Heather Lee, LICSW

Heather Lee

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients; find available Providence therapists here


 

Clientele

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Family
Parents

Hours

Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: 8:00am-3:00pm
Thu: Closed
Fri: 1:00pm-8:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • College mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions and personal growth
  • Holistic, mind-body approach


Professional statement

Heather Lee is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, RI specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, and stress management. As a per diem therapist at Brown University Counseling and Psychological Services, she has extensive knowledge of the challenges of finding independence in emerging adulthood. She supports adolescents and young adults as they navigate identity formation, heal past traumas, and transition to adult relationships with family members and peers. She also has expertise in helping clients recover from developmental or complex childhood trauma.

Heather highly values a holistic, mind-body approach to therapy, incorporating mindfulness, exercise, and diet for optimal personal and physical well-being. She also draws from skills-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and offers a trauma-informed approach to care.

Heather sees individuals over the age of 13 including families and parents. She is committed to providing a warm and welcoming environment to help her clients feel more present and make healthier, more productive choices.


Specialties

College mental health – Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development
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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), developmental trauma or complex childhood trauma
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Life transitions and personal growth – 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
Holistic, mind-body approach – Techniques designed to enhance the mind's positive impact on the body
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

General expertise

Adoption and foster care – Sees adolescents, adults, and families across the stages of adoption; including pre-adoption and years after adoption and works with parents and caregivers of children involved in the child welfare system
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; strengthening the child-caregiver relationship
Weight management (losing weight) – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Tufts
  • Brown University Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $172 (60min)
  • Ongoing sessions: $160/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 


Message to clients

"I want you to know that your happiness and wellbeing are important. We often live and work in very stressful environments and it is my goal to support you to feel calm, confident and resilient in the face of life's challenges."


Treatment approaches

Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) ARC is a tool for adolescents, who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged trauma, and their families. It focuses on four key areas in therapy: childhood development, traumatic stress, attachment, and risk and resilience. (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)
Psychological First AidPsychological First Aid is an evidence-based method to reduce initial distress caused by the aftermath of traumatic events and to foster sustainable coping skills. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, Licensed Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Brown University CAPS, Per Diem Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Eleanor Slater Hospital, Administrator, 2015 - 2017
Meadowridge Academy, Director, 2009 - 2013
Clinical and Policy Consultant, 2007 - 2015
Police Athletic League, Assistant Director, 2006 - 2007
Covenant House, Program Manager, 1999 - 2001
Certificate in Integrative Nutrition

Howard University, MSW, 2005
Duke University, MPP, 2003
Boston University, BS/BA, 1999


Languages

English


Client testimonial

For the longest time, I’ve avoided therapy just because of the stigma that came with seeing a doctor knowing that I was suffering with PTSD. The day I realized I needed help, I found Heather and figured I should give it a shot. I’ve been through maybe 5 different therapists, and none had helped except Heather. I saw her for maybe two months and I opened up so much and found the underlying issues that I had. She made it seem so comfortable to share and not feel judged. I’m blessed to have found her and hope I find another therapist like her where I currently live. I highly recommend her for those who are super apprehensive about therapy or have a lot of issues that are bottled up inside.
— Client (2018)
Heather helped me through PTSD that I have been suffering for years. I’ve sought help before, multiple times, but never could find someone I was comfortable to talk to or trust about deep things that were hurting me until my sessions with Heather. I can’t show how grateful and blessed I am to have found Heather and how much she has helped me. I would highly recommend her to people who are scared of stigmas behind mental health and those who suffer from PTSD.
— Client (2018)