Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Family life and parenting
Katie Grifka is a therapist in private practice in Providence with a specialty in children, adolescents, family conflicts, ADHD, and parenting. She sees children and adults of all ages for anxiety, life transitions, self-esteem issues, loss, and emotional regulation.
As a public school social worker, Katie has worked with elementary and middle school children on issues such as school and separation anxiety, impulse control issues, ADHD, and discord within families. She uses play therapy and picture books to help children manage behavioral challenges and consults with pediatricians and psychiatrists to find the best care for the individual. She also has extensive experience supporting adolescents and teenagers overcome social anxiety.
Katie draws upon her work at youth trauma programs, adoption and foster care services, and school settings. She combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Supportive therapy to best address the needs of her clients.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
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
Adoption and foster care – Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Johnson & Wales University (United Health)
Providence College (United Health)
RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)
Initial session: $120
Ongoing sessions: $100 (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale based on individual needs is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Katie can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Life brings us challenges and we often have to cope with different feelings and circumstances that arise. Whether you are dealing with a one-time situational event or a repetitive life pattern, it is ok to seek out support and gain a fresh perspective. In my sessions, I am here to provide acknowledgement and validation. I bring enthusiasm and collaboration to build upon your strengths and teach strategies to help overcome difficult situations."
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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, 2017 - Present
School Social Worker, 2014 - Present
The Inner You Counseling Center, 2014 - 2017
Boys Town, 2008 - 2014
Lutheran Social Services Adoption and Foster Care, 2002 - 2008
Saint Anne's Hospital Youth Trauma Program, Internship, 2006 - 2007
Rhode Island College, MSW, 2007
Bridgewater State College, BSW, 2002