Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Adolescent mental health
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
College mental health
Kathy Christie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, Rhode Island with expertise in anxiety, depression, adolescent and college mental health, and trauma.
Kathy specializes in working with adolescents and young adults navigating social, academic, and emotional challenges, helping parents to navigate this process as well. She also works with people who are looking to make lifestyle changes that foster optimal physical and mental well-being who are struggling to find where to begin.
Kathy offers an integrative approach to healing and improving quality of life linking physical, emotional, and mental health. She helps clients explore causes of dissatisfaction and helps build mindfulness skills, stress resilience and tolerance, healthy lifestyle practices, and healthy relationships. In addition to her advanced degree in Counseling, she has a background in physical fitness and health promotion which provides a solid foundation in designing comprehensive treatment plans.
Kathy has worked in a variety of settings including schools, agencies, residential programs, and wilderness programs. Her approach is grounded in CBT and DBT while drawing from other approaches to meet the needs of each client's needs. Her style is collaborative, supportive, and solution-focused.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption; low motivation; loss of interest; inability to enjoy yourself; general feelings of dissatisfaction
Adolescent mental health – Navigating social, academic, and emotional challenges throughout teenage years
College mental health – Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Wellness coaching – Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal and health career goals
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Perfectionism – Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Develop stronger sense of self; increase sense of ownership in your life; Improve assertiveness; develop self-compassion
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Creating optimal lifestyle – Identifying values and goals and developing strategies to achieve these goals to have an optimal lifestyle
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Brown University Student Insurance
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Initial/ongoing sessions: $129/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $75 - $129/session is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"Finding someone to open up to when life becomes overwhelming takes strength and courage and I feel honored to work with people as they navigate through this journey. Whether struggling with a chronic mental health challenge or dealing with the demands of everyday life, exploring and building upon your strengths will help to regain balance and focus so you can live a fulfilling life. With me, you find a lifestyle approach that nurtures emotional and physical wellness, occupational/academic satisfaction, stress resilience, and healthy relationships with yourself and others."
Treatment approachesAcceptance 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. (learn more)
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)
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)
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)
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, 2011 - Present
RI Student Assistance Services, Student Assistance Counselor, 2017 - Present
Fonthill Behavioral Health, 2012 - 2017
Certified Personal Trainer, 2011 - 2015
Universal Mental Health, 2010 - 2014
Western Carolina University, MS in Community Counseling, 2008
University of Maine, BS in Business Administration and Accounting, 2002