Specialties & expertise
Anxiety and depression
Dr. Heather Schatten is a psychologist at the group practice RICBT in East Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Schatten leads a DBT group therapy program at RICBT. Her groups serve as a supplement to individual therapy, and she happily refers her clients to individual therapists if needed.
Dr. Schatten specializes in treating the emotion dysregulation that underlies personality disorders (especially borderline personality disorder), depression, anxiety, and self-harm. Her DBT group focuses on skills acquisition, and she teaches mindfulness practices, emotion regulation tools, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. Her groups include practical skills-based exercises, and participants are given homework in order to maximize time outside of session.
In her groups, Dr. Schatten works with young adults, college students, and adults.
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, among many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Suicide – Thoughts about killing oneself or not wanting to live, and/or suicide attempts
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
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Consolidated Health Plans (CHP)
Initial intake appointment: $200
Group therapy sessions: $50/session for 12-week program (10% discount if paid in full at start)
Therapist's note: Dr. Schatten can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"In my work with my clients, I strive to help them feel supported and connected, while at the same time helping them develop strategies to make changes in their lives. My ideal client is someone who is willing to work hard – both during and outside of sessions – to achieve goals that provide them with meaning and happiness. I value the time I spend with my clients, and I enjoy working with clients who are engaged and who appreciate my dedication and knowledge base."
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.
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)
Education and work experience
RICBT, 2013 - Present
Butler Hospital and Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School, 2016 - Present
Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Program, Fellowship, 2015 - 2016
Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, Clinical Internship, 2013 - 2014
Fordham University, PhD, 2014
Fordham University, MA, 2010
Teachers College, Columbia University, MA, 2006
Bucknell University, BA, 2005