Available in Providence on Wednesday, 10am - 6pm.
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Academic issues
- ADHD and learning disabilities
- Gender and sexuality topics
- Veterans' issues
- Existential challenges / crises
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Substance abuse
- Weight management
Dr. Michael Brodeur is a Psychologist at Gershon Psychological Associates, where he works to create a collaborative, goal-directed, supportive, and client-focused environment. He is particularly well-versed in ADHD assessment, young adult challenges, veterans issues, trauma, and substance use disorders.
Dr. Brodeur has a passion for psychological testing and open communication with clients. He especially enjoys offering clients an explanation for their longstanding struggles and helping them work towards treatment. In addition to his specialty areas, he also sees clients struggling with academic issues, anxiety disorders, anger management, learning disabilities, gender and sexuality topics, and substance abuse.
Dr. Brodeur particularly enjoys working with young adults, as they are in a pivotal moment in personal identity development. He uses a variety of clinical strategies depending on what the client is looking for, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, supportive therapy, positive psychotherapy, and motivational interviewing.
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and learning disabilities – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Gender and sexuality topics – Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Substance abuse – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Veterans' issues – Works with veterans and their families on the transition back to civilian life. As a Tricare provider, offers VA trauma assessments for veterans.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). As a Tricare provider, offers VA trauma assessments for veterans.
Weight management (losing weight) – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown University Student Health Insurance
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Johnson & Wales University
- Providence College
- United Health
- United Health Care RIte Care
- RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
- URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)
- Initial session: $250/session (60min)
- Ongoing sessions: $150/session (45min)
Sliding scale: Sliding scale fees can be discussed upon request.
Message to clients
"First and foremost, I deeply respect your decision to come for psychotherapy treatment or for an evaluation for ADHD. A lot of people have one foot in the door, and one foot out of the door. Give yourself credit for making this important decision! My style is collaborative, goal-directed, and supportive. It may be helpful to know that therapy is tailored to your needs. Some people want to come in and vent, whereas, others would like to learn concrete skills. I'm willing to meet you wherever you're at in terms of your goals for therapy. At every step along the way, we will check-in to make sure that we are making progress towards these goals. I want you to get the experience that you deserve.
For those interested in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation, the evaluation process involves multiple steps. These steps include completing an initial interview, completing a variety of psychological tests and questionnaires, and gathering information from others involved in your care (e.g. partner, spouse, psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.). From start to finish, this process can take approximately five to eight weeks. The final step in the process is a comprehensive feedback session to review the findings and recommendations for treatment."
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.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression, and more generally, helps treat mood disorders. Self-knowledge grounded in sustained meditative awareness is its central tenet. Patients learn to view thoughts as events in the mind, independent of their content and emotional charge. (learn more)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Positive psychotherapyPositive psychotherapy focuses on positive emotions and client strengths, rather than deficits in order to reduce negative symptoms. (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
Gershon Psychological Associates, Training Director & Clinical Psychologist, 2013 - Present
Washington State University Counseling & Testing Services, Testing Specialist & Staff Psychologist, 2010 - 2013
University of New Hampshire Counseling Center, Postdoctoral Resident, 2008 - 2010
Antioch University New England, PsyD, 2009