Mary Beth  Kilinski

Mary Beth Kilinski

Psychologist, PsyD

Not accepting new clients in Cranston practice (updated November 17, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Young adult issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Panic disorders
  • Perfectionism
  • Identity formation
  • Shame
  • Adult children of substance abusers

Professional statement

Dr. Mary Beth Kilinski is a psychologist in private practice in Cranston, Rhode Island with extensive experience working with emerging adults. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at William James College and has worked at the college counseling centers at Providence College and Roger Williams University, and at South Bay Mental Health Partial Hospital Program.

Dr. Kilinski specializes in helping clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, panic, perfectionism, shame, and academic difficulties. She sees adolescents, young adults, and adults, and particularly enjoys working with college students and young professionals around issues of identity formation, separating from one's family of origin, and general life transition challenges. She has a sub-specialty in seeing individuals with parents who have abused substances, and provides support around the role that they had to take on at home and how that may be affecting current romantic or other relationships.

Dr. Kilinski is a relational psychodynamic therapist, meaning she tracks how individuals' past and current relationships affect their functioning, and strives to be fully present with clients during sessions. She utilizes a variety of therapy modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, and self-compassion training.

Message to clients

Welcome! Thanks so much for visiting my page.
I am interested in connecting with you and working at creating an environment that feels as safe as possible for you to share. I'd like to help you identify what is creating or contributing to your struggles, as well as to help you to locate what is in your control to change.
We often get stuck in this life in patterns of thought or behaviors we wish we could shift. My approach aims to understand how and why those patterns developed, and to encourage you to have compassion for why your thoughts and behaviors have been what they are.


Young adult issues - Navigating challenges related to family of origin, identity formation, peer and romantic relationships, and shifting expectations and responsibilities as an emerging adult

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

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

Relationships - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating

Panic disorders - Building coping skills to identify and manage triggers; explore underlying causes related to feelings of panic

Perfectionism - Feelings of inadequacy and failure, self criticism, avoidance and procrastination, related to high standards

Identity formation - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values

Shame - Healing shame and guilt

Adult children of substance abusers - Developing and communicating healthy boundaries; navigating the ongoing impact of childhood trauma; exploring one's own relationship with substances

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Kilinski can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Cranston practice

51 Sockanosset Cross Road

Suite 203

Cranston, RI 02920

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Work and Education

Private Practice 2014 - present, Providence College Counseling Center, 2013 - 2016

Roger Williams University Counseling Center, 2009-2012

Chelmsford Public Schools, 2009

South Bay Mental Health Partial Hospital Program, 2008

William James College, Doctor of Psychology, 2011

William James College, Master of Arts in Professional Psychology, 2010

St. Anselm College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2003


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