Roberta  Lasser

Roberta Lasser

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Rhode Island Not Accepting Online
Providence Not Accepting In-person

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

Updated October 6, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Work issues

Professional statement

Roberta is a therapist in Providence, RI who works with individuals and couples ages 18 and older. Many clients come to her office with issues related to relationships, including between partners, within families, and at work. Roberta is skilled in treating challenges of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, and difficulties associated with the general stresses of balancing one's personal and professional life.

Roberta uses an eclectic approach to treatment, starting where the client is at in the first appointment and exploring the past in terms of how it is impacting the client at the present time. Based on a foundation in psychodynamic / psychosocial therapy, she integrates modalities such as CBT, Family Systems, and ego psychology, always focusing on interpersonal skills.

Roberta received her MSW from Simmons College and has worked as a clinical coordinator and faculty member at various institutions such as Simmons College, Boston College, Boston University, and Rhode Island College. She has been in private practice for over 30 years.


Message to clients

I enjoy meeting and working with people and strive to provide a safe, comfortable place where clients can trust that they will be heard and respected. I individualize treatment to the needs of the client using whatever information and techniques are appropriate to the situation. Along with the client, I try to be an active participant in helping to develop and/or expand the repertoire of appropriate responses to life's various challenges.
For university students: Leaving home for the first time can be very difficult for some, especially if the physical distances are great and one is unable to go home for long periods of time. Having a safe, quiet space off campus to sort through thoughts and feelings is often helpful, and I strive to provide that in my practice.


Specialties

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorders

Depression - Tearfulness, lethargy, feeling down, serious depression

Relationships - Responding to an emotional reaction to a particular event with colleagues, bosses, and/or family members; feeling unsatisfied in your romantic partnership; breakups, friendships, dating

Work issues - Communication or relationship challenges at work with bosses and/or colleagues




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • 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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $100 (45min)
  • Initial session: $140 (45min)

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
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly

Location(s)

Providence practice
226 Waterman Street, 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 11am-6pm
  • Tue 11am-6pm
  • Wed 11am-5pm
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

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 11-6
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed 11-6
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 1985 - Present
Simmons College, Boston College, Boston University, Rhode Island College, Fieldwork supervisor for masters-level students, 1997 - 2002
Rhode Island Youth Guidance Center, Clinical coordinator for individual and family therapy, 1976 - 2002

Simmons College School of Social Work, MSW, 1975
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, 1974
University of Wisconsin, Madison, BSW, 1970


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"Roberta made an awkward process comfortable."
- Zencare client • January 2021
"When I spoke with Roberta, she was kind, informative, and easy to talk to. She helped to relax the mood and set a calm atmosphere."
- Zencare client • June 2020
"Roberta was warm and understood what I'm looking to get out of our sessions."
- Zencare client • June 2020
"Roberta is a very empathetic listener and willing to give feedback."
- Zencare client • December 2019
"Roberta has helped me with problems within my relationships on-and-off over many years. I go through periods when they are bothering me a lot, and I feel anxious/depressed. Roberta has been great at helping me gain perspective on my relationships and cope with them more effectively. I have been seeing her for almost 20 years! We will work together for a few months and then years will go by that I don’t see her. When I begin feeling overwhelmed again, I will see her again for a few months. She has helped me enormously in managing professional and personal relationships."
- Hospital administrator • June 2016
"Roberta was very helpful in getting us to talk through our issues and balance our lives. She listened and encouraged us, with a very professional and caring style. She was outstanding in helping us open up and be honest with each other. Roberta also let us know that we were on the right track and that she was there for us if we needed her. Not pushy for additional sessions, only what we needed."
- Director of a large non-profit organization • June 2016
"Roberta Lasser worked with me and my former spouse for six months as we were trying to peacefully and amiably untangle our 15 year relationship. Roberta challenged us both to be the best versions of ourselves and helped us so much as we worked through a very tough time. We both respected her tremendously and trusted her implicitly. Ultimately, we found our way to a divorce after which Roberta was my personal therapist for about 6 years. I would recommend her to anyone seeking a gentle, attentive, insightful counselor. She is warm, but firm. I am so grateful for the guidance she offered to me during good times and bad."
- College professor • June 2016