Sara  Mulvaney

Sara Mulvaney


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Practice: ARISE Psychotherapy Services, Inc. Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Rhode Island Accepting Online
Carpenters Corner Not Accepting In-person
Updated January 7, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders & disordered eating
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Sara Mulvaney is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with ARISE Psychotherapy Services, who provides individual psychotherapy services to adolescents and adults between the ages of 14 and 64. She brings extensive experience to her clients, having been practicing since 2004. Sara’s specialties include trauma, substance use disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression and medical/psychological issues such as eating disorders and conversion disorder. At this time, Sara is offering online video telehealth sessions only.

Sara’s has an individualized and integrated approach to psychotherapy, with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Sara works with her clients to examine and understand how their behavior is influenced by their cognitions and feelings, as well as how their thoughts and feelings are influenced by their behavior. In addition, she also draws from psychotherapy models such as Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Sara utilizes IPT to help clients identify and change unhelpful patterns in their relationships with others that have not been serving them well and have likely been contributing to their mental health struggles. She uses MI skills to help people identify the goals for change that they truly want, not just what others may want for them, and to help them work towards their fulfillment.

Sara believes the therapeutic relationship is founded upon mutual respect, understanding, and compassion, and that these factors are the keys to positive outcomes. Helping individuals in areas such as communication, understanding and appropriately expressing their feelings and thoughts, and learning to make choices that are aligned with what is important to them and what they want in life, will be tools that individuals will benefit from long after they have concluded therapy.

Message to clients

Throughout this collaborative process, I will be with you, honored to be able to join in on your development. Whether you are feeling like you just need to talk to someone outside of your circle, a significant life event has transpired, or you’re struggling with your mental health and well-being overall, I am glad you made a choice to seek therapy. I truly respect you for taking this difficult but courageous first step. I will do everything in my power to honor this important decision and to help guide you towards the positive changes you are looking for. Together we will celebrate your strengths, identify your goals, and overcome any challenges that may be holding you back from achieving those goals.


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

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

Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island BCBS RI
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Health Plans Inc.
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Medicaid (through United Health)
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (45min)


Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10am-7pm
  • Wed 10am-7pm
  • Thu 10am-7pm
  • Fri 10am-7pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Carpenters Corner practice
410 N Broadway, East Providence, Rhode Island 02861
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 17 years

RI Counseling Associates, Licensed Psychotherapist, 2020 - 2023
Gateway Healthcare, ProgramManager, 2008 - 2020
FCCP, Clinical Supervisor, 2011 - 2015

Rhode Island College, Master's in Agency Counseling, 2007


Rhode Island: MHC00405