Teenagers (14 - 18)
Young adults / college students
Specialties & expertise
LGBTQ and gender identity issues
Loss and grief
Michele Paliotta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Providence with a practice focused on working with members of the LGBTQ community and specializing in gender diversity. Michele also sees individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, family issues, and some trauma. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families.
Michele's approach to treatment is practical and realistic so clients can use everyday skills in their daily life. Advocacy is an important part of Michele's work, and she is involved in activism at the state house and throughout RI. She offers day, evening, and Saturday appointments to make sure therapy fits into her clients' schedules.
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Gender identity & transgender health – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
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
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
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
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
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
Brown University Student Health Insurance
Coventry / First Health
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Individual sessions: $125/session (45-50min)
Couples and family sessions: $150/session (45-50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is available based on need, with preference given to LGBTQ folks.
Therapist's note: Michele can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I love being a social worker because I think providing therapy and advocacy are both acts of social justice."
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)
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)
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)
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
Rhode Island College, Adjunct Professor
Rhode Island College, MSW, 2001
Northeastern University, BS, 1997