Katie  Grifka

Katie Grifka

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for evening online therapy appointments (updated May 20, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Family life and parenting
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Academic issues
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Loss
  • Life transitions
  • Emotion regulation

Professional statement

Katie Grifka is a therapist in private practice in Providence with a specialty in children, adolescents, family conflicts, ADHD, and parenting. She sees children and adults of all ages for anxiety, life transitions, self-esteem issues, loss, and emotional regulation.

As a public school social worker, Katie has worked with elementary and middle school children on issues such as school and separation anxiety, impulse control issues, ADHD, and discord within families. She uses play therapy and picture books to help children manage behavioral challenges and consults with pediatricians and psychiatrists to find the best care for the individual. She also has extensive experience supporting adolescents and teenagers overcome social anxiety.

Katie draws upon her work at youth trauma programs, adoption and foster care services, and school settings. She combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Supportive therapy to best address the needs of her clients.

Message to clients

Life brings us challenges and we often have to cope with different feelings and circumstances that arise. Whether you are dealing with a one-time situational event or a repetitive life pattern, it is ok to seek out support and gain a fresh perspective. In my sessions, I am here to provide acknowledgement and validation. I bring enthusiasm and collaboration to build upon your strengths and teach strategies to help overcome difficult situations.


Family life and parenting - Helping parents and families develop and implement strategies to address various challenges that arise; managing stress and increasing support

Adolescents - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional dysregulation

Children - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues

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

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Self-esteem - Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion

Loss - Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

Emotion regulation - Building emotion regulation skills

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $100 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $100
  • Initial session: $120

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Online therapy (RI) practice
  • Mon 3:30pm-8:30pm00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2017 - Present

School Social Worker, 2014 - Present

The Inner You Counseling Center, 2014 - 2017

Boys Town, 2008 - 2014

Lutheran Social Services Adoption and Foster Care, 2002 - 2008

Saint Anne's Hospital Youth Trauma Program, Internship, 2006 - 2007

Rhode Island College, MSW, 2007

Bridgewater State College, BSW, 2002


  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare Client

She was very understanding flexible and offered suggestions on how to proceed!

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