Dr. Sarah Xavier has been a physician for over 15 years, with advanced training in Adult, Child & Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry from Yale University. She has offices in both East Greenwich and Lincoln, RI. Since her training, Dr. Xavier has worked extensively and directly with clients of all ages in a wide variety of settings and roles, including as the weekly consulting psychiatrist at the RI Family Court Mental Health Clinic, the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at Rhode Island Training School, the Associate Chief Psychiatrist at PAS at Butler Psychiatric Hospital, and the psychiatrist at the Bryant University Counseling Center. When she was affiliated with Brown University as a Clinical Asst. Professor and as the Director of the Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry at RIH, she taught Brown medical students and residents. She has received the honor of being invited by the RI branch of the American Psychological Association, as well as the RI Mental Health’s Counselor’s Association to offer recent lectures on psychopharmacology.
Her depth and breadth of training and positions have allowed Dr. Xavier to develop a uniquely rich perspective and an extensive treatment toolkit that she brings into her private practice. She offers the option of providing both medication management and psychotherapy together, or medication alone, in concert with a separate therapist.
Dr. Xavier recognizes that medication is not for everyone, and therefore she offers long sessions with the goal of knowing the client well. Dr. Xavier skillfully treats clients who are in crisis, professionals and executives who are functioning well and wish to further their personal and career goals, adults and adolescents experiencing major losses and difficult life transitions, as well as young children.
Dr. Xavier maintains a focus on ethics and evidence-based treatments while providing compassionate care. She places a high value on helping her clients become educated collaborators in the process of treatment. She develops carefully crafted treatment plans that are tailored to one's specific needs, fears, abilities, and motivation level.
To book an appointment, book a free initial call, fill out the contact form, or call Dr. Sarah Xavier at 401-229-2600.
Medication management - Conducts risk-benefit analyses when prescribing medication, working with patients as their consultant, offering information about benefits and side effects
Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks; performance anxiety; feeling overwhelmed from writing many lists
Compulsive behaviors, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending; Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Depression - Inability to get out of bed, lack of motivation; sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance
Grief and coping - Processing the loss of a loved one or any form of grief
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
Children and adolescents - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders & adolescent challenges
Sarah Xavier is not in-network with any insurances.
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Yale School of Medicine, Division of Law and Psychiatry, Psychiatry & the law fellowship, 2006 - 2007
Yale Child Study Center, Child & adolescent fellowship, 2004 - 2006
RI Training School, Director of Psychiatric Services
Butler Hospital, Patient Assessment Services, Associate Chief Psychiatrist
Bradley Hospital, Pediatric Partial Hospital Program (ages 0-6), Attending Psychiatrist
RI Family Court, Mental Health Clinic, Weekly Psychiatric Consultant
Butler Hospital, Risk Manager
RI Hospital, Director of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry
Brown University, Dept of Psychiatry, Clinical Asst. Professor
Bryant University, Counseling Services, Attending Psychiatrist
Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Adult psychiatry residency
CT Mental Health Clinic, State Psychiatric Hospital, Chief Resident
Yale University Mental Hygiene Clinic, University Student Counseling Services
US Dept. Of Affairs, West Haven VA, National Center for PTSD, PTSD Clinic
Death Row, Livingston, Texas
RI Psychological Association, Seminars on Psychopharmacology, Invited Speaker
RI Training School, Director of Psychiatric Services
The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, 2000
Bowdoin College, BA, Lucien Howe Prize (faculty nominated award for 4 year career of highest conduct and character), 1996
"Dr. Xavier is a very kind and compassionate person. She is extremely well-liked by her patients. Her fund of knowledge is immense, and she is constantly broadening it. Dr. Xavier has a gift for connecting with patients, both children and adults. I would be very comfortable referring a family member to her. I’ve worked with a lot of psychiatrists over the years, and Dr. Xavier is truly outstanding."- Walter Fitzhugh, MD, MPH • June 2016
"Dr. Xavier is one of the most thorough psychiatrists I have met. She has excellent diagnostic skills and a broad knowledge of treatment options. Dr. Xavier is personable and her follow-up is impeccable. Whenever I have a psychiatric question or need a psychiatric consult she is my “go to” person. I have referred children, adolescents and adults to Dr. Xavier, and I trust that, given her strong adherence to good practice standards and ethics, she would let me know if someone I referred was beyond her expertise."- Louis Turchetta, EdD • June 2016
"Dr. Xavier’s approach to her patients (behaviorally and with regard to medication) as well as her wealth and breadth of knowledge regarding various psychotropic medications and their effects, side effects, benefits, and limitations, has led me to develop great trust in her judgment, insight, and care for patients."- A. R. Hamel, PhD • October 2016
"Dr. Xavier is an insightful, compassionate, and intelligent therapist. She is both deliberate and patient with her clients. Her warmth and expertise makes her a valuable asset to those she serves. I am unable to identify an issue for which I would NOT refer Dr. Xavier."- William Phillips, Director of Counseling Services at Bryant University • June 2016
"Dr. Xavier is a very knowledgeable, professional individual whom I highly recommend being a patient of hers now for several years. She respects my input when deciding on whatever treatment plan she advises and is cautious in managing that plan. She solicits the right questions in determining a proper diagnosis and provides resolutions objectively. A very cheerful, empathetic, and positive individual that a person with clinical depression can appreciate."- Providence College alum • June 2016
"Dr. Xavier is phenomenal. She has an expansive knowledge of medications and their effects and explains it all in layman’s terms so I can participate in decisions. I wish I had found her sooner!"- Working professional • October 2017