Nelly Uhlenkott

Nelly Uhlenkott
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Not accepting new clients (updated April 3, 2017)

I worked with Nelly for 2 years, and found her to be a remarkable therapist. She helped me through a tough time, and beyond. She has a great non-judgmental presence that was instrumental in my progress.

- Dave, Providence, RI (2016)

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    About Nelly

  • Expertise in relationships, life transitions, mindfulness, anxiety, substance abuse, anger management
  • Helps many clients get "unstuck" creatively, professionally, and personally, and find a stronger sense of self and personal meaning
  • Practices primarily Gestalt Therapy with an integration of mindfulness



Nelly originally trained in therapy in Australia, where she worked in private practice and co-founded and facilitated anger management courses.

Nelly works primarily from a Gestalt perspective, which involves authentic connection, creativity, vitality, and honoring the wholeness of each person in the greater context of their lives.

While Nelly's practice includes people who come for a range of concerns, she often works with clients around life transitions; substance use; developing healthy relationships (romantic, social, and familial); becoming "unstuck" creatively, professionally, and personally; finding a stronger sense of self and personal meaning; self-compassion and reducing self-criticism; mindfulness; depression; anxiety; explorations of sexuality and gender identity; and eating-related concerns. Nelly also works frequently with couples on developing a stronger bond, rebuilding trust, and rediscovering each other.



" People generally come to see me when they're looking for something in their lives to change. That may be something you have words for, like "I'm tired of feeling anxious so often," or something harder to name, like a general sense of unease or lack of zeal for your life. 

I work with people on a range of concerns, always striving to get to know you as a whole person. I am authentic, respectful, and provide a balance of support and challenge in order to help you live more of the life you're wanting.

Finding a good "fit" with a therapist is key! If you're looking for a therapist -- or even wondering whether therapy is right for you -- trust your instincts! If you walk away from a therapy session feeling hopeful that someone can help support you in creating the change you want to see in your life, that's a good sign. If not, keep searching! "

For those new to therapy: " Many people delay seeking therapy because they believe, 'I'm supposed to be able to do this myself!' In truth, we all need support sometimes -- sometimes just a little nudge in the right direction, sometimes a lot more. Reaching out for support is a great indicator of strength and resourcefulness! None of us could survive this life alone. "


Private Practice, Life Coach & Therapist, 2012 - present
Butler Hospital, Program Therapist, 2016 - present
Warren Alpert Brown Medical School, Social Behavior Sciences Faculty, 2015 - present
Opioid Treatment Program, Clinical Social Work Intern, Providence VA 2015-2016
Anger Management Course, Co-founder and facilitator, 2012 - 2013

Rhode Island College School of Social Work, MSW, 2016
Gestalt Therapy Australia, Advanced Certificate of Relational Gestalt Counseling, 2012
Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, Diploma of Counseling, 2012




Life transitions, existential challenges, becoming "unstuck" – Becoming "unstuck" creatively, professionally, and personally; finding a stronger sense of self and personal meaning; developing self-compassion and reducing self-criticism; adjusting to college; career transitions
Relationship concerns, couples work – Developing healthy relationships, including romantic, social, and familial
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias; undesired eating habits, smoking, and drug use related to anxiety
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Substance use –  Including tobacco, marijuana, opiates, and alcohol; wanting to quit substances or wondering how they are fitting into their lives
Anger management issues – Reevaluating the purpose of anger in one's life; rather than seeing anger as something that we shouldn't feel, seeing it as an important emotion that can educate us on what is working and what isn't in our lives; sees clients ranging from those who are seen socially as "angry," to those who typically don't come across as angry; previously ran anger management courses


Adoption – Working with adults who were adopted as children and are now trying to make sense of their histories and identities
Couples work – Developing a stronger bond, rebuilding trust, and rediscovering each other
Cultural adjustment – Transitioning from a foreign country or different state
Family issues –  Making sense of family disruptions e.g. separation/divorce, financial/economic instability/changes, difficulty achieving independence or separation from parents
Mindfulness, self compassion – Runs mindfulness groups; helps with one-on-one coaching; works to integrate mindfulness into clients' daily lives so they can use it to live the kind of life they wants to live



Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Emotionally Focused TherapyEmotionally focused therapy is a typically short-term (8–20 sessions), structured approach to therapy. It proposes that human emotions have an innately adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients change problematic emotional states or unwanted self-experiences. People's inability to manage emotions and use them well is seen as the problem. (learn more)



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




Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? I worked with Nelly for 2 years, and found her to a remarkable therapist. She helped me through a tough time, and beyond. She has a great non-judgmental presence that was instrumental in my progress.
— Dave, 46, Providence, RI (2016)