Barbara  Krementz

Barbara Krementz

Registered Art Therapist, ATR

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated January 16, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • College and graduate school-related challenges
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Life stage transitions
  • Family issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Concern for a friend
  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Relationship difficulties

Professional statement

Barbara is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of college and graduate students. Her clinical practice focuses on the general challenges of college life, including anxiety, depression, life stage transitions, family issues, relationship difficulties, LGBTQ and gender identity issues, and loss. Barbara completed her MSW and Certificate of Advanced Clinical Supervision at Smith College School for Social Work, Certificate of Art Therapy at the Phillips Graduate Institute, and MA in Visual Anthropology at USC.

Barbara’s office is extremely private, with no exterior signs indicating a therapist office. The front door has a security code so no strangers off the street can enter, and there is typically only one client at a time in the waiting room. The windows, office walls, and doors have special soundproofing, so even if someone were outside, they cannot hear any conversations. Her office is a safe and comfortable space, specially designed to meet the needs of college-oriented young adults.

Message to clients

You may be facing conflicts, difficult decisions, enormous loss, debilitating emotional states, dissatisfaction in relationships or life, or adjustment to college. Psychotherapy can help you understand past experiences and emotional reactions that profoundly impact your choices and the way you live.
In addition to talk therapy, I offer art therapy, which can be helpful for clients to non-verbally express themselves. You do not need to be an artist to benefit from art therapy; our focus is on helping you improve your life, rather than creating a pretty picture. I also offer secure remote video therapy, which can be a wonderful option for clients in cases of study abroad or vacation.
Insight and self-reflection are essential to make lasting changes in your thoughts and behaviors, and I look forward to helping you improve your current functioning, resolve conflicts, and become happier with your plans for the future.


College and graduate school-related challenges - Including adjusting to college and post-college life; navigating concentrations or majors, career paths, study abroad decisions, and one's purpose; questioning big career or lifestyle decisions

LGBTQ and gender identity issues - Includes any point in the journey of self understanding; questioning, coming out or not, family reactions, advocacy, safety, new relationships, transgender issues

Life stage transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Family issues - Making sense of family disruptions e.g. separation/divorce, blended families, estrangement, financial/economic instability/changes, difficulty achieving independence or separation from parents

Grief and loss - Working through any significant loss, past or recent

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, perfectionism, obsessive thoughts and behaviors

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

Cultural adjustment - Transitioning as an international, non-cultural normative, or out-of-state student

Concern for a friend - Figuring out how to approach the harmful behaviors of a friend or loved one

Asperger's syndrome - Addressing anxiety or obsessive interests or behaviors which impact academic or social functioning

Relationship difficulties - Including managing the challenges of roommate dynamics, professor expectations, romantic relationships, friendships, long distance

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (45)
  • Initial session: $250
  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (60min)

Therapist's note

Some insurance companies partially cover out of network providers. Barbara can provide documentation for you to submit to your insurance company if you have an out of network benefit to use.


Providence practice

College Hill Psychotherapy

203 Governor Street

Providence, RI 02906

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Work and Education

Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2008 - Present

Rhode Island College, Counseling Center psychotherapist, 2014 - 2015

Jewish Family Service, Clinical Social Worker, 2013 - 2014

University of Rhode Island, Clinical Counselor and Psychotherapist, 2013 - 2014

Lawrence and Memorial Physicians, Clinical Social Worker, 2010 - 2013

Delta Consultants Providence, Psychotherapist, 2009 - 2010

Morton Hospital Transitional Care Unit, Clinical Social Worker, 2009

Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Massachusetts, Hospice Social Worker, 2007 - 2008

East Orange General Hospital, Social Worker, 2007

Princeton House Behavioral Health, Social Worker, 2006 - 2007

The Help Group, Primary and Community Therapist, 2001 - 2004

Smith College School for Social Work, Certificate of Advanced Clinical Supervision, 2012 – 2013

Phillips Graduate Institute, Post Graduate Certificate, Art Therapy, 2001 – 2003

Smith College School for Social Work, MSW, Clinical Social Work, 1999 – 2001, Thesis on the use of art therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy with hospitalized adolescents

University of Southern California, MA, Visual Antropology, 1986 – 1989, Thesis on the use of ritual for personal transformation within contemporary feminist and lesbian spiritual communities of Los Angeles

Marlboro College, BA, Anthropology, 1981 – 1985, Thesis on the role of women in a rural Maasai community, based on eight months of fieldwork in Kenya


  • English

Therapy Groups

Barbara  Krementz
Navigating College

This weekly group for college students explores the adjustment to college life and the central themes that come with this transition, including stress management, anxiety, relational challenges, academic expectations, and more.

Barbara  Krementz
Relationships: Everyone's Got One

This weekly group provides an opportunity for members to give and receive support navigating relationships with themselves as well as with partners, peers, and family.

Professional endorsements

Eliza Sher, MSW, LICSW, MFA

Barbara is a person of wide-ranging interests and experience and, as such, creates a therapeutic environment that is warm, welcoming, and effective for many kinds of people. She has deep experience in the field and the expertise to help clients navigate the challenges of a vast range of mental health issues, from subtle to dire. Barbara is also keenly aware of the forces of oppression that affect psychological health and provides a truly welcoming environment for people of many different racial, class, gender, religious, ethnic, and sexual identities. Barbara relies on talk therapy approaches and also uses art therapy strategies to help clients unlock vital feelings and insights. A trusted colleague, Barbara has demonstrated time and again that she can help clients thread their particular needle and pull through when they most need it.

Douglas Bernon, PhD

Barbara Krementz is a thoughtful, open-hearted and gracious therapist who connects easily with people. She brings to her work a comforting, accepting and generous respect for the struggles we all face. Specializing in working with young adults and college students, Barbara is an astute observer and careful listener with a wealth of practical experience, good sense and courage.

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