Paul  Christopher

Paul Christopher

Adult Psychiatrist, MD
Rhode Island Waitlist Online
Providence Not Accepting In-person
East Greenwich Waitlist In-person
Updated August 4, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Job and academic stress management
  • Men's issues
  • Relationships
  • Life transitions
  • Medication management

Professional statement

Dr. Christopher is a Brown University-trained, board-certified psychiatrist. He provides individually tailored psychotherapy and medication management to adults over eighteen. He specializes in treating depression, anxiety, and mood disorder, as well as job and academic stress, men's issues, life transitions, and relationship concerns. He offers clients the option of seeing him for both psychotherapy or medication management, or for one or the other only.

Dr. Christopher received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed psychiatry training at the Brown University Psychiatry Residency and fellowship training in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In addition to his clinical work, he mentors medical students.


Message to clients

I know it can be difficult at times to talk about the problems that you face. So much of the time, we're expected to project an image of ourselves as successful, happy, funny, smart, or tough. But I would encourage you to give yourself permission to not have to face your worries alone. This is a place where you can talk openly and not feel judged. Together, we can work towards identifying and changing the things that in your life that are keeping you from feeling your best.

For men: It's no secret that traditionally, men are much less likely than women to seek mental health care. Sometimes, even the idea of asking for help can conflict with strongly ingrained social norms about needing to be tough. A the same time though, so many of the issues that men face can be quite impairing to our functioning and disruptive to the relationships with the people we love the most.


Specialties

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Job and academic stress management - Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other, particularly related to jobs and academics

Men's issues - Being able to recognize and express our emotions; being open and vulnerable in relationships; concerns about masculinity; worries about being an adequate provider, partner, and parent; and sometimes, about being faithful in romantic relationships

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

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

Medication management - Psychiatric medications have a strong evidence base for treating a wide range of mental health disorders; for some conditions, combining psychotherapy and medication works best; Dr. Christopher can offer both psychotherapy and medication management




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Paul Christopher is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (25min)
  • Initial session: $500 (90-120min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week

Location(s)

Providence practice
355 Hope Street, 2nd Floor, Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

East Greenwich practice
2639 South County Trail, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am - 5pm
  • Tue 11am - 2pm
  • Wed 12pm - 5pm
  • Thu 11am - 2pm
  • Fri 9am - 5pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, Psychotherapy and Medication management, 2015 - Present
Brown University, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, 2012 - Present
Butler Hospital, Staff Psychiatrist, 2009 - 2016
Harvard Medical School, Fellowship in Medical Ethics, 2013
Brown University, Adult Psychiatry Residency, 2009

University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD, 2005
Wesleyan University, BA, Philosophy & Neuroscience, 1998


Languages

English


Professional endorsements

"Dr. Christopher has an exemplary skill to approach every patient he treats with compassion and take into account biological, psychological, and social contributors to the issue at hand. He is also very well read, has had extensive clinical exposure, and has been a leading researcher in the field of mental health. He is also a proponent of consistent ongoing psychotherapy along with medication management which sets him apart as a mental health professional who is not only willing to treat the patient but approach them with a holistic perspective. I highly recommend him and have benefitted myself from learning from his clinical approach styles!"

- Sharath Puttichanda, MD • June 2016

"I have worked with Dr. Christopher throughout my years in training and then as a colleague in a psychiatric emergency room setting. I would highly recommend him. He is empathic, intelligent, and personable."

- Emily Murphy, MD • June 2016