Robert  Tilton

Robert Tilton

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, afternoon, & evening appointments in Warren practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Existential crisis

Professional statement

Dr. Robert Tilton is a clinical psychologist in Warren, RI with expertise in addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, existential challenges, and loss of meaning and purpose. He uses his expertise in evidence-based therapies to help clients move beyond symptoms and lead more fulfilling lives.

Dr. Tilton specializes in supporting clients as they navigate any kind of challenge in adult life, from adjustment to college, to becoming a parent, readjustment after military service, to finding meaning in older age. His expertise lies in exploring how thoughts, feelings, and behavior shape who we are and what you do. Within this framework we figure out what you value most in life to assist in guiding you to reach your goals. 

Dr. Tilton has training in Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for mood disorders and substance use disorders, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. 

Dr. Tilton’s practice approach is informed by his doctoral training at Antioch New England Graduate School and as a predoctoral intern at the Yale University school of Medicine. He has provided care to veterans at the Providence VA Medical Center for the last several years, mostly recently as the Chief of the Collaborative Addiction and Recovery Services. In addition, Dr Tilton serves as a faculty member with the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. 

Message to clients

My message to you is that change is possible! My mission is to help you reconnect with your passions and access inner joy and resilience. We will work with the delicate balance of self-acceptance and and moving outside the box and creating meaningful change in your life.  

I take my direction from you and move at a pace that is comfortable for you. At the same time, I will give you guidance and recommendations based on my expertise. Together we will collaborate to help you reach your goals! 


Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Anger management - Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets

Existential crisis - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness


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


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $180 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $180
  • Initial session: $230 (60min)


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Warren practice

569 Main Street

Suite 224

Warren, RI 02885


  • Mon Varies (please inquire for hours)
  • Tue Varies (please inquire for hours)
  • Wed Varies (please inquire for hours)
  • Thu Varies (please inquire for hours)
  • Fri Varies (please inquire for hours)
  • Sat Varies (please inquire for hours)
  • Sun Varies (please inquire for hours)

Work and Education

Providence VA Medical Center, Chief of Addiction Services, 2008 - Present
Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, Associate Professor, 2014 - Present
South Shore Mental Health, Psychologist, 2005 - 2008
South Shore Mental Health, Post-doctoral fellow, 2004 - 2005
 Yale University School of Medicine, Pre-doctoral intern, 2003 - 2004
Antioche New England Graduate School, 2000 - 2005



Therapy Groups

Robert  Tilton
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Substance Use Disorders and Gambling

This weekly group utilizes CBT and peer support to provide an encouraging environment for those in recovery from substance use/addiction.

Robert  Tilton
Emotional Regulation using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

This weekly group utilizes DBT to help participants regulate their emotions and improve interpersonal interactions.

Client testimonials

"He came across as knowledgeable and compassionate from the get-go. "

- Zencare client • May 2020