Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait
Hope Valley Location
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Loss and grief
Krystal Vasconcelos is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and co-founder of New England Wellness Collaborative in Providence and Hope Valley, RI. She specializes in trauma, dissociative disorders, weight management issues, substance use, anxiety, and loss and grief.
A major focus of Krystal’s practice is working with trauma survivors to examine how patterns such as emotional eating or substance use may be linked to painful past events. She helps clients to better understand the places in life where they are getting stuck, develop more effective coping methods, and heal from complex trauma. Krystal also has expertise in working with children who have developmental disabilities and concurrent mental health challenges. She works collaboratively with each child and family to provide behavioral management, offer psychoeducation, and foster a supportive environment.
Krystal’s practice welcomes clients of all ages, including couples and families. She values developing a strong therapeutic partnership with her clients, helping each individual connect with their truest self to lead a happier, more fulfilling life.
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Dissociative disorders – Support processing and coping with painful or overwhelming emotions and reducing experiences of detachment from one’s reality, emotions, memory, and body
Weight management – Healthy approaches to weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight; promoting positive body image
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
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
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Academic issues – Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination
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
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
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
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
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Polyamorous, monogamous, or platonic relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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: $110 - $200/session (50min)
Message to clients
"I am the co-founder of New England Wellness Collaborative (NEWC). I work with four other clinicians to provide individuals an opportunity to focus on their mental and physical wellness. Improving your quality of life starts with looking at your overall wellness. Life will start to change when you change the lens you use to view your problems. Navigating through the process of change can be difficult when doing so alone. We will develop a partnership and use an array of therapeutic tools that fit your needs. I have extensive training working with individuals with anxiety, weight management issues and complex trauma.
I also coach individuals utilizing Mindful Emotional Eating. A local kickboxing gym and I have joined forces to offer a 16-week mental and physical wellness program which most insurances will cover. This includes a minimum of 3 fitness classes per week, weekly weigh ins, meal plans and 2 mental health sessions a month with myself or one of our licensed therapists who specialize in weight management.
Each participant will gain concrete skills to address binge eating, mindless emotional eating, craving control and much more!
In treatment we will discover your barriers and develop a road nap that will lead you to attaining your goals!"
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)
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping)Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as "EFT" or "Tapping") targets energy imbalances that may be causing painful physical or emotional symptoms through a series of gentle tapping with the fingertips. EFT is used for a broad spectrum of challenges that have an underlying emotional cuase, and aims to heal the root ailment by increasing energy flow throughout the body. (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)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD. In ERP, the client confronts the thoughts, images, objects, and situations that makes the client anxious; then makes a choice not to act upon a compulsive behavior. With ERP a person has to make the commitment to not give in and do the compulsive behavior until they notice a drop in their anxiety. (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)
Mindful Emotional Eating Therapy (MEE)Mindful emotional eating therapy involves identifying emotional eating triggers and address underlying concerns, in order to make better decisions. (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)
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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2015 - Present
United Cerebral Palsy of RI, 2004 - Present
Counseling and Psychotherapy Centers, 2015 - 2016
Roger Williams Medical Center, 2013 - 2014
Access to Recovery, 2011 - 2012
TriHab Men's Rehabilitation, 2006 - 2007
Rhode Island College, MSW, 2011
Rhode Island College, BA in Psychology & BS in Chemical Dependency and Addiction Studies, 2007