Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Young adults
- Foster care
Carmel Lombardi is a therapist in Providence, RI with expertise in young adult challenges, adoption, parenting, child custody issues, anxiety, and depression. She has a background as an artist, which gives her an open-minded, creative perspective to therapy.
Carmel sees teenagers through adults, and particularly enjoys seeing young adults clients, including middle school students, college students, young professionals, and young parents. She also has a specialty in adoption and foster care based on her many years of experience as a social worker with Children's Friend, where she provided therapy and case management services for the foster care system. She continues to work with children and teenagers in school settings in addition to her private practice.
Carmel utilizes a combination Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, mindfulness, and art therapy. For individuals with anxiety, she helps clients learn self-regulating and self-soothing techniques and incorporate healthy habits such as yoga into their daily lives. For individuals seeking support around child custody issues, she offers emotional support through the loss they are experiencing, and helps clients understand their rights as a parent.
Carmel earned her Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College. Her office is easily accessible from downtown Providence and College Hill, and has ample parking.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Adoption and foster care – Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
- Beacon Health
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown University Student Insurance (United Health)
- Harvard Pilgrim
- Johnson & Wales University (United Health)
- Providence College (United Health)
- RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
- United Health
- URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)
- Ongoing sessions: $135
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $135 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Carmel can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Everyone needs help at some point during their life, I look forward to holding a safe space and time for you as you get the help and support you need."
Treatment approachesArt TherapyIn art therapy, clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. (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)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (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)
Education and work experience
East Coast Mental Wellness, Present
Children's Friend, 2009 - 2017
Rhode Island College, MSW, 2009