Maura Vota, LMHC

Maura Vota

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Not accepting new clients; find available Rhode Island therapists here



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)


Mon: 8:00am-4:00pm
Tue: 8:00am-4:00pm
Wed: 8:00am-4:00pm
Thu: 8:00am-4:00pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Mindfulness

  • Brief therapy

  • Self-esteem

  • Expressive arts

  • Sex therapy

Professional statement

Maura Vota is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, Rhode Island who works with adults and couples navigating anxiety, depression, grief, and life transitions. She specializes in working with individuals during transitive times, including the transition in and out of college and graduate school, new parenthood, empty nesting, and recovering from divorce or loss of a parent. Her practice focuses on using mindfulness techniques to help clients experience their full emotions while remaining grounded.

Maura values building a strong therapeutic relationship in which she can listen, reflect, challenge, and support her clients. Throughout this process, she blends structured, skills-based therapy with an insight-oriented approach. Maura has a special interest in using expressive art therapy to help clients communicate their inner and outer experiences and ultimately initiate positive change in their lives.

Maura particularly enjoys working with women navigating the transition to motherhood and with health professionals at all stages of their careers. She invites clients to examine both immediate challenges as well as the past experiences that contribute to them, and is passionate about helping clients reconnect to themselves and others.


Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Mindfulness – Practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present
Brief therapy – Proactively working on solving a specific problem together with the client work through upcoming events, grief, and trauma
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Expressive arts  – Exploring one's responses, reactions, and insights by using art processes such as pictures and sounds to combat social, developmental, and behavioral challenges
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Sex therapy – Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; education and skill building around topics such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms, low libido, shame, and history of abuse; improving communication to realize a fulfilling sex life

General expertise

Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • United Health

  • Tufts

  • Brown University Student Insurance

  • Johnson & Wales University

  • RISD Student Insurance

  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $200 (60min)

  • Ongoing individual sessions: $150/session (50min)

  • Couples sessions: $200/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $75 - $150 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.

Message to clients

"I hope therapy can be a break from your busy life to improve your relationship with yourself. I would be honored to witness your process and support you along the way. "

Treatment approaches

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)
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)
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)
Expressive Arts Therapies Expressive arts involves the use of both psychotherapy and the creative processes including music, dance, art, poetry, and more to promote emotional growth and healing. (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)
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)
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)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, 2010 - Present
Butler Hospital Integrated Therapies Program, 2013 - 2018
RIH Partial Hospital, 2011 - 2013
Inpatient RI Hospital, 2009 - 2011
Outpatient Therapy and Case Management, 2007 - 2009

Lesley University, MA in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Therapy, 2007
Merrimack College, BA, 2005