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Nicholas Giardino(He/Him/His)

Psychologist, PhD
Rhode Island
Anxiety - Loss, grief, and bereavement-Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)- Stress management-Panic attacks / panic disorder-Chronic illness-
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Professional statement

Dr. Giardino has over 20 years' experience working with children, teens, and adults. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety and stress-related problems, such as panic, phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD, and anxiety related to medical conditions, such as lung disease and cancer. Dr. Giardino is also experienced in treating a wide variety psychological problems, as well as helping people who struggle with insomnia, or health-related behavior change, such as increasing physical activity.

Dr. Giardino's treatment approach is primarily cognitive-behavioral, and incorporates other complementary practices and techniques, including acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness meditation, biofeedback, and relaxation training. Therapy goals are set collaboratively and typically achieved within 10 - 16 sessions.

Before moving back to RI, Dr. Giardino was a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In addition to teaching and clinical practice, he conducted research on the causes and treatment of anxiety, PTSD, and physical symptoms. Dr. Giardino also worked as a therapist at RICBT in East Providence and North Kingstown until starting his own practice in 2023.

Message to clients

Seeking help takes tremendous courage. I commend you for taking this step.

Finding a therapist can be intimidating and confusing. But it’s important to find the right person for you or your family member. Please feel free to schedule a call with me to discuss your needs. If it turns out I’m not the right fit for you, I will do my best to help you find the help you need.

I encourage you to take the next step toward creating a happier and more fulfilling life.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 23 years

University of Washington, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003
Rutgers University, PhD, 2001
University of Washington, Predoctoral Internship, 2001
Brown University, ScB, 1995


Rhode Island: PS01544




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

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Panic attacks / panic disorder - Brief, intense periods of overwhelming fear or anxiety

Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress


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

Locations & Hours


  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island BCBS RI
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Tufts Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$250 (60min)
  • Initial session:$400 (90min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle

Client testimonials

"Dr Giardino understands my circumstances and my history. He expresses sincere interest in my life's ups and downs as well as relating to similar life experiences. Mostly, he gives me the feeling of sincerity and empathy in trying to help me with this time in my life."
- Zencare client September 2023
"I've only had one appointment, but can already say Nick is fantastic. Feeling hopeful and eager to go back next week."
- Zencare client October 2023