John  Bean

John Bean

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments; your initial session is free of charge in order to provide space to decide if working with John is right for you (updated September 13, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Personal optimization
  • Achieving peak performance
  • Performance anxiety
  • Reprocessing upsetting memories
  • Alcoholic family dynamics
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship challenges
  • Existential challenges
  • LGBQ and sexuality topics
  • Self-harm
  • Substance use

Professional statement

John Bean is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with expertise in anxiety, depression, relationship issues and boundary setting, codependency, and alcoholic family dynamics. John particularly specializes in helping clients achieve their peak performance, for example, working with students to reach their highest academic potential, salespeople to identify blockages to closing sales, and athletes to address performance anxiety.

John is trained in a number of different therapeutic modalities and techniques including EMDR, a powerful tool to help facilitate reprocessing upsetting memories/events in a way that helps clients get past stuck points in their thinking or memories. John also integrates techniques from many different approaches to create an individualized treatment plan that is specifically tailored for maximal effectiveness.

John's style is down-to-earth, humorous, and non-judgmental. He works to create an honest and transparent space where clients can increase their self-understanding, address behavioral patterns, and realize positive life changes. To ensure clients find the right fit, he offers a free initial 50min in-person session.

John received his MA and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Rhode Island College and has worked in many facets of mental health care including community mental health, emergency services and private practice.

Message to clients

Are you having problems with relationships or communication? Are you feeling depressed, anxious or just plain stuck? Are you struggling with painful experiences from the past that lead you into thinking negatively about yourself and/or cycles of behavior you wish you could break out of? I may be able to help you. Therapy is not magic. It's a human, transparent, nonjudgmental process where we work together to increase your self-understanding and ability to effect positive change in a way that is meaningful to you.


Personal optimization - Addressing early experiences or family of origin issues that hinder us from reaching our peak performance

Achieving peak performance - Overcoming performance anxiety and self-doubt to reach personal and professional goals

Performance anxiety - Managing performance anxiety; developing skills to better cope in stressful situations

Reprocessing upsetting memories - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Alcoholic family dynamics - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation

Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

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

Relationship challenges - Addressing challenges to setting healthy relationship boundaries, e.g., learning to say "no" to friends or family

Existential challenges - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

LGBQ and sexuality topics - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Self-harm - Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting

Substance use - Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships

General expertise


John Bean is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing session fee: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

Initial 50min consultation is complimentary.

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



501 Angell Street

Providence, RI 02906

  • Sun Closed
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2013 - Present

Gateway Healthcare/ Rhode Island Hospital, Emergency Services Clinician, 2011 - 2014

Gateway Healthcare, Clinical Specialist, 2010 - 2013

Rhode Island College, CAGS, 2013

Rhode Island College, MA, 2011


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