Michele Paliotta

Michele Paliotta

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients; find available Providence therapists here



Teenagers (14 - 18)
Young adults / college students

Specialties & expertise

  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues

  • Transgender support

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Family issues

  • Life transitions

  • Loss and grief

  • Parenting

  • Relationships

  • Self-esteem

  • Trauma

Professional statement

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

General expertise

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)


  • Beacon

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Brown University Student Health Insurance

  • Coventry / First Health

  • Harvard Pilgrim

  • Johnson & Wales University

  • Neighborhood Health

  • Providence College

  • RISD Student Insurance

  • Tufts

  • United Health

  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

  • ValueOptions

Out-of-pocket fees

  • 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."

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)
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

Private Practice
Rhode Island College, Adjunct Professor

Rhode Island College, MSW, 2001
Northeastern University, BS, 1997



Client testimonials

The first step when considering therapy is finding a good therapist who will meet your needs.

I consider myself very fortunate to have found Michele Paliotta who is not only knowledgeable with all aspects of gender dysphoria and gender transition, but someone who also is so understanding and easy to talk to. I quickly came to look forward to our sessions!

Michele is knowledgeable in all aspects of gender transition and was able to refer me to other professionals and resources when needed.

Michele is compassionate and understanding and I recommend her enthusiastically and without reservation.
— Captain at a major airline (2017)
Michele was an incredibly relatable person who immediately made me feel comfortable about sharing things about myself that I was not accustomed to talking about. My only other experience with a therapist was very negative so I was apprehensive about going to someone again, but Michele eased all of those fears. For once I felt like I wasn’t incapable of getting help for issues I had kept inside for years.
— Anonymous client (2017)

Professional endorsements

Having dealt with hundreds of therapists in the Rhode Island area and beyond, I say with absolute confidence that Michele Paliotta is one of the best therapists around. Her extensive clinical experience and large capacity for compassion allows her to develop a profound understanding of her patients and their needs. Warm, empathetic, and caring, Michele Paliotta has a unique style that immediately makes her patients feel safe and comfortable. She is constantly exploring new and innovative approaches that build off her substantial clinical background and extensive professional knowledge. Her unique ability to connect with her patients allows her to provide therapy which works specifically to address individual patient needs.
— Dr. Agnieszka Janicka. Director of Adult Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program at Lifespan (2017)
I recommend Michele very often. She is extremely knowledgeable and aware of issues marginalized people face. She has a great sense of humor and a style that is inviting. She is compassionate, and works hard to advocate for and with others. She is a personable and genuinely caring therapist who is skilled in helping in difficult situations. She is also leader of peers in the community.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? LBGTQ Community, transgender support, depression, anxiety, family issues, trauma
— Jayna Klatzker, LICSW (2017)