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 on College Hill, near Brown University.
College and Graduate Student Mental Health - Anxiety, stress, and depression that may arise during college and graduate school
LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapy - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Gender Affirming Therapy - Positive support of others that acknowledges and reflects the inherent worth and value of the wide diversity of ways that people experience and express gender
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Sliding scale: A limited number of lower fee sessions are available to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Please note that Dr. Issa only accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial plans (community plans are not accepted at this time).
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
Seven Hills Behavioral Health, Staff Therapist and Psychology Practicum Student, 2009 - 2012
Worcester State Hospital, Psychology Intern, 2010 - 2011
Family Services, Staff Therapist, 2008 - 2009
Taunton State Hospital, Psychology Intern, 2008 - 2009
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2012
"Dr. Issa is the first therapist I have spoken to in an online setting, yet I already like her better than the therapists I have had in the past. She is an amazing listener, and I feel very comfortable sharing things with her."- College student • December 2019
"Dr. Issa has a way about her that puts me at ease. She really listens and really understands me. I also really appreciate when she validates my feelings and the issues I am struggling with."- Female professional • December 2019
"Dr. Issa has been such an incredible help to me. She is very present and asks a lot of questions that help me think about things in a different, more helpful way."- Male professional • December 2019