Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / College students (18 - 24)
Artists (performing artists, creative professionals)
Specialties & expertise
- Holistic counseling
- College related challenges
- Mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges
- Performing artists, creative professionals
- Career transitions and direction
- Family of origin issues
- Relationship challenges
- Addressing issues of power and voice
- Communication challenges
- Sexual identity
- Sexuality and power
- Anxiety and depression
- Emotional or physical abuse
- Trauma recovery
- Sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
- Substance abuse
- Chronic illness
Stacy Donn Cristo is a holistic psychotherapist in Providence, RI who specializes in working with students, young adults in their 20s, artists, and adults navigating midlife changes.
Clients often come to Stacy’s office for support with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, exploring questions of identity, and challenges related to family of origin and current roadblocks. Stacy encourages clients to bring the body into therapy by incorporating grounding exercises, gentle yoga, reconnecting with the breath and other various somatic interventions.
Stacy enjoys working with college students who are struggling to balance academic expectations with developing healthy self-care routines and finding their authentic voice. As an artist, she also has deep expertise in working with creative professionals, as well as adults in midlife facing questions about what comes next in relationships, careers, and identity.
Stacy’s goal is to provide a relaxed, comfortable space where clients can connect with their authentic selves and true nature. She is passionate about helping clients heal painful past events and move forward to build meaningful relationships with themselves, their bodies, and their loved ones.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders related to anxiety; anxiety related to ADHD (specifically in girls and women); picking, hair pulling as symptoms of anxiety
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness and autoimmune diseases; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Depression – Tearfulness, low self-esteem, lethargy, feeling down
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family issues – Moving from codependency to interdependency; emotional, physical, or substance abuse; not feeling respected, contemplating family of origin issues
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Sexual identity – Questioning gender and sexuality; non-binary identification, transgender identification, queer identity, sexuality and power
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence)
- Brown University Student Health Insurance
- Johnson & Wales University
- RISD Student Health Insurance
- United Healthcare
- URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
- Individual sessions: $125/session
Sliding scale: Please don't hesitate to contact me if you cannot afford my regular fees. Fees are determined by financial support and out-of-network benefits available to you. See Stacy's fee structure here.
Therapist's note: Stacy can bill out-of-network benefits for any plan that offers out-of-network benefits
Message to clients
"As a holistic psychotherapist, I build relationships of care and trust to support and enrich your life. If you are interested in personal growth and deep healing, whether it is from discovering a diagnosis of some kind, childhood traumas, or phase-of-life problems, together we work to find meaning, purpose, skills, and deep healing. Along with the practice of loving-kindness and compassion which I integrate into my work, I also use the greatest tool, your body. Our body is a fascinating landscape filled with information, wisdom, and truth that offers liberation from suffering."
A message to young adults: "I absolutely love working with young adults. It is such a difficult and yet fertile time within our lifespan. Difficult because there is little perspective and experience, we may feel lost and that we are drowning for example. Fertile because there is so much to work with! At this time we have our whole adulthood ahead of us, we are not usually locked in to our ways. We have an amazing opportunity to get to know ourselves deeply and secure a foundation to build a life of meaning and purpose designed specifically to the unique person that we are! This time can be dreadful or amazing! Or most likely, a bit of both!"
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.
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Sensorimotor therapySensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. Traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, and therapists trained in this modality can help an individual begin to heal by helping that person re-experience, in a safe environment, the physical sensations associated with a traumatic event. (learn more)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2006-present
Angell Street Psychiatry
NRI Community Mental Health Outpatient
Lesley University, MA, Expressive Therapies, 2002
Washington University, BFA, Printmaking 1996