Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Specialties & expertise
Cultural or international adjustment
Family issues and parenting
Loss and grief
Relationship difficulties, couples and marital counseling
Trauma and abuse
Susanna received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Lo Spazio Psicoanalitico in Rome, Italy. She has been in practice for over 25 years as a private practitioner and clinician at various mental health clinics including Riverwood Mental Health Services, Family Service of Rhode Island, and St. Mary's Home for Children.
Susanna practices a combination of Psychoanalytic, Psychodyamic, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She has particular expertise in anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, loss and grief, parenting and relationship problems, as well as helping international students navigate the challenges of adjusting to a new country.
Susanna sees clients of all ages, from children to elders, and also offers couples therapy. She provides care in both English and Italian.
ADHD – Managing ADHD and its effects on personal life
Anxiety – Including general anxiety, social anxiety, and panic attacks / disorder
Cultural or international adjustment – Including transitioning as an international student, or out-of-state student
Existential challenges – Including navigating college and career paths, one's purpose
Family issues and parenting – Navigating parent-child and sibling relationships
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, graduation, job transition
Loss and grief – Work with death, illness and relocation
Mood challenges – Including bipolar disorder, depression
Relationship difficulties, couples and marital counseling – Including improving communication among the couple
Trauma and abuse – Including trauma from sexual abuse, childhood trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Substance abuse – Including tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brown Student Health Insurance
Harvard Pilgrim Health
Johnson & Wales University Student Insurance
RISD Student Health Insurance
Initial session: $130/session (60min)
Ongoing sessions: $100/session (45min)
Therapist's note: If you are of low income, please do not hesitate to contact me to inquire about the affordable care options through my sliding scale fee structure
Message to clients
"Finding a therapist can be a difficult process. If you are reading this is because you may be looking into starting that journey, it is important that you feel comfortable with the person you choose. I am passionate about helping patients change and improve the quality of their lives. My goal is to provide a safe and judgment free space where you can heal and grow to live a healthy and fulfilling life. I have 25 years of experience, and have worked in Italy and the USA. Psychoanalyst by training, my approach is tailored to the patient's needs, often combining a psychodynamic approach, which is a more insight-oriented therapy that focuses on the patient’s self awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on the present, with a Cognitive Behavioral approach, which tends to be goal-oriented and a more practical approach to problem solving."
For international students: "Finding a therapist can be a challenging and confusing process, especially if you are coming from a different country. I have experience treating individuals from diverse educational, racial, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds. I am happy to help students adjust, cope, and adapt to living in a new country and managing the stress related to academic demands."
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development.
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 defences we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, Providence, RI, 2008 - Present
Riverwood Mental Health Services "Housing First", First Clinician, 2008 - 2015
Family Service of Rhode Island, Outpatient Clinician, 2007 - 2009
St. Mary's Home for Children, Acute Residential Treatment Program Clinician, 2006 - 2007
Family Service of Rhode Island, Children Intensive Services Clinician, 2004 - 2006
Laboratorio Psicoanalitico Prati, Outpatient Clinician, 1999 - 2003
Private Practice, Rome, Italy, 1998 - 2003
Lo Spazio Psicoanalitico, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Rome, Italy, Specialization in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, 1993
Scuola Romana Rorschach, Three Year Diploma in Rorschach Test, Rome, Italy, 1986
Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Bachelor of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Rome, Italy, 1986