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Joe Vaughan(He/Him/His)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Rhode Island
Depression-Anxiety- Trauma- Work stress-College & graduate student mental health- Life transitions-
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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.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 10 years

Private Practice
Butler Hospital
Stanley Street Treatment and Recovery

Rhode Island College, MA, 2014
University of Rochester, BA, 2006


Rhode Island: MHC00774




Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses

College & graduate student mental health - 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.

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Optum
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$150 (60min)
  • Initial session:$200 (60min)
  • Couples sessions:$175 (60min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed

Client testimonials

"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."
- Zencare client November 2019
"Great explanation of the approach"
- Zencare client September 2021
"Joe instills a sense of calm and trust from the get-go. Our first session was a very positive experience and I am looking forward to his services going forward."
- Zencare client June 2022

Book a Free Initial Consultation

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