Jeannie  Burkhard

Jeannie Burkhard

Psychologist, PhD

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated December 04, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • College/graduate student-related challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Loss and grief
  • ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Cultural adjustment
  • LGBTQIA and sexuality topics
  • Mindfulness
  • Race and cultural identity
  • Stress management

Professional statement

Dr. Jeannie Burkhard is a licensed psychologist in Providence who sees many Brown University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff as well as members of the surrounding community. Her areas of expertise include college/graduate student mental health; anxiety; depression; stress; interpersonal issues; transitions; and loss. She has years of experience helping others with the process of creating greater self-understanding, self-esteem and satisfying relationships, as well as developing skills to be more fully present and mindfully engaged in life.

Dr. Burkhard feels privileged to have a culturally, racially and ethnically diverse practice, including international and first-generation students. She also feels fortunate to see many members of the LGBTQIA community.

Her clinical orientation is eclectic, drawing from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, feminist, hypnotherapeutic, and mindfulness-based approaches. She strives to be a culturally responsive therapist who is aware that a person’s lived experience, behavior and level of distress can be profoundly impacted by social, political, historical and economic factors.

Having fulfilled the requirements for Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis established by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Dr. Burkhard offers hypnosis as a possible adjunct to psychotherapy. A powerful vehicle for positive growth and change, clinical hypnosis can help empower individuals to use their inner resources to cope better, promote health, and increase self-esteem. It can also be a creative and useful therapeutic tool in the treatment of a host of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, gastrointestinal disorders and pain.

Her office is adjacent to the Erickson Athletic Complex and Pembroke Field, which is a convenient location for many in the Brown community. There is a parking lot next to the building.


Message to clients

The process of psychotherapy is nurtured in a safe, supportive atmosphere of trust, mutual respect and open communication where clients can talk freely about experiences, feelings, thoughts and concerns. I value an individualized, collaborative, relationship-centered approach to therapy which holds the client's well-being, growth and goals at the center of the work and appreciates their unique identities, capacities and strengths.


Specialties

College/graduate student-related challenges - Navigating the transition to college or graduate school; coping with workload and school-related expectations and stress; moving away from one’s support system; adapting to a challenging new environment while maintaining a sense of oneself; mapping the environment to find supportive spaces and helpful campus resources; advocating for oneself; developing mentoring relationships; making new friends; developing a greater balance between work load, social life, and time for oneself; addressing issues unique to international, first-generation and/or undocumented students

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; social anxiety (intense discomfort, avoidance and/or fear of negative evaluation in social and performance settings); panic attacks (sudden and intense feelings of panic)

Relationships - Relationship challenges with roommate, friend, partner or family of origin; clarifying what one wants and needs in friendships and love relationships; exploring patterns of relationship choices; addressing communication challenges, including issues of power and voice; increasing assertiveness; contemplating beginning or ending a relationship; handling break-ups; developing more reciprocal, satisfying and self-esteem enhancing relationships

Depression - Relieving symptoms of low motivation and energy, irritability, sadness, diminished self-esteem, sleep and/or appetite changes, and loss of loss of interest and pleasure in life, among other symptoms

Self-esteem - Cultivating a stronger sense of self; increasing assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion; strengthening inner resources and positive coping skills; finding strength in one’s own skills and abilities; affirming healthier narratives about oneself; transcending inner voices of negativity and self-doubt; developing more positive self-care strategies and ways to minimize suffering; and expanding the possibilities for future change

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated death of a loved one; grieving the end of a relationship or a significant loss; processing and coping with feelings and reactions to a death or loss of a family member, friend or pet; accommodating and integrating a loss into the rest of one’s life; addressing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one

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

Cultural adjustment - Transitioning from another country; acclimating to a new environment as an international or out-of-state student; coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people, places and/or culture; developing a new support system; self-care; managing stress; addressing issues unique to international, first-generation and/or undocumented students

LGBTQIA and sexuality topics - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of sexual and gender identity issues including LGBTQ+ and trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; may include a process of questioning, coming out, and navigating family reactions, cultural challenges and new relationships; addressing issues of discrimination and oppression

Mindfulness - Focusing one’s awareness on the present moment—just as it is--while accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations; using techniques like mindful breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress; bringing greater empathic awareness and presence to bear on one’s experience

Race and cultural identity - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through exploring topics of race, class, cultural and ethnic background; addressing issues of immigration status, discrimination and oppression

Stress management - Coping with the stresses of life and change; managing expectations for yourself and others; developing strategies to reduce one’s level of stress; learning self-care techniques to better manage stress


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $180 (45min)
  • Initial session: $255 (60min)
  • Ongoing session fee: $230 (60min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Burkhard offers an adjusted fee for those with financial concerns. Please do not hesitate to discuss this option with her.

Dr. Burkhard can provide you with paperwork for insurance reimbursement if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Dr. Burkhard is in-network with Brown University Student Health Plan (UnitedHealthcare StudentResources), separate from Wellfleet or United Healthcare.


Location(s)

Providence practice

172 Cushing Street

Providence, RI 02906

Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice

United Services, Willimantic, CT, Senior Psychologist

University of Rhode Island, Visiting Assistant Professor

Palo Alto VA Medical Center, Psychology Intern

University Counseling Center, Colorado State University, Psychology Intern

Colorado State University, Department of Psychology, PhD

University of Oregon, Department of Psychology, BA with Honors


Languages

  • English

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