Laurie Stein, LICSW

Laurie Stein

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

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Young adults
College, graduate, and medical school students

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Mood disorders

  • Life transitions

  • Adjustment to college life

  • Graduate school dissertation writing

  • Medical school challenges

  • Family challenges

  • Loss and grief

  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Laurie Stein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Providence, RI. Since graduating with her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College, she has worked in a variety of outpatient settings, and has been in private practice since 1993.

Laurie works with young adults, college students, graduate students, medical students, adults, and couples. She helps individuals struggling with anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, loss and grief, and family challenges. She greatly enjoys working with students adjusting to college life or writing their graduate school dissertation.

Laurie practices psychodynamic and humanistic psychotherapy, with elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her office is conveniently located on College Hill, within walking distance from Brown University and RISD.


Anxiety – General anxiety disorder, adjustment disorder with anxiety
Mood disorders – Depression, dysthymia (mild depression), bipolar disorder, hormone-related mood issues, i.e. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression, adjustment disorder with depression
Life transitions –  Adjusting to major life changes and events
Loss & grief – Mourning the death of a loved one, divorce and the ending of a relationship
Family issues – Relational difficulties and conflicts, creating realistic expectations and boundaries


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Brown University Student Health Insurance

  • Johnson & Wales University Student Insurance

  • RISD Student Insurance

  • Providence College Student Insurance

  • United Health

  • URI Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial sessions: $150/session (60min)

  • Individual sessions: $120/session (50min)

  • Couples sessions: $150/session (60min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $75 - $120 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Message to clients

"I think everyone should have a therapist stored away on a shelf who they can take down when they need to talk about what is going on in their lives. I provide a non-judgmental, warm and confidential environment. Being listened to and feeling understood is a basic human need. When that need is met we can develop a clearer sense of who we are, what we feel, think and need. We are then in a better position to make choices and be proactive.

I have been fortunate to work with a highly diverse population in a variety of clinical settings. My work is based on what the person needs and wants at the specific time in their lives."

Education and work experience

Private Practice, Providence, 2001 - Present
Private Practice, New York, 1993 - 2001
Marble Hill Nursery School, Early Childhood Consultant, 1991 - 2001
Riverdale Mental Health Center, Clinical Social Worker, 1986 - 1995
Coney Island Hospital, School Based Mental Health Program, 1984-1986

Psychobiological Biological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), Level One, 2016.
Brooklyn Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 1990.
Hunter College School of Social Work, Master of Social Work, Clinical Social Work, 1984



Professional endorsements

Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Laurie Stein is extremely experienced and is familiar with a wide range of psychiatric problems. She is extremely well-related and forms good relationships with her patients. She applies her sophisticated theoretical understanding with practical interventions.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Couples therapy, individual therapy for anxiety, depression, separation issues
— Genya Bernstein, PsyD (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Laurie Stein is a seasoned and very able psychotherapist and trusted colleague. She is both extremely knowledgeable and deeply caring. I know her clients are well served by her compassionate, skilled care.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Couples, depression, anxiety, existential concerns, academic concerns, relationship issues, young adult issues, trauma
— Lindsay Daskalopoulos, LICSW (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Laurie is an experienced therapist, insightful and sensitive, and is able to easily connect with patients of different backgrounds and ages. People I have referred to Laurie have given me positive feedback on their therapy with her.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, trauma, marital conflict
— Susanna Angelillo, LMHC (2017)