Alexandra  DeCosta

Alexandra DeCosta


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Practice: ARISE Psychotherapy Services, Inc. Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Rhode Island Accepting Online
East Providence Not Accepting In-person
Updated January 7, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Stress management
  • Trauma
  • Women's issues

Professional statement

Alexandra DeCosta is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with ARISE Psychotherapy Services, Inc. Alexandra has worked in various ends of the counseling field and with many different populations. Among other areas, Alexandra has extensive experience working with individuals with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, trauma related diagnoses, post-partum diagnoses, and multiple behavioral diagnoses. Outside of these diagnoses, Alexandra also focuses on finding a positive balance during life’s stressful seasons.

Counseling is a collaborative experience, in which Alexandra works with her clients to pinpoint areas of strength and areas where support is needed. You will work together with her to identify maladaptive behavioral and cognitive patterns, while exploring techniques to challenge these. Alexandra believes in utilizing a strengths-based approach, while applying techniques from varying modalities such as CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, narrative therapy, and motivational interviewing. During sessions, Alexandra encourages her clients to bring in topics they would like to address, while also working through goals from the developed treatment plan.

Counseling looks different for each client-Alexandra truly believes in the importance of working with her clients to develop a therapeutic relationship and system that works for you as an individual. You both will utilize techniques that will require practice outside of session, assessments to measure progress, and guided conversation within session. Alexandra’s clients describe her as compassionate, honest, relaxed, and flexible. She enjoys and values fostering a close and relaxing therapeutic environment.

Message to clients

Asking for help can be incredibly difficult. Furthermore, in our society, we tend to have overloaded and often unmanageable schedules. When this is the case, we have a tendency of placing ourselves and our own self-care on the back burner. However, this often leads to stress burnout, depression, anxiety, and just an overall feeling of being overwhelmed and exhausted. Counseling is a commitment, both physically and emotionally, but one that is well worth the investment of your time. Therefore, I truly commend the bravery of anyone who is seeking support, as the hardest part is taking this first step.

Counseling sessions with me will be a collaborative experience in which we will work together to identify maladaptive behavioral and cognitive patterns, and explore techniques to implement change in a manner that works for you and your life. I provide support through an encouraging, compassionate, and honest relationship/workspace. A nonjudgmental and safe therapeutic environment is of the utmost importance to me. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you!


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

Postpartum depression - Coping with persistent feelings of sadness, exhaustion, and/or being overwhelmed after the birth of a child; developing strategies for more positive thought patterns and behaviors.

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman


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


  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island BCBS RI
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Employee Health Insurance (BCBS RI)
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Health Plans Inc.
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Medicaid (through United Health)
  • Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
  • Optum
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Rhode Island College Employee Health Insurance (BCBS RI)
  • Rhode Island School of Design Employee Health Insurance (BCBS RI)
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (45min)

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
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 8am-12pm
  • Thu 8am-3pm
  • Fri 8am-12pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

East Providence practice
410 N Broadway, East Providence, Rhode Island 02914
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 4 years

Bella Mente Counseling, Clinician , 2021 - 2023
Communities for People, Care Coordinator, Clinical Intern, 2018 - 2021

Johnson and Wales University, Master of Mental Health Counseling, 2020


Rhode Island: MHC01569