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Tom Lavin(He/Him/His)

Psychologist, PhD
Rhode Island
Anxiety-Depression-Loss and grief-Men's health-Relationship Issues-Clinical supervision-

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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.

Work and Education

Private practice
Rhode Island College, Staff Psychologist and Director
SUNY-New Paltz, Staff Psychologist

University of Missouri-Columbia, PhD., 1978


Rhode Island: PS00244




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

Relationship Issues - whether in committed or "dating" relationships, friendships, and relationships with parents, co-workers, or subordinates

Clinical supervision - Offering professional supervision services for clinicians. I have been supervising clinicians for over 40 years.


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

Locations & Hours

I do have a few openings for daytime hours (between 8 and 4pm) from Monday to Wednesday.


  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island BCBS RI
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)

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

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, LICSWJune 2017

Client testimonials

"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
"Tom was easy to talk to."
- Zencare client August 2019
"My call with Tom was on topic and to the point. He was very open to questions."
- Zencare client June 2020
"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 was very kind and professional. He took time to listen to my worries and concerns, and provided great insight and advice as to how I could begin to move forward."
- Zencare client May 2023
"Tom is approachable and a great listener. I appreciated his questions to help get into the information more. Recommend highly."
- Zencare client June 2023


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