Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Offers remote video sessions, but they are not covered by insurance.
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
David Tulli is a therapist in Cranston, RI specializing in anxiety, existential challenges, family of origin issues, relationship challenges, adjustment to life transitions, trauma, and pain management. He provides traditional psychotherapy as well as specialized right-brain mental health interventions such as creative visualization and hypnosis. He sees individuals ages 18 and up, including young adults, college students, adults, couples, and seniors.
David's specializes in helping individuals work through current mental health symptoms by identifying beliefs developed from one's family of origin or uncovering deep implicit childhood memories. These memories may store different degrees of traumas and affect the individual's current functioning. His practice is characterized by a combination of multiple therapy modalities, including existential therapy, Internal Family Systems, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness practices, supportive therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. He also provides pain management treatment using hypnotherapy and guided imagery.
Prior to private practice, David worked at the Arbor-Fuller Partial Hospital Program and Rhode Island Hospital Partial Hospital and Inpatient Programs, as well as community mental health programs. He encourages his clients to bypass the critical, analytical, doubting parts of themselves to access paths to healing.
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
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Pain management – Through hypnosis and guided imagery
ADHD/ADD – Mindfulness meditation can be used to increase attention and decrease distractions and racing thoughts
Hypnosis – This time-tested method has no side effects, costs nothing and can be used to stop smoking and other habits, increase relaxation, reduce test anxiety and increase peak performance for business, athletics and the performing arts. It can also be used to gain insight into a perplexing problem. Contrary to popular opinion, hypnosis is not something that is done to you but a skill that you can acquire and use.
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
Men's health – Including grappling with questions of masculinity, what it means to be a man, overall psychological health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brown University Student Insurance
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Initial session: $125
Ongoing sessions: $75 (45min)
Sliding scale: A reduced rate of $100 per initial session and $50 per ongoing session is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy
Therapist's note: David can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
""The only conflict you will ever have is the one inside yourself." –M. Scott Peck.
My job is not to tell you what to do. Or even give you advice. Or presume that I know what's better for you than you do. My job is to support you emotionally and listen non-judgmentally as you find your way through life's bumps and bruises. We often think that the source of our conflict is our job, spouse, children, parents, siblings, money...take your pick. No doubt that dealing with people and situations is often stressful. But it's our own conflicting values and desires about how to handle these things that tend to make us anxious, depressed...stuck. Sometimes, simply talking about what's bothering you helps you feel better. What I do is compassionately listen and then gently point out where you sound conflicted within yourself. So, psychotherapy becomes a journey of insight that we take together to find your unique answers to these questions-- to find out what you really want."
Treatment approachesAccelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) AEDP focuses on the in-depth processing of trauma and emotional difficulties to encourage the formation of new, transformative, positive experiences. AEDP acknowledges the inner strength of each individual by activating the adaptive change process and building a strong emotional relationship with the client. (learn more)
Emotionally Focused Therapies
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)
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. (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)
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)
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
Private Practice, 2011 - Present
Family Services of Rhode Island, Outpatient Clinician, 2008 - 2011
Arbor-Fuller Partial Hospital Program, 2007 - 2008
Rhode Island Hospital Partial Hospital and Inpatient Programs, 2007 - 2009
Community Care Alliance, Outpatient Clinician, 2006 - 2007