Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Young adult life transitions
Mindfulness based body-psychotherapy
Paul Zasada is a counselor in North Kingstown, Rhode Island specializing in mindfulness and body-centered psychotherapy, Hakomi psychotherapy, anxiety, depression, young adult life transitions, relationships, and attachment challenges. Paul also works with individuals who have trauma and mood disorders.
Paul sees adolescents through adults as well as couples and parents. He particularly enjoys working with adolescents, teenagers, college students, and recent college graduates as they transition to adulthood, and helps them figure out what they want to do in their lives and how they fit into the world. He speaks and offers sessions in both English and Polish.
Paul's approach is guided by his training in holistic counseling at Salve Regina University and his certification in Hakomi Psychotherapy, a therapy approach that takes into account the emotions in the body as they relate to psychological processes. Paul is one of only two providers in Rhode Island certified in Hakomi. He combines Hakomi with other approaches such as interpersonal therapy and supportive therapy to address his clients' concerns in a holistic, emphatic way.
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
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
Attachment – Attachment theory involves learning about how our bodies and brains are shaped by our relationships with other people. Attachment theory helps us understand how our formative relationships with our primary caregivers can profoundly influence the kind and quality of relationships we form throughout our lives. Research indicates that the neuro-attachment circuitry throughout our bodies is not permanent, and that we can re-wire and re-learn new and more secure methods of attachment throughout our lives.
Mindfulness based Body-Centered Psychotherapy – Body-Centered Psychotherapy involves therapeutic approaches that integrate a client’s physical body into the therapy process. Also referred to as Somatic Psychotherapy, this is a process that recognizes the intimate relationship between the human body and the psychological well-being of a person. Body-Centered Psychotherapists view the body as a resource for self-discovery and healing.
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
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 Insurance
Johnson & Wales University Student Insurance
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Ongoing sessions: $120
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Paul can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I offer psychotherapy in a safe and collaborative environment where you can explore the challenges of everyday living. Whether it's dealing with relationships or navigating persistent and difficult emotions such as sadness or anxiety, I will work as a guide to help you find your inner resources and create the life you want and deserve"
Treatment approachesInterpersonal 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)
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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2012 - Present
Salve Regina University, MA, 2010
Salve Regina University, BA, 2007