Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Note: Michelle may make exceptions to this schedule.
Specialties & expertise
Postpartum mental health
Michelle Moynihan is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Providence, RI with a specialty in providing medication management for anxiety, depression, trauma, and pregnancy and postpartum related concerns. These include postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum depression, and stable postpartum psychosis.
Michelle's varied expertise and experience as a Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner inform her current practice. She also has experience working with LGBTQ+ and low income clients at Citizens for Citizens family planning, as well as with survivors of sexual assault as a sexual assault nurse examiner. Prior to private practice, she practiced for many years in college health and OBGYN settings, and gained her perinatal expertise through a clinical rotation at Women and Infants Hospital.
In her private practice, Michelle sees teenagers, young adults, college students, and adults. She particularly enjoys seeing pregnant women, women struggling postpartum, fathers, and college students of all gender identities.
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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Pregnancy – Works with pregnant and post-partum patients that are on medication or considering meditation; PTSD or trauma related to labor or delivery experience
Postpartum depression and anxiety – Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and 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
Panic disorder – Sudden, overwhelming panic attacks accompanied by physical symptoms of anxiety and fear
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD) – Severe, sometimes disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that can cause extreme mood shifts and disrupt your work or affect relationships.
Fathers with trauma – Working with fathers who may have experienced trauma due to a bad delivery outcome with the mother and baby
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brown University Student Insurance
Johnson & Wales University Student Insurance
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Initial session: $250 (60-90min)
Ongoing sessions: $100 (30min), $150 (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Michelle can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Finding the right provider to partner up with and explore your mental health needs and options without judgment is important in the healing process. I believe that everyone has a unique story that deserves to be heard and explored."
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Starr Psychiatric Center, 2017 - Present
Citizens for Citizens Family Planning, 2016
Brigham & Women's Hospital, Obstetrics, 2003 - 2016
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College Health Center, 2006 - 2013
Regis College, Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health NP Program
Simmons College, MSN in Adult and Women's Health, 1996