Dr. Judith Orodenker

Judith Orodenker

Psychologist, PhD
Registered Art Therapist, ATR

Accepting new clients


 

Clientele

Young Adults / College Students
Medical students
Adults
Clients experiencing fertility issues
Women experiencing the challenges of pregnancy, prenatal and postpartum depression

Hours

Mon: 9:00am-6:00pm
Tue: 9:00am-6:00pm
Wed: 9:00am-6:00pm
Thu: 9:00am-6:00pm
Fri: 9:00am-6:00pm
Sat: 9:00am-12:00pm
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Disordered eating
  • Pregnancy, peripartum depression (prenatal and postpartum)
  • Fertility issues
  • Life transitions, existential issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Spirituality
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Stress management
  • Trauma and PTSD

Professional statement

Dr. Judith Orodenker has been in the field of psychology for 25+ years. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and her MA in Art Therapy from NYU.

Dr. Orodenker sees many adults and university students for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma from sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. She has subspecialties in the treatment of disordered eating and fertility issues, as well as prenatal and postpartum challenges. 

Dr. Orodenker takes a holistic approach to therapy, addressing mind, body, and spirit in her work with clients. She practices a combination of psychodynamic, transpersonal, Jungian therapy, and mindfulness approaches.


Specialties

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, panic disorder; eating disorders related to anxiety
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Disordered eating – Anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, binge eating, body image issues; identifying underlying emotional issues fueling the disordered eating so that the disordered eating is no longer needed as the client achieves recovery
Fertility issues – Addressing anxiety and depression that arises from the difficult journey of becoming pregnant; creating a harmonious journey towards pregnancy
Life transitions, existential issues – Includes adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction
Pregnancy, peripartum depression (prenatal and postpartum) – Peripartum (prenatal and postpartum) anxiety and depression; developing healthy attachment with infants
Relationship issues – Includes interpersonal tensions and struggles; navigating online dating; challenges of long term romantic relationships, marital difficulties, and divorces
Spirituality – Utilizing spirituality as a tool in healing
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Trauma and PTSD – Working with victims of sexual assault; recovering from childhood sexual abuse


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Johnson & Wales (United Health)
  • Providence College (Tufts)
  • RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
  • Tufts
  • United Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150/session (60min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $150 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.


Message to clients

"If you are seeking therapy for the first time or looking for a new therapist, I congratulate you for even beginning to think about committing to yourself this way. I know it takes a lot of courage and can be difficult, but therapy can be very rewarding in the end. Through personal work and developing the ability to access our authentic self, our relationships and life overall can become more harmonious as we start making decisions based on our heart and soul, rather than just our head."

Message to clients struggling with disordered eating: " In my work with clients struggling with disordered eating, we take a look at the purpose that the disordered eating might be serving and the underlying emotional pieces that might be contributing to it. By doing so, we can address and work through these emotional pieces, and one can learn to deal with them in ways other than through restricting food, binging, or overeating. We also work on body image issues, learning develop an inner sense of worth, and a different relationship with ones' body."



Education and work experience

Private practice, Oahu, Hawaii, and Providence, RI, 1992 - Present
Ai Pono Intensive Outpatient Program, Psychologist for clients with disordered eating, Oahu, Hawaii
Salvation Army Therapeutic Nursery, Psychologist for mothers and babies, Oahu, Hawaii

Pacifica Graduate Institute, CA, PhD in Clinical Psychology
New York University, MA in Art Therapy
Tufts University, BS in Psychology
The School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, BFA


Languages

English


Client testimonials

I started seeing Judith to work on my issues with Eating Disorders (bulimia). When I first went to see her I was such a mess, and I remember very little of our first session except for the fact that I was struck to the core by her looking so peaceful. I thought: ”This is someone who really has an embodied experience of what she is talking about, she doesn’t just say things.” I thought that if I could become only a little but more like her, I would be much better.

I had been in therapy previously and that had helped to manage the symptoms, but I think I had not been able to address the deeper issues, and I had relapses when life got busy or hard. I am a graduate student and being in graduate school has definitely pushed my limits; now the ED is under control but I also started suffering from anxiety and depression. Judith has been helping me with all of this and with her I feel like I made enormous progress. It’s only thanks to her that I was able to change my perspective on my Eating Disorder and my other struggles; before I saw them as a curse and I reacted with anger and aversion. Now I am more open and accepting, even more loving, and even if I keep struggling life definitely flows more freely.

She really goes to the core of things and has incredible insights and intuition regarding what might be going on. I feel like a lot of time I did not know how to talk about certain things and she’s given me the language. If you are looking to tackle deep issues, possibly even at a spiritual level, you can do so with Judith. Also, she is always very even-minded and non-judgmental, you’ll feel welcome and listened to attentively.
— Brown University graduate student '16 (2016)
She offers a more holistic approach; is aware of different backgrounds; is not racist/ sexist. She’s very zen but doesn’t enforce it at all.
— Brown University student (2015)
I went to see Judith my sophomore year when I was experiencing what some would call a classic “slump.” The newness of my first year at Brown had faded and I realized... I had no idea what the fuck I was doing, also home life was unhappy, I was single, my best friend had an eating disorder... And I was crying every day. Like, every day. I went and tried out Brown Psych Services, and they were helpful to a certain extent, but the therapist I was assigned made critiquing comments about my body image — and then I got out of there as fast as I could. I have since graduated from Brown and have traveled out of the US, and now live elsewhere in the US — I have kept a phone therapy relationship with her and because of the depth of her skill and the safe connection to her I have built she has been able to help me navigate breakups, my parents’ divorce, my own depression, panic attacks, sexual trauma and an overall psychologically intense few years. She has been helpful getting me on medication in extreme situations when I needed it, but always supporting me to not become dependent on the meds when I no longer need them, which I deeply appreciate.

She’s patient, kind, moves energetically more slowly than I do which I found very grounding. She holds great boundaries with great kindness. She’s excellent at working through big complex life situations with me (this person said, that person said, etc.). However the biggest part of my work with her has been inner work and not focused on dynamics with others (though she can totally go there and excels at it) — I began to talk about the soul with her, to examine my dreams, to nurture a part of me that wasn’t just academic but had a deeper meaning, which I very urgently needed during my time at Brown. If you’re looking to explore soul, meaning, archetypes, and the Jungian world, she’s your therapist!
— Brown University alum (2016)