Corey J. Flanders
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Spiritual direction
- Meditation / Mindfulness
- Life transitions, loss of meaning, existential challenges
- Trauma / Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Relationship issues
- Grief and Loss
- Anxiety and fears
- Personality Disorders
- Self harm
Corey Flanders is counselor in Providence, RI with expertise in existential challenges, spiritual guidance, loss of meaning, anxiety, depression, and trauma. He combines excellence in evidence-based therapy techniques with his lifelong experience as a meditator to help clients move beyond symptoms and lead more fulfilling lives.
Corey specializes in supporting clients as they navigate any kind of challenging life transition, from the first year of college, to entering the working world, becoming a parent or an empty nester, and taking steps towards retirement. His expertise lies in helping clients find meaning or purpose during times of change, such as when life circumstances shift and you are no longer certain of who you are, what your relationships should look like, and what you’re meant to be doing.
Corey has additional training in a mind-body approach to healing trauma, which may include any kind of experience that threatens a client’s sense of safety. He builds upon each client's existing strengths, and gently guides survivors of trauma as they tap into their inner experience in order to move beyond recent or deeply hidden wounds.
Corey’s practice approach is informed by 20 years experience studying and practicing Buddhism and other contemplative traditions, including years as a novice monk, initiated medium, and over 400 days of silent retreat practice. His mission is to help clients reconnect with their passions, and access inner joy and resilience.
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)
Corey is not in-network with any insurances.
- Individual sessions: $165/session (55min)
Sliding scale: Please do not hesitate to contact me if you cannot afford my regular rate.
Therapist's note: Corey can email bills to you so you can submit claim for out-of-network reimbursements.
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."
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.
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
Education and work 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