Mike Slavit

Michael Slavit

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients


 

Clientele

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Seniors (65+)

Specialties & expertise

  • Attention Deficit (ADHD)
  • Divorce
  • Motivation
  • Health, fitness, weight
  • Anxiety
  • Fears
  • Depression
  • Loss or grief
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Dr. Slavit has had over 30 years of experience in the field of psychology. He has expertise in motivational issues, ADHD, relationship issues, grief, and weight management, and has authored numerous books on these topics. 

Dr. Slavit is has a Board Certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a certification that demonstrates high qualifications in cognitive and behavioral psychology. In addition to CBT, he incorporates Positive Psychology and Phenomenological approaches to help clients change behavior and thought patterns and manage difficult situations through constructive tools.

Dr. Slavit has worked at numerous college campuses as a professor and counselor, and sees clients from teenagers through seniors (65+). He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and his BA in Psychology from Brown University.


Specialties

Anxiety – Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorders
Attention Deficit (ADHD) – Including the administration of mental exercises to effectively cope with symptoms of ADHD in addition to, or instead of, medication; managing the disruptive forgetfulness, frustration, and organizational issues
Depression – Working through emotions through Positive Psychology (systematically improving happiness through habits, thoughts, and activities); ranging from the simple blues to serious depression; bipolar disorder in conjunction with medicinal treatment
Divorce – Dealing with the emotional implications of divorce on one's self and family members; managing the stressors from the divorce of one's parents, relatives, or loved ones; reintegrating to life without one's former spouse
Fears – Including self-consciousness and the fear of being observed by others (e.g. at a gym, work site, out in public); driving (general driving, driving through tunnels and/or highways; being in crowded places; contamination/ germs
Health, fitness, weight – Managing weight loss in a healthy manner; keeping up motivation for working out
Loss or grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to the death of a loved one, friend, or close individual; managing the emotions related to any loss of significance (e.g. breakup; best friend moving away; loss of a pet)
Motivation – Creating a game plan to find the right resources to regain clarity and motivation in academics and work; understanding the components of motivation (e.g. setting goals, overcoming internal and external blocks to motivation, anticipating future rewards)
Relationship issues – Understanding what you want in a relationship and the components of romantic love (e.g. friendship, eros, respect for one another, pragmatism, values and philosophy, desire to enhance the partner's self-esteem)


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance
  • Johnson & Wales University(United Healthcare)
  • Providence College (Tufts)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Medicare (Blue Chip, United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $125/session (90min)
  • Ongoing sessions: $90/session (45min)

Sliding scale: Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are of low income. 


Message to clients

"Understanding how my clients make sense of their world is of utmost importance. I use a variety of methods depending on the client and the problem. For instance, I rely on expressive therapy to help with unresolved grief, whereas I use mainly behavior therapy for tension reduction. Above all, I check frequently with my clients to be sure the methods I am employing are meeting their needs.

I have been helping clients with relaxation for 35 years, and I have continually refined my methods. I have in many instances helped clients to experience deep relaxation when they had failed in prior attempts, and I always try to balance challenge and support." 


Treatment approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), patients works with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps patients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Person-centered Person-centred therapy is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously rather than how a therapist can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas. The person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. However, this ability can become blocked or distorted by our life experiences - particularly those that affect our sense of value - and the therapist works to understand an individual's experience from their point of view. (learn more)
PhenomenologicalThe Existential – Phenomenological approach considers the problems that we encounter as human beings as not necessarily being indicators of potential ‘mental illness’ or of ‘symptoms’ that need to be removed, but rather as a consequence of the difficulties we face with living. As such, Existential – Phenomenology embodies both a systemic as well as a constructionist approach – in that it seeks to engage people in dialogue with the aim of describing, revealing and relating specific phenomena that are experienced in particular context, to those experienced in the global lived context. In doing so the process works at revealing the meaning that is inherent in our lived experience. (learn more)
Psycho-education Psychoeducation is a therapeutic focus in which clients learn practical and positive emotional and behavioral skills to improve life adjustment, management of emotions and self-awareness. A psychoeducational approach appreciates the importance of education in changing unhealthy or negative emotional and behavioral patterns. In psychotherapy, tools such as therapy handouts, worksheets, individual and group therapy activities and visualizations serve to help clients develop skills to overcome common human problems encountered in daily life. (learn more)
Positive Psychology Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. (learn more)


Education and work experience

Private Practice, 1983 - Present
Roger Williams University, Adjunct Professor
University of Rhode Island Extension Division, Adjunct Professor
University of Georgia, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development Services, Psychologist at Counseling Center
University of Texas at Austin, Counseling and Psychological Services, Intern

University of Texas at Austin, PhD, Counseling Psychology
Brown University, BA, Psychology


Languages

English


Client testimonials

Dr Slavit takes great care to personalize his method of treatment to ones exact issue(s). Without such personal care, I could not have come so far. He is a great listener as well as pinpointing the real issue and focusing on it to work through it.

I have extreme stress and anxiety. I had a major panic attack at work that took me out of commission for quite some time. I’ve always been a very nervous person, especially social anxiety. We work on relaxation exercises, as well as how to better deal with stress and stressful situations. Things have gotten so much better for me since I have been seeing Dr. Slavit.
— Successful Professional for over 25 years; Energy Conservation (2016)
I was struggling with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Dr. Slavit helped me use cognitive behavioral techniques to become aware of my patterns and to challenge my self-defeating thoughts. He creates his own handouts and these have been extremely helpful reminders of the work done in therapy. Additionally, he has a great sense of humor.
— Single professional woman, mid 30s (2016)
I’m being very honest, over the years I’ve seen other therapists, and with Dr. Slavit, I wouldn’t change a thing. I was taught some great relaxation exercises, now I do yoga.
— Patient, 55 years old (2016)