Ivy  Marwil

Ivy Marwil

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for daytime appointments in Providence practice (updated November 15, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating issues
  • Adoption-related topics
  • Grief and loss
  • College-related issues
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Marriage counseling
  • Parenting
  • Sexual identity
  • Stress management
  • ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)

Professional statement

Ivy received her Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University. She has been in private practice for 30 years, and has previously been an instructor for Brown University's PLME program and a consultant at multiple educational, family, and adoption services.

Ivy sees clients of ages 15 and older, including teenagers, families, and couples. She has particular expertise in adoption-related topics, ADHD, anxiety, Asperger syndrome, eating disorders, grief and loss of family and friends, marriage counseling, parenting-related challenges, and sexual orientation.

Ivy's practice is eclectic in nature, including psychodynamic therapy, family systems therapy, and cognitive behavioral work. She focusing on building deep relationships with clients, and enjoys marathon running and cooking.

Message to clients

I have been a therapist for 35 years, including 25 years of private practice, and am passionate about helping my patients improve the quality of their lives, mental and physical health, and relationships. My approach is to be an active and sensitive listener. I aim to build therapeutic relationships, and provide a safe, non-judgmental and trusting environment that allows you to begin the process of healing and growth.
It is my privilege to help clients who have the courage to seek help in the face of all sorts of life challenges. I use a variety of strategies coming from different approaches to meet your specific needs and issues, and welcome your inquiry.


Anxiety - Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety

Depression - Ranging from feeling mildly down to major depression

Eating issues - Including anorexia nervosa and bulimia

Adoption-related topics - Including parents going through the search process, adoptive parents, adoptees, young women who have given up or kept their babies after pregnancy

Grief and loss - Particularly early loss of parents and friends among college students

College-related issues - 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

Asperger syndrome - Management of stress relating to anxiety or obsessive interests

Marriage counseling - Including early through mature relationships; learning how to be in an intimate relationship; communication among the couple; dealing with affairs

Parenting - Working with parentings through the child's age cycle, particularly with mothers

Sexual identity - Including sexual orientation, coming out

Stress management - Including generally coping with life's difficulties and realizing your full potential

ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) - Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $120 (45min)


Providence practice

293 Governor Street

Providence, RI 02906

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Work and Education

Brown University Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), Instructor

Northern Rhode Island Collaborative, Social Work Consultant

BICO Special Needs Educational Collaborative, Social Work Consultant

Jewish Family Services, Clinical Director

Adoption agencies, Consultant

Michigan State University, M.S.W. (Masters of Social Work)

University of Michigan, B.A., Psychology and Secondary Teaching Certificate

Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel


  • English

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