Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Impulse control issues
Diane Ferrara is a social worker and holistic therapist in Warwick, RI with over 20 years of experience helping clients achieve personal growth. Diane has particular expertise in anxiety, life transitions, relationships, spirituality, and the mind-body-spirit connection.
Diane utilizes an eclectic approach, drawing from elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, and mindfulness practices. She also enjoys incorporating yoga into therapy sessions, in order to help clients achieve greater body awareness and release the tensions held in mind and body.
Diane is passionate about helping clients connect to their inner spirit in order to recognize and build on existing strengths. She is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore the root causes of painful emotions and live more mindful, connected lives.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
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
Personal growth – Purposefully working to improve awareness and develop talents to enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Spirituality – Refers to the deepest values and meanings by which a person lives; it envisions an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
Life coaching – Transforms personal and professional lives by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brown University Student Health Insurance
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Individual sessions: $200/session (60min)
Couples sessions: $150/session (45min)
Sliding scale: n/a
Therapist's note: Diane can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Would you like to work with a warm and seasoned therapist? Are you looking for a safe, supportive environment in which you can flourish? Well, I'm happy to provide that for you. I have twenty years of experience using a combination of cognitive behavioral, solution-focused and mindfulness therapy to help people create lasting change in their lives.
I believe in the mind-body-spirit connection and encourage clients to develop an awareness of this connection through guided meditations, mindfulness skills and breathing exercises. These practices will help you reconnect with your inner wisdom where you will find the answers you have been seeking.
My clients tell me they love working with me because I ask questions that challenge their thinking and help them identify strengths they didn't realize they had. After our work together, my clients report feeling happier and more confident. Call me to find out how we can work together."
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.
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)
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)
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)
Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT)Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT) posits that people grow through and toward relationships throughout their lifespan, and that culture powerfully impacts relationship.
Education and work experience
Private practice, 1999 - Present
Boston University, MSW, 1996
University of Rhode Island, BS, 1981