Dr. Deborah Schuessler is a Licensed Psychologist in Providence, RI who specializes in working with adolescents, college students, and adults across the life span. She has expertise in treating anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma and life transitions. Dr. Schuessler worked at Columbia University Student Health Services for many years where she saw medical, graduate, and undergraduate students. She enjoys working with students and has a special interest in helping young people navigate the transition from student life to the professional world. Dr. Schuessler is also interested the creative process and in working with students and professionals in creative fields.
Dr. Schuessler’s approach is grounded in psychodynamic psychotherapy, which looks at the roots of emotional problems and emphasizes self-reflection and self-examination. She incorporates mindfulness, hypnosis, and guided imagery when appropriate. In addition, she has training is Self Psychology, which focuses on the development of an empathic connection between the therapist and the client as well as the exploration of fundamental elements of healthy development and growth. For individuals who need extra support, Dr. Schuessler can arrange a psychiatric consultation to explore options for medication.
Dr. Schuessler loves her work and cares deeply about providing a safe space that is free of criticism so that her clients are able to feel comfortable sharing difficult issues and problems. In this environment, she focuses on helping her clients understand and change old, problematic patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
Dr. Schuessler received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University. Her office is located in the Wayland neighborhood of Providence, near Brown University.