Diane  Petrella

Diane Petrella

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Rhode Island Not Accepting Online
Providence Not Accepting In-person

This therapist is currently not accepting new clients. Find available Rhode Island therapists on Zencare.

Updated January 16, 2024

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 licensed clinical social worker, holistic psychotherapist, and life coach in Providence, RI. She is the author of Healing Emotional Eating for Trauma Survivors: Trauma-Informed Practices to Nurture a Peaceful Relationship with Your Emotions, Body, and Food.

Diane has an expertise in working with adults who experienced childhood trauma and struggle with emotional eating and other effects of early trauma. She also works with clients navigating stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and relationship challenges. She helps clients explore how early experiences influence their beliefs about themselves in order to increase self-confidence and build stronger relationships.

Diane incorporates a range of approaches, including psychodynamic therapy, meditation and visualization, life coaching strategies, and energy psychology techniques such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (also called tapping). Diane’s mind-body-spirit approach is designed to help clients connect with their inner wisdom as the pathway to become their highest and 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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicare

Diane Petrella is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing


Providence practice
11 S. Angell Street #355, Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
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Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

The Coaches Training Institute, Life Coach Certification
Harvard Medical School: Dept. of Continuing Education, Mind/Body training
Simmons College, MSW
Boston College, BA


Rhode Island: ISW00401

Massachusetts: 105763



Client testimonials

"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 • February 2017
"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 • February 2017
"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."
- Zencare client • February 2017
"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 • January 2017