Accepting new clients
Young adults / College students
Specialties & expertise
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Dr. Stern received his PsyD at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and has been in private practice over 20 years. He was previously the Director of Substance Abuse Day Treatment at Roger Williams Hospital.
Dr. Stern has expertise in anxiety, PTSD / trauma, spirituality, and any existential challenges that an individual may be experiencing. He also runs group therapy sessions and workshops on topics such as men's issues and spirituality.
Dr. Stern practices Internal Family Systems (IFS) and incorporates various techniques including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), One Eye Brain Integration, and a practice he has developed called Structured Self-Presence™.
Anxiety – Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety
Depression – Ranging from feeling mildly down through major depression
Couples work and relationship challenges – Including helping couples work on their relationship or part ways amicably. Also helps individuals with relationship issues.
Existential challenges – Including navigating college and career paths, one's purpose
Life transitions – Including adjusting to college and post-college life
Men’s issues – Includes helping men access and work with their emotions, sexual identity/preferences, anger, and relationship issues
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience
Relationship challenges – Helps individuals through relationship challenges (note: does not offer couples therapy)
Spirituality – e.g., enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Stress management – Including generally coping with life's difficulties and realizing your full potential
Trauma – Includes childhood trauma, adult trauma, sexual abuse and assault, physical abuse, combat trauma, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Brown University Student Health Insurance
Note: Dr. Stern can provide paperwork for RISD student health insurance out-of-network benefits.
Individual sessions: $200/session
A sliding scale of $175 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"It is a wonderful time to be a therapist. We have many powerful tools that help create enduring positive change and quicken that process.
As a clinical psychologist, healer, trainer, and consultant. I help people restore a wholesome relationship between their cerebral intelligence and their natural intelligence. I teach people that problems are, almost always, a path to greater vitality, freedom and enduring peace.
I help individuals, groups and organizations enjoy an ever deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of their lives and their communities. I teach them how to seamlessly fold transformative spiritual practices (within and beyond their particular religious tradition) into the fabric of their professional and private lives.
Central to my healing practice is a model of therapy called Internal Family Systems (IFS) and I am a certified IFS therapist. Among the other tools in my healing toolkit are "Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing" (EMDR), One Eye Brain Integration, "Brainspotting", and a relational mindfulness practice that I have been developing over the past 15 years, “Structured Self-Presence© (SSP).”
My practice, ways of thinking and doing, are deeply informed by the perennial wisdom of the world’s wisdom traditions as well as current behavioral and brain research.
In addition to a psychologist, I am a husband and father. I play the saxophone, clarinet, a little piano and less djembe. I love sing alongs and playing music with my family and friends."
Internal Family SystemsIFS is
a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them.
Structured Self-Presence™Structured Self Presence is a body-mind integration technique that provides a map of the different dimensions of reality and helps develop the skills to navigate it peacefully. (learn more)
BrainspottingBrainspotting is a focused treatment method that analyzes the client's relevant eye position to identify, process and release a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based sources of pain, trauma, and dissociation. (learn more)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (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
Roger Williams Hospital, Director of Substance Abuse Day Treatment
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, PsyD
Hampshire College, BA, Music, Philosophy