Kara  Massie

Kara Massie

Psychologist, PhD

Not accepting new clients at 245 Waterman St, Providence, RI 02906, USA (updated October 12, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Eating disorders
  • LGBQ and sexuality topics
  • Transgender topics
  • College and graduate school related challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Existential challenges
  • Academic issues
  • Trauma recovery
  • Anger management
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chronic illness
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Impulse control issues
  • Personality disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Substance use
  • Weight management
  • ADD/ADHD

Professional statement

Dr. Kara Massie is a clinical psychologist in Providence, RI with expertise in anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mindfulness, and LGBTQ topics. She has particularly extensive experience working with the college student population through her clinical work at Clark University, Roger Williams University, and Butler University.

Dr. Massie has a longstanding interest in serving the LGBTQ community. At Clark University, she saw many LGBTQ students who identified as genderqueer and were considering or seeking the right services for transition. Prior to that, she taught a human sexuality course at Suffolk University. Dr. Massie also has expertise in eating disorders, stemming from her work at the Charis Center for Eating Disorders where she ran body image and CBT groups as well as meal supports and saw individuals in the partial hospitalization program.

Dr. Massie uses therapy techniques such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness practices, and motivational interviewing to help her clients cope with painful thoughts and emotions and pursue the parts of life they value and enjoy the most. She is a clinician at the group practice, Providence Psychology Services, where she works with young adults and adults. She received her PhD at Suffolk University and her BS at Northwestern University.


Message to clients

It's difficult to walk into a therapist's office for the first time and allow yourself to be vulnerable—telling your troubles to someone you just met. Helping my clients feel comfortable and supported throughout their experience is my first priority as a therapist. If you decide you'd like to work with me, I will show you some tools you can try and gently point out new approaches to consider taking when you're ready. At the base of that, though, I aim to help by simply walking beside you as you take the the journey of resolving what most troubles you.


Specialties

Eating disorders - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends

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

Transgender topics - Provides therapeutic support before, during, and after transition

College and graduate school related challenges - 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

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

Mindfulness - Developing self-acceptance, compassion, and awareness of both the self and environment to cope with daily life

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

Academic issues - Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life

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

Anger management - Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships

Bipolar disorder - Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes

Chronic illness - Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens

Compulsive behaviors - Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending

Impulse control issues - Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking

Personality disorders - Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders

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

Weight management - Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image

ADD/ADHD - Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges


General expertise




Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing session fee: $150 (45min)
  • Initial sessions: $200 (60min)

Therapist's note

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


Location(s)

Address

Providence Psychology Services

245 Waterman Street

Suite 202

Providence, RI 02906

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Work and Education

Providence Psychology, 2017 - Present

Clark University, College counselor, 2014 - 2017

Roger Williams University, Post-doctoral internship, 2013 - 2014

Butler University Consortium, Pre-doctoral internship, 2012 - 2013

Suffolk University, PhD, 2013

Villanova University, MS, 2006

Northwestern University, BS, 2003


Languages

  • English
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