Specialties & expertise
- Couples counseling
- Deaf and hard-of-hearing clients
- Postpartum depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic illness
- Existential challenges
- LGBQ and sexuality topics
Caroline Obrecht is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, Rhode Island. Caroline has expertise in postpartum depression, new motherhood, couples counseling, depression, and anxiety. She has a certificate in marriage and family therapy from Butler Hospital and sees many couples. She also offers sessions in American Sign Language for Deaf and hard of hearing clients.
Caroline has a master’s degree in deafness rehabilitation from NYU where she studied ASL (American Sign Language) and Deaf culture. Prior to private practice, she was a voc rehab counselor with Deaf and hard of hearing people and briefly worked as a state screened sign language interpreter.
Caroline is an integrationist in her therapy approach, and tailors the treatment and style to each client's individual needs. She combines Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques, insight oriented therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, as well as other tools such as therapeutic journaling.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Deaf and hard of hearing people – Working in American Sign Language and English on issues of culture, loss, and isolation as well as anxiety, depression, and life transitions
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, among many other symptoms
Postpartum depression – Difficulty with the transition to parenting, may include extreme fatigue, feeling overwhelmed and inadequate, feelings of loss, changes in appetite, and relational problems with a partner
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Health Plans Inc.
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Oxford Health Plans
- United Health
- Initial session: $200/session
- Ongoing sessions: $140/session
Sliding scale: A negotiable sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Caroline can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I work to help people sort through issues, questions, and problems. My approach is supportive and varied as I tailor it to the individual."
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.
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)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (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 Based Stress Reduction
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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2003 - Present
Butler Hospital, 1994 - 2009
Boston University, MSW
NYU, MA, Deafness Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins, BA, Romance Languages
American Sign Language (ASL)