Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Coaching

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and afternoon sessions (updated April 15, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

RICBT is a psychotherapy and coaching practice with locations in East Providence, North Kingstown, and Barrington RI.
RICBT therapists are dedicated to helping clients develop a toolbox of strategies that will foster positive change and progress towards life goals.
RICBT takes a team approach to tackle difficult emotional, behavioral, and mental challenges. Therapists have a wide range of specializations, including: ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, pain, relationships, sleep, smoking, and weight.

Ben  Johnson
Ben Johnson

Psychologist PhD

Judy  Johnson
Judy Johnson

Practice Manager

Julie  Pearson
Julie Pearson

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Deirdre  Murphy
Deirdre Murphy

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Patricia  Engler
Patricia Engler

Psychologist PhD

Selene  MacKinnon
Selene MacKinnon

Psychologist PsyD

Heather  Schatten
Heather Schatten

Psychologist PhD


+ What services does RICBT offer?

RICBT offers a complete array of psychological services to ensure coordinated care.

In addition to individual, couples, and family therapy, RICBT offers medication management and a wide array of therapy groups, workshops, and targeted programs.

Therapy groups and workshops complement skills learned in individual therapy and offer a blend of support and strategy-building. Group offerings change frequently, and typically include: DBT skills, weight loss and wellness, organization and procrastination skills, and young adult support.

+ What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a therapeutic approach focused on recognizing, analyzing, and changing thoughts and behaviors through a structured approach that teaches new skills.

CBT is a good fit for individuals who are looking for a shorter term approach, focused on current problems and practical solutions. Therapists may give assignments to work on outside of session, in order to help overcome specific habits or thought patterns.

+ What makes RICBT unique?

The entire team is determined to make RICBT a uniquely positive and understanding community. Clinicians accept members from diverse communities and work hard to collaboratively explore cultural and individual differences. Administrative staff go the extra mile to be welcoming and helpful.

RICBT's mission is to offer you incredible support and proven strategies to help you feel better and live better.

When you schedule a call with an RICBT Intake Coordinator, they will get a feel for the issues you are hoping to address, and make some recommendations for which clinicians or programs might be good first steps. They can also help you to understand the cost of being seen at RICBT and whether your health insurance will help. They will also serve as your ongoing practice representative, to ensure you benefit the most from your therapeutic experience at RICBT.

Dedication to clients extends outside of the office with the RICBT patient portal, which allows you to check your appointments, update your demographic or insurance information, and complete questionnaires to check your progress.


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

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Group therapy - Healing, processing, and skill-building in a supportive small group environment

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Binge eating - Support around distorted body image and beliefs around food; counseling to reshape problematic behaviors and thought patterns; coping strategies for reducing or eliminating episodes of binge eating

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure


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


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • 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
  • Optum
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $140
  • Session with clinical psychologist: $160 (50min)
  • Session with social worker or counselor: $140 (50min)
  • Session with psychiatrist: $320 (50min)

Therapist's note

Accepted insurances and session fees vary by provider. Please confirm on your initial call with the RICBT team!

Out-of-pocket session fees:
Clinical Psychologists: $160/session (Initial session: $220)
Social Workers and Mental Health Counselors: $140/session (Initial session: $190)
Psychiatrists: $110-$320/session (Initial session: $275)
Neuropsychologists: Testing cost varies (Initial session: $220)


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

East Providence practice

400 Massasoit Avenue

Suites 303, 305

East Providence, RI 02914


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North Kingstown practice

1130 Ten Rod Road

Floor 3, Suites 302, 305, 308

North Kingstown, RI 02852


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Barrington practice

60 Bay Spring Avenue

Unit B5

Barrington, RI 02806


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Therapy Groups

Weight Loss & Wellness

This weekly group takes a psychological approach to weight loss to increase knowledge and effective behaviors while decreasing anxiety and frustration.

Teen & High School Therapy Group

This 12-week group for high school teens strives to provide support and enhance resiliency to drama, school, and mood challenges.

Young Adult & College Therapy Group

This 12-week group combines a variety of evidence-based therapies to help young adults develop healthy coping skills, build confidence, and take control of their life in a time of transitions.

ADD/ADHD Skills Group

This weekly group run by experienced psychologists at RICBT focuses on organizational skill development, attentional improvement, and time management for individuals with ADHD.

iLife: Designing Your Ideal Life Group

This weekly group helps participants across the lifespan deal with life transition challenges and build their way forward with balance, passion, and support.

CPT for Trauma

This weekly group for individuals with PTSD uses evidence-based Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to reduce distress around traumatic memories, decrease emotional numbing, improve trust issues, and improve day-to-day living.

Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy (ADBT) Skills Group

This weekly group for individuals who have participated in past DBT groups focuses on further skill development and real-world applications of DBT skills.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group (Providence & North Kingstown)

This weekly group provides participants with the DBT skills needed to better manage intense emotions, participate fully in the present moment, and improve interpersonal relationships.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group (East Providence)

This weekly group provides participants with evidence-based DBT skills to improve their mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Face Your Fears

This 8-week group utilizes exposure therapy to help participants feel less stuck and helpless in the fears that are holding them back.