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Linda Welsh(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhD
Rhode Island
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-
AboutSpecialtiesLocationsInsurance & Fees

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.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 25 years

Brown University Counseling and Psychological Service
Drew University
Salem State College
Bentley College
Kutztown University
Northern Berkshire Mental Health

Northeastern University, PhD, 1999
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, BA, 1982


Rhode Island: PS00892




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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

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

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
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • As needed