Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- College mental health
- Identity development
- Those recovering in 12 step programs
Dr. Linda Welsh is a psychologist in Providence, RI specializing in anxiety, depression, identity development, college mental health, addictions and substance use, and adoption. She has over 15 years of experience in college mental health, having worked at Brown University, Drew University, Salem State College, and Bentley College.
Dr. Welsh is particularly interested in identity development issues among young adults and adults. These may include developing one's own identity, separating from family of origin, and fostering healthy relationships. She also has a specialty in working with individuals struggling with addictions and substance use; she completed her dissertation on internet addiction and works particularly well with individuals using a 12 step model.
Dr. Welsh uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, existential therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy to help her clients overcome challenges and reach their goals. Dr. Welsh believes in the power of cognitive restructuring to help clients release problematic patterns of thought and shift to behaviors that are more connected to their goals.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Identity development – Including within the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and cultural background; resolving trauma and internalized oppression related to stigma
Those recovering in 12 step programs – individuals who are working a 12 step recovery program to abstain from addictive substances or behaviors in self help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Family members affected by alcoholism – alcoholism is often described as a family disease, because all members of the family can be affected; this might include adult children of alcoholics and partners who feel they are codependent
Adoption and foster care – Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Weight management (losing weight) – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown University Student Health Insurance
- Initial session: $150
- Ongoing sessions: $100
Therapist's note: Dr. Welsh can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I really believe in the power of someone feeling heard and understood. From that, we create healing. We will create a safe space where you can feel really present and you and I can explore together the issues that bring you to therapy."
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)
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)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Brown University Counseling and Psychological Service, 2004 - Present
Drew University, 2000 - 2004
Salem State College, 1988 - 1992
Bentley College, 1986 - 1988
Kutztown University, 1986
Northern Berkshire Mental Health, 1982 - 1983
Northeastern University, PhD, 1999
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, BA, 1982