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Rachel Simmons(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhD
FloridaIowaMassachusettsNew York
Body dysmorphia-Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)-Perfectionism-Mood disorders-Social anxiety-

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Professional statement

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, Florida, and 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.

Message to clients

I appreciate that meeting with a new therapist can feel daunting. I am happy to answer any questions to help make this process a little easier. To get started, we would meet for an hour to discuss your concerns and what you are seeking in terms of treatment. At the end of that meeting, I will offer my diagnostic impressions and recommendations. If we determine that the treatment I provide is a good fit for you, we can schedule another visit to discuss a plan. If I am not the right fit, I will offer referrals to more appropriate providers.

In the course of therapy, I work to understand my clients, approach problems collaboratively, offer new skills and insights, and seek feedback to improve treatment. My goal is for you to leave treatment with better self-understanding, new coping skills, and the freedom and confidence to pursue whatever you choose in life.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or would like to learn more about my practice Nene Psychology.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 14 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 - Massachusetts: 11643 - New York: 019257 - Iowa: 109411 - Florida: Florida Telehealth Provider TPPY2215.




Body dysmorphia - Coping with negative beliefs and feelings of shame about one’s appearance; building skills to manage distressing situations and thought patterns

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


    Rachel Simmons is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

    Out-of-pocket fees

    • Individual sessions:$200 (45min)
    • Initial session:$300 (60min)
    • Individual sessions $250 (60min)

    Additional session information

    Out-of-network billing options

    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:

    • Super billing
    Payment options
    • Credit Card
    Session frequency

    Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

    • As needed