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Vital Essence PsychotherapyGroup practice

Group practice
ColoradoMassachusettsRhode Island

1 providers

Adolescent mental health-Parenting-Suicidal ideation-Self harm-Self-esteem- Anxiety -

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Practice Information

Vital Essence Psychotherapy was established to serve the mental health needs of adolescents in Rhode Island. Some common issues we see include anxiety, depression, issues with self-image, bullying, suicidal ideation, cutting, low self-esteem, and life changes and adjustment struggles. We will also see adolescents that are experiencing suicidal ideation, or self-injurious behavior, but that do not meet criteria for inpatient hospital admission. We will provide family therapy for families of all ages, as needed.

As a social worker led clinic, we view each client as part of a dynamic, psychosocial whole, and often view seeing families all together as a necessary part of successful treatment. Jackson Melnick, LICSW, is the lead clinician, and has previous experience at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence. He was trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy at The University of Chicago. He first came to Providence as a student at Brown University. He believes that a lack of connection to meaning can be understood as the cause of many mental health challenges and unwanted behaviors.

What makes Vital Essence unique is that it works to discover your authentic sense of self, your inherent values. Through this discovery a resilient and flexible sense of self gets built. We make connections between what you are doing, thinking, and feeling and why you are doing, thinking or feeling those things. The aim is that these connections will spark changes in your life and improve the way you respond to challenges. Right now, we are accepting new patients for in person and telehealth-based sessions.


What services does your practice offer?

Vital Essence Psychotherapy is a Rhode Island based psychotherapy clinic. We offer psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults under the age of 21, as well as family therapy sessions.

What are your practice's specialties?

Vital Essence Psychotherapy specializes in the needs of adolescents, teens and young adults. We are able to see patients experiencing self-injurious behaviors and suicidal ideation. The therapy we use is deeply client centered. The approach we take is geared toward getting to know you in an authentic way. Not having a clear sense of self is a huge factor in childhood and adolescent psychological distress. All people, but especially adolescents and teenagers, struggle to put names to their feelings and make important life changes. In Inherent Values Therapy, we look to resolve a primary dislocation at the psychological core: not having a reason to be, yet being, and not being able to find a reason for why things are the way they are, yet not being able to change anything. The therapy we provide is rooted in a desire for a life that makes sense for you.

Why should I choose your practice?

Vital Essence Psychotherapy is unique in that it was built around seeing a growing need for therapists that focused on adolescent and teenage mental health needs. It is also unique in that all our providers are trained in the clinical formulations of evidence-based psychotherapy models. Social Workers are professionals who are trained in biopsychosocial systems analysis and change advocacy. However, very few Master's in Social Work programs, such as the University of Chicago, teach evidence based, psychotherapeutic interventions in their clinical formulations. Learning psychotherapy modalities in their clinical models is helpful, because it provides a therapist with a stronger understanding of how therapy works. Unfortunately, most social work programs teach "eclectic psychotherapy", meaning a synthesis of various modalities, which often leads to therapists practicing whatever they think therapy should be, rather than building on clinical, evidence-based models.

How does payment work at your practice?

Vital Essence Psychotherapy, we accept most major health insurance plans, including Anthem, United Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield. We also accept all Medicaid plans. Out of network patients are provided a superbill that can be submitted to your insurance for reimbursement.


Head of Practice's Licensure

Rhode Island: ISW03968 - Colorado: 09930035 - Texas: 112528 - Massachusetts: LICSW127941




Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Suicidal ideation - Support living with intense pain, distress, and feelings of persistent hopelessness; strengthening meaningful relationships and experiences in one’s life

Self harm - Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

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


  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (in-network in RI, CO, TX, MA)
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island BCBS RI (in-network in RI, MA)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (in-network in RI, CO, TX, MA)
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare) (in-network in RI, MA)
  • Colorado State University Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield) (in-network in RI, CO, MA)
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare) (in-network in RI, MA)
  • Medicaid (in-network in RI, MA)
  • Medicaid (through United Health) (in-network in RI, MA)
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (in-network in RI, MA)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare) (in-network in RI, MA)
  • United Healthcare (in-network in RI, TX, MA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield) (in-network in RI, CO, MA)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare) (in-network in RI, MA)

Vital Essence Psychotherapy is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Health First Colorado
  • MassHealth

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$125 (55min)
  • Initial session:$145 (55min)
  • Family sessions:$100 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I am happy to help you find out what your co-pay or deductible is, prior to our appointment, if I am an in-network provider for you. If you are out of network, I can provide you with a superbill that you can provide your insurance company, which will typically reimburse 60%-80% of the cost of your visit.

Client testimonials

"Very responsive and caring. Non traditional office hours for students."
- Zencare client March 2024

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