Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Mon: 8:30am- 6:30pm
Tue: 8:30am- 6:30pm
Wed: 8:30am- 6:30pm
Thu: 8:30am- 6:30pm
Specialties & expertise
- Eating disorders
- College mental health
Dr. Jennifer Aspel is a clinical psychologist in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in eating disorders, college mental health, and anxiety disorders. Approximately half of Dr. Aspel's clients see her for the treatment of eating disorders, which include anorexia (restrictive eating), bulimia (purging or vomiting food), binge eating, obsessions with calories, and other eating related concerns. She also works with clients who have adjustment issues related to life transitions or traumatic life events.
Dr. Aspel also specializes in college mental health based on her many years working on college campuses. She has a deep understanding of the unique circumstances that college students are in and helps them utilize whatever tools would be most useful for them, including on-campus resources, mood monitoring apps, and journaling. Her office is on College Hill within walking distance from Brown University, RISD, and Johnson & Wales University.
Dr Aspel views health and illness from a biopsychosocial model which considers all aspects of a clients life. She pulls from her training in Psychodynamic Therapy to help clients gain insight into the root of their challenges, while integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based therapies for clients to build concrete skills to address immediate distresses.
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; takes a collaborative approach with other medical providers
College mental health – Anxiety, stress, and depression that may arise during college
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
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
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
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
- United Health
- Brown University Student Insurance (United Health)
- Johnson & Wales University (United Health)
- RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
- URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)
- First session: $200
- Ongoing sessions: $160
Therapist's note: Dr. Aspel can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step' –Laozi
I understand how challenging it can be to start the process of psychotherapy; especially finding the right therapist. But when you do find a therapist who is the right fit for you, the healing relationship that is formed and the collaboration that takes place can be life-changing.
My intention in my practice is to always provide a comfortable and inviting space where clients can openly discuss their concerns. Together we will work to help you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and to remove obstacles getting in the way of living your best life."
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)
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)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (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
Private Practice, 1995 - Present
Providence College Counseling Center, 2007 - 2011
UMASS Boston Counseling Center, 2013 - 2014
Rhode Island Hospital, Staff Psychologist, 1997 - 1999
University of Michigan, BA in Psychology
University of Rhode Island, PhD in Clinical Psychology