Joe Gray Vaughan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, RI who specializes in helping people overcome painful thoughts and emotions that interfere with valued living. Joe is experienced treating substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, academic stress, and workplace problems.
Joe’s holistic treatment approach is grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) while incorporating other treatment modalities including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), yoga, and mindfulness practices. Joe works with his clients to identify clear values and goals and overcome the barriers that are holding them back
When working with clients with a history of trauma, Joe helps clients understand and control their physical and emotional symptoms. He teaches skills that can help them regulate their emotions and become more grounded. Having had training in the mental benefits of yoga, Joe incorporates mind-body work in his sessions, when appropriate. When he first meets a new client, his first focus is helping them feel safe and comfortable. His sessions are client-led, and he will never force a client to talk about something until they are ready.
Joe cares deeply for his clients and is there to help them identify what values are important to them and what they want out of life. Prior to starting his private practice, Joe worked as a lead clinician at a substance use clinic. He received his MA at Rhode Island College. His office is easily accessible from downtown Providence and College Hill.