Adam  Vose-O'Neal

Adam Vose-O'Neal

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in Providence practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Existential questions
  • Life transitions
  • Narrative therapy
  • Academic issues
  • Anger management
  • Substance use

Professional statement

Adam Vose-O'Neal is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with particular specialty in addictions and substance use, as well as general expertise in depression, anxiety, life transitions, existential questions, and relationship challenges. He sees teenagers through adults, and has a particular passion for seeing college students and young adults who are trying to figure out who they want to be and what they want to do in life.

Adam is particularly well-versed in Narrative Therapy, a modality that identifies the problem as the problem, not the person as the problem. Through Narrative Therapy, Adam helps clients separate their problems from themselves, identify their values, and connect the events in their lives to reclaim their life stories. He often uses the dry erase board to work through these thought exercises with clients and occasionally writes short letters to clients after the appointment as a bridge between sessions.

In addition to private practice, Adam works at partial programs at Butler Hospital, including the Young Adult Partial Program, and previously interned at Providence College's Counseling Center and the Rhode Island Hospital Substance Abuse Service. He dedicates himself to creating a collaborative therapeutic relationship that is solution and insight focused, honest, and down-to-earth. He is a graduate of Boston University and U. Mass Amherst.

Message to clients

I think of therapy as conversations that help people address the problems that are interfering with their lives. I help clients separate from these problems and support them in moving towards what they care about most--their values, hopes and dreams. I believe that the best therapy is a collaborative process where the therapist and the client share in the investigation of the the client’s concerns and the potential solutions. I ask exploratory questions that lead clients toward insights and discoveries. Together we develop simple, achievable action plans.


Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety

Existential questions - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Life transitions - Figuring out who you want to be and what you want to do, especially for college-aged individuals

Narrative therapy - Viewing the client as the expert in their own life, narrative therapy offers the opportunity to examine the meaning clients make of their life experiences. As the client guides the conversation to areas of interest, the therapist supports them to explore, expand, and deepen their understanding of themselves.

Academic issues - Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life

Anger management - Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships

Substance use - Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $80 - $150
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

Adam can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

1 Richmond Square

Suite #333W

Providence, RI 02906


  • Mon 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Tue 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wed 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thu 2:00pm-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

East Coast Mental Wellness, Therapist, 2017 - Present

Butler Hospital Partial Programs, Therapist, 2016 - Present

Providence College Counseling Center, Clinical Intern, 2015 - 2016

Rhode Island Hospital Substance Abuse Service, Clinical Intern, 2014 - 2015

Boston University, MSW

University of Massachusetts - Amherst, BA



Professional endorsements

"Adam possesses a true passion for the work he does, an investment in his patient’s/client’s wellbeing, and the clinical curiosity to foster his patient’s/client’s progress and ultimate success. I would refer young adult clients to him as well as those with substance use disorders."

- Brian Beaudry, LICSW • January 2017

"Adam is a very compassionate and committed therapist who has shown to have excellent clinical skills. He has a specialty in addiction treatment, as his placement was with a substance use consult service where he was able to develop and hone his substance use assessment and recommendation skills as well as mental health/risk assessment skills. Adam has a very holistic approach and values the input of his clients a great deal. He understands stages of change as well as life stages, and associated issues/concerns, especially within the young adult population. He has shown himself to be very committed to the field of counseling/psycho-education and continues to further develop these tools through ongoing educational opportunities. I would refer clients to him for substance use disorder or general counseling for anxiety/depression management."

- Mary Jane Pizza, MSW, LICSW, LCDP, LCDCS • January 2017

"I had the pleasure of recommending Adam for his first step in the Licensure process for his LCSW. He is an exceptional clinician. He demonstrates thoughtful and ethical care of clients. I would refer clients with substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, or relational concerns to Adam."

- Susan Ellingwood, LICSW • January 2017