Joe Gray Vaughan

Joe Gray Vaughan

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, & daytime appointments in Providence practice (updated May 31, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Overcoming blockages
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

I believe that we all have the capacity to achieve more and live a more fulfilling life. I am honored to have the opportunity to have worked with so many courageous and inspiring people and to have helped them on their journeys. Perhaps you feel that your suffering is overwhelming and you cannot see a way out. The good news is that you are not alone, we all suffer and many, many people have found ways to transcend their pain and build better lives. I look forward to meeting you and seeing what we can build together.


Overcoming blockages - Working through emotional blockages or challenges

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $120 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)


Providence practice

1 Richmond Square

Suite 103k

Providence, RI 02906

  • Mon 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2019 - Present

Butler Hospital, 2016 - Present

Stanley Street Treatment and Recovery, 2013 - 2016

Rhode Island College, MA, 2014

University of Rochester, BA, 2006


  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare client

Joe is soft and gentle. I've had only three sessions with him, though he listens well and has a very warm air to him. As a socially anxious person, this takes away any malaise I might have coming in.

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