Teenagers (14 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Eating and issues with food
Eileen Casella Rider is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in anxiety, depression, LGBTQ topics, trauma, and substance use disorders. She also enjoys working with blended families and step-parents.
Eileen is both passionate and experienced working with the LGBTQ community. She has been an active member of the LCFD gender-free dance organization for over 24 years and for many years she served as a contributing Co-Chair of the board. Eileen has a particular interest in working with 'non-transitioning' partners who are in relationship with those considering or in the process of transitioning their gender. Many couples do not survive gender transition but Eileen can help partners identify and express unique feelings and negotiate steps toward resolution or compassionate break-up. In 2019, resources and support are available for transgender individuals but little is available for those in relationships with people in transition. Working with Eileen can help lessen loneliness, grief, and confusion, and she will support you through the isolation and stigma by offering measured, compassionate step-by-step guidance throughout each phase of your experience as the non-transitioning partner.
In addition, Eileen's experience working with clients and families struggling with substance use disorders is extensive and diverse. She has worked as a clinical director in several treatment settings including residential, inpatient, and intensive outpatient programs.
Eileen's office is located on the first floor of an old Victorian house in the Federal Hill neighborhood. She also practices in Canton, Massachusetts. Both counseling offices are quiet, cozy, and confidential.
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
LGBTQ topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Substance use – Explore and tackle challenges with substances such as alcohol and opiates. Reduce the destructive impact substances have on you and your relationships in conjunction with the 12 step model or SMART Recovery.
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
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
Panic disorders – Sudden, overwhelming panic attacks accompanied by physical symptoms of anxiety and fear
Transgender & gender identity topics – Exploring questions related to gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities. Help navigating barriers to transition and the process of transition as well as its impact on you and those close to you.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Neighborhood Health (partnered with Beacon Health Options)
Brown University Student Insurance
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Initial session: $160
Ongoing sessions: $130
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Eileen can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"In a cozy, safe and private setting we will identify and tackle problems by focusing on your strengths and priorities. I particularly enjoy working with the LGBTQ population. My areas of particular focus include exploration of relationships, family and couples therapy as well as blended family issues. I will help you resolve negative patterns of self criticism and destructive emotions that exacerbate anxiety, depression, anger and/or substance abuse."
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (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)
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)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Empowerment Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, 2017
Intensive Outpatient Program Director, 2017
Penikese Island Program, Recovery Clinician, 2016–2017
Echo Group, Clinical Subject Matter Expert, 2011–2014
SERVICENET, Clinical Case Manager and Program Director, 2003–2011
Antioch University New England, MA in Counseling Psychology, 1990