Greta Mittner, LICSW

Greta Mittner
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for appointments before 2:00pm (updated July 1, 2017)

Greta helped me greatly with overcoming my OCD. She is the sweetest person you will ever meet and you will not find a therapist better than her!

- College student at URI (2016)

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If you are a prospective client, please schedule a phone consult above. For other inquiries, you can email Greta here.

    About Greta

  • Expertise in anxiety disorders (particularly OCD), mood disorders, chronic illness, and behavioral disorders
  • Sees children, adolescents, and adults
  • Incorporates religion into therapy sessions if helpful for patients as a coping skill
  • Integrates multiple approaches to therapy such as, ACT, CBT, DBT, Family Systems, mindfulness practices, Psychodynamic Therapy and Supportive Therapy, based on client needs

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Greta Mittner is a therapist in Providence, RI with expertise in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and behavioral disorders. She has particular expertise working with clients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and enjoys helping people navigate major life changes, both expected and unexpected. She treats children, adolescents, and adults.

Greta primarily incorporates a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness practices, in addition to other approaches. She has extensive experience in hospital and in private practice settings, most recently at Jewish Family Service RI. In addition to her MSW from Rhode Island College, Greta has an MFA from Goddard College in Creative Writing.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

" I strive to provide a safe space for my clients to feel they can explore any issue without judgment. There is usually more than one evidence-based way to approach any issue, so I use the therapy techniques that fit my client best. Transitions, whether developmental milestones or unexpected changes in health or relationships, can bring up intense emotions. Anxiety disorders, depressions and sometimes scary thoughts will often appear or worsen at these times. Some clients feel better after one session just knowing they aren't alone. 

I treat all races, religions and sexual orientations with openness and a willingness to address and include ideas and discussions important to my clients. I have experience working extensively with Jewish clients as well as Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist and Christians of many denominations."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, 2015 - present
Jewish Family Service, Outpatient Therapist, 2014 - present
University Medicine, Integrative Care Outpatient Therapist, 2016
Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic, Clinician in OCD Research Study, 2014-2015
North American Family Institute, Outpatient Therapist, 2014 - 2015
St. Anne's Hospital, Clinical Social Worker, Case Manager, Emergency Department Clinician, 2013 - 2014
Psychological Centers, Enhance Outpatient Services Clinician, 2012 - 2013
Rhode Island Hospital, Social Work Intern, 2010 - 2011

Rhode Island College School of Social Work, MSW, 2011
Goddard College, MFA in Creative Writing, 2004
Oberlin College, BA in English, 1996

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

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'
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
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
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, coping with social stigmas, pursuit of treatments and fluctuations in levels of functioning
 

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Asperger syndrome – The challenges of socializing and learning, living alongside the "neurotypical" and coping with anxiety, depression and overwhelming stimuli
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Panic Disorder – Managing and decreasing panic episodes, finding the route causes, managing use of medications
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Acceptance 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)
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)
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)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Children (<12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents

Languages

LANGUAGES

English


Greta helped me greatly with overcoming my OCD. She is the sweetest person you will ever meet and you will not find a therapist better than her!

Greta will be a great asset wherever she goes and will continue to have such a positive impact on people’s lives who are struggling.
— College student at The University of Rhode Island (2016)

PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

How do you know this therapist? I have worked with Greta in an outpatient therapy setting for the last year and a half.

Why would you recommend this therapist? Greta is a kind, caring and dedicated professional who works hard to ensure that her clients are getting the best treatment possible. Greta also has advanced training in treating OCD and has a great deal of experience working with adults who struggle to manage panic and anxiety. She is also skilled in working with individuals who are looking to successfully manage the emotional aspects of chronic, persistent physical illnesses.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? : Anxiety, OCD, Chronic illness
— Lori Fogarty, LICSW (2016)
How do you know this therapist? I supervised Greta when she was a clinician in an intensive, home-based program for families. After she was credentialed she started taking on some outpatient cases and I supervised her while she was preparing for her licensing exam. She is now a highly qualified therapist and I do not hesitate to refer clients to her.

I’ve worked with her as both a supervisor of her program, her direct clinical supervisor, team meetings including community members such as doctors, psychiatrist, school personnel and family members. In the past few years I’ve referred a variety of clients to her with no complaints.

Why would you recommend this therapist? Absolutely. I’ve seen her work with children, teens and adults for a number of years. She is engaging and thoughtful with strong clinical skills.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Trauma, anxiety, depression, OCD, and addiction.
— Kimberly Bennett, LICSW, private practice (2016)