Diane Petrella, LICSW - Therapist in Providence, RI

Diane Petrella

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients



Adults (22+)
Seniors (65+)

Specialties & expertise

  • Weight management
  • Repeated relationship patterns
  • Sexual abuse
  • Divorce
  • Caregiver stress
  • Life coaching
  • Career change
  • Loss and grief
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Professional statement

Diane Petrella is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified Life Coach, and Level II Reiki healer who pulls on all of her qualifications and 30 years experience to create a holistic healing approach for her clients. Diane sees individuals for anxiety, depression, divorce, weight management (specifically losing weight), grief and loss, repeated relationship patterns, and caregiver stress.

Diane has particular expertise working with individuals who struggle with emotional eating and want to lose weight and specializes in the unique weight loss challenges for those who also experienced childhood sexual abuse. Diane uses Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as tapping) as her primary therapeutic modality to help individuals feel calmer and more grounded. She also uses psychodynamic therapy to help individuals explore childhood wounds and life coaching techniques for clients to realize their full potential.

Though Diane is based in Providence, RI, she offers life coaching sessions via telephone and Skype worldwide. She also has an online e-book specifically for weight loss clients who have also experienced childhood sexual abuse.


Life transitions, divorce, career change – Adjusting to, or contemplating big life transitions such as career changes, divorce, relationship shifts
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief
Relationships, intimacy issues, divorce– Addressing unhelpful patterns in relationships; going through separation or divorce; feeling unsatisfied in your partnership
Weight management (losing weight) – 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.

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
Caregivers for aging family members
Life coaching
 – Find solutions to problems you’re experiencing right now or clarity about the direction of your life
Sexual abuse


  • 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)

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)