Dr. Deborah Sepinwall

Deborah Sepinwall

Psychologist, PhD

Not accepting new clients; find available Providence therapists here




Note: Does not see couples or children, but can offer referrals.

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Compulsive overeating
  • Compulsive spending
  • Impulse control issues
  • Hair pulling
  • Nail biting
  • Skin picking
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationships
  • Weight management (losing weight)

Professional statement

Dr. Sepinwall, a founding member of Providence Psychology Services, received her PhD from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. She completed her predoctoral internship at Temple University and her postdoctoral fellowship at Brown Medical School. 

Dr. Sepinwall uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help people get unstuck from unhelpful ways of responding to troubling thoughts and emotions so they can move towards full and meaningful lives. She specifically treats anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias, and social phobia), impulse control problems (including hair pulling, nail biting, and skin picking), compulsive overeating, and compulsive spending.

She regularly runs groups for people with impulse control problems like hair pulling, nail biting, and skin picking as well as groups for college students with anxiety problems. Dr. Sepinwall runs book clubs for mindfulness practices as well as group weight loss programs. She teaches all of her clients how to cultivate self-compassion and self-acceptance.


Anxiety – Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized anxiety, specific phobias, social anxiety, panic disorders
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
Relationships – e.g., dealing with the pain of breakups
Weight management (losing weight)


  • Brown University Student Health Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial sessions: $175/session (60min)
  • Ongoing sessions: $150/session (45min)
  • Group sessions: $40/session (60min); $15/session for Brown students

Message to clients

"Our hearts call us to follow our deepest desires: to make the most of our precious lives. But our fears and insecurities can hijack the best of our intentions leaving a gap between where we are and where we want to be. This can feel frustrating, dissatisfying and even despairing. My work is fundamentally about helping you bridge this gap by offering you tools and skills to move through your uncomfortable thoughts and feelings so that you can pursue what you value. These include, but are not limited to, developing self-awareness, perspective, mindfulness, self-acceptance, self-compassion, distress tolerance, willingness to feel uncomfortable in the service of what matters, and healthy lifestyle behaviors. My hope is that through our work, you can engage with the world from a place of greater freedom, clarity, and authenticity. "

Education and work experience

Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School, Postdoctoral fellowship
University of Vermont, PhD in Clinical Psychology
Temple University, Predoctoral internship
McGill University, BA, Psychology



Client testimonials

Dr. Sepinwall is an extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and caring psychologist and person. I came to her with a variety of issues while I was a student at Brown — I was going through many transitions and questioning a lot of things in my life. I was also struggling with OCD, depression and stress management. Dr. Sepinwall was great at helping me unravel and gain insight into the cognitive errors I was making and how these were impacting my decisions and behavior. She also helped motivate me to want to get better, which had been a challenge for me in the past.
— Brown University alum (2015)
I started seeing Dr. Sepinwall for skin picking and hair pulling compulsions, though having worked with her for 4 years our sessions evolved and became more focused on general anxiety and depression.

Dr. Sepinwall is an incredibly skilled practitioner. She is passionate about her work and has a range of methods that she utilized for each stage of my development with her. She is a truly caring and empathetic person and her ability to connect and relate to me made continue working with her for years.
— Brown University alum '14 (2015)
Dr. Sepinwall helped me with generalized anxiety and dermatillomania (skin picking). She was excellent at helping me identify which of my beliefs about myself were holding me back, and then reminding me when I was acting on those beliefs. She helped me reframe how I think about “good” and “bad” behavior, as well as “success.” She encouraged me to approach my daily life with more mindfulness.
— Brown University alum '14 (2015)