Tom  Lavin
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Tom Lavin


Psychologist, PhD
Rhode Island Accepting Online

Here are times I currently have available:

Mondays at 1 or 2:30

Wednesdays at 8, 11, or 2:30

Thursdays at 1 every other week

Updated March 1, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Academic issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Men's health

Professional statement

Dr. Tom Lavin is a psychotherapist in RI who has been practicing psychotherapy for over 40 years. He is a generalist, but has a special interest in treating performance anxiety, loss and grief, and men’s issues.

Dr. Lavin’s approach is rooted in an existential, humanistic perspective, that is, creating a safe space where clients can explore and improve both their inner and outer worlds, and discover fresh possibilities for places where they feel stuck or confused. In treating stress, he often incorporates mindfulness practices and biofeedback technology when those can be helpful.

Dr. Lavin works with clients ages 17 and older, and having worked as a staff psychologist and the Director of the Counseling Center at Rhode Island College for 35 years, he has extensive experience with all the challenges of college students.

Message to clients

If you are looking at my profile, chances are you are feeling confused, upset, possibly in emotional or physical pain. My first goal in therapy is to understand what you are going through and to help you sort out your concerns within the context of a safe and compassionate relationship. More simply, I want you to feel understood and cared for. My wish is to create a space where you can begin to heal and find ways to build a more satisfying and purposeful life, in your relationships with others and in how you see yourself.


Academic issues - Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, among many other symptoms

Loss and grief - Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; coping with the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one

Men's health - Including grappling with questions of masculinity, what it means to be a man, overall psychological health


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Multiplan or PHCS
  • Rhode Island College RIC Student Health Insurance (PHCS or Multiplan)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $160 (50min)
  • Initial session: $180 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly


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 Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 1980 - Present
Rhode Island College, Staff Psychologist and Director, 1982 - 2017
SUNY-New Paltz, Staff Psychologist, 1978 - 1982

University of Missouri-Columbia, PhD., 1978



Professional endorsements

"Tom Lavin is an enormously seasoned and skilled therapist who is warm, authentic, confident, funny and caring. He connects easily with people from all walks of life, and is quick to understand the complexities of a person, their unique situation and the struggles they face. Tom’s depth of experience allows him to bring helpful insight and practical solutions for those dealing with either situational obstacles or life-long challenges. He listens with an empathic ear and generous heart."

- Barbara Krementz, LICSW • June 2017

Client testimonials

"Tom listened attentively and highlighted certain things that helped me process my experience. He was easy to talk to and I look forward to working with Tom into the future."
- Zencare client • September 2022
"Tom is attentive, respectful, and caring."
- Zencare client • August 2021
"It was a nice conversation - very down to earth."
- Zencare client • January 2021
"Dr. Lavin was very understanding and also very punctual."
- Zencare client • October 2020
"My call with Tom was on topic and to the point. He was very open to questions."
- Zencare client • June 2020
"Tom was easy to talk to."
- Zencare client • August 2019


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