Queer-Friendly Therapists in Rhode Island

LGBTQ therapists in Providence | LGBTQ therapists in North Providence | LGBTQ therapists in Pawtucket | LGBTQ therapists in Cranston | LGBTQ therapists in Bristol | LGBTQ therapists in Newport | LGBTQ therapists in North Kingstown and Wakefield

The following therapists are some of the best LGBTQ therapists in Rhode Island. Find therapists whose practices serve the gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and queer community. Therapists have expertise in helping individuals navigate challenges related to identity, relationships, coming out, and family and cultural pressures. In order to be listed on this directory, therapists must demonstrate their ongoing training and dedication to cultural competency, including understanding of the difference between gender and sexuality, being affirming of diverse identities, expressing a willingness to learn more, and focusing on identity only when it benefits the client. In Rhode Island, it is possible to find therapists with extensive training in working with the LGBTQ community who are also in-network with health insurances such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, United Health, Neighborhood Health, Harvard Pilgrim, and some college insurance plans. Some psychiatrists do not accept insurance and typically charge fees over $300 per session. Psychiatric nurse practitioners may be able to provide medication management as an adjunct to therapy, and they tend to accept health insurances and offer lower fees than psychiatrists. LGBTQ therapy sessions are usually 30 minutes - 75 minutes long. Most therapists with deep expertise in working with the LGBTQ community have offices in Providence. Find LGBTQ therapists below, as well as local resources for the LGBTQ community in Rhode Island.

Jayna Klatzker

Jayna Klatzker, LICSW

Jayna received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University, and her BS in Psychology and Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. She serves many young adults from senior year of high school through college graduation, as well as adults of all ages.She sees clients for a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, learning difficulties, and life transitions, and has a strong focus on LBGTQQIA and transgender topics.   

Cathy Lewis

Cathy Lewis, LICSW

Cathy specializes the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families. Her expertise areas include adoption and foster care, LGBTQQ topics, trauma, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and depression. She has extensive experience working with LGBTQQ clients exploring sexuality and gender identity, and has advanced training in treating psychological trauma. She also works closely with parents and children who have gone through or are currently going through the adoption process. 

Melissa DaSilva, LICSW

Melissa DaSilva, LICSW

Melissa is an expert in the field of transgender topics, and works with many trans and nonbinary youth to provide support throughout their transition. She collaborates with outside providers to ensure comprehensive care for those who wish to pursue physical transition. Melissa enjoys working with clients on LGBTQ topics, academic issues, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. She also has experience supporting clients with anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Her practice is welcoming towards all genders and sexualities, as well as poly and kink couples.

Kara Massie, PhD - Therapist in Providence, RI

Kara Massie, PhD

Dr. Massie has a longstanding interest in serving the LGBTQ community. At Clark University, she saw many LGBTQ students who identified as genderqueer and were considering or seeking the right services for transition. Prior to that, she taught a human sexuality course at Suffolk University. Dr. Massie also has expertise in eating disorders, stemming from her work at the Charis Center for Eating Disorders where she ran body image and CBT groups as well as meal supports and saw individuals in the partial hospitalization program.

Frances Carpenter, LICSW

Frances Carpenter, LICSW

Frances is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of young adults, college students, graduate students, and adults. Her focus areas include anxiety, depression, life transitions, existential challenges, and LGBTQ and gender identity topics. She also has experience in identity issues related to adoption, family of origin, and relationships.Frances has been in private practice for over 20 years.

Barbara Krementz

Barbara Krementz, LICSW, ATR

Barbara is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of college and graduate students. Her clinical practice focuses on the general challenges of college life, including anxiety, depression, life stage transitions, family issues, relationship difficulties, LGBTQ and gender identity issues, and loss. Barbara completed her MSW and Certificate of Advanced Clinical Supervision at Smith College School for Social Work, Certificate of Art Therapy at the Phillips Graduate Institute, and MA in Visual Anthropology at USC.

Marie Donabella, PhD - Therapist in Providence, RI

Marie Donabella, PhD

Dr. Donabella is a psychologist with Ph.Ds in Clinical Psychology and Medical Sciences. She has worked in her private practice since 2002 alongside her research on stress, anxiety, and health. Dr. Donabella has expertise in athletic performance, anxiety, depression, and LGBTQ and sexuality related concerns. She also helps those recovering from athletic injury, teaches stress management, and coaches individuals with health and wellness concerns.

Lauren Greve PhD

Lauren Greve, PhD

Dr. Lauren Greve is a psychologist in Wayland Square in Providence, RI. She specializes in college mental health, anxiety concerns, depression, adjustment disorders, sexual orientation, gender identity, and trauma. Her office is within walking distance from Brown University and RISD, and she sees many undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, residents, and faculty members.

