Jennifer  Aspel

Jennifer Aspel

Psychologist, PhD

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


Specialties & Expertise

  • Eating disorders
  • College mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Dr. Jennifer Aspel is a clinical psychologist in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in eating disorders, college mental health, and anxiety disorders. Approximately half of Dr. Aspel's clients see her for the treatment of eating disorders, which include anorexia (restrictive eating), bulimia (purging or vomiting food), binge eating, obsessions with calories, and other eating related concerns. She also works with clients who have adjustment issues related to life transitions or traumatic life events.

Dr. Aspel also specializes in college mental health based on her many years working on college campuses. She has a deep understanding of the unique circumstances that college students are in and helps them utilize whatever tools would be most useful for them, including on-campus resources, mood monitoring apps, and journaling. Her office is on College Hill within walking distance from Brown University, RISD, and Johnson & Wales University.

Dr Aspel views health and illness from a biopsychosocial model which considers all aspects of a clients life. She pulls from her training in Psychodynamic Therapy to help clients gain insight into the root of their challenges, while integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based therapies for clients to build concrete skills to address immediate distresses.


Message to clients

'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step' –Laozi
I understand how challenging it can be to start the process of psychotherapy; especially finding the right therapist. But when you do find a therapist who is the right fit for you, the healing relationship that is formed and the collaboration that takes place can be life-changing.
My intention in my practice is to always provide a comfortable and inviting space where clients can openly discuss their concerns. Together we will work to help you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and to remove obstacles getting in the way of living your best life.


Specialties

Eating disorders - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; takes a collaborative approach with other medical providers

College mental health - Anxiety, stress, and depression that may arise during college

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


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $160 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200

Therapist's note

Dr. Aspel can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Location(s)

Providence practice

35 South Angell Street

Providence, RI 02906

Hours
  • Mon 8:30am- 6:30pm
  • Tue 8:30am- 6:30pm
  • Wed 8:30am- 6:30pm
  • Thu 8:30am- 6:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1995 - Present

Providence College Counseling Center, 2007 - 2011

UMASS Boston Counseling Center, 2013 - 2014

Rhode Island Hospital, Staff Psychologist, 1997 - 1999

University of Michigan, BA in Psychology

University of Rhode Island, PhD in Clinical Psychology


Languages

  • English