Cynthia  Wilcox

Cynthia Wilcox

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Rhode Island Accepting Online
Updated October 11, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Aging related concerns
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar disorder

Professional statement

Cynthia Wilcox is a licensed clinical social worker with over 50 years of experience. She has been in a sole practice for most of those years. After understanding the initial problem presented, she takes a detailed family history. Even though this may seem labor intensive, it begins to show patterns that got their start in early childhood. As young pre-verbal children we assess the "garden we were thrown into and begin to develop survival skills. These survival skills often become our adult problems. An example would be learning to be passive as a way to survive which may have worked then but does not help as the only strategy for adult interactions. Also problem patterns many develop in a repetitive way as when a person whose father abandoned the family has a pattern of only being attracted to unavailable men in the hopes of repairing that damage this time.

Most people arrive in therapy because they are stuck in these old patterns. Cynthia sees her job as identifying those patterns and then helping the client develop new patterns be they of thought or behavior. It often involves letting go of relentless hope that things will change if they just hold on to the old stuff. Cynthia has studied for years with Martha Stark MD at Harvard with her program called The Transformative Power of Optimal Stress. It involves supporting and gently pushing clients to give up old patterns and develop new narratives.

Cynthia's clients see her as very supportive but also "pushy" as she helps them moved along. A client once said to a friend, " You should go see my therapist, Cynthia, but not if you only want someone to listen and commiserate with you!" At 81, she is still at it!!!

Message to clients

Hello- I am so looking forward to working with you. As you can see from my statement, I am very interactive with you and would love to hear your concerns. I once told a client, " when you have told me all your stories, even the most difficult ones, you will be well on your way to being healed." I will listen, cry, and laugh with you as you move along to freedom from your stuck narratives. I am still only doing telehealth and have had some of my most profound sessions remotely. Who knew! I hope you will join me.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Aging related concerns - Coping with memory loss, loss of independence, and other physical and/or mental impacts of aging. May include support for family or caregivers and resource planning for changes in living situation.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

Bipolar disorder - Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Medicare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $100 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed


Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Not available
  • Tue 8-4
  • Wed 8-4
  • Thu 8-4
  • Fri Not available
  • Sat Not available
  • Sun Not available

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 54 years

self-employed, therapist, 1977 - Present
Washington County Health, Therapist, 1967 - 1977

Boston University School of Social Work, social work, 1967


Rhode Island: ISW00559