Tom  Lavin

Tom Lavin

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients at 42 Westwood Ave, Rumford, RI 02916, USA (updated October 11, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

Dr. Tom Lavin is a psychotherapist in Rumford, 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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing session fee: $110 (50min)
  • Sliding Scale: $40 - $110
  • Initial sessions: $180

Therapist's note

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



42 Westwood Avenue

East Providence, RI 02916

  • Sun Closed
  • Mon 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 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


  • English
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