Frances  Carpenter

Frances Carpenter

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

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

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • College and grad student challenges
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Identity issues
  • Family of origin issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Existential challenges / crises
  • Relationship challenges
  • High functioning Autism (previously known as Asperger's Syndrome)

Professional statement

Frances Carpenter is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of young adults, college students, graduate students, and adults. Her focus areas include anxiety, depression, life transitions, existential challenges, and LGBTQ and gender identity topics.

Frances is passionate about working with young adults, and sees many students from Brown University and other surrounding universities, as well as individuals in the LGBTQ community. She also has experience in identity issues related to family of origin and relationships.

Frances has been in private practice for over 20 years. She received her Masters of Social Work from Smith College and her BA from Brown University, and completed a two-year post-graduate fellowship in student mental health at Yale University before starting her private practice.

Message to clients

My style is interactive and pragmatic, yet also reflective and insight oriented. I help people approach life transitions in hopeful, creative and fulfilling ways. I specialize in the identity work of young adulthood and work with many undergraduates, graduates and international students. I help people develop more useful, creative and compassionate ways of understanding and working with themselves. My clients often tell me that the therapy has helped them feel much better, more hopeful and more meaningfully engaged in their lives.


College and grad student challenges - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

LGBTQ and gender identity issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Identity issues - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Family of origin issues - Reflection on how family dynamics and values affect present day coping strategies and learning new tools to process stressors; e.g. parental divorce; identifying new strategies to process and/or express emotions that may differ from one's family norm

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

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

Existential challenges / crises - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

Relationship challenges - Breakups, friendships, dating; feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship

High functioning Autism (previously known as Asperger's Syndrome) - Furthering the development of interpersonal skills and adjustment to college

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (55min)
  • Initial session: $210
  • Family sessions: $140


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

293 South Main Street

2nd Floor

Providence, RI 02903

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Work and Education

Private Practice, 1996 - Present

Yale University, Post Graduate Fellowship in Student Mental Health, 1994 - 1996

Smith College, M.S.W., 1990

Brown University, BA, 1994


  • English

Professional endorsements

Stephanie Hartselle, MD

I can definitely recommend Frances Carpenter, LICSW, who sees many Brown students and whose work I know very well. She is wonderful and I highly recommend her.

Client testimonials

Brown University alum '11

I saw Frances for panic attacks/social anxiety that led to social issues and problems with academics (panic during exams). She is a very kind and thoughtful person. I never had any question that she was on my side. She also handled my personality quirks (like a tendency to hyper-intellectualize things that drives many people crazy) very well — she is a very peaceful and caring person to see for talk therapy.

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