Kristeen Rocha, LICSW

Kristeen Rocha

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments


 

Clientele

Children (<12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults with developmental disabilities
Family
Parents

Hours

Mon: 10:00am-6:00pm
Tue: 10:00am-6:00pm
Wed: 10:00am-6:00pm
Thu: 10:00am-6:00pm
Fri: 10:00am-6:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Autism
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Parenting
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Learning disabilities

Professional statement

Kristeen Rocha is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker at New England Wellness Collaborative in Providence, RI. She has expertise in autism, developmental disabilities, parenting support, anxiety, and trauma.

Kristeen is particularly passionate about working with children on the autism spectrum and is certified in Floor Time psychotherapy, an interactive approach which helps parents learn to engage with their children on their level in order to maximize strengths. She has worked extensively with children having developmental disabilities and their families across diverse clinical settings. She works closely with each child and their parents in providing support around developing social skills, navigating family interactions, and managing sensory difficulties.

Kristeen provides a solution-focused therapy approach, setting realistic goals and developing a clear plan to make progress towards them. In her private practice, she strives to create an open, empathetic environment that is sensitive to the needs of her clients and conducive to facilitating meaningful change.


Specialties

Autism spectrum disorder – Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation
Developmental disorders – Support coping with and understanding a child’s unique strengths and challenges; strengthening social and communication skills; parent training and coaching
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social  settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

General expertise

ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Compulsive behaviors – Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Learning disabilities – Developing strategies for successful learning specific to one’s unique strengths and challenges


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
  • Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Tufts
  • 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: $150 (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

"I hope to provide families support when the day to day issues for you and your children become overwhelming. I utilize sensory strategies to help regulate children so they can develop skills to strengthen their ability to cope."


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)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (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)
Floor Time Floor Time involves engaging children and their family in activities the child enjoys. This approach is meant to foster and cultivate emotional development. (learn more)
Progressive CountingProgressive Counting is a therapy technique, in which the therapist counts aloud for a set count, aimed at dissipating trauma and associated distressing memories. (learn more)
Sensorimotor therapySensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. Traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, and therapists trained in this modality can help an individual begin to heal by helping that person re-experience, in a safe environment, the physical sensations associated with a traumatic event. (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, 2015 - Present
United Cerebral Palsy of RI, 2007 - Present
Family Service of RI, 2005 - 2007

Rhode Island College, MSW, 2005
University of RI, Bachelor of Psychology, 2002


Languages

English