David  Dove

David Dove

Psychologist, PhD

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated November 14, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Issues related to culture, identity, and marginalization
  • Identity development
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Academic issues
  • College related challenges
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Existential challenges
  • Interpersonal and relationships
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Men's health
  • Substance abuse

Professional statement

Dr. David Dove, PhD is a psychologist in private practice in Providence, RI. He founded Dove Psychology in 2009, where he works to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for a diverse clientele. Dr. Dove has a research background, and is dedicated to staying up to date on cutting edge evidence-based treatments while maintaining a warm and welcoming practice.

Dr. Dove has expertise treating anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. He employs his experience to support clients as they navigate life's stressors and challenges. He particularly enjoys working with people on issues related to culture, identity, and marginalization.

Dr. Dove primarily uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, but is flexible in tailoring his approach in order to best support each client. With his office conveniently located on College Hill, Dr. Dove sees many members of the Brown and RISD community.

Message to clients

Therapy is tailored to help clients to live more fully and apply effective ways of coping with challenging changes, experiences, and interpersonal problems. My primary aim is to use evidence-based treatment to help clients function better by addressing psychological and behavioral health issues.


Issues related to culture, identity, and marginalization - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Identity development - Including within the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and cultural background; resolving trauma and internalized oppression related to stigma

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

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

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

Academic issues - Adjusting to college, balancing school and personal life, time management, and test anxiety

College related challenges - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Cultural adjustment - Transitioning from another country, state, or city; adjusting as an international student or out-of-state student

Existential challenges - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

Interpersonal and relationships - Communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating

LGBTQ issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Men's health - Including grappling with questions of masculinity, what it means to be a man, overall psychological health

Substance abuse - Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships

General expertise


David Dove is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet and United Healthcare)
  • First Health
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees


Providence practice

194 Waterman Street

Suite 7

Providence, RI 02906

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Work and Education

Dove Psychology, Founder and Psychotherapist, 2009 - Present

Women & Infants Hospital, Clinical Research Program Coordinator, 2008 - 2011

Brown University, Investigator in Medicine, 2007 - 2008

Rhode Island Hospital, Interventionist and Prevention Program Developer, 2006 - 2008

Brown University, Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005- 2007

George Washington University, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2005


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