Diane  Petrella

Diane Petrella

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated June 29, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Relationship challenges
  • Self-esteem
  • Mind-body-spirit connection
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional eating
  • Life transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress management
  • Life coaching
  • Caregiver stress

Professional statement

Diane Petrella is a holistic psychotherapist, certified life coach, and Level II Reiki Healer in Providence, RI. Her mind-body-spirit approach is designed to help clients tap into their inner wisdom, calm anxious and disruptive thoughts, and find peace through connecting with their Higher Self.

Diane works with individuals experiencing relationship challenges, such as difficulty starting a new relationship, repeated negative patterns of attraction or communication, and adjusting to life changes after breakups or divorce. She helps clients explore how early experiences influence their beliefs about themselves in order to increase self-confidence and build stronger relationships.

Diane has deep expertise in emotional eating, particularly with adults who experienced sexual abuse in childhood, and for whom mainstream weight loss strategies may be less effective. She also works with clients navigating stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and caregiver challenges.

Diane incorporates a range of approaches, including psychodynamic therapy, meditation and visualization, life coaching strategies, and the Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), which releases energy trapped in the body to feel more grounded in body and mind. Diane’s goal is to help clients clear through the clutter of life’s messiest challenges and connect with their highest, best self.

Message to clients

Deciding to see a therapist and looking within takes courage. Congratulate yourself for taking this step. I can help you make lasting change so you not only overcome your current problems but become stronger and wiser on the other side.
My approach is holistic, integrating mind, body and spirit. My style is direct (I'll tell you what I think), intuitive (I trust my intuition and will help you trust yours), and with a touch of humor (it always helps to lighten your spirit). There's no one size fits all therapy, so together we'll decide what works best for you.
I'm a licensed psychotherapist and a certified life coach so I'll integrate both sets of skills in our work together. We'll explore your past when necessary to help you break free from self-sabotaging patterns and limiting beliefs. I'll also help you create a vision for your future so you have a road map to move forward.


Relationship challenges - Difficulty starting relationships; resolving unhelpful patterns of communication; feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; adjusting to divorce or breakups

Self-esteem - Tapping into inner strengths to foster a positive view of one's self; exploring how early experiences influence self-image

Mind-body-spirit connection - Assists clients in strengthening their mind-body-sprit connection

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

Sexual abuse - Healing childhood trauma and addressing its ongoing role in daily life, particularly as it relates to weight management

Emotional eating - Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image; particular expertise in addressing how one's past history of sexual abuse can get in the way of weight loss efforts today

Life transitions - Adjusting to, or contemplating big life transitions such as career changes and relationship shift

Grief and loss - Processing the loss of a loved one or any form of grief

Stress management - Mind-body-spirit approach to releasing stress and decluttering the mind; particular expertise in caregiver expertise

Life coaching - Find solutions to problems you’re experiencing right now or clarity about the direction of your life

Caregiver stress - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one; balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (45min)

Therapist's note

Diane 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

Providence practice

255 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906

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Work and Education

The Coaches Training Institute, Life Coach Certification

Harvard Medical School: Dept. of Continuing Education, Mind/Body training

Boston College, BA

Simmons College, MSW


  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare client

Diane’s insight helped me to see things in a new light and take charge of my life. I gained invaluable skills to handle my life issues in a more productive and loving way.

Zencare client

Diane helped me process my past to a place of understanding and forgiveness. I feel empowered and in control of my life. I have peace.

Zencare client

Thank you, Diane! You have helped me to think differently in a way that is healthier for my spirit. I am so amazed at the growth I’ve made.

Zencare client

Thank you for everything Diane! It was wonderful to find a practitioner who believed in listening to the body, trusting one’s intuition and finding answers within. I am very grateful to you.

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