Dr. Marnee Colburn

Marnee Colburn, PhD

Dr. Colburn is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of young adults, college students, adolescents, children, and families. Her focus areas include anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment and life stage transitions, relationship difficulties, family issues, parenting, and stress management. She also sees many clients in the LGBTQ community. Dr. Colburn has been in private practice for over 35 years.

Eric McKnight

Eric McKnight, LICSW

Eric sees many university students experiencing anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges. He has particular expertise in areas pertaining to existential challenges, socioeconomic background and place of origin, and one's emotional relationship to personal finances. Eric sees many individuals for issues specific to athletics, as well, such as concussion-induced mood challenges. 

Nikole Barnes, LICSW

Nikole Barnes, LICSW

Nikole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Providence, RI specializing in seeing young adults, members of the LGBTQ community, people of color, undergraduate, graduate and international students, and individuals experiencing phase of life changes. She has specialized training and focus in the areas of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, trauma, multicultural counseling, anxiety issues, depression and crisis intervention.

Michael Robbins, PhD

Michael Robbins, PhD

Dr. Robbins trained in community centers in New York City and San Francisco, where he gained experience working with people from all different backgrounds, and he particularly enjoys seeing international students and people in the LGBTQ community. Dr. Robbins has expertise in depression, anxiety disorders including OCD, and parenting issues. With his office conveniently located on College Hill, he sees many college students and professors from neighboring universities.

David Dove, PhD

David Dove, PhD

Dr. Dove founded Dove Psychology in 2009, where he works to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for a diverse clientele. He has expertise treating anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Dr. Dove employs his experience to support clients as they navigate life's stressors and challenges. He particularly enjoys working with people on issues related to culture, identity, and marginalization.

Ivy Marwil

Ivy Marwil, LICSW

Ivy received her Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University. She has been in private practice for 30 years, and has previously been an instructor for Brown University's PLME program and a consultant at multiple educational, family, and adoption services. She has particular expertise in adoption-related topics, ADHD, anxiety,  Asperger syndrome, eating disorders, grief and loss of family and friends, marriage counseling, parenting-related challenges, and sexual orientation.

Stacy Donn Cristo

Stacy Donn Cristo, LMHC

Stacy is a holistic psychotherapist who specializes in working with students, young adults in their 20s, artists, and adults navigating midlife changes. Clients often come to Stacy’s office for support with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, exploring questions of identity, and challenges related to family of origin and current roadblocks. Stacy encourages clients to bring the body into therapy by incorporating grounding exercises, gentle yoga, and reconnecting with the breath.

Kevin Hathaway, LMHC

Kevin Hathaway, LMHC

Kevin Hathaway is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, RI specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQ and sexuality topics, and couples counseling. His particular area of expertise is in working with members of the LGBTQ community as they explore topics related to communication, family, depression, self-esteem, acceptance, and identity.

Eileen Casella Rider LMHC

Eileen Casella Rider, LMHC

Eileen Casella Rider is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in anxiety, depression, LGBTQ topics, trauma, and substance use disorders. She also enjoys working with blended families and step-parents. As a community member she has served as Co-Chair of the LCFD.org gender-free dance organization and currently runs a support group for trans-identifying individuals seeking additional support.

Kelly Ochoa MD

Kelly Ochoa, MD

Dr. Kelly Ochoa is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; board certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.Her areas of expertise include cross-cultural psychiatry, the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, working with the LGBTQ and young adult populations, and coaching parents on strategies to reduce conflict and improve parent-child interactions.


Michele Paliotta

Michele Paliotta, LICSW

Michele Paliotta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Providence with a practice focused on working with members of the LGBTQ community and specializing in gender diversity. Michele also sees individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, family issues, and some trauma. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Advocacy is an important part of Michele's work, and she is involved in activism at the state house and throughout RI. 


Kira Manser, LCSW - Therapist in Pawtucket, RI

Kira Manser, LCSW

Kira is a therapist in Pawtucket, RI with expertise in helping individuals and couples with sexual communication, gender affirmation, sexual functioning, sexual pleasure, and sex positivity. She is currently the Clinical Director for The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. Energetic and friendly, Kira strives to create spaces that challenge and support individuals to explore sexuality by using active methods and affirmative and feminist informed therapeutic modalities.

Ros Johnson, LICSW

Ros Johnson, LICSW

Ros is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the greater Providence area with over 40 years of experience in family service, mental health, and private settings. She primarily works with young adults and college students, adults, couples, and seniors, and, as an out lesbian therapist, has always shown particular interest in the concerns of the LBTQIA+ community. 


Mary Beth Kilinski, PsyD

Mary Beth Kilinski, PsyD

Dr. Kilinski is a psychologist with extensive experience working with emerging adults and particularly enjoys working with college students and young professionals around issues of identity formation, separating from one's family of origin, and general life transition challenges. She has a sub-specialty in seeing individuals with parents who have abused substances, and provides support around the role that they had to take on at home and how that may be affecting current relationships.


