Accepting new clients.
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Eating disorders
- LGBQ and sexuality topics
- Transgender topics
- College and graduate school related challenges
- Anxiety and depression
- Existential challenges
- Academic issues
- Trauma recovery
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic illness
- Compulsive behaviors
- Impulse control issues
- Personality disorders
- Substance use
- Weight management
Dr. Kara Massie is a clinical psychologist in Providence, RI with expertise in anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mindfulness, and LGBTQ topics. She has particularly extensive experience working with the college student population through her clinical work at Clark University, Roger Williams University, and Butler University.
Dr. Massie has a longstanding interest in serving the LGBTQ community. At Clark University, she saw many LGBTQ students who identified as genderqueer and were considering or seeking the right services for transition. Prior to that, she taught a human sexuality course at Suffolk University. Dr. Massie also has expertise in eating disorders, stemming from her work at the Charis Center for Eating Disorders where she ran body image and CBT groups as well as meal supports and saw individuals in the partial hospitalization program.
Dr. Massie uses therapy techniques such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness practices, and motivational interviewing to help her clients cope with painful thoughts and emotions and pursue the parts of life they value and enjoy the most. She is a clinician at the group practice, Providence Psychology Services, where she works with young adults and adults. She received her PhD at Suffolk University and her BS at Northwestern University.
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
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Mindfulness – Developing self-acceptance, compassion, and awareness of both the self and environment to cope with daily life
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
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
Transgender topics – Provides therapeutic support before, during, and after transition
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Weight management (losing weight) – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Initial sessions: $200/session (60min)
- Ongoing sessions: $150/session (45min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Massie can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"It's difficult to walk into a therapist's office for the first time and allow yourself to be vulnerable—telling your troubles to someone you just met. Helping my clients feel comfortable and supported throughout their experience is my first priority as a therapist. If you decide you'd like to work with me, I will show you some tools you can try and gently point out new approaches to consider taking when you're ready. At the base of that, though, I aim to help by simply walking beside you as you take the the journey of resolving what most troubles you."
Acceptance 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.
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)
Education and work experience
Providence Psychology, 2017 - Present
Clark University, College counselor, 2014 - 2017
Roger Williams University, Post-doctoral internship, 2013 - 2014
Butler University Consortium, Pre-doctoral internship, 2012 - 2013
Suffolk University, PhD, 2013
Villanova University, MS, 2006
Northwestern University, BS, 2003