Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for morning appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Chantal Bolger is a licensed mental health counselor in Providence, RI. Chantal has deep expertise in providing trauma-informed care to survivors of violence and abuse, including working through childhood violence and processing a recent traumatic event. In addition, Chantal sees clients struggling with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, family issues, academic issues, anger management, and self-harm.
Chantal works with all age groups, from children through adults, including couples and family sessions. Her therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, family systems therapy, and supportive therapy.
Prior to starting her own private practice, Chantal was a clinician at Enders & Associaties and worked as a lead clinician and in-home therapist at Arbour Fuller Hospital. She received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Rhode Island College in 2013 and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling in 2015.
Adjustment disorders – Identify, express, and explore thoughts and feelings in the wake of a major life change; problem solve and learn coping skills in order to grow
Anxiety – Social anxiety, panic attacks, and generalized anxiety disorder
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Family issues – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Trauma – Dealing with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), emotional lability from traumatic brain injuries (concussions)
Academic issues – Explore past academic success to determine strengths; problem-solve for organizational, environmental, and study-style challenges; incorporate informal and formal supports into the client's academic goals
Anger management – Gain awareness of anger triggers; learn skills to emotionally and physiologically re-regulate when experiencing distress, and safely and effectively express anger
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Johnson & Wales University (United Health)
Neighborhood Health Plan
Providence College (United Health)
RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)
Initial session: $120/session
Follow-up sessions: $90/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $80 - $90/session is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"The most important thing for me is to make sure that you feel safe and heard and understood. I can guarantee you that you'll never, ever be judged and I'll always be on your side cheering you on throughout this experience together. I think that you're so brave for even considering coming to counseling. I know what it's like to be on the other side because I was also a client for three years as a college student. It was an amazing experience for me, but I know that it can also be scary and intimidating, too; in the end, know that if you are able to build a trusting relationship with your counselor, it can be an extremely healing experience."
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)
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)
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
Bolger Psychotherapy & Assessments, 2018 - Present
Endres & Associates, Individual and Family Therapist, 2016 - 2018
Arbour Fuller Hospital, Lead Clinician, Home Therapy and Therapeutic Mentoring Programs, 2014 - 2018
Arbour Fuller Hospital, In-Home Therapist, 2013 - 2014
Seven Hills of Rhode Island, Pass Worker, 2011 - 2013
Perspectives Corporation, Behavior Specialist, 2011 - 2012
Rhode Island College, Advanced Graduate Studies, Mental Health Counseling, 2015
Rhode Island College, Master, Counseling, 2013
University of Rhode Island, Bachelor, Psychology, 2011