Sally  Mayo

Sally Mayo

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait at 295 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906, USA (updated September 22, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorder
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Family Issues
  • Parenting
  • Insomnia
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Existential Challenges
  • Self-harm
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Sally Mayo is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of male and female individuals with eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. She received her PhD from Union Institute & University and her BA from the University of Utah. Dr. Mayo also has an MFA in Modern Dance and MEd in Educational Psychology, Boston College.

Dr. Mayo’s approach to psychotherapy is an integrated, theoretical and practical model that accommodates the goals of the patient, individual difference, and readiness for change. Therapy is a co-creative process that honors the mind/body as a unified container for psychological, emotional, and physical life. Thoughts, feelings, and body sensations are understood as expressions of the psyche with multiple modes or ways of making themselves known, for example, talking, crying, writing, moving, drawing, playing, and meditating. Therefore, it can be useful and effective, although not always necessary, to use action-oriented techniques in service to the process of change. And often, just talking is good enough.


Message to clients

A good therapist understands that a patient needs to feel like the therapist is a good fit personally, above and beyond the therapist's particular areas of expertise. In addition, because first-time appointments can be anxiety-provoking, you are encouraged to take a deep breath, relax, and only disclose as much as you are comfortable with.
A message for students: The stress of college academics and social activities can understandably magnify pre-existing problems. This is normal. Getting arranged with a therapist early in the year or as soon as possible is usually the best preventive. If and when a crisis occurs, you are positioned for faster and maximally effective treatment.


Specialties

Anxiety - Generalized and on-going worries, sudden panic with frightening body sensations, social anxiety are treatable

Eating Disorder - Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating; As a complexity of causes and manifestations, there are ways to be cured and the best way overall is early and experienced professional help

Depression - Problems with lack of motivation, inability to concentrate, feeling like sleeping a lot, social inhibition or isolation, lack of pleasure in activities, low libido are warning signs

Bipolar Disorder - Mood stability can be optimized with attention to contextual triggers and de-construction of problematic events and situations – a cognitive behavioral model using coping and preventive strategies are useful

Family Issues - Family of origin as a system of learning and development is a key to understanding oneself

Parenting - Since there is no explicit training to be a parent, it can be very difficult at times; Support and guidance can be crucial.

Insomnia - Techniques for falling asleep and hopefully staying asleep can be learned if behavioral methods and suggestions are applied

Relationship Difficulties - It helps to discover underlying assumptions that impact clarity of communication and emotional meaning

Sexual Abuse - Abuse of any kind is never okay. Forced intimacy is particularly disturbing because it is violence, and can take away freedom and self- agency

Existential Challenges - Finding a way to make sense of life (and make life fulfilling within the boundaries of life’s circumstances); adjust to college, post-graduation career transitions, and new relationships

Self-harm - As an expression of distress, self-harm can be treated

Trauma - Different types of traumatic experience can impair ability to function, and better functioning is a must


General expertise




Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing session fee: $200 (45min)

Location(s)

Address

295 Angell Street

Providence, RI 02906

Hours
  • Sun Closed
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2006 - Present

Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Psychotherapy Supervisor for Psychiatric Fellows doing psychotherapy, 2007 - Present

Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, Post-Doctoral Fellowship Intensive Outpatient Clinician, 2005 - 2006

Newport County Community Mental Health Center, Doctoral Internship in Children's Intensive Services, 2000 - 2001

Union Institute & University, PhD, 2005

University of Utah, MFA, Modern Dance, 1979

Boston College, MEd Psychology

University of Utah, BA, English


Languages

  • English
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