Dr. Joseph Trunzo

Joseph Trunzo

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients


 

Clientele

Adults
Young adults / college students

Hours

Mon: 7:00am-5:00pm
Tue: Closed
Wed: Closed
Thu: Closed
Fri: 7:00am-5:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Mood disorders
  • Management of chronic illness
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress management
  • College student challenges

Professional statement

Dr. Trunzo, founder of Providence Psychology Services, received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Vermont and his postdoctoral fellowship at Brown Medical School.

He has been in private practice since 2002 and has worked in the mental health field since 1989. His clinical and research interests include anxiety and mood disorders (especially OCD, panic, and bipolar disorders), stress management, coping with chronic and acute illness, and health behavior change.

Dr. Trunzo practices both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and his main treatment focus is in helping clients increase psychological flexibility to lead rich, full, vital, and values-driven lives.


Specialties

Anxiety – Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety
Behavioral medicine – e.g., Weight management
Management of chronic illness – e.g., Lyme disease, cancer
Mood disorders – Including bipolar disorder, depression
Relationship difficulties – Helps individuals through relationship challenges (note: does not offer couples therapy)
Stress management – Including generally coping with life's difficulties and realizing your full potential


Insurances

Dr. Trunzo is not in-network with any insurances.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial evaluation: $175 (45 min)
  • First appointment: $300 (90 - 120 min)

Message to clients

"Finding a therapist can be a very confusing and difficult process, and I encourage you to stick with it, because therapy can be very helpful. Even if you go see one person and the match doesn't quite work out, it's okay to shop around and see someone else. Feel free to schedule a phone call with me; I'm happy to see if we would be a good fit, and even if for some reason I may not be able to help you, I'll be happy to help you find someone who can."



Education and work experience

Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School, Postdoctoral fellowship
Drexel University, PhD, Clinical Psychology
University of Vermont, Predoctoral internship
Marywood College, BS, Psychology


Languages

English


Client testimonials

I have been dealing with moderate OCD and and anxiety since high school, and I have seen both CBT therapists and talk therapists before. The typical stressors of college life, an increased workload, and family issues prompted me to seek support for worsening OCD symptoms. I felt like my compulsions (especially concerning cleanliness) were inhibiting my ability to fully engage college and my social life, and I was having trouble coping on my own.

I can’t recommend Joe highly enough. Cliché and all, working with him changed my life. He explained the importance of the therapeutic relationship during our first session, and genuinely expressed that he would be happy to help me find someone who was a better fit if I didn’t feel like we “clicked”—the mark of a earnest therapist seeking to help his clients. Of course, we did click, and Joe consistently made me feel very comfortable despite dealing with a range of sensitive issues. He’s a phenomenal listener (despite my tendency to ramble and over-explain), validated my feelings and experiences, and offered sound advice and strategies for me to practice. Consistent with employing the ACT model of therapy, Joe has a realistic view of anxiety and how to treat it: to him, it’s most important to focus on accepting anxiety as a normal and inevitable part of life (especially for those of us with OCD or anxiety disorders), and work toward engaging your goals and values in spite of it, rather than deplete yourself trying to fight and extinguish it. Though this may seem counterintuitive from a therapeutic perspective (“I’m in therapy to be cured!”), I assure you that once it clicks, the whole exhausting struggle of combating anxiety becomes a lot easier. To that effect, Joe is extremely patient in explaining the philosophy and process, and will work with you through the ups and downs of it all. He roots for his clients and shares the excitement in making progress, and has a practical outlook when it comes to obstacles. Additionally, Joe makes himself available for as-needed support outside of scheduled sessions, which was a huge source of comfort for me when I was dealing with unexpected issues. Not only did my OCD symptoms and anxiety naturally diminish through working with Joe, but when needed, he also doubled as a talk therapist for me—a source of support simply for dealing with non-OCD stressors and life events. I can’t thank him enough for his help, encouragement, and expert services. I recommend him highly for anyone, whether OCD/anxiety is part of the equation or not.
— Brown University alum '15, Psychology concentrator (those with an understanding of the mind and behavior need support, too!) (2015)
I started seeing Dr. Trunzo during my second semester at Brown University, when I rapidly developed symptoms of severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Due in part to the OCD, I was isolating myself and struggling with various aspects of self-care, and my parents were in a state of near-panic trying to figure out what was wrong with me.

Dr. Trunzo has helped me more than I could ever express. He is infinitely tolerant and understanding of his clients’ struggles and the setbacks they experience and is an easy person to confide in. Moreover, his knowledge of OCD is deep and his experience is extensive (but he always explains things in a way that makes sense). No matter what the OCD threw my way (and it has thrown much over the years), I felt that Dr. Trunzo had a plan. He also makes sure that (assuming the patient consents) the relevant family members are kept up-to-date and know how to help with a disorder that violates all the usual assumptions we make about caring for others. Finally, he is supremely unselfish: he recognizes that severe OCD can require a team of providers and is always the first to suggest that patients seek additional resources (perhaps from a psychiatrist or in-home counselor) if he deems it necessary for their recovery. In all my years with him, I never had the slightest reason to consider looking elsewhere for help.
— Brown University alum '14, Anthropology (2015)
I saw Dr. Trunzo for anxiety during college when I was 19 - 20 years old. He is very friendly, listens attentively, and provides constructive advice.
— Brown University student (2015)