Therapists Specializing in Self Harm in Rhode Island

Self-harm, also called self-injury, is where someone deliberately injures themself in a way that is not intended to end their life. In many cases, people use self-harm as a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotions. However, it poses a risk and danger to the individual’s safety, and people often end up feeling worse. Self-harm is also associated with various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders.

The therapists below can help individuals increase awareness of and understand the reasons for self-harm. In therapy, individuals learn to identify triggers, develop safer and healthier coping strategies, implement self-soothing techniques, and bolster communication skills. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are probably the best-known, most effective treatment approaches for self-harm, although therapeutic approaches vary among therapists and depend on each individual’s specific challenges.

Find therapists in Rhode Island who specialize in self-harm 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!


Deborah  Schuessler

Deborah Schuessler

9 South Angell Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Medicare
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $165 per session

I work with people who are feeling overwhelmed by personal problems, depression, and anxiety. I’m interested in learning about you and helping you explore whatever issues and problems you’d like to address. In my experience, as you begin to feel supported by me and work on finding out who you are and what you want, you’ll develop your own personal and creative solutions.


Beth  McMurray

Beth McMurray

439 Benefit Street, Providence, RI, 02903

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield
Waitlist available in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

My aim as your therapist is to help you connect to your authentic self, with honesty and without self-judgement. Daily life can feel overwhelming when our hearts are hurting, or the stress of school or work or transitions have us paralyzed. I’ll help you break things down into manageable parts, to connect with new (or old) parts of your preferred self and bring that forward, to let go of old ideas and beliefs about self that may no longer be relevant. 


Natalie  Monaghan

Natalie Monaghan

545 South Water Street, Providence, RI, 02903

Online Sessions, RI

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $200 per session

So many people feel alone in their struggles, as well as disconnected from friends, family, and self. Seeking support is a brave step that signifies the desire for change, fulfillment and/or connection. Building a relationship with a therapist who is a good match for you and experiencing good therapy will be life changing. It is so important to find a therapist that you respect and connect well with, someone who can bring care and comfort to your most vulnerable parts.
Message to clients with an eating disorder: Struggling with an eating disorder can be such a lonely and isolating experience. Feelings are often internalized and it feels foreign or too scary to externalize them in a state of pure vulnerability. The eating disorder behaviors are helpful to numb self and distract from the current emotions and/or present stressors in your life. Although CBT and DBT skills can be helpful tools to help restructure distorted thinking, regulate emotions and improve distress, I find that it does not shift behaviors. This result leaves people feeling hopeless and frustrated. I feel passionate that the work I do with my clients not only improves symptoms, but is also transformative in the way they relate to family, friends and self.


Megan  Berndt

Megan Berndt

Online Sessions, RI

23 North Road, South Kingstown, RI, 02879

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

Finding a connection with a therapist can be tough. We will explore your needs and what you are seeking in treatment. If we both decide that we are a good match then we will begin. Should we feel that your needs may be better addressed by another therapist or approach I will help guide you to someone that may be a better fit, at any time before, during, or after treatment.


Corey J. Flanders

Corey J. Flanders

194 Waterman Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Waitlist available in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $180 per session

Every human being struggles to find meaning in life and to learn how to better love oneself and others. This is essential work. Often we suffer when we have lost sight of who we are and what we most want out of life. Therapy can help you find yourself again and provide safety and direction in times of difficulty. At its best, it can help you recover a vibrant sense of joy in being alive.
For anyone new to therapy: Take the plunge. Interview perspective therapists. Therapy works best when you are comfortable and feel connected to the therapist. Don't let fear or a lack of motivation stop you from finding the right person and taking a step toward feeling better.


HAWK & hummingbird Holistic Healing

HAWK & hummingbird Holistic Healing

545 South Water Street, Providence, RI, 02903

Online Sessions, RI

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $260 per session

HAWK & hummingbird is a holistic healing center located in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to traditional talk therapy, the center offers a wide range of integrative services, including acupuncture, massage therapy and meditation classes. 
The therapists at HAWK & hummingbird offer both individual and group therapy, and see individuals as well as couples and families. Altogether, the experts at the center are a diverse group of clinicians, meditation instructors, and consultants – all of whom are committed to providing holistic and highly individualized care to their clients.


Sarah  Xavier

Sarah Xavier

652 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI, 02865

110 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI, 02818

Online Sessions, RI

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $350 per session

My work flows from the foundational belief that it is a privilege to be entrusted with the innermost thoughts of my clients.


Nikolai  Blinow

Nikolai Blinow

897 Reservoir Avenue, Cranston, RI, 02910

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: $100 - $150 per session

What are you looking for in a therapist? I believe a good therapeutic relationship is a key component of a successful therapy experience. We walk into our therapist's office with our daily stressors and our normal patterns of dealing with these stressors; and with a good therapeutic relationship, we can examine these together. Choosing a therapist you trust, with whom you can be your authentic self, and who shows that same authenticity in return, provides you with a trustworthy environment to examine your flaws and refine your strengths. I work well with clients who want to be 'called out' in a nonjudgmental and supportive way.


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.


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. 


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