Not accepting new clients
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
- Medication management
- Young adults, college students, graduate students
- Acute stress reactions
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Eating disorders
- Mood issues
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
Dr. Kessimian received her MD from Boston University in Boston, MA. She completed her child and adult psychiatry fellowship at Brown University's Alpert Medical School where she served as chief resident.
Dr. Kessimian primarily provides medication management for her clients. She has expertise in areas such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, eating disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and trauma. Clients may see Dr. Kessimian anywhere from once a week to once a month, and typically in conjunction with talk therapy with a therapist.
Dr. Kessimian sees many young adult clients, such as college students studying in Providence during the school year, or living in the area during school holidays. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crocheting, and watching Netflix documentaries.
Acute stress reactions – Feeling overwhelmed from a terrifying or traumatic incident, such a serious accident, sudden bereavement, or getting mugged, especially in a new environment without family support; includes insomnia and anxiety resulting from these experiences
Anxiety – Including generalized anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, social anxiety
Phobias – Medication prescription for specific phobias such as public speaking
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) – Feeling preoccupied with parts of your body to the point where the preoccupation interferes with your life
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
Life transition / college – Adjusting to college, new relationships, graduation, job or career transition
Mood issues – Including bipolar disorder, depression
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) – Severe, sometimes disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that can cause extreme mood shifts and disrupt your work or affect relationships.
Trauma – Includes trauma from sexual abuse, childhood trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown University Student Health Insurance (Consolidated Health)
- Cigna (see Note 1 below)
- Harvard Pilgrim
- Johnson & Wales Student Insurance (United Health)
- Medicaid (see Note 2 below)
- Neighborhood Health
- PHCS / Multiplan
- Providence College Student Insurance (Tufts)
- RISD Student Health Insurance (United Health)
- United Health
- Initial session: 60min
- Ongoing sessions: 50min
- Psychpharmacology sessions: 30-50min
- Group sessions: 60min
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
"If you're struggling but you're hesitant to seek psychiatric care, please know that I'm a very accessible physician and I'm here to answer all of your questions. I take a scientific approach, and while I provide you with the menu of treatments, you get to pick the options off the menu. Whether you are transitioning into college, taking time off, or graduating from college, we at the Young Adult Behavioral Health Program offer a private space for you, and work with family members and universities to provide individually tailored treatment. We provide both psychopharmacological treatment and counseling, and accept most major insurances. I look forward to meeting you and helping you get through this."
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.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (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
Young Adult Behavioral Health Program, Attending psychiatrist
Brown University Alpert Medical School, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Brown University Alpert Medical School, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Chief Resident, Academic Policy Committee, Psychiatry Clerkship Medical Student Lecture Coordinator, and Clerkship Educator
Boston University School of Medicine, MD, Psychiatry; Gold Humanism Award in Medicine, Ruth Hunter Johnson Prize, and Summer Research Scholarship
Howard University College of Medicine
The George Washington University, BA, English