Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Specialties & expertise
Kendra Capalbo is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, RI and one of the only therapists in the state who specializes entirely in couples’ therapy. She does not see individual clients but works with couples of all ages.
Kendra loves the Gottman Method because it helps couples get back to the basics of communication and rediscover their love for one another. The Gottman Method assessment includes an extensive, at-home questionnaire that includes questions related to a couple’s social history together, the history of their relationship, their individual histories, and the story of how they fell in love and allows Kendra and her clients to better understand where their challenges stem from. She uses this questionnaire, along with three therapy sessions (one as a couple and one with each partner) plus one feedback session, to develop an individualized treatment plan, which includes helping her clients learn how to deal with conflicts, including perpetual ones, in a healthy way. She teaches a variety of interventions aimed at helping clients develop a healthier, more intimate relationship. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy include disarming conflicting verbal communication, increasing intimacy, respect, and affection, and creating a better sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.
Kendra is passionate about couples counseling and believes all of her clients deserve to be in healthy, loving relationships. Outside of private practice, Kendra works as a therapist at the RI Department of Corrections. She looks forward to meeting you.
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Infidelity – Helping couples work through feelings of betrayal and rebuild trust following emotional or physical intimacy with an individual(s) outside of the relationship, when the assumption of monogamy is present
Intimacy challenges – Difficulty building and maintaining close interpersonal relationships, avoiding feelings of vulnerability within one's close relationships
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Psychotic disorders – Supporting individuals and families to manage symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and agitations while maintaining healthy, supportive relationships
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Chronic pain – Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain
Premarital counseling – Providing a safe and neutral environment for couples to explore expectations and prepare for the rewards and challenges of marriage
LGBTQIA topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Existential crisis – 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
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
Substance abuse – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Sex addiction – Building strategies to reduce harmful sexual behaviors; coping with difficult emotions, thoughts, and urges; maintaining healthy relationships
Kendra is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: Free (30min)
Ongoing sessions: $225 (90min)
Therapist's note: Kendra can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
Although I have always had an affinity for couples’ therapy, it was not until I began truly utilizing the Gottman Method interventions that I fell in love with it. Why you may ask? Because it is effective. It is not a magic pill, but for couples committed to doing the work, it can pave the way to a deeper, more connected relationship.
I would describe my style as direct, but compassionate. As previously mentioned, therapy is work and a lot of that happens outside of the office. My expectation when working with a couple is that they will do what is required of them at home and not expect to simply put the effort in during the 90-minute session.
As I mentioned in my video, couples’ therapy is truly a different style than individual work, but many clinicians do not have the specialized training to know how to work with couples. I truly believe more harm can be done when clinicians try to do couples’ therapy as if they are doing individual therapy with two people in the room. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of asking any therapist you speak with what specific training he/she has in working with couples. Most graduate programs do not focus on it, or in some cases, include it at all.
I offer 30-minute complimentary sessions to couples who are considering working with me. I think it is crucial that the “chemistry” is right between myself and BOTH partners. If it is not, therapy is unlikely to be successful. During this session I will go over what you can expect in therapy in more detail and answer any questions you may have so that we can make an educated decision as to whether or not I am a good fit for you and vice versa.
I truly look forward to the opportunity to work with you on your journey back to each other!
Treatment approachesGottman's Method of Couples CounselingGottman's Method of Couples Counseling starts an assessment of the couple's relationship to help inform the type of treatment that will be most effective. The method also includes nine components of a healthy relationship: Build love maps, share fondness and admiration, turn towards instead of away, the positive perspective, manage conflict, make life dreams come true, create shared meaning, trust, and commitment. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2015 - Present
RI Department of Corrections, 2005 - Present
U.S. Peace Corps, 1998 - 1999
University of Denver, MSW, 2003
Boston University, BA, 1998