Therapists Specializing in Adoption & Foster Care in Rhode Island

For many children, being placed in foster care and then adopted by a loving family results in a positive outcome. However, for some children, especially those adopted when they are older or from overseas, adjusting to a new family or foster care can be challenging. Such a significant change in circumstances represents a major life transition that can make children more vulnerable to emotional and behavioral difficulties, which can be distressing for both the child and the foster or adoptive family. While these difficulties often settle as the child adjusts to their new circumstances, some children continue to experience significant distress that affects relationships and day-to-day life.

If you are a foster or adoptive parent experiencing challenges or worrying about a child’s wellbeing, it can be helpful to seek the help of a therapist. Depending on the specific challenges you are facing, your therapist might provide family therapy, where all members of your core family unit are involved. Other providers might focus on helping the young person develop more helpful thinking patterns through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or trauma-focussed CBT (if the child is experiencing trauma symptoms). Sand tray therapy can also help children express themselves nonverbally. With the appropriate support, most children are able to adjust to life with their new families, develop supportive relationships, and live rich and fulfilling lives.

Find therapists in Rhode Island who specialize in adoption and foster care below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Carmel  Lombardi

Carmel Lombardi

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare, University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $135 per session

I believe everyone benefits from someone who can listen without judgement and who can offer support and guidance when needed. We all want to reach our best potential and live a fulfilling life, sometimes we might just need a little boost. 


Cathay  Che

Cathay Che

Online Sessions, RI

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $225 per session

I'm a discreet, empathetic therapist who will listen to what you want and what you say very carefully, give you gentle but honest feedback, and help guide you towards solutions that are both accessible and sustainable.


Jacqueline  Meszaros

Jacqueline Meszaros

1 Richmond Square, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), 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
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $0 per session

I offer a safe and supportive environment for clients to examine and explore the challenges in their lives which have lead them to therapy. The goal of the therapeutic process is twofold: subjectively we seek an increased awareness of the underlying issues within the client's psyche and objectively we create a treatment plan to implement this self-knowledge into everyday action.


Heather  Lee

Heather Lee

255 Hope Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Tufts Health Plan
Waitlist available in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

I want you to know that your happiness and wellbeing are important. We often live and work in very stressful environments and it is my goal to support you to feel calm, confident and resilient in the face of life's challenges.


Amanda  Vaughn

Amanda Vaughn

325 Angell Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), 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
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

For expecting or new parents: The transition into parenthood can bring many joys and challenges. The wish to have a baby can be a powerful driving force in a man or woman’s life. Struggles with fertility can lead to depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, isolation, and physical symptoms. A vicious cycle begins: fertility struggles increase depression and anxiety, and depression and anxiety have been linked to decreased fertility.
Preparing for parenthood is also a large task. Women and couples with a history of anxiety, depression, difficulty making major life adjustments, relational conflicts, loss and grief may also seek out therapy as they prepare to become parents.
Postpartum depression is the most common pregnancy complication. When the joy of motherhood is replaced by feelings of sadness, fear, hopelessness and anxiety both mother and baby are at risk. Postpartum depression can interfere with a mother’s ability to take care of and connect with her baby. I have received post-graduate training to diagnose and treat postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders.
And finally, the journey to parenthood can also involve grief and loss. Miscarriage, still birth, and other complications bring a profound form of heartache. Therapy can ease and address these issues.


Ivy  Marwil

Ivy Marwil

293 Governor Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), 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
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 per session

I have been a therapist for 35 years, including 25 years of private practice, and am passionate about helping my patients improve the quality of their lives, mental and physical health, and relationships. My approach is to be an active and sensitive listener. I aim to build therapeutic relationships, and provide a safe, non-judgmental and trusting environment that allows you to begin the process of healing and growth.
It is my privilege to help clients who have the courage to seek help in the face of all sorts of life challenges. I use a variety of strategies coming from different approaches to meet your specific needs and issues, and welcome your inquiry.


Emily  Buckbee Carey

Emily Buckbee Carey

1006 Charles Street, North Providence, RI, 02904

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), 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, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 per session

From my experience, I have found nothing is a better catalyst for change than a solid, trusting relationship. I am creative in my approach and think outside of the box. I am not terribly conventional and will push the envelope when I see fit.
My therapeutic approach incorporates many different tools I have learned over the years. I have developed a solid anger management curriculum and hope to help you learn to express your anger in new ways. I can work with individual, couples, family and groups. I am comfortable with any issues you present!
I have training in MET/CBT5 (Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 5 sessions) and utilize this approach for work mostly with anger issues but also with other behaviors people would like to change.


Brandi  Hamlin

Brandi Hamlin

659 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI, 02889

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, 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), Optum, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $105 per session

I think it's really imperative that people have their safe space to be able to come in and talk about whatever it may be that you might be dealing with. Oftentimes, there is something going on that maybe you feel like you can't talk to your friends about or you can't talk to your family. So this is your safe space to be able to come in and talk about whatever it may that you feel like you need to get off of your chest or that you just really need to talk out.


Katie  Grifka

Katie Grifka

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), 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
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 per session

Life brings us challenges and we often have to cope with different feelings and circumstances that arise. Whether you are dealing with a one-time situational event or a repetitive life pattern, it is ok to seek out support and gain a fresh perspective. In my sessions, I am here to provide acknowledgement and validation. I bring enthusiasm and collaboration to build upon your strengths and teach strategies to help overcome difficult situations.


Linda  Welsh

Linda Welsh

255 Hope Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

I really believe in the power of someone feeling heard and understood. From that, we create healing. We will create a safe space where you can feel really present and you and I can explore together the issues that bring you to therapy.


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