Barbara  Goldner

Barbara Goldner

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BSN

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated November 13, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Substance use
  • Relationships
  • Loss and grief
  • Issues of isolation
  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Existential challenges/crises

Professional statement

Barbara Goldner is a licensed independent clinical social worker in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island. Her practice focuses on working with clients navigating relationships, substance use challenges, loss and grief, issues of isolation, and anxiety. She particularly enjoys working with college students and young professionals during transitionary times as they redefine their self-identity and relationships with others.

Barbara has deep expertise in working with individuals who are or have loved ones struggling with substance use. She takes a nonjudgmental and highly collaborative approach, based in Gestalt and supportive therapies. She also sees many couples, focusing on improving communication skills and fostering intimacy.

In addition to her private practice experience, Barbara has also consulted with large organizations, giving her unique insight into the challenges of health and business professionals. She works with clients to focus on positive strengths, moving beyond current obstacles to create meaningful change.

Message to clients

Often clients can feel emotionally alone and isolated. When we work together, we create a safe place where you as the expert of yourself, and me as the expert in counseling, join together in partnership to explore all options and pathways to your most powerful self.


Substance use - Challenges related to substance use disorders and recovery

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

Loss and grief - Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one

Issues of isolation - Issues stemming from disconnection and isolation

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Couples counseling - Helping couples find new ways to communicate and relate to one another, including intimacy challenges

Existential challenges/crises - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

General expertise


Barbara Goldner 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: $120 (50min)
  • Initial session: $120 (50min)

Therapist's note

Barbara will provide you with invoices for your records and to seek reimbursement from your insurance company.


Providence practice

545 South Water Street

Providence, RI 02903

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Work and Education

Private Practice, 1983 – Present

Director of Outpatient Alcohol Services, Smithtown, NY

The Gestalt Institute for Psychotherapy, 1985

Graduate Adelphi University School of Social Work, MSW, 1983

Seton Hall University, BSN, 1977


  • English

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