Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, LADC I
Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT
Not accepting new clients; find available Providence therapists here
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Young adult mental health
Loss and grief
Erin Newman is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with offices in Providence, RI and Cambridge, MA. As a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher, Erin offers a holistic approach to substance use challenges and trauma recovery. Erin has particular expertise in working with young adults around the transition in and out of college, when difficult experiences from the past may reemerge and lead to challenges in coping with mood, anxiety, and relationships.
Erin stays up-to-date on the top evidence-based therapies available to her clients, using skills such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness practices. She often incorporates body-based approaches as well, such as breathing exercises and meditations, to help clients soothe busy minds by tapping into the wisdom of the body.
Prior to private practice, Erin worked with adolescents and young adults navigating addiction challenges at Massachusetts General Hospital inpatient. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts from Boston College, and is excited to welcome adults of all ages to her practice.
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health; working with those who may be affected by a loved one's alcohol or substance use
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Mindfulness – Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress
Young adult mental health – Navigating interpersonal, emotional, and behavioral transitions as an emerging adult and college student
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Boston College Student Insurance
Harvard Student Insurance
Lesley University Student Insurance
MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan
Northeastern University Student Insurance
Initial/ongoing sessions: $170/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $170 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"Whether this is your first time seeking therapy, or you have engaged in therapy in the past, we will work together toward cultivating the self-awareness and tools you need to make lasting change. My belief is that you already have everything you need to be your best self and live a full and meaningful life. If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’ve encountered some obstacles in your path. Maybe it’s difficulty coping with a transition, or feeling unsure about 'What’s next?' Maybe you struggle with painful emotions or a depressed mood. Maybe you have suffered a loss or a trauma. Whatever brings you to therapy now, my role is to provide a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings and help you get “unstuck” from the patterns of thinking and behavior that are no longer serving you.
You are doing the best you can. I truly believe that. And you have likely developed ways of pushing away a difficult past or challenging emotions that are simply not working for you any longer. Not to worry, therapy is not about diving headfirst into the deep end of your pain and suffering. Rather, it’s about gently (and with loads of self compassion!) helping you learn and practice the skills you need for tolerating and being with your experience so that you can better understand it and move forward. With self awareness comes choice, and with choice the ability to learn new ways of coping with the stressors life throws your way.
We will work collaboratively on developing a plan that will help you reach your goals. We will discuss the pace, frequency of visits, and duration of treatment. I tend to be very active in session, so if you have had the experience of 50 minutes of nodding and ‘mm-hm’ you will not get that here! I will listen carefully and ask thoughtful questions to help you challenge long held thoughts and beliefs and explore different perspectives. I use humor when appropriate (yes, you can laugh in therapy!) and will offer direct feedback (with your permission of course!) I am not perfect, don’t have all the answers, and so do not expect that from you!"
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)
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)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (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)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Cognitive processing therapy is a type of trauma-focused psychotherapy that seeks to challenge and modify individuals' beliefs related to trauma. It helps individuals identify upsetting thoughts and empowers them with skills to address their thoughts in a healthier way. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2014 - Present
Massachusetts General Hospital Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), 2007 - 2016
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, 2002 - 2007