Deborah  Haug

Deborah Haug

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for morning & evening appointments in Providence practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Empowering girls and women (12 to 75)
  • Social and interpersonal issues
  • Academic issues
  • Workplace issues
  • Phobias
  • Communication
  • Anxiety
  • Existential challenges
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Stress

Professional statement

Deborah Haug is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, RI who specializes in working with girls and women across the lifespan—whether it is a teenager struggling to fit in with peers, a young woman in college who feels pressured by parents to get all A's, or a woman who has a pattern of getting involved in abusive relationships. She has experience helping girls and women overcome social anxiety, handling school or workplace harassment and bullying, and navigating the complex and often unhealthy parent-child relationship.

Deborah has an eclectic approach that is grounded in psycho-dynamic and cognitive-behavioral theories of therapy. She explores how past experiences inform how individuals view themselves and others. She then helps them identify their negative core beliefs and thought patterns and develop healthier ones. Deborah has a solid expertise in the unique challenges that girls and women face and supports them in developing a strong sense of self.

Deborah ultimately wants her clients to grow and to develop the confidence to make the changes that will improve their lives. She looks forward to meeting you.

Message to clients

I truly believe that psychotherapy can be life-changing. It's hard work but ultimately rewarding if you give it a chance and want things to change.


Empowering girls and women (12 to 75) - Supports girls and women in developing a sense of empowerment

Social and interpersonal issues - Recognizing "red flags" in potential and current relationships, overcoming shyness and self-consciousness, and developing effective communication skills

Academic issues - Addressing perfectionism, avoidance, and procrastination

Workplace issues - Speaking assertively, developing confidence in one's capabilities, and handling bullying, harassment, and difficult co-workers

Phobias - Providing techniques and support to overcome intense fear, anxiety, and panic related to specific triggers, such as going to the dentist, entering a crowded room, or speaking in front of classmates

Communication - Developing effective interpersonal communication; learning how to ask for what you need or want

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, and false assumptions; intense discomfort in social settings; irrational fears

Existential challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; facing our fear of change and the unknown; and acceptance of what is and is not in our control

Life transitions - Coping with significant life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, "empty nest" issues, and changes in career goals

Relationships - Understanding one's values, priorities, and needs; exploring unhealthy patterns and choices; recognizing our unrealistic expectations of others

Self-confidence and self-esteem - Learning how to be assertive and stand up for ourselves, challenging negative beliefs and false assumptions, and re-writing our life "script"

Stress - Learning to handle feeling overwhelmed at work and in school, cultivating self-compassion, and learning specific strategies to combat the physical and mental effects of stress


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


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $100 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (60min)

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

1 Richmond Square

Suite 103K

Providence, RI 02906


  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, Psychotherapist

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of RI, 2010 - Present

Plaza Psychology & Psychiatry, Inc., Psychotherapist, 2013 - Present

Gateway Healthcare/Lifespan, Emergency Services After-Hours, Senior Clinician, 2011 - Present

Gateway Professional Group, Psychotherapist, 2011 - 2013

Gateway Healthcare, Clinical Specialist, 2006 - 2013

CAGS in Mental Health Counseling, 2010

Rhode Island College, MA 2008

Wellesley College, BA 1987



Professional endorsements

Referring professional

I had a great conversation with Deb and felt confident sharing her information for a referral.

Client testimonials

"I liked Deb - she was easy to talk to and answered all of my questions well. "

- Zencare client • June 2020