Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait
Practice: Young Adult Behavioral Health Program
NOTE: Only sees college students who are 18 - 26 years old and graduate students over this age range.
Specialties & expertise
- Academic issues
- Bipolar disorder
- Existential challenges / crises
- Substance use
- ADD / ADHD
- Anger management
- LGBQ topics
- Personality disorders
- Self harm
Dr. Lindsay Schnetzer is a psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital's Young Adult Behavioral Health Program in Providence, RI. She is dedicated to providing accessible care to young adults and college students who are navigating mental illness while also going to school and transitioning to adulthood.
Dr. Schnetzer has experience supporting clients through many common college challenges, such as mood disorders, existential crises, academic challenges, sexuality and gender concerns, and trauma. She also works with clients who are struggling with physical challenges, such as chronic illness, pain management, and healthy weight management.
In her practice, Dr. Schnetzer combines approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, existential therapy, and mindfulness practices. She is passionate about getting to know her clients beyond a diagnosis, and helping them reconnect to their passions and loved ones.
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
or burn out; learning self-care
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
LGBQ topics – Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown University Student Health Insurance (Consolidated Health)
- Cigna (see Note 1)
- Harvard Pilgrim
- Medicaid (see Note 2)
- Neighborhood Health
- Providence College (Tufts)
- PHCS / Multiplan
- RISD Student Health Insurance (United Health)
- United Health
Initial session: 60 min
Ongoing sessions: 45-60 min
Note 1: Cigna is only accepted if your plan offers Out-of-network benefits; please call Cigna to confirm your benefits.
Note 2: Medicaid typically does not cover out-of-state services other than emergency services. While Rhode Island Medicaid covers our services, for those with Medicaid from other states, please contact us so we can check your coverage.
Message to clients
"Regardless of someone’s diagnosis, my aim is to get to know you as a person – to understand what you love, and what you want to be about in this world. And if you don’t know – helping you discover what that might be. To me, one of the saddest things about mental illness is that it tends to pull people away from who and what they care about. An essential part of treatment then, is helping you to re-connect to these things, even when painful thoughts and emotions show up. I feel really lucky to have a job where I get to help guide people in that process."
Acceptance 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.
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)
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)
Education and work experience
Rhode Island Hospital, Young Adult Behavioral Health Program, 2016 - Present
Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016
VA Maine Healthcare System, Predoctoral Internship, 2015
University of Mississippi, Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, 2015
University of Mississippi, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, 2011
Franklin & Marshall College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2004