Accepting new clients for morning and daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Graduate students (any age)
Specialties & expertise
College mental health
Loss and grief
Dr. Dana Siperstein is an Adult Psychiatrist at the Young Adult Behavioral Health Program in Providence, RI. She works with college and graduate students who are navigating life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and challenges at school. She only provides medication management and always values getting to know her patients before prescribing.
Dr. Siperstein is flexible in her approach to create an individualized treatment plan. She has also established a space where patients experiencing grief can openly talk about the person they recently lost and how they are adjusting to life without them. Additionally, she leads a young adult grief & bereavement support group for young adults in college or graduate school.
Dr. Siperstein is dedicated to helping students enter into adulthood with confidence. Having previously worked at Harvard University Counseling Center, she is an expert at navigating college mental health. Dr. Siperstein completed her adult psychiatry residency at Harvard Longwood and received both her MD and BA from George Washington University.
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
College mental health – Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development
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
Attentional difficulties – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Bipolar disorder – Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Insomnia – Addressing problems related to lack of restful sleep including difficulty falling asleep, waking often, and restless sleep
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Psychosis – A state of mind in which a person's view of reality is significantly altered. Symptoms may include delusions (false beliefs) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things others do not see or hear).
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tufts University student insurance
Message to clients
“Meeting with a new psychiatrist or therapist can feel like a daunting experience, especially when you aren't feeling quite like yourself. My goal in our first session is to really get to know you, what is important to you, and when you last felt like you. Only then can we work together to figure out a treatment plan that makes the most sense for you. My treatment approach is always collaborative, and you are always in the driver's seat when it comes to decision making regarding your care.”
Treatment approachesPsychodynamic 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)
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)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Harvard University Counseling Center, 2017 - 2018
Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, 2014 - 2018
George Washington University School of Medicine, MD, 2014
George Washington University, BA, 2009