Mike  Slavit

Mike Slavit

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for afternoon & daytime appointments in Providence practice (updated November 10, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Attention Deficit (ADHD)Anxiety
  • Motivation
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Fears
  • Health, fitness, weight
  • Anxiety
  • Loss or grief
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Dr. Slavit has had over 30 years of experience in the field of psychology. He has expertise in motivational issues, ADHD, relationship issues, grief, and weight management, and has authored numerous books on these topics.

Dr. Slavit is has a Board Certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a certification that demonstrates high qualifications in cognitive and behavioral psychology. In addition to CBT, he incorporates Positive Psychology and Phenomenological approaches to help clients change behavior and thought patterns and manage difficult situations through constructive tools.

Dr. Slavit has worked at numerous college campuses as a professor and counselor, and sees clients from teenagers through seniors (65+). He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and his BA in Psychology from Brown University.

Message to clients

Understanding how my clients make sense of their world is of utmost importance. I use a variety of methods depending on the client and the problem. For instance, I rely on expressive therapy to help with unresolved grief, whereas I use mainly behavior therapy for tension reduction. Above all, I check frequently with my clients to be sure the methods I am employing are meeting their needs.
I have been helping clients with relaxation for 35 years, and I have continually refined my methods. I have in many instances helped clients to experience deep relaxation when they had failed in prior attempts, and I always try to balance challenge and support.


Attention Deficit (ADHD)Anxiety - Including the administration of mental exercises to effectively cope with symptoms of ADHD in addition to, or instead of, medication; managing the disruptive forgetfulness, frustration, and organizational issues

Motivation - Creating a game plan to find the right resources to regain clarity and motivation in academics and work; understanding the components of motivation (e.g. setting goals, overcoming internal and external blocks to motivation, anticipating future rewards)

Depression - Working through emotions through Positive Psychology (systematically improving happiness through habits, thoughts, and activities); ranging from the simple blues to serious depression; bipolar disorder in conjunction with medicinal treatment

Divorce - Dealing with the emotional implications of divorce on one's self and family members; managing the stressors from the divorce of one's parents, relatives, or loved ones; reintegrating to life without one's former spouse

Fears - Including self-consciousness and the fear of being observed by others (e.g. at a gym, work site, out in public); driving (general driving, driving through tunnels and/or highways; being in crowded places; contamination/ germs

Health, fitness, weight - Managing weight loss in a healthy manner; keeping up motivation for working out

Anxiety - Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorders

Loss or grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to the death of a loved one, friend, or close individual; managing the emotions related to any loss of significance (e.g. breakup; best friend moving away; loss of a pet)

Relationship issues - Understanding what you want in a relationship and the components of romantic love (e.g. friendship, eros, respect for one another, pragmatism, values and philosophy, desire to enhance the partner's self-esteem)

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $110 (45min)
  • Initial session: $125 (90min)


Providence practice

777 North Main Street

Providence, RI 02904

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Work and Education

Private Practice, 1983 - Present

Roger Williams University, Adjunct Professor

University of Rhode Island Extension Division, Adjunct Professor

University of Georgia, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development Services, Psychologist at Counseling Center

University of Texas at Austin, Counseling and Psychological Services, Intern

University of Texas at Austin, PhD, Counseling Psychology

Brown University, BA, Psychology


  • English

Client testimonials

Successful professional

Dr Slavit takes great care to personalize his method of treatment to one's exact issue(s). Without such personal care, I could not have come so far. He is a great listener and pinpoints the real issue to focus on working through it. I have extreme stress and anxiety. I had a major panic attack at work that took me out of commission for quite some time. I’ve always been a very nervous person, especially social anxiety. We work on relaxation exercises, as well as how to better deal with stress and stressful situations. Things have gotten so much better for me since I have been seeing Dr. Slavit.

Professional woman in mid 30s

I was struggling with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Dr. Slavit helped me use cognitive behavioral techniques to become aware of my patterns and to challenge my self-defeating thoughts. He creates his own handouts and these have been extremely helpful reminders of the work done in therapy. Additionally, he has a great sense of humor.

Client in mid 50s

Over the years I’ve seen other therapists. With Dr. Slavit, I wouldn’t change a thing. He taught some great relaxation exercises, and I now do yoga.

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