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.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Academic issues - Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Student mental health - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Mindfulness - Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress
Hypnosis - A state of consciousness involving focused attention. Hypnosis enables people to tap into natural abilities and potential and to make changes quickly. It is useful for addressing depression, anxiety, creative blocks, sleep problems, chronic pain, overcoming unwanted habits and more.
Adolescent mental health - Navigating social, academic, and emotional challenges throughout teenage years
Creativity coaching - Setting goals and creating road maps to move beyond perfectionism, procrastination, and self-doubt; building self-awareness and skills to accomplish goals and nourish creativity
Multicultural issues - Adjusting to a new culture; navigating biracial relationships
Dr. Schuessler works with a billing service that can submit your claims to insurance companies if you are seeking out-of-network benefits.
Private Practice, 2002 - Present
Jacobi Medical Center, 2000 - 2002
New York University, Post Doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Certificate, 2014
Columbia University, PhD, 2000