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.
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
Corey Flanders is not in-network with any insurances.
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Corey can email bills to you so you can submit claim for out-of-network reimbursements.
Butler Hospital Integrated Therapies Program, Psychotherapist, 2013 - Present
Rhode Island Hospital Adult Partial Hospitalization Program, Psychotherapist, 2011 - 2013
East Side Meditation Circle, Co-Founder and Principal Teacher, 2009 - 2012
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, 2003 - 2008
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, BA in English, 1998
This weekly group provides support for men dealing with challenging life transitions, struggling relationships, chronic stress, and other problems while aiming to reduce the shame that many may feel about reaching out for support.
This weekly group aims to provide members with the tools to form deeper connections with others, improve communication, and diminish feelings of isolation and shame.
Join other therapists and mental health professionals of all experience levels for this interpersonal process group designed to help therapists process their emotions, reduce stress, and create more inner peace.
"Corey has more spiritual chops than most. Because of all the rigorous spiritual work that he has done, and the personal healing he has, himself, undertaken, Corey has enormous bandwidth. He has a natural and highly developed capacity to be resonantly present with even the most difficult human experiences and emotions. He is therefore, a powerful, compassionate, and skillful healer. I cannot recommend him highly enough."- Dr. David J. Stern, PsyD, Colleague • January 2016
"I am having a great experience with Corey. He is insightful, knowledgeable and very compassionate. Very pleased with my choice."- Zencare client • January 2017
"Corey was my therapist at Butler Hospital’s outpatient program, and I am grateful beyond words that he agreed to see me as a private client. I have been dealing with panic disorder and depression my entire adult life, and was recently diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and a personality disorder. This sounds strange to say about a therapist, but despite my history and recent crises, Corey never makes me feel like a “disordered” individual. When I am in his office I am a person talking to a genuinely kind, brilliant person who I have a great connection with. I’ve been through a lot of therapy, but before going to see Corey, I had never dreamed I could walk out of a therapist’s office feeling enlivened and excited at the prospect of living my life. I wish I could be more eloquent – but regardless of my writing skills, I cannot recommend Corey Flanders enough. His insight and our interactions have changed my life."- Young adult client • February 2016
"Corey has been helping me with my anxiety and depression. He provides a safe environment where I feel comfortable expressing thoughts and emotions I do not share anywhere else. He has a unique ability to paint a picture with words as a way to relate and explain."- College student • June 2016
"Corey Flanders is a wonderful counselor / therapist. He has helped me so much over the last year. He is not only skillful at getting to the root causes but he is also an expert on meditation and other therapeutic techniques."- Zencare client • February 2016
"I have only been working with Corey for a few weeks, but he has been a kind and insightful person. I appreciate his openness, and hope to learn."- Brown University Student, '18 • February 2016
"It was so nice talking with a real professional. He made me feel comfortable right from my first visit. We bonded fast. He made me feel like I could let my guard down, tell him anything, and not be judged. We zeroed in right away with my issues, and he gave me very good advice and helpful techniques."- Zencare client • November 2019