Eileen  Casella Rider

Eileen Casella Rider

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated July 31, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • LGBTQ topics
  • Trauma
  • Substance use
  • Eating and issues with food

Professional statement

Eileen Casella Rider is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in anxiety, depression, LGBTQ topics, trauma, and substance use disorders. She also enjoys working with blended families and step-parents.

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 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 also practices in Canton, Massachusetts. Both counseling offices are quiet, cozy, and confidential.

Message to clients

In a cozy, safe and private setting we will identify and tackle problems by focusing on your strengths and priorities. I particularly enjoy working with the LGBTQ population. My areas of particular focus include exploration of relationships, family and couples therapy as well as blended family issues. I will help you resolve negative patterns of self criticism and destructive emotions that exacerbate anxiety, depression, anger and/or substance abuse.


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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Cigna
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150
  • Initial session: $200
  • Couples sessions: $160

Therapist's note

Eileen 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

354 Broadway

Providence, RI 02909


  • Mon 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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



Therapy Groups

Eileen  Casella Rider
Transgender Therapy Group

This 12-week group offers a safe and supportive environment for transgender individuals to deal with the specific challenges that arise with going through the process of transition.

Professional endorsements

"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

Client testimonials

"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