David  Tulli

David Tulli

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon & evening appointments in Cranston practice (updated April 29, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Couples counseling
  • Pain management
  • Hypnosis

Professional statement

David Tulli is a therapist in Cranston, RI specializing in anxiety, existential challenges, family of origin issues, relationship challenges, adjustment to life transitions, trauma, and pain management. He provides traditional psychotherapy as well as specialized right-brain mental health interventions such as creative visualization and hypnosis. He sees individuals ages 18 and up, including young adults, college students, adults, couples, and seniors.

David's specializes in helping individuals work through current mental health symptoms by identifying beliefs developed from one's family of origin or uncovering deep implicit childhood memories. These memories may store different degrees of traumas and affect the individual's current functioning. His practice is characterized by a combination of multiple therapy modalities, including existential therapy, Internal Family Systems, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness practices, supportive therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. He also provides pain management treatment using hypnotherapy and guided imagery.

Prior to private practice, David worked at the Arbor-Fuller Partial Hospital Program and Rhode Island Hospital Partial Hospital and Inpatient Programs, as well as community mental health programs. He encourages his clients to bypass the critical, analytical, doubting parts of themselves to access paths to healing.

Message to clients

The only conflict you will ever have is the one inside yourself. –M. Scott Peck.
My job is not to tell you what to do. Or even give you advice. Or presume that I know what's better for you than you do. My job is to support you emotionally and listen non-judgmentally as you find your way through life's bumps and bruises. We often think that the source of our conflict is our job, spouse, children, parents, siblings, money...take your pick. No doubt that dealing with people and situations is often stressful. But it's our own conflicting values and desires about how to handle these things that tend to make us anxious, depressed...stuck. Sometimes, simply talking about what's bothering you helps you feel better. What I do is compassionately listen and then gently point out where you sound conflicted within yourself. So, psychotherapy becomes a journey of insight that we take together to find your unique answers to these questions-- to find out what you really want.


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

Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Couples counseling - Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities

Pain management - Through hypnosis and guided imagery

Hypnosis - This time-tested method has no side effects, costs nothing and can be used to stop smoking and other habits, increase relaxation, reduce test anxiety and increase peak performance for business, athletics and the performing arts. It can also be used to gain insight into a perplexing problem. Contrary to popular opinion, hypnosis is not something that is done to you but a skill that you can acquire and use.

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $75 (45min)
  • Initial session: $125

Therapist's note

David can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Cranston practice

935 Reservoir Avenue

Cranston, RI 02910

  • Mon 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2011 - Present

Internal Family Systems Level 1 Training, 2020

Family Services of Rhode Island, Outpatient Clinician, 2008 - 2011

Arbor-Fuller Partial Hospital Program, 2007 - 2008

Rhode Island Hospital Partial Hospital and Inpatient Programs, 2007 - 2009

Community Care Alliance, Outpatient Clinician, 2006 - 2007


  • English

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