Leigh  Riazi

Leigh Riazi

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for daytime appointments in Providence practice (updated November 17, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Existential challenges
  • Life transitions
  • Personality disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Substance abuse related to dual diagnosis

Professional statement

Leigh Riazi is a clinical social worker with expertise in mood disorders, anxiety, existential challenges, relationships, life transitions, and self-esteem. Many of her clients are college students or recent college grads navigating post-college life.

Leigh primarily uses existential therapy and interpersonal therapy to help clients understand how they relate to the world, identify patterns in relationships, and process grief and loss. She has a warm, outgoing therapeutic style and challenges clients with care and compassion to live a more meaningful and authentic life. Leigh strives to help clients cultivate personal growth, improve coping skills, and increase insight associated with interpersonal relationships and behavioral patterns.

Leigh received her MSW from Boston University. Prior to starting private practice, she worked as a therapist at Butler Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.

Message to clients

I'm so glad you have decided to reach out for support. Although this is likely a difficult and challenging time in your life, I hope you can view it as an opportunity for personal growth and potential change in your relationships with those around you. I want this space to be one where you feel heard, supported, and valued, and I hope that you're able to share your deepest thoughts, feelings, and experiences with me.


Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

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

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Existential challenges - Transitioning from college to adulthood; questioning purpose, existence; finding one’s path and voice; using existential therapy to understand how one relates to the world, identify patterns in relationships, and process grief and loss

Life transitions - Particular specialty in college to adulthood transition; adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges

Personality disorders - Grounding individuals from their thoughts; increasing understanding of how clients are interacting with others and helping them gain a better understanding of the relationship and barriers they have in interpersonal relations; understanding the impact of past experiences from childhood on current self doubt and other challenges

Grief and loss - Working through any significant loss, past or recent

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

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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $110 (45min)
  • Initial session: $180 (60min)


Providence practice

1 Richmond Square

Suite 103K

Providence, RI 02906

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Work and Education

Private practice, 2017 - Present

Butler Hospital Integrated Therapies Program, Therapist, 2013 - Present

Rhode Island Hospital Partial Hospitalization Program, Therapist, 2012 - 2013

Barrington Middle School, School Social Work Intern, 2010 - 2011

East Bay Community Action Program, Health Advocate, 2009- 2011

Boston University, MSW, 2012

Providence College, BA, Social Work, 2003


  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare client

Leigh was very warm and made me feel comfortable. She was very helpful and provided the opportunity for me to ask her questions as well.

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