerful. I felt like I already knew her style and what to expect thanks to Zencare. I am excited for our next session.
— Client (2017)

Professional endorsements

Brandi is a highly trained and compassionate clinician who works tirelessly to understand each of her client’s unique needs and goals. Her holistic approach emphasizes the importance of the mind-body connection, which her calm and caring demeanor echo as well.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, self-esteem
— Danielle Forte, BA (2016)
Brandi is a dedicated and committed therapist. She strives to understand each individual’s needs.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Trauma, anxiety, and depression
— Bethanne Durell, LICSW (2016)
Brandi has a very kind way with people and a lot of patience.
— Larissa Crane, LICSW, RYT (2016)