Dr. Rachel Simmons is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder, OCD, anxiety and mood disorders, life transitions/adjustment, and professional wellness. In her private practice Nene Psychology, she works with adults who reside in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, or Iowa.
Dr. Simmons approaches clients with warmth, non-judgment, and genuine interest. She tailors treatment to the individual and applies interventions backed by scientific research, including cognitive therapy, exposure and response prevention (ERP), and mindfulness/self-compassion training. In addition to individual therapy, she offers groups for individuals with body dysmorphic disorder.
Dr. Simmons received her B.A. from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical School. She has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapies. She was a researcher and study therapist at the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation and is a graduate of IOCDF’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute. As a Clinical Assistant Professor at Brown’s Medical School she currently teaches and supervises psychology residents.
Dr. Simmons was trained primarily in urban and VA hospital settings serving diverse multicultural populations. She is committed to inclusive practice. She respects and affirms all aspects of identity and culture that are important to individuals, including ethnic, racial, sexual, gender, and religious identities.
Body dysmorphia - Coping with negative beliefs and feelings of shame about one’s appearance; building skills to manage distressing situations and thought patterns
Medical professionals' mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood
Social anxiety - Helping clients increase confidence and ability to interact with others amidst fear of being judged, worry about embarrassment, or concern about offending others
Rachel Simmons is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:
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Years of Experience: 12 years
Cornell University/NY-Presbyterian Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012
University of Pennsylvania, M.A. and Ph.D., 2010
Columbia University, B.A, 2000
Rhode Island: PS01313
New York: 019257