Linda  Welsh

Linda Welsh

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for morning & afternoon appointments in Providence practice (updated May 31, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Identity development
  • Those recovering in 12 step programs
  • Substance use
  • Family members affected by alcoholism
  • Adoption and foster care
  • Race and cultural identity
  • College mental health
  • Self-esteem
  • Perfectionism

Professional statement

Dr. Linda Welsh is a psychologist in Providence, RI specializing in anxiety, depression, identity development, college mental health, addictions and substance use, and adoption. She has over 15 years of experience in college mental health, having worked at Brown University, Drew University, Salem State College, and Bentley College.

Dr. Welsh is particularly interested in identity development issues among young adults and adults. These may include developing one's own identity, separating from family of origin, and fostering healthy relationships. She also has a specialty in working with individuals struggling with addictions and substance use; she completed her dissertation on internet addiction and works particularly well with individuals using a 12 step model.

Dr. Welsh uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, existential therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy to help her clients overcome challenges and reach their goals. Dr. Welsh believes in the power of cognitive restructuring to help clients release problematic patterns of thought and shift to behaviors that are more connected to their goals.

Message to clients

I really believe in the power of someone feeling heard and understood. From that, we create healing. We will create a safe space where you can feel really present and you and I can explore together the issues that bring you to therapy.


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

Identity development - Including within the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and cultural background; resolving trauma and internalized oppression related to stigma

Those recovering in 12 step programs - Individuals who are working a 12 step recovery program to abstain from addictive substances or behaviors in self help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous

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

Family members affected by alcoholism - alcoholism is often described as a family disease, because all members of the family can be affected; this might include adult children of alcoholics and partners who feel they are codependent

Adoption and foster care - Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted

Race and cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

College mental health - 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

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $125 (50min)
  • Initial session: $175

Therapist's note

Dr. Welsh 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

Providence practice

255 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906

  • Mon 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Brown University Counseling and Psychological Service, 2004 - Present

Drew University, 2000 - 2004

Salem State College, 1988 - 1992

Bentley College, 1986 - 1988

Kutztown University, 1986

Northern Berkshire Mental Health, 1982 - 1983

Northeastern University, PhD, 1999

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, BA, 1982


  • English