Sarah DonFrancesco

Sarah DonFrancesco

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for morning and daytime appointments


 

Clientele

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Family
Parents
Seniors (65+)

Hours

Mon: 12:00pm-7:00pm
Tue: 8:00am-5:00pm
Wed: 12:00pm-7:00pm
Thu: 8:00am-5:00pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Eating disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • PTSD

  • Life transitions

  • Relationships


Professional statement

Sarah DonFrancesco is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Be Collaborative Care in Providence, Rhode Island. She is an expert in eating disorder recovery and associated challenges, including depression, anxiety, and trauma. She sees individuals navigating anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, as well as their partners and families. 

The foundation of Sarah’s approach is grounded in providing psychoeducation and mindfulness techniques. She uses a blend of skill-based modalities in her work, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She highly values a multidisciplinary, team-based approach, collaborating with each client’s clinical team to ensure holistic care. 

Sarah is passionate about helping her clients develop self-compassion, a healthier relationship with food, and control over their narrative. She strives to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment for clients to openly share their thoughts, struggles, and dreams in order to work together toward productive change.


Specialties

Eating disorders – Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
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

General expertise

Bipolar disorder – Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Compulsive behaviors – Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self harm – Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Tufts

  • United Health

  • Brown University Student Insurance

  • Johnson & Wales University

  • RISD Student Insurance

  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $200 (60min)

  • Ongoing sessions: $150/session (45min)


Message to clients

"The one thing that has always been clear about therapy, is that the relationship between the client and therapist is of the utmost importance. When it is a good fit, you will feel safe and cared for, listened to and supported, as well as accepted and challenged. I believe that this relationship has the ability to foster growth and change, and to help you navigate experiences and relationships In your life in a more healthy and productive manner- especially your relationship with yourself."


Treatment approaches

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (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)
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)

Education and work experience

Be Collaborative Care, Clinical Director, 2018 - Present
Justice Resource Institute, 2015 - 2018

Bridgewater State University, MA, 2015
Bridgewater State University, BS, 2008


Languages

English