Jamila Allouane, LICSW

Jamila Allouane
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients (updated July 1, 2017)

Jamila is a knowledgeable, experienced trauma-informed clinician. Her compassionate, caring demeanor helps to facilitate her client's healing. I would not hesitate referring to her.

- Paula J. Marcello, LMHC, RN, DayOne (2016)

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    About Jamila

  • Deep expertise and experience in trauma treatment, e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault
  • Has particular expertise in working with students, including medical, international, Muslim and students of color
  • Experience working with clients struggling with life transitions, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, divorce and separation, and post-traumatic stress, in particular relating to sexual assault
  • Has worked with young adults and adults in higher education, hospitals and community mental health agencies
  • Speaks English, French, and Arabic fluently



Jamila Allouane is a therapist in Providence, RI with deep expertise, training, and clinical experience in the treatment of trauma. In her career as a psychotherapist, Jamila has had the privilege to work with a diverse population of adults in higher education, hospitals, and community mental health agencies. Her expertise includes assisting clients dealing with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress with an emphasis on sexual assault. She also has extensive experience helping clients with life transitions, including adjustment to college, divorce and and separation; grief and loss; adjustment to illness. Jamila particularly enjoys working with international and medical students.

Jamila has worked as a psychotherapist in clinical settings at Brown University, Day One, RI, the University of the District of Columbia, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Montgomery County Government, MD, and the Lupus Foundation. Educated in Algeria, France, and the United States, she can offer sessions in French and Arabic, and is uniquely able to bring an understanding of diverse cultural backgrounds.



" Therapy is about the installation of hope. I believe that when a client makes that first contact with a therapist, there is hope that they can help themselves and that the therapist is there to guide them. I have an active approach in which I like to give a lot of feedback and also ask clients for feedback, so we can figure out what's working or not, and tailor the approach for you to reach your goals. "


Private Practice, Providence, RI, Psychotherapist  2016 to present
Day One, RI, Psychotherapist, 2015 - 2016
Brown University, RI, Psychotherapist, 2016 - present
University of the District of Columbia, Psychotherapist, 2014 - 2015
Montgomery County Government (Commission for Women), MD, 2013 - 2014
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, Psychotherapist, 2009 - 2014
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Clinical Social Worker (PRN), MD, 2010 - 2012
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Support Group Leader, MD, 2009 - 2012

University of California, Los Angeles, School of Social Work, MSW
Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux, France, Masters
Université D'Alger, Algiers, Algeria, BA




Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
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 or medical school, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Divorce and separation
Adjustment to illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens


Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Cultural adjustment – Transitioning from another country, state, or city; adjusting as an international student or out-of-state student
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
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 



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)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (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)
Solution-focused therapySolution focused therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. (learn more)



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)




I worked with Jamila at DayOne where she worked as a clinician. Jamila is a knowledgeable, experienced trauma-informed clinician. Her compassionate, caring demeanor helps to facilitate her client’s healing. I would not hesitate referring to her.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Trauma, anxiety, depression, self esteem issues, relationship issues, adjustment disorders.
— Paula J. Marcello, LMHC, RN, DayOne (2016)
Ms. Allouane is a talented, results-driven therapist with a proven track record of working effectively with diverse populations. She is an extremely knowledgeable and professional psychotherapist who excels at managing challenging cases. As her colleague at the Montgomery County Maryland DHHS, I observed the positive change and hope that Ms. Allouane brought to the lives of immigrants, trauma survivors, and clients living with HIV. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Ms. Allouane again in the future.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Depression, anxiety, immigration, trauma, HIV, LGBTQ
— Melvin Cauthen, MSW, LICSW (2017)
I knew Jamila as the only other French-speaking therapist in Montgomery County providing culturally-sensitive services to Francophone clients. She is compassionate, dedicated and very responsive to the needs of her clients.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Trauma, depression, anxiety, cultural adjustment, and interpersonal relations
— Jacqueline Samuda, LCSW-C (2017)