Mike  Slavit

Mike Slavit

Psychologist, PhD
Rhode Island Accepting Online
Providence Not Accepting In-person
Updated September 11, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • ADHD
  • 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.


Specialties

ADHD - 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)




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  • Medicare (through United Health)
  • 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

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

  • Humana
  • Tufts Health Plan


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $110 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $60 - $110
  • Initial session: $125 (90min)

Location(s)

Providence practice
777 North Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02904
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 Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:30 - 6:00
  • Tue 10:30 - 6:00
  • Wed 10:30 - 6:00
  • Thu 10:30 - 6:00
  • Fri 10:30 - 6:00
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

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


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"He was prompt, punctual, and clear in his expertise."
- Zencare client • August 2021
"Dr. Slavit was professional and knowledgeable."
- Zencare client • July 2021
"Dr. Slavit was prompt and informative."
- Zencare client • January 2021
"The call was straightforward and practical."
- Zencare client • January 2021
"We talked about my concerns, and he answered all of my questions. We planned for future meeting times!"
- Zencare client • January 2021
"Dr. Slavit listened well and asked the difficult questions."
- Zencare client • January 2021
"He made the conversation comfortable."
- Zencare client • November 2020
"I felt seen and understood."
- Zencare client • November 2020
"Dr. Slavit is an excellent listener. He has a genuine and playful personality. He is very adept at redirecting and staying on subject which is important as I tend to get off topic. He is warm, nonjudgmental, and skilled at helping me relax and share."
- Zencare client • October 2020
"Dr. Slavit listened and offered to help with the issues that I discussed. He had a warm and genuine demeanor, and I am looking forward to my first teleconference with him tomorrow."
- Zencare client • September 2020
"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."
- Successful professional • October 2016
"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."
- Professional woman in mid 30s • June 2016
"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."
- Client in mid 50s • June 2016