Therapists Specializing in Identity Development in Rhode Island

Our identity can change and develop throughout life. For many of us, our ideas of who we are and what we believe constantly evolve over the years. Defining your own beliefs, lifestyle, and sense of self can be exciting, but it’s natural to experience some uncertainty or discomfort in the process too. Although identity development is most commonly associated with adolescence, challenges can arise at any time, especially during major life transitions or other times of change.

Therapy can help us better understand ourselves, feel more confident in who we are, and improve our ability to make sense of our world. A therapist might focus on clarifying values to guide your actions through acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) or develop your thoughts and core beliefs through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some therapists also provide existential therapy, a philosophically-rooted approach that focuses on meaning, freedom, connection, and mortality.

As numerous therapeutic modalities can help with identity development, it can be beneficial to discuss the options with one of the therapists in Rhode Island below who specialize in this area. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Frances  Carpenter

Frances Carpenter

293 South Main Street, Providence, RI, 02903

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $180 per session

My style is interactive and pragmatic, yet also reflective and insight oriented. I help people approach life transitions in hopeful, creative and fulfilling ways. I specialize in the identity work of young adulthood and work with many undergraduates, graduates and international students. I help people develop more useful, creative and compassionate ways of understanding and working with themselves. My clients often tell me that the therapy has helped them feel much better, more hopeful and more meaningfully engaged in their lives.


Nicholas J Robenhymer

Nicholas J Robenhymer

Online Sessions, RI

765 Westminster Street, Providence, RI, 02903

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love-John Paull II. I walk with my clients as they deepen their understanding of themselves and process areas of their lives that have caused deep pain. My goal is to help my clients develop evidence-based coping skills and processing techniques to come to a fuller understanding of how their past experiences and world views impact their relationships with loved ones. I believe that one must first develop a positive relationship with themselves to create a strong and powerful relationship with others. Together, we can work in a safe and trauma-informed therapeutic approach to have a more fulfilled relationship with yourself and others.


Stephen  Mathioudakis

Stephen Mathioudakis

1 Richmond Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $100 per session

My work is to provide you with connection, care, and commitment in your therapeutic journey. My message is one of hope: that healing is possible.


Catherine  Horton

Catherine Horton

1570 Westminster Street, Providence, RI, 02909

Online Sessions, RI

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

There is an inherent discomfort that is part of the therapeutic process, as people tend to seek out therapy in times of emotional suffering. The information gleaned during these times can be invaluable to our healing. The act of beginning therapy is to honor one's vulnerability and from this place we build compassion. So come as you are. I welcome your skepticism, frustrations, turmoil, and criticism. All of your experiences matter in this process of moving toward living your life with greater ease.


Chalice  Mathioudakis

Chalice Mathioudakis

Online Sessions, RI

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

My absolute love is helping sensitive LGBTQIA+ introverts who have been pushed to the margins discover their voice.

Maybe you’re deeply empathetic, you’ve been told you’re too sensitive, an over-thinker, take things too personally, too quiet, too withdrawn, too much, too... something! Roughly 15-20% of the population has a level of sensory processing sensitivity and about 25-40% of the population are introverts. If you suspect this describes you, you’re in good company.

I think us sensitive introverts have unique needs, ways to tend to ourselves, and types of emotional nourishment that are under-appreciated in the dominant culture. And when we’re navigating a life that involves various intersections, things can be really difficult, even overwhelming.

It’s very important to me that the therapy space honors all pieces of your identity. I offer a judgement-free zone for those interested in exploring and navigating topics related to power, privilege, oppression, and marginalization (e.g., white supremacy, transnegativity, homophobia, sexism, ableism, etc.). In the spirit of full transparency, I believe that as a human who embodies a number of structural privileges, my anti-racist and anti-oppressive learning is never finished, which is humbling.

My goal is to offer you the highest quality holistic counseling that I can, so any gains you make in therapy will last the rest of your life. And I always emphasize that no matter who you are or where you come from, your story is honored here.


Heather  Lee

Heather Lee

255 Hope Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Tufts Health Plan
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

I want you to know that your happiness and wellbeing are important. We often live and work in very stressful environments and it is my goal to support you to feel calm, confident and resilient in the face of life's challenges.


Phillip  Lowry

Phillip Lowry

33 College Hill Road, Warwick, RI, 02886

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare, Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 per session

I realize you may feel shame or guilt in response to experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder. You may have stereotypes as to what it means to be diagnosed with a disorder and to undergo treatment. I feel it’s important for you to understand you are more than a diagnosis, and your worth is not defined by your diagnosis. I believe sometimes we are simply suffering in response to a challenge presented by life. We can work together to find the path out of your suffering.


Jasmine  Appleberry

Jasmine Appleberry

640 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI, 02865

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Medicare (through United Health), Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare, Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan, AARP, Bankers Life
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 per session

Your perspective is valuable to me, and I want you to have a chance to express it in a space of safety, warmth, and collaboration. You deserve to be heard and to get help uncovering your wishes, what gets in the way, and how you can lead a more fulfilling life. We will talk about tools, but we will also talk about how your unique assets and values can be built upon, and how your patterns can change meaningfully. Moving through painful transitions, acceptance and change can both be hard. I believe in hope, and I want to be with you as you feel more empowered, and know more ease and satisfaction. I am a very down-to-earth, engaged, and compassionate therapist. I will deeply respect that you have come to me, that you have great undiscovered wisdom and skills, and that we are embarking on this journey together.


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