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Laura Kavanagh(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhD
Rhode Island
LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics-Gender identity & transgender health-Alcohol use disorder & addiction- Relationship issues-Family issues- Trauma-
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Professional statement

Dr. Laura Sobik Kavanagh (she/hers) is a clinical psychologist in Providence, RI. Her clinical specialties include depression, trauma, substance use and abuse, and gender and sexual identity development as they intersect with life events, chronic physical and psychological conditions, and socio-political context.

Many of her clients who have struggled with substance abuse, trauma, and mood disorders hold one or more marginalized identities including women, gender diverse or trans-identifying, POC, people experiencing chronic or situational financial strain. Accordingly, Dr. Sobik Kavanagh defines her therapy approach as relational-cultural/trans-inclusive feminist, trauma-informed, and rooted in a social justice framework.

Her clinical style is dynamic, relationship-focused, and in-the-moment, and she will also utilize interventions from other approaches such as dialectal behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. She strongly values body and sex positivity, particularly in context of trauma, gender and body dysphoria, and complicated relationships with alcohol, substances, and food.

Dr. Sobik Kavanagh identifies as queer/lesbian and her work with the queer community holds expansive & fluid definitions of sexuality & gender. She actively works to remove barriers to gender-affirming care. She was the 2019 recipient of the Bates-Clapp Award "commending work with & for gender diverse students across the Brown campus that directly enhance well-being and strengthen self-compassion in this community.”

Dr. Sobik Kavanagh works with each individual to best understand their needs in the moment and over time, ensuring a shared understanding of their goals, limits and boundaries, and how they want to define progress in therapy. She values open communication, safety in the therapeutic relationship, and self-compassion as necessary for the process of change. At present, she is available to meet in both person in her Providence office and via telehealth sessions.

Message to clients

My hope is that our sessions can become a place to just be where you are. To let go of apology & shame. To actively take space, share pain that may have been previously labeled as "too much." A space for imperfection & perceived failure - and the opportunity to begin to build self-compassion and self-kindness. Sometimes I even apply the above to myself!

My humor can tend to be dark, I have a lot of plants, and I know how hard it is to start therapy for the first time or all over again with a new clinician. I hope that if any of this speaks to you, we can connect one day. Take care of yourself, take care of each other.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 18 years

Brown University, Psychologist
James Madison University, Psychologist, APPIC Training Director

University of Colorado at Boulder, Ph.D., 2006
Brown University, BA, 2000


Rhode Island: PS 01199




LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition

Alcohol use disorder & addiction - Tolerating emotional discomfort; reducing or eliminating reliance on alcohol; development of new coping mechanisms for stress and suffering.

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

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$250 (50min)
  • Initial session:$300 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • As needed

Client testimonials

"I've worked with a lot of therapists over the years, and I love that I feel safe enough with Dr. Kavanagh that I don't have to hide things my previous therapist was dismissive of; or just didn't understand (in regards to my trans journey)."
- Zencare client March 2022
"Laura is the perfect balance of personal and professional. She is quick to respond, allows space for processing out loud and asking questions to help better understand what is happening and how I am feeling about it."
- Zencare client February 2022