Shawn Cooper Ph.D., M.P.H., Psychologist in Providence, Rhode Island, 02906

Shawn Cooper

Ph.D., M.P.H.

Shawn Cooper

Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professions: Clinical Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Harvard Pilgrim PPO
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care


Providence, Rhode Island 02906

My Approach to Helping

I believe that people seek psychotherapy when they encounter one or more challenges which they feel unable to successfully cope with on their own, or else they are seeking a deeper understanding of themselves.

My approach involves the provision of a safe and supportive relationship and then use of a
flexible integration of cognitive-behavioral, problem-solving and insight-oriented strategies. We will examine the way you are now, the factors that led to your current way of being and the changes you would like to make for living in the future. As a scaffolding I utilize ideas which I discussed in a book I authored, Change: Models and Processes, which describes a number of concepts I feel are relevant to the process of change, whether it occurs external to, or within, the person and whether treatment involves you individually or working with you and a relationship partner.

A central framework of my approach involves the idea that human change occurs in a gradient fashion, i.e., gradually, or else in a non-gradient way, i.e., in a rapid or extreme manner. I had also posed the question to myself as to what allows people to actually change. My answer was a concept I labeled "existential choice," the profound decision and commitment a person makes to change one or more aspects of her or his life or behavior.

I will listen very carefully to what you share to help you gain new perspectives on the things that have led you to be the way you are now and how you can become the person you want to be in the future, individually or with a partner. And while what we discuss within sessions will be very important we will also think of steps you can take in between meetings as part of the process of change. Finally, aside from your having the courage to make changes in your way of being in the world we will attempt to determine how to help you sustain the changes that you make.


Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Integration of different therapy models

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