Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Christian Weeks is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cranston, Rhode Island specializing in mindfulness, trauma, anxiety, depression, play therapy, and couples counseling. He is a highly skilled clinician with over a decade of experience supporting individuals, couples, and families. He has a particular expertise in recovery from grief and loss, working at the pace each client sets to process complex emotions and promote healing. Having worked at a school-based program and a counseling center with a focus on children’s therapy, he also has extensive experience working with children as young as 5 years old.
At the heart of Christian’s practice is a strong emphasis on mindfulness and being grounded in the present moment. His approach is flexible, drawing from elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In his work with children, he utilizes play therapy to help them express challenges in their natural language.
Christian strives to create a supportive and interactive environment for clients to openly share their thoughts, concerns, and hopes. He brings a warm and curious approach to his practice, eager to help his clients face challenging circumstances with mindfulness and resilience.
Mindfulness – Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
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
Play therapy – Using play to help children explore their thoughts and emotions
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Autism spectrum disorder – Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation
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
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
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
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Brown University Student Insurance
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Initial session: $130 (45min)
Ongoing sessions: $90/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $50 - $75 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"I invite clients into a supportive and interactive atmosphere where they can set the pace of therapy, share and explore different emotions, and experience the importance of truly feeling heard and understood.
Gradually, I help clients develop skills to better manage their upsets, fears, or relational challenges, both past and present. From a mindful perspective, I challenge clients to find and create a ‘half full' mindset, developing an ability to move beyond emotional reactivity and overwhelm.
Regardless of the specific challenges, clients learn to better see the opportunities they have within their circumstances rather than feeling victimized by them. Clients learn to speak and move into a new way of being - one with a renewed sense of possibility, a reduction of fear, and with greater energy, peace, and freedom."
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
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)
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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2011 - Present
Looking Upwards, 2011 - 2013
Gateway Healthcare, 2010 - 2011
Whitney Academy, 2008 - 2009
South Bay Mental Health, 2007 - 2008
Lincoln Child Center, 2005 - 2007
JFK University, MA, 2004
San Jose State University, BA, 1992