Eileen Casella Rider is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in anxiety, depression, LGBTQ topics, trauma, and substance use disorders. Eileen is both passionate and experienced in working with the LGBTQ community. She has been an active member of the LCFD gender-free dance organization for over 24 years and for many years she served as a contributing Co-Chair of the board. Eileen has a particular interest in supporting all individuals on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. She recognizes that partners who are in a relationship with those considering or in gender transitioning are a deeply underserved group with their own set of challenges including loneliness, isolation, grief, and confusion.
Many couples do not survive gender transition and Eileen helps the non transitioning partner to identify and express unique feelings and negotiate steps to survive the challenges of the transition. Eileen offers measured, compassionate step-by-step guidance throughout each phase of their experience.
Eileen also enjoys working with people who choose the challenges of non-monogamous relationships and can help them explore ways to open their relationship without feeling jealous, threatened, or angry. Her experience working with couples and families struggling with trauma, substance use disorders, infidelity, and monogamy is extensive and diverse. She has also worked as a clinical director in several treatment settings including residential, inpatient, and intensive outpatient programs.
Eileen's counseling office is quiet, cozy, and confidential.
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
LGBTQ topics - Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Substance use - Explore and tackle challenges with substances such as alcohol and opiates. Reduce the destructive impact substances have on you and your relationships in conjunction with the 12 step model or SMART Recovery.
Eating and issues with food - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
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Empowerment Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, 2017
Intensive Outpatient Program Director, 2017
Penikese Island Program, Recovery Clinician, 2016 - 2017
Echo Group, Clinical Subject Matter Expert, 2011 - 2014
SERVICENET, Clinical Case Manager and Program Director, 2003 - 2011
Antioch University New England, MA in Counseling Psychology, 1990
"Eileen holds many strengths as a therapist. She is extremely caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable. She is eager to learn new therapeutic techniques and is always evolving as a therapist. Her expertise in issues involving relationships and the LGBTQ community make her a very valuable resource. Eileen is incredibly dedicated to her clients and improving their quality of life. A true asset to our community."- Jessica Walther, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Walden Behavioral Care • June 2018
"After struggling for years with my gender identity and coming to terms with being a transgender woman, it was important for me to find a compassionate and accepting therapist to help me sort through my complicated feelings. Eileen checked these boxes and many more. She listens without judgment, provides great perspective, and encourages me to be true to myself. I couldn’t ask for a better therapist to help me along my journey than Eileen."- 20-something professional • February 2018