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Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PsyD
Rhode Island
College and graduate student mental health-Multicultural issues-Depression-LGBTQIA issues-Anxiety disorders-Interpersonal/relationship issues-Identity development-

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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, older adolescents, and adults. In addition to her focus on college mental health, Dr. Ruggiero specializes in identity development, anxiety, depression, eating disorder recovery, trauma, and working with LGBTQIA-identified individuals. She also works with persons of color and individuals who are currently experiencing compassion fatigue and work burnout.

Message to clients

In my work, I take great care to develop a trusting, warm and collaborative relationship with my clients. My style is warm and supportive. I aim to understand all of my clients from a holistic perspective, taking into account early life experiences and relationships.

I tailor treatment to the unique needs of each client at that specific point in their life. My primary goal is to help my clients develop insight into their past behaviors as well as current difficulties, and make steps to modify behavior. My hope is for my clients to develop self- confidence and express their authentic selves.

As a therapist, I remain very humble in my stance and for me, it is an honor to witness my client’s unfolding narrative and healing process. I hope to hear from you soon.

Work and Education

PVD Psychological Associates, Staff Psychologist
Personal Counseling Center at Providence College, Clinical Psychologist
Personal Counseling Center at Providence College, Postdoctoral Fellow
Personal Counseling Center at Providence College, Predoctoral Intern
Community Counseling of Bristol County

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


Rhode Island: PS01775


English, Spanish


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

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)

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)

Locations & Hours


  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)

Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$225 (45min)
  • Initial session:$275 (45min)

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
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

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