PVD Psychological Associates

Exceptional Therapy in PVD

Accepting new clients for daytime & evening appointments in online (RI, MA, & NY) and Providence practices (updated August 3, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

PVD Psychological Associates (PVD Psych) offers therapy to individuals and families. They specialize in women's issues, eating disorders, college students' mental health, work concerns, relationships, and LGBTQIA+ concerns. The providers at PVD Psych use evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based approaches.

PVD Psych strives to help clients meet their goals for therapy, and help them live their lives in a way that's aligned with their core values.

Jolie  Weingeroff
Jolie Weingeroff

Psychologist, PhD

Nicole  Issa
Nicole Issa

Psychologist, PsyD

Mary Elizabeth  Ruggiero
Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero

Psychologist, PsyD

Julie   Herzlinger
Julie Herzlinger

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Elizabeth  Kirkpatrick
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Sandy  Muraoka
Sandy Muraoka

Psychologist, PhD


+ What services does your practice offer?

PVD Psych is a private psychology practice on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island offering individual, couples, and family therapy across the lifespan.

Our mission is to provide the greater Rhode Island area with exceptional therapy, offering evidence-based treatment by a team of highly trained therapists. We also offer online therapy in RI, MA, and NY.

PVD Psych is a LGBTQIA Affirming practice, and is one of few Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island LGBTQ Safe Zone certified providers. We strongly believe that everyone has the right to safe, respectful and affirming, high quality care.

We understand that every individual client, session, and situation is unique. Our therapists utilize evidence-based therapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness strategies, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

We offer individual DBT and individual DBT skills training. We plan to offer DBT Skills Training Groups in the near future!

We also offer neuropsychological testing, psychological testing, and private school entrance testing for individuals across the lifespan with a guaranteed quick turnaround and delivery of feedback in an accessible and clinically meaningful manner.

Our therapists collaborate with neuropsychologists on staff to hone treatment plans and base clinical interventions on what the data suggests is most important.

+ What are your practice's specialties?

All of our therapists treat all diagnoses, each with specialized training in areas such as LGBTQIA concerns, eating disorders, college mental health, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, life transitions, and relationship difficulties.

Everyone on our team is trained in evidence based therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy. Some of us have specialized training in other therapies such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and internal family systems therapy (IFS).

+ Why should I choose your practice?

Everything we do is designed to give you the best possible therapy experience. Our team is comprised of highly trained, experienced therapists. We understand the importance of matching therapeutic style to the particular needs of each client, and are able to do this by intentionally creating a team of therapists with different specialties and approaches.

We will work with you to understand why you are seeking therapy and collaboratively construct a treatment plan.

+ How does payment work at your practice?

At PVD Psychological Associates, we are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield (commercial plans only; not community). 

We also accept all United Healthcare Student Resource Plans as well as Aetna Student Resource Plans. These University insurance plans include the Brown, RISD, JWU, URI, Boston University, Columbia, Cornell, and many other student insurance plans. 

Additionally, some of our providers are in network with United Healthcare (commercial plans only; not community). If you do not have one of these insurances, we are happy to provide you with the necessary paperwork to seek reimbursement. 

We also understand that some individuals prefer to avoid dealing with insurance altogether for privacy reasons, and so are able to work on establishing a sliding scale fee as we do not want cost to be a barrier to treatment.


College and graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) - A skill-based treatment that values both self-acceptance and change. Validating the client’s experiences while teaching mindfulness, relationship, communication skills, and techniques to manage overwhelming emotions

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse Anxiety

Relationship difficulties - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • 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
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $250 (45min)
  • DBT sessions: $225 (45min)

Therapist's note

Please note that PVD Psych only accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare commercial plans (community plans are not accepted at this time).

The providers and staff at PVD Psych can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.

Sliding scale: A limited number of lower fee sessions are available to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

150 Lloyd Avenue

Suite #1

Providence, RI 02906


  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online therapy (Massachusetts) practice


  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online therapy (New York) practice


  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sun Closed