Sandra  Levy

Sandra Levy

Psychologist, PhD

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated December 05, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Loss and grief
  • Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Race and cultural identity

Professional statement

Dr. Sandra Levy is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Providence, RI with over 30 years of experience.  She has expertise in undergraduate and graduate student mental health, and works with multiple sectors of the university community, including faculty, staff and post-graduate fellows.  She enjoys seeing international students as well as students from differing socio-economic, ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds.  Dr. Levy has extensive experience treating adults across the age range from diverse walks of life.  She specializes in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, relationships, grief and loss, life transitions, LGBTQ+ topics and issues of race, culture and ethnicity.

Dr. Levy offers in-depth individual psychotherapy.  Her core training and orientations are relational, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic.  She helps people to understand historical roots of their current difficulties and see how they are repeating self-defeating patterns.  She then encourages them to choose more productive ways of being and behaving.  Dr. Levy collaborates with her clients to make sense of their lives and expand their self-awareness; she promotes self-reflection and attunement to their emotions.  She utilizes the therapist-client relationship as a tool to gain important insights and move the therapeutic process forward.  Dr. Levy believes that through genuine connection, affirmation and her ability to reflect her clients back to themselves, they can experience important insights and a deep feeling of being understood that helps them heal and grow.

She incorporates family systems and developmental perspectives, trauma therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, attachment theory, relaxation, guided imagery and mindfulness practices as indicated to assist with coping, skill building and the achievement of therapeutic goals.

Dr. Levy also provides couples therapy focused on improving communication, navigating parenthood, improving emotional intimacy and working through difficult events or ongoing family challenges.

She has worked in intensive inpatient settings in the Yale Medical School system and elsewhere and is knowledgeable about the treatment of profound mental illness as well as trauma.  In addition, Dr. Levy completed a two-year Post Graduate Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP). She has served on the board of Rhode Island Association for Psychoanalytic Psychologies (RIAPP) for seven years in the capacities of Continuing Education Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Liaison to the American Psychological Association, President, and Past President.  She looks forward to meeting you.


Message to clients

Relationships are at the core of growth and healing. In therapy, we will collaborate in a unique relationship that facilitates change through compassionate non-judgmental listening in a safe confidential space.

Together we will work to alleviate distress while simultaneously making sense of your life story, to expand the vision you hold of yourself. We will unpack difficult experiences and provide room for you to access your emotional world. These processes serve as a springboard for you to develop an increased awareness of your inner life and create pathways towards agency and meaningful action

Transformation through therapy involves hard work and commitment. It is also supportive and enlivening when the fit is good between you and your therapist.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; social anxiety (intense discomfort, avoidance and/or fear of negative evaluation in social and performance settings); panic attacks (sudden and intense feelings of panic); abandonment anxiety (fear of losing someone you care about/ extreme reactions to separation or felt rejection)

Depression - Relieving symptoms of hopelessness, suicidal ideation, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, excessive crying and loss of interest and pleasure in life

College & graduate student mental health - Navigating the transition to college or graduate school; coping with workload and school-related expectations and stress; dealing with perfectionism; finding supportive spaces and campus resources; developing a balance between academic work, extra-curricular activities, social life, and time for oneself; existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated death of a loved one; grieving the end of a relationship or a significant loss; processing and coping with feelings and reactions to a death or loss of a family member, friend or pet; accommodating and integrating a loss into the rest of one’s life; addressing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one

Trauma - Coping and healing after being overwhelmed by frightening, violent or life- threatening events, such as natural disasters; witnessing accidents or witnessing harm or sudden death of a loved one; experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring dysfunctional patterns of interaction, learning what one contributes to dynamics in relationships; strengthening satisfaction in friendships, romantic relationships and family relationships

Race and cultural identity - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through exploring topics of race, class, cultural and ethnic background; addressing issues of discrimination and oppression


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $175
  • Ongoing session fee: $150 (45min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Levy can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Providence practice

205 Waterman Street

Room 200

Providence, RI 02906

Hours
  • Mon 1:00pm-6:00pm
  • Tue 1:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wed 1:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1994 - Present

Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Postgraduate Fellowship, 2004 - 2006
Outpatient Clinic Butler Hospital, 1993 - 1995
Hypnotherapy of Trauma, Externship 1993 - 1994
Private Practice, 1988 - 1992
Mount Sinai Hospital Hartford, Adolescent Inpatient Psychologist, 1986 - 1987
Yale Psychiatric Institute, Postdoctoral Fellowship,1985 - 1986
Hampshire Community Mental Health Center, Emergency Services Psychologist, 1984  - 1985
Yale University School of Medicine, Inpatient Psychology Intern, 1983 - 1984

UMASS/Amherst, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 1984
UMASS/Amherst, Masters in Clinical Psychology, 1982
Sarah Lawrence College, NY, BA in Psychology and Creative Writing, 1976


Languages

  • English