Rebecca Zisserson
Psychologist, PhD

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Dr. Zisserson is a wonderful, kind person who is a good listener and gives the advice I need to hear when I need to hear it and just lets me talk when I need to talk. ..."

- Brown University student (2015)

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    About Dr. Zisserson

  • Expertise in anxiety, depression, panic disorder, PTSD (including childhood and adult sexual abuse and assault, combat trauma), and substance abuse
  • Frequently works with college students around issues related to relationships, school-related anxiety, work-life balance, and cutting down on alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use.
  • Practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


Dr. Zisserson received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. She works with individuals with a wide range of concerns, including panic and anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse.

She provides a supportive and non-judgmental environment where clients can gain self-awareness, express their emotions, and learn to identify and change behaviors that interfere with their lives.

Her specialty training includes an internship in Addictions at the Bedford VA Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at Brown University Medical School.


"Coming to therapy can be anxiety-provoking, especially if it's your first time, and it's important to keep in mind that you don't have to come prepared. There's no right or wrong thing to say, as the first few sessions will be about you and your therapist getting to know each other and starting to talk about difficult things."



Brown University Medical School, Post-doctoral fellowship on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Bedford VA Hospital, Internship in Addictions
Boston University, PhD in Clinical Psychology  



Anxiety  Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety and social anxiety
Depression – Ranging from feeling mildly down through major depression
Relationship difficulties  Helps individuals through relationship challenges, including family, friendships and romantic relationships
Substance abuse  Including cutting down on alcohol, marjuana, and tobacco
Trauma – Includes childhood trauma, adult trauma, sexual abuse and assault, physical abuse, and combat trauma


Adults, ages 18 and up
College students
Medical professionals
Military personnel, veterans




Dr. Zisserson is a wonderful, kind person who is a good listener and gives the advice I need to hear when I need to hear it and just lets me talk when I need to talk. (Note: I often talk endlessly, so I am not sure what Dr. Zisserson would be like for someone who had trouble articulating their feelings.)
— Brown University student, 2015
I had intense social anxiety, as well as more general anxiety about a broad range of issues (including school, upsetting personal events, etc.). Dr. Zisserson was great at helping me get out of my comfort zone and stop allowing social anxiety to hold me back from experiencing college life. She was also very helpful during times of personal tragedy.
— Brown University student '16 (2016)