Leigh Anne Hohlstein
Accepting new clients
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Saturday appointments available at request.
Specialties & expertise
College, graduate, and medical student mental heath
Body image concerns
Dr. Leigh Anne Hohlstein is a licensed clinical psychologist in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and college mental health. Dr. Hohlstein is a leading expert in the treatment of eating disorders, previously serving as the Director of Butler Hospital's Eating Disorders Treatment Program. She works in connection with a team of treatment providers to give her clients a multi-layered support structure when this is needed. Dr. Hohlstein sees individuals for a range of eating concerns, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and body image concerns.
The majority of Dr. Hohlstein's clients are young adults and university students, and her office is conveniently located on College Hill within walking distance from Brown University and RISD. Dr. Hohlstein's clinical work often involves helping clients get more connected with their emotions and sort out their values and priorities. She also helps clients manage the high expectations they tend to have of themselves, which frequently contribute to anxiety, depression, and eating problems.
Dr. Hohlstein's clinical approach is integrative and empirically based. Operating from a Cognitive-Behavioral foundation, she incorporates ideas and techniques from other modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic perspectives.
Eating disorders – Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating (also body image issues, anxiety around eating and weight; over exercise, and over eating and weight concerns)
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and excessive worry
Depression – Low mood, difficulty with motivation, sleep and energy disruption, inability to enjoy yourself, amongst many other symptoms
College mental health – Adjusting to college; graduate school, or medical school, managing heavy work load and high demands, balancing work load and personal life
Relationships – Exploring patterns in relationship choices; addressing communication challenges; contemplation marriage or separation; managing breakups, friendships, dating
Values clarification - Exploring and identifying values and associated goals, reassessing priorities
Self-esteem – Cultivating a stronger sense of self; increasing assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Perfectionism – Reassessing standards and goals, challenging unrealistic performance expectations
Weight management (losing weight) - Developing healthy approaches to weight loss and self care
Life transitions - Managing transition to college, graduate school, or the work force, or to another stage of life (e.g. marriage, becoming a parent)
Brown University Student Insurance
Initial Session: $225
Ongoing Sessions: $175 (55 mins)
Therapist's note: Dr. Holstein can provide you with paperwork that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement if she does not take your insurance.
Message to clients
"My clients generally come to me seeking help with eating and body image issues, anxiety, feelings of depression, or some other life challenge. Working together, we use a combination of psychotherapeutic approaches to understand causes and contributors and plot a course of action. The process of therapy of therapy typically involves helping clients get in better touch with their feelings and values. Over the course of our work together you can expect to move from a problem solving mode to one of deepening self knowledge and expanding potential. Most clients find psychotherapy a rewarding, and often exciting journey."
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)
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)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, Psychotherapist, Providence, RI, 1994 - Present
Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Clinical Assistant Professor, Providence, RI, 1994 - Present
Butler Hospital, Eating Disorders Program, Director, Providence, RI, 1992 - 1999
St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, B.S., Psychology,
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology