Roberta  Lasser

Roberta Lasser

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments (updated October 14, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Work issues

Professional statement

Roberta is a therapist in Providence, RI who works with individuals and couples ages 18 and older. Many clients come to her office with issues related to relationships, including between partners, within families, and at work. Roberta is skilled in treating challenges of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, and difficulties associated with the general stresses of balancing one's personal and professional life.

Roberta uses an eclectic approach to treatment, starting where the client is at in the first appointment and exploring the past in terms of how it is impacting the client at the present time. Based on a foundation in psychodynamic / psychosocial therapy, she integrates modalities such as CBT, Family Systems, and ego psychology, always focusing on interpersonal skills.

Roberta received her MSW from Simmons College and has worked as a clinical coordinator and faculty member at various institutions such as Simmons College, Boston College, Boston University, and Rhode Island College. She has been in private practice for over 30 years.

Message to clients

I enjoy meeting and working with people and strive to provide a safe, comfortable place where clients can trust that they will be heard and respected. I individualize treatment to the needs of the client using whatever information and techniques are appropriate to the situation. Along with the client, I try to be an active participant in helping to develop and/or expand the repertoire of appropriate responses to life's various challenges.
For university students: Leaving home for the first time can be very difficult for some, especially if the physical distances are great and one is unable to go home for long periods of time. Having a safe, quiet space off campus to sort through thoughts and feelings is often helpful, and I strive to provide that in my practice.


Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorders

Depression - Tearfulness, lethargy, feeling down, serious depression

Relationships - Responding to an emotional reaction to a particular event with colleagues, bosses, and/or family members; feeling unsatisfied in your romantic partnership; breakups, friendships, dating

Work issues - Communication or relationship challenges at work with bosses and/or colleagues

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $100 (45min)
  • Initial session: $140


226 Waterman Street

Providence, RI 02906

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Work and Education

Private practice, 1985 - Present

Rhode Island Youth Guidance Center, Clinical coordinator for individual and family therapy, 1976 - 2002

Simmons College, Boston College, Boston University, Rhode Island College, Fieldwork supervisor for masters level students, 1997 - 2002

Simmons College School of Social Work, MSW, 1975

University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. 1973-1974

University of Wisconsin, Madison, BSW, 1970


  • English

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