David Dove, PhD

David Dove

Psychologist, PhD

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Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)

Specialties & expertise

  • Issues related to culture, identity, and marginalization

  • Identity development

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Life transitions

  • Academic issues

  • College related challenges

  • Cultural adjustment

  • Existential challenges

  • Interpersonal and relationships

  • LGBTQ issues

  • Men's health

  • Substance abuse

Professional statement

Dr. David Dove, PhD is a psychologist in private practice in Providence, RI. He founded Dove Psychology in 2009, where he works to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for a diverse clientele. Dr. Dove has a research background, and is dedicated to staying up to date on cutting edge evidence-based treatments while maintaining a warm and welcoming practice.

Dr. Dove has expertise treating anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. He employs his experience to support clients as they navigate life's stressors and challenges. He particularly enjoys working with people on issues related to culture, identity, and marginalization.

Dr. Dove primarily uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, but is flexible in tailoring his approach in order to best support each client. With his office conveniently located on College Hill, Dr. Dove sees many members of the Brown and RISD community.


Academic issues – Adjusting to college, balancing school and personal life, time management, and test anxiety
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Identity development – Including within the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and cultural background; resolving trauma and internalized oppression related to stigma
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

General expertise

Cultural adjustment – Transitioning from another country, state, or city; adjusting as an international student or out-of-state student
Existential challenges – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Interpersonal and relationships – Communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
LGBTQ issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues 
Men's health
– Including grappling with questions of masculinity, what it means to be a man, overall psychological health
Substance abuse – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than Brown University Student Insurance, First Health, Johnson & Wales University (United Health), Providence College (United Health), Tufts, United Health, RISD Student Insurance (United Health), URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health).

Message to clients

"Therapy is tailored to help clients to live more fully and apply effective ways of coping with challenging changes, experiences, and interpersonal problems. My primary aim is to use evidence-based treatment to help clients function better by addressing psychological and behavioral health issues."

Treatment approaches

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)
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)
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)
Multicultural TherapyFounded on a worldview that accepts and appreciates diversity within and between groups of individuals and embraces a) transcultural interactions and learning, b) respect for the cohesive function of cultural traditions and rituals, c) freedom to be critical of cultural dictates, behaviors, and attitudes detrimental to individuals and institutions, and d) a human homogeny that assumes human beings have diverse and often conflicting identities and allegiances.
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

Dove Psychology, Founder and Psychotherapist, 2009 - Present
Women & Infants Hospital, Clinical Research Program Coordinator, 2008 - 2011
Brown University, Investigator in Medicine, 2007 - 2008
Rhode Island Hospital, Interventionist and Prevention Program Developer, 2006 - 2008

Brown University, Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005- 2007
George Washington University, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2005



Professional endorsements

Dr. Dove is smart, calm, knowledgable, and engaging. I have referred a number of adolescent and young adult clients to see him and all have been very pleased with his therapeutic style and ability to meet them where they are and help them to move forward in their lives. Given his background in academic research, Dr. Dove is well-acquainted with up-to-date clinical practice and especially capable of working with a variety of client issues and populations.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, transitions, behavioral issues, and trauma
— Cynthia Rosengard, Ph.D. Private Practice (2017)
Dr. Dove has impressed me with his skills that are needed to engage the young adult population. He has an unthreatening but serious manner. There is an aura of being particularly relatable to this population. If a patient is unable to connect with the young adult population, be taken seriously and responds to a motivational interview style, there is very unlikely to be effective positive change. Dr. Dove is solidly my ‘go to ‘ therapist’.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Young adults with both psychiatric and substance abuse disorders
— Alan Gordon, MD (2017)
I recommend David because I know his clients receive exemplary clinical skills and benefit from his comforting presence. His warmth and sincerity helped development of a rapport with several challenging referrals I sent his way. Therapy resistant adolescent males of color and chronic substance using teens reported a more positive perspective on benefits of counseling after meeting David Dove. He is an excellent clinician and great human being.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Substance use, identity concerns, anxiety and depression, grief and loss
— Niki M. Best, LMHC (2017)