Cecilia Dietzler, LICSW

Cecilia Dietzler

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients; find available Cranston therapists here



Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)


Mon: Closed
Tue: 8:30am-5:30pm
Wed: 8:30am-8:00pm
Thu: 10:30am-5:30pm
Fri: 8:30am-3:00pm
Sat: 8:30am-3:00pm (alternating)
Sun: closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Schizophrenia

  • Developmental disabilities

  • Trauma

  • Sexual abuse and assault

  • Dual diagnosis

Professional statement

Cecilia Dietzler is a therapist in Cranston, Rhode Island specializing in Asperger syndrome, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, trauma, and developmental disabilities.

Cecilia is especially known for her work with clients on the autism spectrum, and particularly enjoys working with individuals with Asperger syndrome, as well as their parents and families. Cecilia also has experience working with clients who have experienced trauma, including abuse and neglect.

Cecilia sees clients age 13 and older in individual, couples, and family sessions. She has over 30 years of experience in private practice, and additional experience in school, community, and hospital care settings.

Cecilia uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, mindfulness practices, Supportive Therapy, Relational Therapy, and psychodynamic therapy to create an individualized approach for each client. 


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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Asperger syndrome – Social skills with family members, in the workplace; conversation skills; peer relations; role playing, e.g., management of stress relating to anxiety or obsessions
Developmental / learning disabilities – Including social, communication, and behavioral challenges related to autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, and processing disorders
Schizophrenia – Building coping skills to address positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms

General expertise

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Intellectual and physical disabilities – Providing a safe, empowering, and accessible environment for individuals with cognitive and/or physical challenges to build relational skills and process emotional challenges


  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Brown University Student Insurance

  • First Health

  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

  • Johnson & Wales University Student Insurance

  • Providence College Student Insurance

  • Tufts

  • Tricare

  • United Health

  • RISD Student Insurance

  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

  • Medicare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $150

  • Ongoing sessions: $100

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $75 - $100 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Cecilia can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Message to clients

"Therapy provides all of us an opportunity to gain understanding about ourselves and our lives, and helps us manage it all with full awareness and greater strength. It works best when the therapist is competent and when there is a good connection between client and therapist."

Treatment approaches

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)
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 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)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (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)
Relational Therapy

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 1986 - Present
School Social Worker, 15 years

MSW, Masters in Social Work
MA in Rehabilitation Counseling