Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Eating disorders
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Athletes, medical students, and graduate students
- Life transitions
- Academic issues
Dr. Elizabeth Didie is a psychologist in private practice in Providence, RI. Her College Hill office is centrally located to local universities, and she works with many members of the Brown and RISD communities.
Dr. Didie's practice focuses on evidence-based treatment for body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorders including bulimia and binge eating disorder, OCD, and other anxiety disorders. She also enjoys working with student athletes, and has a deep appreciation for the challenge of performing under intense mental and physical pressures. Dr. Didie's treatment orientation is rooted in skills-based modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in order to provide her clients longterm relief from preoccupying negative thoughts and behaviors in a short course of treatment.
Dr. Didie received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Drexel University and completed her internship and clinical fellowship at Northwestern University Medical School. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, and the recipient of numerous honors for her research, teaching, and clinical skill.
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, calorie counting, body image concerns
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Body dysmorphic disorder – Decreasing preoccupation with appearance by learning how to recognize irrational thoughts and replace with more positive frameworks
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
Athletes, medical students, and graduate students
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown University Student Insurance
Initial appointment: $200 (50min)
Ongoing sessions: $150/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Didie can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Taking the initial step to find the right fit for your therapy is brave and inspiring. My hope is that you find your therapy with me to be a collaborative and authentic experience in developing the skills and tools needed to live a values driven life. My sincere hope is that you leave treatment with not only a better understanding of yourself, but an appreciation for your own resiliency and confidence in your ability to navigate and pursue your chosen life's path."
Treatment approachesAcceptance 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. (learn more)
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)
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)
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)
Education and work experience
Academy of Eating Disorders, Body Image and Prevention Special Interest Group Co-Chair, 2017 - Present
Brown University, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human
Behavior, 2014 - Present
Private Practice, 2012 - Present
International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation, Board of Directors / Co-Chair of Research and Certification, 2014 - 2017
Rhode Island Hospital, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program Research Associate, 2012 - 2014
Butler Hospital, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Body Image Program Staff Psychologist, 2009 - 2012
Butler Hospital, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Body Image Program Research Psychologist, 2006 - 2009
Drexel University, PhD, 2003
American University, MA, 1998
Fordham University, BS in Psychology, 1995