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.


Specialties

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


Insurance

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.


Location(s)

Providence practice

194 Waterman Street

Providence, RI 02906

Hours
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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


Languages

  • English

Therapy Groups

Corey J. Flanders
Men's Group

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.

Corey J. Flanders
Interpersonal Group Therapy

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.


Professional endorsements

Dr. David J. Stern, PsyD, Colleague

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.


Client testimonials

Zencare client

I am having a great experience with Corey. He is insightful, knowledgeable and very compassionate. Very pleased with my choice.

Young adult client

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.

College student

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.

Zencare client

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.

Brown University Student, '18

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.

Zencare client

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.


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