Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Loss and grief
- College adjustment
- Childhood abuse
- Existential crisis
Carrie Ruggieri is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, Rhode Island. She is also a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. Her practice focuses on helping individuals who suffer the effects of trauma experienced in childhood or adolescence. She sees many clients with challenges related to painful experiences, including depression, anxiety, and panic, as well as individuals navigating relationships, life transitions, and traumatic grief.
Carrie is an active member of the AEDP Institute. AEDP (accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy) is a model of psychotherapy that is informed by the neuroscience of therapeutic change and attachment research. As an AEDP therapist, she practices a relational, emotion-focused, and experiential approach to psychotherapy. She also provides Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) for patients suffering PTSD to help desensitize to traumatic triggers and to heal self-esteem injured by trauma.
In addition to talk therapy, Carrie uniquely offers equine-assisted therapy; horses are available to provide comfort, help strengthen self-assertion, facilitate the experience of direct access to one's emotions, as well as facilitate the experience of mindful presence. Carrie's website has a link to her article on Equine therapy.
Carrie brings in experience working with children in foster care who are suffering attachment traumas, as well as her experience with children and adults who have suffered the traumatic loss of a partner, parent, or child. Carrie also provides forensic trauma evaluations and critical incident intervention. She received her Master's in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research.
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
College adjustment – Coping with the difficult or impactful life changes due to starting college, such as moving to a new area and relationship transitions; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Childhood abuse – Providing support for adults who have suffered through abuse in their childhood, and coping with the harmful behaviors and thinking that have developed as a result
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
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
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Carrie is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial/ongoing sessions: $90/session (45min) or $115/session (60min) or $135/session (75min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Carrie can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"I believe that psychotherapy can accomplish more than symptom relief. I am committed to restoring you full capacity for fulfillment in life and relationships."
Treatment approachesAccelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) AEDP focuses on the in-depth processing of trauma and emotional difficulties to encourage the formation of new, transformative, positive experiences. AEDP acknowledges the inner strength of each individual by activating the adaptive change process and building a strong emotional relationship with the client. (learn more)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1995 - Present
Women & Infants Parent-Infant Research Lab, 1992 - 1994
Margaret S. Mahler Observational Research Nursery, New School for Social Research, 1982 - 1987
New School for Social Research, MA, 1985