Leigh  Riazi

Leigh Riazi

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated April 13, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

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)


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

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

Professional endorsements

Corey Flanders, LMHC

Leigh is a very perceptive, kind, and heartfelt therapist who cares deeply about her clients. She is especially thoughtful and attentive to others.

Maura Vota, LMHC

Leigh Riazi has extensive experience providing therapy that targets a range of clinical needs including: mood disorders, trauma, grief, personality disorders, self-esteem issues, substance abuse, and existential crises. Her empathic nature and attention to detail ensure that her clients feel supported and heard in their efforts to make change or cope better with the stressors in their daily lives.

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.

Female graduate student

Since the day I met Leigh she has been nothing but compassionate and truly caring at a time when I needed it most. I clicked with her immediately and knew she was the right fit for me. She is very insightful and works at the pace you are comfortable with. She is incredibly knowledgable and individualizes your care to best fit your needs. Leigh continues to help me through grief/loss, depression, and anxiety in a way that I am extremely grateful.

Father of 2

I have been working with Leigh for a little over a year. She has helped me through the toughest time of my life. I went through a divorce and suffered greatly with the amount of time I was losing with my kids. She has taught me how to prioritize the time I do have with them and repair important relationships in my life.

Zencare client

Leigh was very helpful!

Zencare client

Leigh was extremely comforting and easy to talk to. I’ve tried many therapists and this is the first time I actually feel comfortable enough to open up to someone.

Zencare client

Leigh is an excellent therapist; I highly recommend.

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