Allison  Sheaffer
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Allison Sheaffer


Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW Practice: JRD Counseling
Rhode Island, Massachusetts Not Accepting Online
Wayland Not Accepting In-person

This therapist is currently not accepting new clients. Find available Rhode Island and Massachusetts therapists on Zencare.

Updated January 27, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Women's issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders

Professional statement

Allison Sheaffer is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, licensed in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Georgia. She specializes in complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and stress. Allison works with individuals across the lifespan, from adolescence throughout adulthood. She engages clients in individual, as well as family and couples therapy. Many of her clients seek her services when they are undergoing a new life transition or time of increased stress.

Allison utilizes a trauma-informed lens in her clinical treatment, with the understanding that experiences from the past can greatly impact an individual’s current and future wellbeing. Allison is strength-based in her practice, with a focus on helping clients identify and understand their personal strengths, skills, and resources to increase their internal resiliency and build upon it in therapy. Allison is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a structured therapeutic technique that encourages the client to briefly focus on a traumatic memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), to desensitize the vividness and emotion associated with the traumatic memories. Along with EMDR, Allison is trained in and utilizes a variety of modalities, including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and solution focused therapy to meet each client's specific needs. She is flexible in her approach and collaborates with clients to ensure that each therapeutic session is helpful, supportive, and focused.

Allison is experienced in working with individuals who have survived physical and sexual abuse, and childhood trauma and neglect. Her clients have experienced life transitions, including divorce, adoption, and loss. She is also trained in substance abuse counseling. She provides a safe and comfortable space to process past events, explore and resolve current stressors, and create positive life changes.

Allison works at JRD Counseling and offers telehealth appointments during the week (Mon-Thurs).

Message to clients

Seeking out help when it's needed is the most important step that one can make when moving towards a happier, more peaceful life. It also can be one of the hardest! I strive to ensure that all my clients feel supported, safe, and understood during each session. I believe that everyone has the capacity to change and evolve into who they want to be. I also understand that the world we live in has created barriers for people looking to make those transformations. Together we can work towards removing the barriers and creating positive and lasting change in your life.


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

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

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

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.


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


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (55min)
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $175 (55min)
  • Family sessions: $200 (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
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Not accepting new clients online
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

Wayland practice
10 Elmgrove Ave, Providence, Rhode Island 02906
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 9am-5:30pm
  • Tue 9am-6:00pm
  • Wed 10am-5:00pm
  • Thu 9am-6:30pm
  • Fri 9am-1pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10-6
  • Tue 10-6
  • Wed 10-6
  • Thu 10-6
  • Fri 8-12
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Family Service of Rhode Island, Mental Health Clinician , 2019 - 2021

University of Arkansas, Master of Social Work, 2016
Saint Joseph's University, Bachelor of Science, 2012


Rhode Island: ISW03334

Massachusetts: 125698



Client testimonials

"Highly professional, which in a therapy context includes being kind, communicating well, and engaging in back-and-forth dialogue to find the best way forward for a particular client."
- Zencare client • November 2021