Sarah  Torrey

Sarah Torrey

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated December 04, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Maternal mental health
  • Perinatal and Mother-Infant Dyadic (Attachment) Treatment
  • Parenting
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Sarah Torrey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with expertise in infant and perinatal issues, including depression, anxiety, and attachment-related problems. Sarah also sees adults for depression, anxiety, and parenting. She uses a combination of attachment focused relational work, dyadic mother-baby work, mindfulness practices, psychodynamic therapy, and supportive therapy.

Sarah believes in the human capacity to remain open to new experiences and is especially dedicated to understanding and working with parents and families to help everyone (including infants and toddlers) negotiate their roles in family life and unlock the possibilities of these relationships.

Message to clients

My curiosity about people's lives, relationships, feelings and the way they create meaning is at the heart of my practice in psychotherapy. I am deeply interested in the complexities and possibilities of family life. As human beings, we all must negotiate daily the emotional landscapes of our families, past and present. I have been doing that with adults and families in various capacities for over twenty years.
Risking the step of seeking help takes both hope and courage. Psychotherapy, with its focus on the possibility of new ways of thinking, being with ourselves and others and experiencing our internal worlds, can create a collaboration and partnership within which to tackle challenges together.
My goal in therapy is to provide you with the structure and emotional safety to explore and share what isn’t working in your life, your relationships, your parenting, your worklife or your relationship with your body, without judgment. I believe strongly in the capacity of humans to remain open to new experience, in spite of what they may have encountered in the world to discourage that habit. I believe too that all relationships hold open the possibility for connection at a deep level: feeling seen, feeling heard and feeling felt. It’s what we all long for.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; specializing in peripartum anxiety

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

Maternal mental health - Addressing issues specific to women during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Perinatal and Mother-Infant Dyadic (Attachment) Treatment - Attachment develops between an infant and caretaker in the first weeks of an infant's life, and affects how we learn about ourselves. With a secure attachment, infants feels there is an expectation that someone will be there, to let them go when appropriate, and to welcome them back when they need it. In an insecure attachment, mothers may not know whether to pick up their infant or when to let go. We work on developing healthy attachment together.

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $110 (50min)
  • Initial session: $140 (60min)

Therapist's note

Sarah can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Providence practice

433 Broadway

Providence, RI 02909

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9am-6pm
  • Wed 9am-6pm
  • Thu 9am-6pm
  • Fri 9am-6pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2008 - Present

Infant-Parent Training Institute, Faculty

Infant-Parent Training Institute, 2-year fellowship

Simmons School of Social Work, MSW, 1989


  • English

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