Paul  Christopher

Paul Christopher

Adult Psychiatrist, MD

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Providence practice (updated November 18, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Job and academic stress management
  • Men's issues
  • Relationships
  • Life transitions
  • Medication management

Professional statement

Dr. Christopher is a Brown University-trained, board-certified psychiatrist. He provides individually tailored psychotherapy and medication management to adults over eighteen. He specializes in treating job and academic stress, men's issues, life transitions, and relationship concerns. He offers clients the option of seeing him for both psychotherapy or medication management, or for one or the other only.

Dr. Christopher received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed psychiatry training at the Brown University Psychiatry Residency and fellowship training in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In addition to his clinical practice, he teaches at Brown and Bryant University, and conducts NIH-funded research.


Message to clients

I know it can be very difficult to come into a stranger's office and talk about the problems that you face. So much of the time, we're expected to project an image of ourselves as successful, happy, funny, smart, tough. But I would encourage you to give yourself permission to not have to face your worries alone. This is a place where you can talk openly and not feel judged. Together, we can work towards identifying and changing the things that in your life that are keeping you from feeling your best.
For men: It's no secret that traditionally, men are much less likely than women to seek mental health care. Sometimes, even the idea of asking for help can conflict with strongly ingrained social norms about needing to be tough. A the same time though, so many of the issues that men face can be quite impairing to our functioning and disruptive to the relationships with the people we love the most.


Specialties

Job and academic stress management - Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other, particularly related to jobs and academics

Men's issues - Being able to recognize and express our emotions; being open and vulnerable in our relationships; concerns about masculinity; worries about being an adequate provider, partner, and parent; and sometimes, about being faithful in our romantic relationships

Relationships - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

Medication management - Psychiatric medications have a strong evidence base for treating a wide range of mental health disorders; for some conditions, combining psychotherapy and medication works best; Dr. Christopher can offer both psychotherapy and medication management


General expertise


Insurance

Paul Christopher is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (25min)
  • Initial session: $500 (90-120min)

Location(s)

Providence practice

355 Hope Street

2nd Floor

Providence, RI 02906

Hours
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Work and Education

Private Practice, Psychotherapy and Medication management, 2015- Present

Brown University, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, 2012-Present

Butler Hospital, Staff Psychiatrist, 2009-2016

Harvard Medical School, Fellowship in Medical Ethics, 2013

Brown University, Adult Psychiatry Residency, 2009

University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD, 2005

Wesleyan University, BA, Philosophy & Neuroscience, 1998


Languages

  • English

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