Sarah Macedo, LICSW - Therapist in Bristol, RI

Sarah Macedo, LICSW

Sarah is a therapist in Bristol, RI with expertise in helping individuals with anxiety, depression, and trauma, particularly survivors of sexual assault. She also is passionate about working with the LGBTQ community and works with individuals struggling with their sexuality and gender identity. Located a 4min drive from Roger Williams University, she sees many students, especially in the law and forensic psych programs, who are managing academic pressures.


Sarah Knight, LMHC

Sara Knight, LMHC

Sara is an holistic counselor specializing in mindfulness-based practices for anxiety, depression, peri- and post-partum depression, borderline personality disorder, sobriety, and couples counseling. As both a counselor and doula, Sara has particular expertise in women's issues, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, childbirth support, and reproductive health. She sees individuals from a variety of cultural, relational, and gender identities.


LGBTQ treatment

How much does LGBTQ therapy in Rhode Island cost?

LGBTQ therapy sessions in Rhode Island can cost between $85 - $250 per session. If you find an in-network therapist, you may only need to pay a copay, which is typically between $20-$40 per session; however, it is also important to check whether you have a deductible that needs to be met first.

What insurances are covered for LGBTQ therapy sessions in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, it is possible to find LGBTQ therapists who accept insurances in-network. These include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Tufts, Neighborhood Health, and some student insurances; however, many highly trained LGBTQ therapists often have long waitlists, so it is important to check their availability before reaching out. If a therapist seems like a particularly good fit, you may also consider asking to be placed on a waitlist.

LGBTQ resources and support groups in Rhode Island

What LGBTQ therapy treatment centers exist in Rhode Island?

East Coast Mental Wellness (ECMW)
Location: 1 Richmond Square, Suite 333W, Providence, RI 02906
Contact: Directly contact East Coast Mental Wellness 

East Coast Mental Wellness (ECMW) serves the LGBTQ community by providing mental health services for individuals and groups, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), yoga, narrative therapy, family therapy, play therapy, expressive arts therapy, and video-conference sessions. They also provide online therapy, hypnosis, immigration services, and school based therapy services. They address challenges including LGBTQ concerns, life transitions, divorce, loss and grief, postpartum challenges and infertility, and trauma. The therapists at ECMW specialize in challenges related to identity, including trans and non-binary identities and LGBTQ topics. ECMW is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment, regardless of one’s gender, sexual identity, religion, culture, or ethnicity.

Sojourner House
Location: 386 Smith St, Providence, RI 02908
Contact: 401.861.6191; Hotline (401) 765-3232

Sojourner House is a nonprofit organization committed to helping those affected by domestic and sexual violence. They offer assistance through their hotline, support groups, emergency shelters, transitional housing, sexual health advocacy, emotional support, and more. They also help raise awareness about domestic violence, teen violence, HIV/AIDS prevention, elder abuse, and LGBTQ partner abuse. For the LGBTQ-community, the Sojourner House provides services for those experience domestic or sexual violence including housing assistance, individual counseling, support groups, prevention education, youth services, and free HIV testing and sexual health advocacy.

What support groups exist for the LGBTQ community in Rhode Island?

Youth Pride Inc.
Location: 743 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
Contact: 401.421.5626, info@youthprideri.org

Youth Pride Inc (YPI) is an affirming space for those ages 13 to 23 in the LGBTQ community. All programs provided are free of charge and include individual counseling, weekly discussion groups, leadership trainings, social events, and wellness activities. Visitors can enter YPI’s drop-in center, where they can play games, eat a healthy meal, get support, and make new friends. Every day, there is a different activity at YPI, such as dance classes, workshops, and yoga. YPI provides a safe and nonjudgmental environment where people can feel comfortable joining.

TGI Network of RI
Location: PO Box 40365, Providence, RI 02940
Contact: 401.441.5058; info@tginetwork.org

TGI Network of Rhode Island advocates for the transgender, gender-variant, and intersex communities in Rhode Island through support, advocacy, and education. They currently offer three peer-led support groups. The first is Borderlands which is open to TGI people and those exploring a TGI identity. TransPartners is the second support group and is for loved ones of TGI people. The last support group is TransFamilies which is open to parents and other family members of TGI people. Meeting days and times are listed below. Meeting locations are not included for participants’ privacy.

Borderlands: First and third Tuesday of the month from 7:00pm - 9:00pm and first and third Saturdays of the month from 1:00pm - 3:00pm in Providence.
TransPartners: First Tuesday of the month from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
TransFamilies: Every month with a fifth Tuesday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in central Providence.