Therapists Specializing in Aging Related Concerns in Rhode Island

Although older adults can experience many of the same challenges as younger adults, the process of aging brings with it a set of unique issues that can affect our mental and physical health. It’s relatively normal to experience some changes in cognition as we age – memory loss is one example of a cognitive change that can affect an individual’s day-to-day life and impair one’s ability to regulate emotions. Relatively few older adults will experience more significant changes to their memory, thinking, and behavior that may warrant a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to cognitive changes later in life, our risk of developing health and physical problems increases as we age, and we more often must cope with the loss of friends or family. Adjusting to such losses and changes can be understandably distressing and can lead to mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, or sleep disturbance.

If you or a loved one is having difficulty adapting to the changes that come with aging, therapy can help. Seeking support from a trained therapist can help you better understand the unique challenges of aging and help with the development of coping skills and alternative perspectives. Many therapy modalities can be helpful for those dealing with aging concerns; art therapy, for instance, is an example of a modality that can be particularly helpful to those with cognitive impairments, as it does not rely on verbal communication. If you have been diagnosed with a neurological condition, such as dementia, you may benefit from seeking more specialized care from a clinician specifically trained in this area.

Find therapists in Rhode Island who specialize in working with older adults and aging related concerns 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!


Andrew  Leonard

Andrew Leonard

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Medicare, 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, Optum, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $150 per session

Coming into therapy can be an extremely difficult decision. As such, the respect and appreciation I have for the courage it takes to reach out for help and to allow yourself to be vulnerable in therapy is immeasurable. The responsibility that comes along with this as a psychotherapist is something I will never take lightly or lose sight of. Therefore, I am 100% committed to the work we undergo together and will always aspire to offer a treatment environment in which you feel comfortable, respected, and valued at all times by a competent and empathic professional.

Our work together will always be a collaborative effort. If you find that you are having trouble believing in yourself, know that I do, and that we will work to get you to the point where you do as well. I truly believe that every human being is capable of making positive, meaningful changes, even when it may be challenging to believe this initially—all it takes is a small amount of willingness and open-mindedness to build upon. The fact that you are even reading this right now shows that you have both of these already.

Whenever you feel ready, please do not hesitate to reach out to chat a bit about any questions you may have or just to see if we are the right fit.


Cynthia  Wilcox

Cynthia Wilcox

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Medicare
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 per session

Hello- I am so looking forward to working with you. As you can see from my statement, I am very interactive with you and would love to hear your concerns. I once told a client, " when you have told me all your stories, even the most difficult ones, you will be well on your way to being healed." I will listen, cry, and laugh with you as you move along to freedom from your stuck narratives. I am still only doing telehealth and have had some of my most profound sessions remotely. Who knew! I hope you will join me.


Tom  Lavin

Tom Lavin

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Multiplan or PHCS, Rhode Island College RIC Student Health Insurance (PHCS or Multiplan)
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $110 per session

If you are looking at my profile, chances are you are feeling confused, upset, possibly in emotional or physical pain. My first goal in therapy is to understand what you are going through and to help you sort out your concerns within the context of a safe and compassionate relationship. More simply, I want you to feel understood and cared for. My wish is to create a space where you can begin to heal and find ways to build a more satisfying and purposeful life, in your relationships with others and in how you see yourself.


Lisa  Goldman

Lisa Goldman

295 Angell Street, Providence, RI, 02906

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), United Healthcare Student Health Plan
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 per session

It can seem like a daunting task to take the first step to reach out for therapy, and I am always impressed when people do that. In addition to that very important first step, your relationship with your therapist is also incredibly important – to feel understood, and feel like this is someone you can work with. That is ultimately the core of a healthy, working relationship, and I am more than happy to work with you to ensure you feel that level of comfort with me, or with someone else.


Ros  Johnson

Ros Johnson

100 Lafayette Street, Pawtucket, RI, 02860

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Coventry Health, First Health, 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), United Healthcare Student Health Plan, PacifiCare, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

I look forward to you contacting me regarding whatever's on your mind. Whether it's something you want to address in a few sessions--or even just one!--or it's issues you need to examine longer-term and in more depth, I'm interested. My aim is to provide a safe and nonjudgmental space in which you can talk about anything at all and in which I can help you focus on your strengths and the possibilities for change. With over 40 years of experience with a diverse population, I'm able to address a wide variety of issues with the individuals and couples who see me.


Caroline  Obrecht

Caroline Obrecht

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare, Tricare, Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Health Plans Inc.
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $140 per session

I work to help people sort through issues, questions, and problems. My approach is supportive and varied as I tailor it to the individual.


Leila  O'Connell

Leila O'Connell

208 Governor Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), First Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Multiplan or PHCS, Tricare, 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), Bryant University Student Health Insurance (First Health), Rhode Island College RIC Student Health Insurance (PHCS or Multiplan), Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 per session

Compassion, curiosity and humor are the best adjectives to describe my work. I have been a clinical social worker for nearly 30 years and believe more than ever in the power of the 'talking cure.' I provide a safe space for people to share their stories and bear witness to their pain and sorrow. Thru this process people learn to (re) create sustainable lives. I believe that recovery/positive change is always possible and strive to offer people hope thru our work together. While psychodynamically trained, I often use CBT techniques, self compassion and case management on a case by case basis.


Jeannie  Burkhard

Jeannie Burkhard

172 Cushing Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Coventry Health, First Health
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $185 per session

The process of psychotherapy is nurtured in a safe, supportive atmosphere of trust, mutual respect and open communication where clients can talk freely about experiences, feelings, thoughts and concerns. I value an individualized, collaborative, relationship-centered approach to therapy which holds the client's well-being, growth and goals at the center of the work and appreciates their unique identities, capacities and strengths.


Jasmine  Appleberry

Jasmine Appleberry

640 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI, 02865

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Medicare (through United Health), 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, AARP, Bankers Life
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 per session

Your perspective is valuable to me, and I want you to have a chance to express it in a space of safety, warmth, and collaboration. You deserve to be heard and to get help uncovering your wishes, what gets in the way, and how you can lead a more fulfilling life. We will talk about tools, but we will also talk about how your unique assets and values can be built upon, and how your patterns can change meaningfully. Moving through painful transitions, acceptance and change can both be hard. I believe in hope, and I want to be with you as you feel more empowered, and know more ease and satisfaction. I am a very down-to-earth, engaged, and compassionate therapist. I will deeply respect that you have come to me, that you have great undiscovered wisdom and skills, and that we are embarking on this journey together.


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