Therapists Specializing in Developmental Disorders in Rhode Island

Developmental disorders are a diverse group of long-term conditions that begin in early childhood. Children may have difficulties with learning, communication, mobility, or behavior, which can affect a child’s ability to participate in personal, social, or academic areas of life. The features of each developmental disorder are different, but most are characterized by a delay in reaching expected developmental milestones.

The assessment and diagnosis of developmental disorders is a specialized field, and it typically involves a team of health professionals, including pediatricians, child psychologists or psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, and speech pathologists. Treatment plans tend to involve a combination of medical care, skills training for children and parents, therapy sessions, and other supports. Therapy is usually highly structured and aims to help individuals improve their coping and function at their best. Working with a therapist individually or with the whole family can provide emotional support to parents and caregivers, as well as provide the opportunity to help them learn how to best support their child.

Find therapists in Rhode Island who specialize in developmental disorders 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!


Hartselle and Associates

Hartselle and Associates

10 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $1000 per session

Hartselle & Associates is a small, client-focused practice with a tailored approach to fit each patient's unique needs.
The physicians at Hartselle & Associates provide premium service for busy adults, children, and families who are looking to maximize results with a trusted clinician.


Ken  Jaeger

Ken Jaeger

305 South Main Street, Providence, RI, 02903

Online Sessions, RI

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

A lot of the distress I work with seems to involve people having strong feelings and then getting tangled up in thinking they are wrong or flawed for having the feelings. I work to help people find their own capacity to be with, befriend and hopefully transform the aspects of themselves that bring them pain and discord, (e.g. depression, anxiety, overwhelming emotional reactions or traumatic memories). I draw from several approaches to therapy, especially IFS, EMDR, and DBT, and approach patients with a personal manner that I am told is open, non-judgmental and engaged. I make my sense of direction and ideas about the course of therapy as clear as I can, and then dialogue about it with my patients to co-create an approach to working with their issues.


The Holistic Heart

The Holistic Heart

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), United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Optum, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $115 per session

The Holistic Heart is a specialty counseling practice that has made it their mission to deliver high-quality, truly holistic mental health care.

Taking an evidence-based approach, they offer comprehensive treatment options that span mind, body, and soul.

Their unique team is made up of masters level & licensed clinicians, yoga teachers, expressive arts facilitators, core energetic facilitators, and energy work practitioners who specialize in a wide scope of psycho-spiritual work.


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.


New England Wellness Collaborative LLC

New England Wellness Collaborative LLC

1 Richmond Square, Providence, RI, 02906

5 Mechanic Street, Hopkinton, RI, 02832

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $65 - $110 per session

New England Wellness Collaborative is a group of dedicated therapists with locations in Providence and Hope Valley, Rhode Island offering individual, couples, and family sessions, workshops, wellness programs, and online video therapy.

The therapists at New England Wellness Collaborative see clients of all ages from children through adults. They have particular specialty and training in challenges commonly faced by children and families, including trauma, loss, developmental and learning disabilities, parenting challenges, and anxiety.


Kimberly  Benchsky

Kimberly Benchsky

2220 Plainfield Pike, Cranston, RI, 02921

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, 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: $100 per session

Sometimes life presents us with challenges that are too overwhelming to navigate on our own. This is when therapy may be helpful. Hello, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 10 years of experience working with children ages 2 years old through adulthood. I have extensive experience supporting individuals with anxiety, ADHD, adjustment disorder, depression/postpartum depression, grief, trauma, social skills, coping skills, sibling conflict, family interactions, and sensory difficulties. I also have a specialty in assisting clients with autism spectrum disorders. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings.


Greta  Mittner

Greta Mittner

3 Phillips Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: 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, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $110 per session

I strive to provide a safe space for my clients to feel they can explore any issue without judgment. There is usually more than one evidence-based way to approach any issue, so I use the therapy techniques that fit my client best. Transitions, whether developmental milestones or unexpected changes in health or relationships, can bring up intense emotions. Anxiety disorders, depressions and sometimes scary thoughts will often appear or worsen at these times. Some clients feel better after one session just knowing they aren't alone.
I treat all races, religions and sexual orientations with openness and a willingness to address and include ideas and discussions important to my clients. I have experience working extensively with Jewish clients as well as Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist and Christians of many denominations.


Sage  Goodwin

Sage Goodwin

Online Sessions, RI

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $160 per session

I always feel honored and privileged to be allowed into my clients-into their depths with their trust. I believe that learning to be a therapist is a never-ending process, and that if I am asking my clients to be curious, I need to practice that in my own life. I have extensive training in many areas and bring them all into my work, tailoring the experience to each individual and couple. I will continue to acquire more tools, refine those I have, and keep digging deeper in my practice to meet people where they are, to hear what they want, and to challenge them to move towards more fulfillment. I want everyone to feel I am walking alongside them, working toward healing and beyond.
For individuals: There are many reasons to begin therapy, but typically people come to see me when they are feeling stuck or when life’s challenges feel overwhelming. We can collaborate to find new ways to look at stuck places that are internal (emotional, trauma, destructive thoughts, anxiety, depression, etc.) and/or external (relationships, work, financial, etc.).
For couples: Relationships are hard work and we all need help at times in navigating through stuck places. I am excited about emotionally focused couples therapy because it provides a real, emperically validated road map to getting unstuck and moving towards a deeper connection with your partner.


Cecilia  Dietzler

Cecilia Dietzler

960 Reservoir Avenue, Cranston, RI, 02910

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), First Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Medicare (through United Health), Tricare, Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare, Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $100 per session

Therapy provides all of us an opportunity to gain understanding about ourselves and our lives, and helps us manage it all with full awareness and greater strength. It works best when the therapist is competent and when there is a good connection between client and therapist.


Michael  Robbins

Michael Robbins

295 Angell Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

It's difficult to be in college. It's difficult to be in a transitional time in your life, and I think it makes a lot of sense to come to therapy and talk with someone who can help you sort out the larger questions in your life so you know where you want to go and who you want to be and what you want to do.


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