Kathleen Vitolo, LICSW

Kathleen Vitolo

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, evening, and weekend appointments


 

Clientele

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Parents

Hours

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

Specialties & expertise

  • Trauma
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse & assault
  • Parenting
  • Loss and grief
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Kathleen Vitolo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Providence, Rhode Island. She has expertise in helping individuals who have experienced trauma, especially sexual abuse or assault and domestic violence. She also works with many adolescents and young adults who face school challenges, or those who have special needs, including autism, behavioral and physical challenges, and health concerns. 

Kathleen uses evidence-based treatment approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, to help trauma survivors find greater stability and tap into their inner resilience. She emphasizes that survivors are not defined by their symptoms, but rather are people who have experienced something that they should not have experienced and have the inner strength to reclaim their narratives. 

Kathleen has previous experience as a school social worker, giving her unique insight into the challenges adolescents face in the classroom and with their peers. She received her Master of Social Work from Boston University and trained at the Autism Project, and brings her sensitivity to working with children on the autism spectrum and their parents to private practice. 


Specialties

Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Domestic violence – Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for those surviving a partner’s abusive attempts to control one’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions
Sexual abuse & assault – Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for survivors of sexual abuse and assault
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

General expertise

Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Self harm – Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others


Insurances

  • Beacon Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Neighborhood Health
  • United Health
  • Brown University Student Insurance
  • Johnson & Wales University 
  • RISD Student Insurance
  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance 

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $125 (50min)
  • Ongoing sessions: $100/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 


Message to clients

"It's important in life to find a person that you can connect with. A person to bear witness to your struggles without judgement. I can support you on your path and on your timeline."


Treatment approaches

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 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)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (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, 2018 - Present
North Providence School Department, 2014 - 2018
New Hope Clinical Director, 2008 - 2014
Manatee Community College, 2004 - 2008

Boston University, MSW, 1994
University of RI, BA, 1991


Languages

English