Note: Does not see couples or children, but can offer referrals.
Specialties & expertise
- Compulsive behaviors
- Compulsive overeating
- Compulsive spending
- Impulse control issues
- Hair pulling
- Nail biting
- Skin picking
- Weight management (losing weight)
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
- 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. "
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.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral thearpy 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)
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