John Bean, LMHC - Therapist in Providence, RI

John Bean

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for morning and daytime appontments. Your initial session is free of charge in order to provide space to decide if working with John is right for you.



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)


Mon: Closed
Tue: 8:00am-4:00pm
Wed: Closed
Thu: 8:00am-4:00pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Personal optimization

  • Achieving peak performance

  • Performance anxiety

  • Reprocessing upsetting memories

  • Alcoholic family dynamics

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Relationship challenges

  • Existential challenges

  • LGBQ and sexuality topics

  • Self-harm

  • Substance use

Professional statement

John Bean is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with expertise in anxiety, depression, relationship issues and boundary setting, codependency, and alcoholic family dynamics. John particularly specializes in helping clients achieve their peak performance, for example, working with students to reach their highest academic potential, salespeople to identify blockages to closing sales, and athletes to address performance anxiety.

John is trained in a number of different therapeutic modalities and techniques including EMDR, a powerful tool to help facilitate reprocessing upsetting memories/events in a way that helps clients get past stuck points in their thinking or memories. John also integrates techniques from many different approaches to create an individualized treatment plan that is specifically tailored for maximal effectiveness.

John's style is down-to-earth, humorous, and non-judgmental. He works to create an honest and transparent space where clients can increase their self-understanding, address behavioral patterns, and realize positive life changes. To ensure clients find the right fit, he offers a free initial 50min in-person session.

John received his MA and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Rhode Island College and has worked in many facets of mental health care including community mental health, emergency services and private practice.


Personal optimization / Peak performance – Addressing early experiences or family of origin issues that hinder us from reaching our peak performance, e.g. Salesman who has trouble with closing sales, athletes who have yips, performance anxiety for musicians/artists.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Codependency/Alcoholic family dynamics
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Relationship challenges – Addressing challenges to setting healthy relationship boundaries, e.g., learning to say "no" to friends or family

General expertise

Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
LGBQ and sexuality issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)


John is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: Free (50min)

  • Ongoing: $150/session (50min)

Therapist's note: John can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Message to clients

"Are you having problems with relationships or communication? Are you feeling depressed, anxious or just plain stuck? Are you struggling with painful experiences from the past that lead you into thinking negatively about yourself and/or cycles of behavior you wish you could break out of? I may be able to help you. Therapy is not magic. It's a human, transparent, nonjudgmental process where we work together to increase your self-understanding and ability to effect positive change in a way that is meaningful to you."

Treatment approaches

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)
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)
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)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (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)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private practice, 2013 - Present
Gateway Healthcare/ Rhode Island Hospital, Emergency Services Clinician, 2011 - 2014
Gateway Healthcare, Clinical Specialist, 2010 - 2013

Rhode Island College, CAGS, 2013
Rhode Island College, MA, 2011



Client testimonials

I have worked with John Bean for nearly four years, and from the start it has been an incredibly helpful, professional, great experience. His methods are non-aggressive but honestly life changing, particularly in terms of dealing with anxiety and negative thinking. I was skeptical and had never done therapy before, and John was understanding, patient, open, affirming, and just wonderful. My life has changed so much for the better.
— 30-something professional in the field of education (2017)