Specialties & expertise
Young adult issues
Dr. Mary Beth Kilinski is a psychologist in private practice in Cranston, Rhode Island with extensive experience working with emerging adults. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at William James College and has worked at the college counseling centers at Providence College and Roger Williams University, and at South Bay Mental Health Partial Hospital Program.
Dr. Kilinski specializes in helping clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, panic, perfectionism, shame, and academic difficulties. She sees adolescents, young adults, and adults, and particularly enjoys working with college students and young professionals around issues of identity formation, separating from one's family of origin, and general life transition challenges. She has a sub-specialty in seeing individuals with parents who have abused substances, and provides support around the role that they had to take on at home and how that may be affecting current romantic or other relationships.
Dr. Kilinski is a relational psychodynamic therapist, meaning she tracks how individuals' past and current relationships affect their functioning, and strives to be fully present with clients during sessions. She utilizes a variety of therapy modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, and self-compassion training.
Young adult issues – Navigating challenges related to family of origin, identity formation, peer and romantic relationships, and shifting expectations and responsibilities as an emerging adult
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, among many other symptoms
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Panic disorders – Building coping skills to identify and manage triggers; explore underlying causes related to feelings of panic
Perfectionism – Feelings of inadequacy and failure, self criticism, avoidance and procrastination, related to high standards
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Adult children of substance abusers – Developing and communicating healthy boundaries; navigating the ongoing impact of childhood trauma; exploring one's own relationship with substances
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
LGBQ and sexuality topics – Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
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
Johnson & Wales University Student Insurance (United Health)
Providence College Student Insurance (United Health)
RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)
Initial session: $200 (60min)
Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy and can be discussed during consultation.
Therapist's note: Dr. Kilinski can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Welcome! Thanks so much for visiting my page.
I am interested in connecting with you and working at creating an environment that feels as safe as possible for you to share. I'd like to help you identify what is creating or contributing to your struggles, as well as to help you to locate what is in your control to change.
We often get stuck in this life in patterns of thought or behaviors we wish we could shift. My approach aims to understand how and why those patterns developed, and to encourage you to have compassion for why your thoughts and behaviors have been what they are."
Treatment approachesAcceptance 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, 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)
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)
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)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice 2014 - present, Providence College Counseling Center, 2013 - 2016
Roger Williams University Counseling Center, 2009-2012
Chelmsford Public Schools, 2009
South Bay Mental Health Partial Hospital Program, 2008
William James College, Doctor of Psychology, 2011
William James College, Master of Arts in Professional Psychology, 2010
St. Anselm College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2003