David  Stern

David Stern

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for afternoon & daytime appointments in Providence practice (updated November 04, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Existential challenges
  • Spirituality
  • Relationship challenges
  • Men's issues
  • Trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Stress management
  • Personality disorders

Professional statement

Dr. Stern received his PsyD at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and has been in private practice over 20 years. He was previously the Director of Substance Abuse Day Treatment at Roger Williams Hospital.

Dr. Stern has expertise in anxiety, PTSD / trauma, spirituality, and any existential challenges that an individual may be experiencing. He also runs group therapy sessions and workshops on topics such as men's issues and spirituality.

Dr. Stern practices Internal Family Systems (IFS) and incorporates various techniques including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), One Eye Brain Integration, and a practice he has developed called Structured Self-Presence™.

Message to clients

It is a wonderful time to be a therapist. We have many powerful tools that help create enduring positive change and quicken that process.
As a clinical psychologist, healer, trainer, and consultant. I help people restore a wholesome relationship between their cerebral intelligence and their natural intelligence. I teach people that problems are, almost always, a path to greater vitality, freedom and enduring peace.
I help individuals, groups and organizations enjoy an ever deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of their lives and their communities. I teach them how to seamlessly fold transformative spiritual practices (within and beyond their particular religious tradition) into the fabric of their professional and private lives.
Central to my healing practice is a model of therapy called Internal Family Systems (IFS) and I am a certified IFS therapist. Among the other tools in my healing toolkit are Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), One Eye Brain Integration, Brainspotting, and a relational mindfulness practice that I have been developing over the past 15 years, Structured Self-Presence© (SSP).
My practice, ways of thinking and doing, are deeply informed by the perennial wisdom of the world’s wisdom traditions as well as current behavioral and brain research.
In addition to a psychologist, I am a husband and father. I play the saxophone, clarinet, a little piano and less djembe. I love sing alongs and playing music with my family and friends.


Existential challenges - Including navigating college and career paths, one's purpose

Spirituality - Enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Relationship challenges - Helps individuals through relationship challenges (note: does not offer couples therapy)

Men's issues - Includes helping men access and work with their emotions, sexual identity/preferences, anger, and relationship issues

Trauma - Includes childhood trauma, adult trauma, sexual abuse and assault, physical abuse, combat trauma, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

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

Anxiety - Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety

Life transitions - Including adjusting to college and post-college life

Stress management - Including generally coping with life's difficulties and realizing your full potential

Personality disorders - Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200
  • Sliding scale: $175 - $200

Therapist's note

Dr. Stern can provide paperwork for RISD student health insurance out-of-network benefits.


Providence practice

341 Broadway

Providence, RI 02909

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Work and Education

Roger Williams Hospital, Director of Substance Abuse Day Treatment

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, PsyD

Hampshire College, BA, Music, Philosophy


  • English

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