Roberta Lasser

Roberta Lasser

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for daytime appointment



Young adults / College students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)

Specialties & expertise

  • Couples counseling

  • Relationship challenges

  • General stresses of balancing personal and professional life

  • Work related challenges

  • Family challenges

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Grief and loss

  • Parenting

  • Life transitions

  • Existential challenges

  • Anger related issues

  • Chronic illness

  • Sexual abuse

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.


Anger – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
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

General expertise

Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions
Existential challenges and life transitions – Questioning purpose; finding one’s path and voice; adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions
Family issues – Making sense of family issues e.g. separation/divorce, financial/economic instability/changes, sibling relationships
Parenting – Navigating parent-child interactions; creating structure and limits, and establishing expectations of behavior
Sexual abuse –  Dealing with the emotions of a recent or past sexual assault or violence


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Brown University Student Health Insurance

  • First Health

  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

  • Johnson & Wales University (United Healthcare)

  • Providence College (Tufts)

  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)

  • Tufts

  • United Healthcare

  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • First session: $140/session

  • Ongoing sessions: $100/session (45min)

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."

Treatment approaches

Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defences we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), patients works with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps patients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Family SystemsThe main clinical precept of family systems theory is that individual problems must be understood within their larger family and environmental systems, which often provide the key to successful treatment. Whether the client is a large family or a single person, family therapy focuses on changing relational interactions. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)

Education and work experience

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

Simmons College School of Social Work, MSW, 1975
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. 1973-1974
University of Wisconsin, Madison, BSW, 1970



Client testimonials

Roberta is a very empathetic listener and willing to give feedback.
— Zencare client (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 on and off 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 (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 to open up and be honest with each other. Also, she 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 (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 (2016)