Corey J. Flanders

Corey J. Flanders

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, & daytime appointments in Providence practice (updated December 03, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Spiritual direction
  • Meditation/mindfulness
  • Life transitions, loss of meaning, existential challenges
  • Trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety and fears
  • Personality disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Corey Flanders is counselor in Providence, RI with expertise in existential challenges, spiritual guidance, loss of meaning, anxiety, depression, and trauma. He combines excellence in evidence-based therapy techniques with his lifelong experience as a meditator to help clients move beyond symptoms and lead more fulfilling lives.

Corey specializes in supporting clients as they navigate any kind of challenging life transition, from the first year of college, to entering the working world, becoming a parent or an empty nester, and taking steps towards retirement. His expertise lies in helping clients find meaning or purpose during times of change, such as when life circumstances shift and you are no longer certain of who you are, what your relationships should look like, and what you’re meant to be doing.

Corey has additional training in a mind-body approach to healing trauma, which may include any kind of experience that threatens a client’s sense of safety. He builds upon each client's existing strengths, and gently guides survivors of trauma as they tap into their inner experience in order to move beyond recent or deeply hidden wounds.

Corey’s practice approach is informed by 20 years experience studying and practicing Buddhism and other contemplative traditions, including years as a novice monk, initiated medium, and over 400 days of silent retreat practice. His mission is to help clients reconnect with their passions, and access inner joy and resilience.

Message to clients

Every human being struggles to find meaning in life and to learn how to better love oneself and others. This is essential work. Often we suffer when we have lost sight of who we are and what we most want out of life. Therapy can help you find yourself again and provide safety and direction in times of difficulty. At its best, it can help you recover a vibrant sense of joy in being alive.
For anyone new to therapy: Take the plunge. Interview perspective therapists. Therapy works best when you are comfortable and feel connected to the therapist. Don't let fear or a lack of motivation stop you from finding the right person and taking a step toward feeling better.


Spiritual direction - Utilizing spirituality as a tool in healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Meditation/mindfulness - Utilizes mindfulness technique in therapy

Life transitions, loss of meaning, existential challenges - Adjusting to college; career transitions; parenting; empty nest syndrome as children leave home; role confusion, gender, sexuality, any major shift in who you thought you were; any general sense of the rug being pulled out from underneath you; Existential questions such as "Who am I? What am I doing in life? What happened to me?"

Trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Traumatic histories and intense or unchanging symptoms of PTSD (nightmares, intrusive images, isolating and avoiding the outside world); Managing the emotional stressors of traumatic events, such as sexual assault, childhood trauma, motorbike accidents; Professional Training in body-based trauma therapy (Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy)

Relationship issues - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; breakups, friendships, dating; problems in communication

Depression - Working through any depression, numbness, and/or disconnection

Grief and loss - Working through any significant loss, past or recent (illness, death, relocation)

Anxiety and fears - Generalized anxiety, panic disorder (debilitating anxiety and fear that arise frequently and without reasonable cause); anxiety from life transitions and loss of meaning; fears of death and fears of living

Personality disorders - Including Borderline Personality Disorder

Self-harm - Injuring of body tissue, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting, as a means to soothe difficult emotions and stressors

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

General expertise


Corey Flanders 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: $175 (50min)

Therapist's note

Corey can email bills to you so you can submit claim for out-of-network reimbursements.


Providence practice

194 Waterman Street

Providence, RI 02906

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Work and Education

Butler Hospital Integrated Therapies Program, Psychotherapist, 2013 - Present

Rhode Island Hospital Adult Partial Hospitalization Program, Psychotherapist, Providence, RI, 2011 - 2013

MSPP Academic Resource Center, Graduate Assistant, 2011 - 2012

The F. L. Chamberlain School, Psychotherapist/Practicum, 2010 - 2011

Dzogchen Center (30-bed residential Buddhist retreat facility), Spiritual Counselor, Austin, Texas, 2003 - 2008

East Side Meditation Circle, Co-Founder and Principal Teacher, 2009 - 2012

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, MA in Counseling Psychology, 2012

Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, MA in Transpersonal Psychology, Concentration in Spiritual Psychology, 2010

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, BA in English, 1998


  • English

Therapy Groups

Corey J. Flanders
Men's Group

Where do men turn today to get help and support for their struggles with feelings, relationships, stress, and other problems? Studies suggest that a majority of men struggle in silence. They may be socially isolated, their marital and other relationship problems may result in an inability to talk things over, and a combination of fear and shame inhibit them from reaching out to others. This group will focus on a variety of men's issues including Fathers and Fatherhood; Sex and Sexuality; Money, Work, and Career; Integrity and Purpose; Health and Well-being; and Emotions and Communication, especially among the members within the group.

Corey J. Flanders
Interpersonal Group Therapy

Group psychotherapy is a dynamic and effective form of change. Group members learn to deepen connections with others, improve communication, and make significant changes to the way they behave in relationships. People often develop ineffective communication styles in the context of growing up in hurtful or dysfunctional family systems. Group therapy is a means of coming to understand and profoundly change limiting and painful ways of being with others. It works to diminish isolation, guilt, and shame.

Client testimonials

Zencare user

Nice talking with a real professional. Made me feel comfortable right from my first visit. We bonded fast. He made me feel I can let my guard down, tell him anything, and not be judged. Zeroed in right away with my issues. Gave me very good advice, and taught me helpful techniques.

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