Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college
students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Weight management
- Emotional eating
- Relationship issues
- Life transitions
Marie Kearns is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to her psychotherapy training, Marie is a certified Reiki practitioner. She sees clients for life transitions, stress, relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, and weight management concerns, and helps clients build a profound connection between body and mind.
Marie's practice is most notable for her incorporation of Reiki, an energetic healing technique that helps clients achieve a strong mind-body connection. She is a certified Reiki practitioner and offers this service as an option for clients who are interested. Marie is unique among Reiki practitioners in that she is able to combine clinical therapy with relaxation and energetic healing; if any past traumatic or emotional experiences arise from the session, she is able to help clients process them during therapy.
Marie received her MA in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University, and has worked for nearly 20 years as the Senior Project Director of The Miriam Hospital Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center. She believes in creating a safe space for her clients to feel empowered and achieve their personal goals, and combines therapeutic approaches of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Practices, Family Systems Therapy, and Reiki.
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
Life transitions – Adjusting to change can be difficult and even happy transitions can cause a great deal of stress; life transitions are significant life events which may include marriages, the beginning/ending of relationships, new jobs, moving, retirement
Reiki – A gentle, hands-on therapeutic technique that relieves stress, promotes balance and harmony, and supports your own healing process.
Mindfulness – Practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present
Weight management (weight loss)/emotional eating – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image
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
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Initial session: $200 (60 minutes)
Ongoing sessions: $150 (50 minutes)
Therapist's note: Marie can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"My goal is to tap into my strengths, knowledge, wisdom and experience to help you to recognize your own strengths, to help you to decrease your dis-ease by tapping into your body, mind and spirit. We will work together to help you to explore how early experiences influence your beliefs about yourself, to help you build self-confidence, stronger relationships and personal insight to facilitate a more positive state of health. "
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
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)
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)
ReikiReiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Strategic Psychological Services, Clinician, 2016–2018
The Miriam Hospital Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, Senior Project Director, 2005–Present
Rhode Island College, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Advanced Counseling, 2016–2017
Reiki II Certification, 2017
Reiki I Certification, 2004
Salve Regina University, MA in Holistic Counseling, 2000–2004