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Shara Plynton(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Rhode Island
Adolescent mental health-College & graduate student mental health- Stress management-Mood disorders-Burnout-Clinical supervision-
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Professional statement

Shara Plynton is a therapist and a school based mental health professional. She loves working with adults of all ages, high school students, families and educators. She offers a holistic approach, incorporating mindfulness practices, yoga, and other self-care techniques to build resilience and a new perspective on managing life's challenges.

Shara's experience:

20+ years providing mental health support in diverse settings.

Extensive experience working with teens and emerging adults in educational environments.

Expertise in supporting educators with stress and burnout.

Independently licensed in Rhode Island.

Certified School Social Worker, Registered Yoga Teacher, Qualified MBSR Facilitator.

Experienced facilitating Master’s level social work courses at Boston University.

Many years supervising social workers, including interns and those seeking independent licensure.

Message to clients

Mental health, joy, peace of mind…these aren’t fleeting feelings, but cultivated states of being, nurtured through regular practice and self-care. But what works for one doesn’t work for all. Finding the tools that truly resonate with you can feel like a daunting journey.

That’s where I come in. With over two decades of experience as a therapist, I’m passionate about guiding individuals - teens, families, and adults in crafting personalized self-care plans that bring lasting well-being.

I believe in a collaborative, strengths-based approach, empowering you to discover what works best for you. We’ll explore various tools and strategies, tailoring them to your unique needs and preferences.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 29 years

Pawtucket School District , Clinical Social Worker
Rhode Island College , Supervise MSW Interns
Shri Outreach Yoga, MBSR, Yoga Instructor
Strategic Psychological Services, Therapist

Brown U. Center for Mindfulness, MBSR Qualified Instructor, 2019
Kripalu, Registered Yoga Instructor, 2009
Rhode Island College, Master of Social Work, 1995


Rhode Island: ISW01181


English, Spanish


Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood

Burnout - Managing and recovering from stressors that lead to feelings of decreased motivation and disconnection from the self; practicing effective self-care and finding ways to relax both physically and mentally

Clinical supervision - Offering professional supervision services for clinicians


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$105 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$75 - $105