Corey Flanders

Corey J. Flanders
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients

...Corey never makes me feel like a “disordered” individual. When I am in his office I am a person talking to a genuinely kind, brilliant person who I have a great connection with.. His insight and our interactions have changed my life."

- Young adult (2016)

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    About Corey

  • Specializes in life transitions and existential challenges; anxiety; depression; meditation and mindfulness; and trauma
  • Helps individuals experiencing any general sense of loss of meaning or role confusion, e.g. spiritual direction, loss of meaning, major shifts in who they thought they were
  • Studied Buddhism for 20 years prior to becoming licensed as a therapist, including silent retreat practices

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Corey is a psychotherapist in private practice in Providence, RI. He also works at a hospital program for adults with acute psychiatric issues, from anxiety to depression to personality disorders. He is a husband and father who is dedicated to improving his communication and way of relating—to both his inner world and to the people in his life.

Prior to becoming licensed as a therapist, Corey spent 20 years studying and practicing Buddhism and other contemplative traditions with a broad range of teachers in many different settings. He spent a few years as a novice monk and completed more than 400 days of cloistered, silent retreat practice focusing on the tantric and nondual teachings of the Dzogchen tradition. He was an initiated medium in the spiritist tradition of Umbanda for more than 6 years in the rainforests of Brazil and the concrete jungle of Manhattan. He now studies the nondual tantric yoga of Kashmir Shaivism. All these teachings and practices directly inform both his psychotherapy practice and way of living.  

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

" Every human being struggles to find meaning in life and to learn how to better love oneself and others. This is essential work. Often we suffer when we have lost sight of who we are and what we most want out of life. Therapy can help you find yourself again and provide safety and direction in times of difficulty. At its best, it can help you recover a vibrant sense of joy in being alive."

For anyone new to therapy: "Take the plunge. Interview perspective therapists. Therapy works best when you are comfortable and feel connected to the therapist. Don't let fear or a lack of motivation stop you from finding the right person and taking a step toward feeling better."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Butler Hospital Integrated Therapies Program, Psychotherapist, 2013 - Present
Rhode Island Hospital Adult Partial Hospitalization Program, Psychotherapist, Providence, RI, 2011 - 2013
MSPP Academic Resource Center, Graduate Assistant, 2011 - 2012
The F. L. Chamberlain School, Psychotherapist/Practicum, 2010 - 2011
Dzogchen Center (30-bed residential Buddhist retreat facility), Spiritual Counselor, Austin, Texas, 2003 - 2008
East Side Meditation Circle, Co-Founder and Principal Teacher, 2009 - 2012

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, MA in Counseling Psychology, 2012
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, MA in Transpersonal Psychology, Concentration in Spiritual Psychology, 2010
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, BA in English, 1998

specialties

SPECIALTIES

Anxiety and fears – Generalized anxiety, panic disorder (debilitating anxiety and fear that arise frequently and without reasonable cause); anxiety from life transitions and loss of meaning; fears of death and fears of living
Depression – Working through any depression, numbness, and/or disconnection
Grief and Loss – Working through any significant loss, past or recent (illness, death, relocation) 
Life transitions, loss of meaning, existential challenges –  Adjusting to college; career transitions; parenting; empty nest syndrome as children leave home; role confusion, gender, sexuality, any major shift in who you thought you were; any general sense of the rug being pulled out from underneath you; Existential questions such as "Who am I? What am I doing in life? What happened to me?"
Meditation / Mindfulness
Personality Disorders – Including Borderline Personality Disorder
Relationship issues –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; breakups, friendships, dating; problems in communication
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting, as a means to soothe difficult emotions and stressors
Spiritual direction – Utilizing spirituality as a tool in healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Trauma / Post-traumatic stress disorder / Sexual abuse – Traumatic histories and intense or unchanging symptoms of PTSD (nightmares, intrusive images, isolating and avoiding the outside world); Managing the emotional stressors of traumatic events, such as sexual assault, childhood trauma, motorbike accidents; Professional Training in body-based trauma therapy (Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy)

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

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)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (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)
Meditation and Spirituality

clientele

CLIENTELE

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Family therapy
Parents
Seniors (65+)

Languages

LANGUAGES

English


I am having a great experience with Corey. He is insightful, knowledgeable and very compassionate. Very pleased with my choice.
— Anonymous client (2017)
Corey was my therapist at Butler Hospital’s outpatient program, and I am grateful beyond words that he agreed to see me as a private client. I have been dealing with panic disorder and depression my entire adult life, and was recently diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and a personality disorder. This sounds strange to say about a therapist, but despite my history and recent crises, Corey never makes me feel like a “disordered” individual. When I am in his office I am a person talking to a genuinely kind, brilliant person who I have a great connection with. I’ve been through a lot of therapy, but before going to see Corey, I had never dreamed I could walk out of a therapist’s office feeling enlivened and excited at the prospect of living my life. I wish I could be more eloquent – but regardless of my writing skills, I cannot recommend Corey Flanders enough. His insight and our interactions have changed my life.
— Young adult, someone very grateful for their therapist (2016)
Corey has been helping me with my anxiety and depression. He provides a safe environment where I feel comfortable expressing thoughts and emotions I do not share anywhere else. He has a unique ability to paint a picture with words as a way to relate and explain.
— College student, struggled with depression and anxiety for 15 years (2016)
Corey Flanders is a wonderful counselor / therapist . He has helped me so much over the last year. He is not only skillful at getting to the root causes but he is also an expert on meditation and other therapeutic techniques.
— Parent of a college student (2016)
I have only been working with Corey for a few weeks, but he has been a kind and insightful person. I appreciate his openness, and hope to learn.
— Brown University Student, '18 (2016)

PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

Corey has more spiritual chops than most. Because of all the rigorous spiritual work that he has done, and the personal healing he has, himself, undertaken, Corey has enormous bandwidth. He has a natural and highly developed capacity to be resonantly present with even the most difficult human experiences and emotions. He is therefore, a powerful, compassionate, and skillful healer. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
— Dr. David J. Stern, PsyD, Colleague (2016)