Mary  Mueller

Mary Mueller

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

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

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic illness and challenges
  • Depression
  • Expressive writing
  • Life transitions
  • Loss and grief
  • Relationship difficulties

Professional statement

Mary received her MSW at Smith College School for Social Work, where she received extensive training in child guidance clinics in Massachusetts and New York. She has been in practice for 30 years.

Mary has expertise in transitions, marital and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, loss, trauma and chronic illness. To her initial training in psychodynamic therapy, she integrates skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family Systems and Mindfulness. She can incorporate expressive writing to her work, which adds an element of creative energy and expansion for interested clients.

Message to clients

Therapy is a delicate collaboration between therapist and client. Together, we create a therapeutic relationship that builds a framework for your work. My intent is to provide professional expertise and intuition that generates wholeness and change as you move through life’s transitions.


Anxiety - General anxiety related to worry, separation and perfectionism

Chronic illness and challenges - e.g., cancer, bipolar disorder

Depression - Feeling down, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, difficulty being motivated, bipolar disorder

Expressive writing - Use of writing to express powerful emotions while integrating them with reflective thought to obtain balance and perspective. Includes work with writer’s block.

Life transitions - Including adjusting to and navigating college life and future life direction

Loss and grief - Including work with death, illness and relocation

Relationship difficulties - Including couples and family work

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $140

Therapist's note

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are of low income.


Providence practice

1 Richmond Square

Suite 232E

Providence, RI 02906

  • Mon 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Kent County Mental Health, Family systems and child therapist

Rhode Island Youth Guidance Center, Child, family and play therapist

Fatima Hospital Inpatient, Inpatient social worker

Butler Hospital Child and Adolescent Clinic, Outpatient therapist

Butler Hospital Women’s Treatment Program, Trauma therapist

Psychiatric Specialists, Therapist for individuals, couples, families and adolescents

Smith College School for Social Work, MSW

St. Olaf College, B.S. Social Psychology


  • English

Client testimonials

Brown University student, equestrian, artist

I saw Mary for PTSD, anxiety with panic attacks, major depression, and borderline personality disorder. Her work with journaling was why I first saw her, and her knowledge and use of other therapies, such as DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), made her an excellent match for me. Mary is truly gifted in her ability to treat patients as people, she made me feel like a person not just a bunch of diagnoses. She treated me with respect, which was empowering and allowed me to open up and trust her. It has been a rough journey but I’m grateful having Mary in my corner helping me learn to help myself. She showed great flexibility in her treatment approach during individual sessions depending upon my needs at that moment without losing sight of the big picture. Her use of journaling as a treatment tool was exceptional and eye opening.

Brown University student

I cannot praise Mary highly enough for her insight, humor, and genuine care. She actively creates a sense of trust and compassion, and her use of writing in sessions has been enormously helpful; she’s always looking to further the therapeutic experience and tailor sessions to what a client needs. The office itself is such a welcoming space — free tea & magazines while you wait! — that the whole environment feels conducive to healing. Mary does work extensively in writing, so if you aren’t interested in approaching that as a complimentary method, that is something to consider; that said, she only began to incorporate writing into my work because I really loved it!

Brown University alum

Mary was incredibly supportive and helpful as a therapist. Her therapy helped me deal with my depression, as well as my complex relationship and sexuality issues.

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