Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Masters of Fine Arts, MFA
Accepting new clients
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Women's mental health
- Peripartum depression and anxiety
- Transitions to motherhood
- Artists' mental health
- Graduate student mental health
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Jane Hesser is an expert in prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, including OCD as well as adjustment to motherhood. She also specializes in artists' mental health. She enjoys working with women who are trying to conceive, adopt, or transition to motherhood as well as those who are navigating other challenges in their lives.
Jane has built her expertise in women's mental health through her extensive work in the Department of Women's Behavioral Health at Women & Infants Hospital. Her style is warm and practical, combining biological regulation such as sleep and diet, with deeper psychotherapy work. She is the regional co-coordinator for Postpartum Support International in the state of RI, teaches in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and speaks and teaches locally and nationally on the subject of perinatal mental health. Babies are always welcome in session and Jane can help connect clients with specialists in baby sleep and feeding.
Jane also enjoys seeing artists and creative professionals. She holds an MFA in Photography from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and taught art at both RISD and Brown, bringing a deep understanding of the unique pressures and forces at play for artists.
Jane appreciates the complexity of women's lives at all stages and takes an honest, holistic approach to therapy. She has devoted her career to supporting women's emotional health, and wishes to learn and share her experience as much as possible in both her teaching and clinical practice.
Women’s mental health – Takes into consideration ways that women's hormones, reproductive cycle changes, and life experiences as well as cultural or societal expectations may impact their emotional heath.
Peripartum depression and anxiety – Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
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
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.' Note: postpartum OCD may not involve previously mentioned symptoms, and may involve intrusive scary thoughts.
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
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
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Infertility counseling – Experience working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum / postpartum depression
Panic disorders – Sudden, overwhelming panic attacks accompanied by physical symptoms of anxiety and fear
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
Jane is out-of-network with most other insurances. She is happy to provide you with paperwork to make it as easy as possible to use your out-of-network benefits.
- Initial session: $155 (60min)
- Ongoing sessions: $125 (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Jane can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Finding a therapist who you feel really comfortable with can be tricky. We all want to feel like the person we are opening up to really understands what we are going through, is trustworthy and helpful. Building that kind of relationship starts with what can be an anxiety provoking first visit. I understand that and always start with a warm phone call so you can hear my voice, know who you will be meeting with and what to expect. I also encourage all women seeking therapy to interview me and others in order to find a good fit, as this is so central to helpful therapy. I look forward to hearing from you and starting that process."
For new mothers: "Becoming a mother is one of the most transforming experiences women have in our lives. This is equally true for all mothers- those who give birth and those who adopt our children. It is a time of real vulnerability and also a time when we discover strengths we never knew we had. Memories may return with power. Our relationships change. We gain so much and yet we lose things as well. We have so many expectations of ourselves and others expect so much of us. Our feelings are so intense. It's complicated. Therapy can be very helpful when women are feeling well. It can support a woman in being the mother she wants to be and in negotiating the shifting roles and relationships that come with new motherhood.
When women do not feel well during pregnancy, postpartum, or otherwise in the transition to motherhood, it is important to visit experienced professionals who can help to figure out what is happening and what is likely to help the most, the fastest."
Treatment approachesAcceptance 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)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Education and work experience
Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Psychotherapy Supervisor of Psychiatric Fellows, 2017 - Present
Women & Infants Hospital, Women's Behavioral Health, 2011 - Present
Center for Integrated Health, Psychological Centers, 2010
Bristol County Adult Partial Hospital Program, Community Counseling, 2009 - 2011