Dr. Stephanie Hartselle

Stephanie Hartselle
Pediatric and Adult Psychiatrist, MD

Not accepting new clients

Dr. Harstelle is incredible. She is understanding, comforting, and patient. I felt immediately comfortable being totally honest and am so thankful to have found her.

- Senior student at college (2016)

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    About Dr. Hartselle

  • Expertise in anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, parenting difficulties, and psychopharmacological management, and sleep-related issues
  • Particularly deep expertise in sleep-related issues, including general insomnia; narcolepsy; and sleep issues combined with medical and psychiatric complexities
  • Sees clients of all ages, especially college age students and professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and medical students
  • Practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Mindfulness Based Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy

PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Dr. Hartselle received her MD from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her adult psychiatry training at New York University/ Bellevue Hospitals and her child psychiatry fellowship at Brown University where she served as chief resident.  Previously, she directed the emergency psychiatry program at Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Dr. Hartselle has particularly deep expertise in sleep-related issues, including the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders, and management of complex, chronic medical and psychiatric illnesses. She also has expertise in anxiety, OCD, panic, mood disorders, depression, ADHD, and psychopharmacological management.

Dr. Hartselle sees clients of all ages, especially college age students and professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and medical students.

MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

" It's so helpful to find someone who you can just be yourself for an hour a week, talk about all the things that are important to you, and not have to wear a brave face or feel judged. It can be hard to reach out for the first time, but I encourage you to just call. This is a place where we work together on making you feel like you can achieve the happiness that you really deserve. "

To college students: " It can be incredibly stressful to move from high school to college – especially if you were a superstar in high school. Many people feel the need to be perfect, make the right decisions, and I work with you to feel comfortable with yourself, enjoy your academics and social life, and know that whatever happens, you're going to be a success in your own way. " 

To medical students: " Having trained as a medical doctor, I know that medical school can be extremely stressful; and that there's a huge pressure to know all the small details. The reality is you're going to get this information over and over again; but it's very difficult to manage expectations and pressure. I work with you to make this training an enjoyable process, rather than a horrific stress in your life."

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EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Hasbro Children's Hospital, Director of Emergency Psychiatry Program
Brown University, Fellowship, Child Psychiatry (Chief Resident)
New York University / Bellevue Hospital, Training, Adult Psychiatry
Northwestern University, MD, Psychiatry
Linfield College, BA, Philosophy

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SPECIALTIES

Anxiety disorders  Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety (e.g., helps patients get to a point of feeling comfortable in a crowded space)
Eating disorders Including anorexia and bulimia for medical management, after careful assessment of care requirements
Mood disorders  Including bipolar disorder, depression
Parenting difficulties and techniques – Including parent-child interaction training, e.g., non-directive play (allowing the child to lead), structure and limits
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; treatment dependent on severity; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Sleep-related issues – Including general insomnia; sleep issues combined with medical and psychiatric complexities, e.g., combination of narcolepsy and bipolar disorder
Stress management  Including coping with perfectionism; college transition; medical school pressure; navigating professional careers

Treatment orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), patients works with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps patients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD. In ERP, the client confronts the thoughts, images, objects, and situations that makes the client anxious; then makes a choice not to act upon a compulsive behavior. With ERP a person has to make the commitment to not give in and do the compulsive behavior until they notice a drop in their anxiety. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression, and more generally, helps treat mood disorders. Self-knowledge grounded in sustained meditative awareness is its central tenet. Patients learn to view thoughts as events in the mind, independent of their content and emotional charge. (learn more)
PsychodynamicThe 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 defences we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)

CLIENTELE

Children
Young Adults
College Student
Adults
Seniors
Parents

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LANGUAGES

English


I was really depressed, struggling to get out of bed and felt totally out of control. I sought help from Dr. Harstelle for depression, anxiety, and a binge eating disorder.

Dr. Harstelle is incredible. She is understanding, comforting, and patient. I felt immediately comfortable being totally honest and am so thankful to have found her.
— Senior student at college (2016)
There are very few people in the medical profession, in my opinion, that have the intelligence to think deeply and creatively about solving a problem, who combine this with a knowledge of the cutting edge of technology and who in addition are able to interact with a patient brilliantly, cutting to the heart of things in a warm, comfortable and insightful way. To treat my depression, she first used a high tech genetic test to correctly reset my medications. Second, she identified an additional sleep disorder that I had been completely unaware of which had been a major contributor to my poor mental state. Finally, we now talk weekly, pulling the remaining threads of my life together. I recommend her enthusiastically and unreservedly.
— Brown University Professor (2016)
When I first met Dr. Hartselle, I was being worked up for a fatigue disorder, which I had originally attributed to poor sleep. I quickly found myself entirely comfortable in Dr. Hartselle’s presence. As a Brown University medical student, it can be difficult to take the leap into being a patient. I so appreciated her systematic approach to my problem. Through a series of sessions, I was enabled as a patient to step back and redirect my outlook on obstacles I was facing in my life (i.e. stress related to life as a medical student). I have and would recommend Dr. Hartselle to fellow classmates and/or medical students who are looking for a clinician who puts her patients at ease and is responsive to their needs as they evolve over the course of sessions.
— Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School alum (2015)
Dr. Hartselle is exceptionally qualified in administering CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and uses medication conservatively when appropriate. She is engaging and honest and transformed my life.
— Brown University student (2015)
I first saw Dr. Hartselle when I was going through a depressive episode. There was no specific cause (i.e. stress, breakup) to prompt the episode, but I found myself extremely unmotivated, antisocial, and generally at a lower level of happiness. I began seeing Dr. Hartselle on a weekly basis and am continuing to see her now.

Dr. Hartselle is exceptionally easy to talk to - I found myself immediately comfortable enough to be able to confide in her. Since beginning with Dr. Hartselle, I find myself looking forward to our appointments. Sessions don’t feel like “therapy,” but instead talking to a close confidante. During sessions, Dr. Hartselle makes me feel extremely understood and safe. I would recommend her to anyone and am grateful that I found her!
— Brown University student '17, Economics (2015)
I was having a hard time adjusting to a new city without many friends, and experiencing depression and anxiety.

Dr. Hartselle is so knowledgeable about psychiatry and medication management. When I felt discouraged, she made me feel like there are always more options to try. She is also so easy to talk to and made therapy enjoyable for me.
— Recent graduate (2016)