Mary Elizabeth  Ruggiero

Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero

Psychologist, PsyD
Rhode Island Waitlist Online
Providence Not Accepting In-person
Updated September 2, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • College and graduate student mental health
  • Trauma
  • Multicultural issues
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA issues
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Interpersonal/relationship issues
  • Identity development

Professional statement

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero is a Clinical Psychologist at PVD Psychological Associates. She is a bicultural and bilingual therapist (native fluency in Spanish) and provides individual therapy to college students, adolescents, and adults. In addition to her focus on college mental health, Dr. Ruggiero specializes in the areas of complex traumas, identity development, depressive disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and working with LGBTQIA-identified individuals.

The majority of Dr. Ruggiero’s work as a therapist has been with a college and graduate student population. She enjoys working with young adult/college aged individuals, as this is a critical time in identity development. For several years, she also worked in community mental health and intensive outpatient hospital based settings, working with children/adolescents, and adults, respectively.  Therapy can offer a creative and safe space for insight building, self-awareness, and it can lay a foundation for emotional healing and other changes.

Dr. Ruggiero involves herself in other parts of the field of Psychology, including resiliency studies, suicide prevention programs and social justice efforts within the LGBTQIA community. It is important to Dr. Ruggiero to continue to challenge herself within the field and continue to grow, personally and professionally.

Message to clients

I take great care to develop a safe, warm and collaborative relationship with my clients, as I believe this relationship is a key conductor towards healing, hope and change. I typically like to understand all of my clients from a holistic perspective, taking into account early life experiences, their attachments, and relationships.

As a therapist, I believe in tailoring treatment to the unique needs of each person at that specific point in their life. I believe the key instruments necessary for the art of therapy are: empathy, attunement, play, hope and patience. It is my belief that we can all find a life that is worth living, where we can express our most genuine and authentic self, with love and compassion. I remain very humble in my stance; it is an honor to witness my clients’ unfolding narrative and healing process.


College and graduate student 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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Multicultural issues - Exploring one's cultural and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

LGBTQIA issues - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Anxiety disorders - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Interpersonal/relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $250 (45min)

Therapist's note

Please note that Dr. Ruggiero only accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial plans (community plans are not accepted at this time).

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

Sliding scale: A limited number of lower fee sessions are available to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.


Providence practice
PVD Psychological Associates, 150 Lloyd Avenue, #1, Providence, RI 02906
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

PVD Psychological Associates, Staff Psychologist
Personal Counseling Center at Providence College, Clinical Psychologist (08/2019-06/2020)
Personal Counseling Center at Providence College, Postdoctoral Fellow (08/2018-08/2019)
Personal Counseling Center at Providence College, Predoctoral Intern (08/2016-06/2018)
Community Counseling of Bristol County (07/2015-12/2018)

William James College, PsyD (2018)
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA (2015)