Grace Dayian, LICSW - Therapist in Providence, RI

Grace Dayian

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients; find available Providence therapists here



High school juniors and seniors (16 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)


Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: Closed
Thu: 10:00am-3:00pm
Fri: 10:00am-3:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Trauma recovery

  • Family-related challenges

  • Transition from high school to college

  • Grief and loss

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Shifting dynamics in life

  • Adoption and foster care

  • Anger management

  • Parenting

  • Personality disorders

  • Self-harm

Professional statement

Grace Dayian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with expertise in trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, family-related challenges, shifting dynamics in life, and life transitions, particularly the transition from high school to college. Grace uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, psychodynamic therapy, and supportive therapy to help her clients, incorporating lessons from her 20-year yoga practice in her mind-body approach. She sees older teens, young adults, college students, and adults. 

Grace has over 15 years of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings, and strives to create a non-judgmental and open space in which to help her clients uncover issues that are concerning them and learn skills to manage and even transform them. Prior to private practice, she worked as a clinician at institutions such as Jewish Family Service Counseling Center and Bradley Hospital. She received her MSW from Boston University and her BA from Brown University.


Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Adoption and foster care – Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Life transitions – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations; transitioning from high school to college
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

General expertise

Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Brown University Student Insurance

  • Johnson & Wales University Student Insurance

  • United Health

  • RISD Student Insurance

  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

  • Tufts

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $150/session (60min)

  • Ongoing sessions: $125/session (50min)

Therapist's note: Grace can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Message to clients

"Life is challenging, and at times life events and situations can feel overwhelming and confusing. In therapy I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to explore at their own pace what is troubling them. Using a variety of approaches tailored to each individual, I strive to help clients (re)connect to their own inner resources and to develop new skills to help make challenges feel less overwhelming. Beginning therapy for the first time or beginning with a new therapist can itself be an anxiety-producing process. I hope to talk with you to decide whether I am a good fit."

Treatment approaches

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)
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)
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

Private Practice, 2015 - present
Jewish Family Service Counseling Center, Outpatient Clinician, 2013 - 2015
Bradley Hospital CRAFT Unit, Therapist & Social Worker, 2011 - 2012
Casey Family Services, Therapist & Social Worker, 2000 - 2011
Children's Friend & Service, Adoption Support Program, Therapist, 1999 - 2000

Boston University, MSW, 1998
Brown University, BA, 1990