Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Fri: As needed
Specialties & expertise
- Eating Disorders
- Young adult behavioral health
- Academic issues
- Compulsive behaviors
- Panic disorders
- Body image
Dr. Marianna Kessimian is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in Providence, RI. She received her MD from Boston University where she was also selected for the Gold Humanism in Medicine society as well as the Ruth J Hunter Johnson Prize for excellence in psychiatry. Dr. Kessimian completed her adult psychiatry training and child psychiatry fellowship at Brown University, where she served as chief resident. Previously, she was a staff psychiatrist at the Young Adult Behavioral Health clinic, and in this role was afforded the opportunity to work on campus at the Rhode Island School of Design providing psychiatric care to their students.
Dr. Kessimian has particular expertise in young adult behavioral health. She understands the complexities and demands that are specific to young adulthood and how to address these issues in a comprehensive and developmental appropriate treatment plan. She also specializes in eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder and other impulse control issues.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Body dysmorphic disorder – Addressing any obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance.
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Young adult behavioral health – Navigating interpersonal, emotional, and behavioral transitions as an emerging adult and college student
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking, compulsive overeating or spending
Obsessive compulsive disorder – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD
Dr. Kessimian is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
It may helpful to have the following codes when checking with your insurance carrier about reimbursement:
- Initial Evaluation: 90792
- Monthly Medication Management Appointment: 99213 or 99214 (depending on complexity) and 90833
- Weekly Therapy/Medication Appointment: 99213 or 99214 (depending on complexity) and 90836
- Initial appointment: $1,000 ( 90-120min)
- Ongoing medication management sessions: $250 ( 30min)
- Combined medication management and therapy: $500 ( 50 min)
Note: Dr. Kessimian can provide paperwork for out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Modern life pulls us in many directions and at times we can feel off balance. It is at these times that self doubt and isolation can increase and our thoughts, moods and behaviors become difficult to understand and regulate.
If you or your child is struggling, let's start with a conversation. I am a reliable, responsible and accessible physician who can augment the work you are currently doing with a therapist with medication, or streamline your treatment with one appointment that will provide both services.
Working together, you can expect an individual tailored treatment plan that is evidence based and rooted in both biological and psychological sciences. I will provide a comfortable space where you can feel safe and vulnerable to talk about all the things that are important to you."
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. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), patients works with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps patients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Young Adult Behavioral Health Program at Rhode Island Hospital, Attending Psychiatrist
Rhode Island Hospital, College Mental Health Elective, Coordinator
Bradley Hospital, Brown University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Chief Resident
Butler Hospital, Brown University General Psychiatry Residency
Boston University School of Medicine, MD
George Washington University, BA