Nicole  Issa

Nicole Issa

Psychologist, PsyD
Accepting new clients for daytime and afternoon in-person sessions in Providence, RI & remote sessions for clients living in MA, RI, NY (updated March 15, 2020)
Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • College and Graduate Student Mental Health
  • LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapy
  • Gender Affirming Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships

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.


Specialties

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




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • 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
  • Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO

Out-of-pocket fees

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

Therapist's note

Please note that Dr. Issa only accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial plans (community plans are not accepted at this time).

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


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

150 Lloyd Avenue

Suite #1

Providence, RI 02906

Hours

  • 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

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Online therapy (New York) practice

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Online therapy (Rhode Island) 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


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"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