Diane Petrella, LICSW - Therapist in Providence, RI

Diane Petrella

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

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255 Hope St 2F
Providence, RI 02906

Offers remote video sessions.



Adults (22+)
Seniors (65+)

Specialties & expertise

  • Relationship challenges

  • Self-esteem

  • Mind-body-spirit connection

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Sexual abuse

  • Emotional eating

  • Life transitions

  • Grief & loss

  • Stress management

  • Life coaching

  • Caregiver stress

Professional statement

Diane Petrella is a holistic psychotherapist, certified life coach, and Level II Reiki Healer in Providence, RI. Her mind-body-spirit approach is designed to help clients tap into their inner wisdom, calm anxious and disruptive thoughts, and find peace through connecting with their Higher Self.

Diane works with individuals experiencing relationship challenges, such as difficulty starting a new relationship, repeated negative patterns of attraction or communication, and adjusting to life changes after breakups or divorce. She helps clients explore how early experiences influence their beliefs about themselves in order to increase self-confidence and build stronger relationships.

Diane has deep expertise in emotional eating, particularly with adults who experienced sexual abuse in childhood, and for whom mainstream weight loss strategies may be less effective. She also works with clients navigating stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and caregiver challenges.

Diane incorporates a range of approaches, including psychodynamic therapy, meditation and visualization, life coaching strategies, and the Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), which releases energy trapped in the body to feel more grounded in body and mind. Diane’s goal is to help clients clear through the clutter of life’s messiest challenges and connect with their highest, best self.


Relationships – Difficulty starting relationships; resolving unhelpful patterns of communication; feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; adjusting to divorce or breakups
Emotional eating – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image; particular expertise in addressing how one's past history of sexual abuse can get in the way of weight loss efforts today.
Self-esteem – Tapping into inner strengths to foster a positive view of one's self; exploring how early experiences influence self-image
Life transitions – Adjusting to, or contemplating big life transitions such as career changes and relationship shift
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one or any form of grief

General expertise

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
Stress management – Mind-body-spirit approach to releasing stress and decluttering the mind; particular expertise in caregiver expertise
Life coaching – Find solutions to problems you’re experiencing right now or clarity about the direction of your life
Sexual abuse – Healing childhood trauma and addressing its ongoing role in daily life, particularly as it relates to weight management


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Medicare

  • Tufts

  • United Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150/session (45min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale or reduced rate is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

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

"Deciding to see a therapist and looking within takes courage. Congratulate yourself for taking this step. I can help you make lasting change so you not only overcome your current problems but become stronger and wiser on the other side.

My approach is holistic, integrating mind, body and spirit. My style is direct (I'll tell you what I think), intuitive (I trust my intuition and will help you trust yours), and with a touch of humor (it always helps to lighten your spirit). There's no "one size fits all" therapy, so together we'll decide what works best for you.

I'm a licensed psychotherapist and a certified life coach so I'll integrate both sets of skills in our work together. We'll explore your past when necessary to help you break free from self-sabotaging patterns and limiting beliefs. I'll also help you create a vision for your future so you have a road map to move forward."

Treatment approaches

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping)Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as "EFT" or "Tapping") targets energy imbalances that may be causing painful physical or emotional symptoms through a series of gentle tapping with the fingertips. EFT is used for a broad spectrum of challenges that have an underlying emotional cuase, and aims to heal the root ailment by increasing energy flow throughout the body. (learn more)
Holistic approach
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)
Life coaching
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)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
ReikiReiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being. (learn more)

Education and work experience

The Coaches Training Institute, Life Coach Certification
Harvard Medical School: Dept. of Continuing Education, Mind/Body training

Boston College, BA
Simmons College, MSW



Client testimonials

Diane’s insight helped me to see things in a new light and take charge of my life. I gained invaluable skills to handle my life issues in a more productive and loving way.
— Client (2017)
Diane helped me process my past to a place of understanding and forgiveness. I feel empowered and in control of my life. I have peace.
— Client (2017)
Thank you, Diane! You have helped me to think differently in a way that is healthier for my spirit. I am so amazed at the growth I’ve made.
— Client (2017)
Thank you for everything Diane! It was wonderful to find a practitioner who believed in listening to the body, trusting one’s intuition and finding answers within. I am very grateful to you.
— Client (2017)