Nicole  Issa

Nicole Issa

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime & afternoon sessions for in-person sessions in Providence, RI & remote sessions for clients living in MA and NY (updated December 6, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • College mental health
  • Eating disorders
  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Relationships
  • Stress management
  • Infertility
  • Academic issues
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Career counseling

Professional statement

Dr. Nicole Issa is a Clinical Psychologist in Providence, RI and is also the Founder of PVD Psychological Associates. Dr. Issa specializes in working with college students, adolescents, and adults. She also works with individuals of all ages who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community. PVD Psychological Associates is one of few BCBS of Rhode Island LGBTQ Safe Zone certified providers. In addition to seeing her clients in Rhode Island, Dr. Issa offers online therapy to clients in Massachusetts and New York.

Dr. Issa treats a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. She is particularly passionate about supporting college and graduate students as they navigate academic and career stressors, adjustment to change, and relationship challenges. She also enjoys helping adolescents identify their strengths, process their emotions, and find healthy ways of coping with challenges.

Dr. Issa meets clients where they are and focuses on the relationship as the core, and most important aspect, of therapy. She often utilizes techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She also checks in with her clients often to ensure they feel like they are on their way towards meeting their goals. She wants clients to not only process their emotions and experiences but also make behavioral changes that allow them to ultimately live the life they want.

Dr. Issa is deeply passionate about the work she does and wants everyone to have a safe space where they feel comfortable and cared for. She is currently the chair of the Rhode Island Psychological Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Committee and sitting Board Member. She also regularly contributes to pieces in the media and has been featured on Self, HuffPost, Bustle, Brit + Co, New England Psychologist, Elite Daily, and ABC6. Her office is located in the Wayland neighborhood of Providence, near Brown University.

Message to clients

In my work as a therapist, I focus on understanding early experiences and how psychological well-being can be fostered through relationships. I believe change and healing come through relationships: our relationships with ourselves, as well as our relationships with others. I view therapy as a collaborative process that allows both therapist and client to grow and change.
I practice primarily from a relational-dynamic perspective, though I incorporate techniques from cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and narrative approaches to tailor treatment to the unique and individual needs of each client.
My clients describe me as an empathetic, active listener who approaches their concerns with caring, respect, pragmatism, and sometimes, humor. I'm honored that you're considering working with me and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


College mental health - Anxiety, stress, and depression that may arise during college

Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Perinatal mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Stress management - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging interpersonal relationships

Infertility - Understanding infertility interventions and solutions; support during decision-making processes; coping with fertility problems and pregnancy loss

Academic issues - Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life

Adolescent mental health - Navigating social, academic, and emotional challenges throughout teenage years

Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Issa can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

193 Waterman Street

Providence, RI 02906

  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online therapy (Massachusetts) practice
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
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Online therapy (New York) practice
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Work and Education

PVD Psychological Associates, Founder and Licensed Psychologist, 2018 - Present

Center for Dynamic and Behavioral Therapy, Co-Founder and Licensed Psychologist, 2016 - Present

Azimuth Psychological, Co-Founder and Licensed Psychologist, 2013 - 2016

Vorpahl Psychology Associates, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012 - 2013

Connecticut College Student Counseling Services, Psychology Intern, 2011 - 2012

Worcester State Hospital, Psychology Intern, 2010 - 2011

Seven Hills Behavioral Health, Staff Therapist and Psychology Practicum Student, 2009 - 2012

Family Services, Staff Therapist, 2008 - 2009

Taunton State Hospital, Psychology Intern, 2008 - 2009

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2012


  • English

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