Michele  Paliotta

Michele Paliotta

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Rhode Island Not Accepting Online

This therapist is currently not accepting new clients. Find available Rhode Island therapists on Zencare.

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Gender identity & transgender health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Professional statement

Michele Paliotta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rhode Island with a practice focused on gender diversity and working with members of the LGBTQ community. Michele also sees individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, family issues, and some trauma. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Michele's approach to treatment is practical and realistic so clients can use everyday skills in their daily life. Advocacy is an important part of Michele's work, and she is involved in activism at the state house and throughout RI. She offers day, evening, and Saturday appointments to make sure therapy fits into her clients' schedules.

Message to clients

I love being a social worker because I think providing therapy and advocacy are both acts of social justice.


LGBTQ and gender identity issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Families
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Beacon Health Options
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • First Health
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Michele Paliotta is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (45-50min)
  • Couples sessions: $150 (45-50min)
  • Family sessions: $150 (45-50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly


Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Not accepting new clients online
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 8am-9pm
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat 8am-9pm
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2011 - Present
Rhode Island College, Assistant Professor, 2019 - Present

Rhode Island College, MSW, 2001
Northeastern University, BS, 1997



Professional endorsements

"Having dealt with hundreds of therapists in the Rhode Island area and beyond, I say with absolute confidence that Michele Paliotta is one of the best therapists around. Her extensive clinical experience and large capacity for compassion allows her to develop a profound understanding of her patients and their needs. Warm, empathetic, and caring, Michele Paliotta has a unique style that immediately makes her patients feel safe and comfortable. She is constantly exploring new and innovative approaches that build off her substantial clinical background and extensive professional knowledge. Her unique ability to connect with her patients allows her to provide therapy which works specifically to address individual patient needs."

- Dr. Agnieszka Janicka, MD • June 2017

"I recommend Michele very often. She is extremely knowledgeable and aware of the issues marginalized people face. She has a great sense of humor and a style that is inviting. She is compassionate, and works hard to advocate for and with others. She is a personable and genuinely caring therapist who is skilled in helping in difficult situations. Michele is also a leader of peers in the community."

- Jayna Klatzker, LICSW • June 2017

Client testimonials

"I consider myself very fortunate to have found Michele Paliotta who is not only knowledgeable with all aspects of gender dysphoria and gender transition, but someone who also is so understanding and easy to talk to. I quickly came to look forward to our sessions! Michele is knowledgeable in all aspects of gender transition and was able to refer me to other professionals and resources when needed. Michele is compassionate and understanding, and I recommend her enthusiastically and without reservation."
- Captain at a major airline • June 2017
"Michele was an incredibly relatable person who immediately made me feel comfortable about sharing things about myself that I was not accustomed to talking about. My only other experience with a therapist was very negative so I was apprehensive about going to someone again, but Michele eased all of those fears. For once I felt like I wasn’t incapable of getting help for issues I had kept inside for years."
- Anonymous client • June 2017