Christopher Dewey, PsyD
Meet Dr. Christopher Dewey
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Rhode Island and provide online and in-person individual therapy to adolescents and adults. My areas of specialization and interest include anxiety, depression, gender affirming therapy, exploring the relationship between masculinity norms and depression, navigating interpersonal struggles, college student mental health, developmental transitions, developing a healthy and authentic identity, and relationship difficulties. I strive to be an integrative therapist, combining components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), short-term psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) to meet the unique needs of my clients.
I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology in New Jersey. Prior to my doctoral program, I received my Master of Arts (M.A.) in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. I completed my pre-doctoral Psychology Internship in Health Service Psychology at The Institute of Living – Hartford Hospital, which included rotations in psychological testing, inpatient psychiatric care, and pediatric behavioral medicine. I have also trained in a variety of college counseling centers, and especially enjoy working with young adults. Most recently, I completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the Personal Counseling Center at Providence College, prior to joining the team at PVD Psych.
My Approach & Philosophy
I believe that it is important to provide a warm, safe, and nonjudgmental environment to each of my clients to foster strong therapeutic relationships. I aim to take all intersecting aspects of my clients’ identities into account, while also recognizing the vast diversity that exists within specific groups. As such, I strive to create an individualized treatment plan for each of my clients and take a collaborative stance to make sure they are getting what they need out of therapy. In addition to individual factors, I believe that it is crucial to also consider how my clients are affected by their social network, societal attitudes and norms, and laws and other policies that impact their lives. Since everyone comes into therapy with their own preferences and varying levels of comfort with discussing their struggles, I make sure to remain open to feedback and try to work at a speed that is most helpful to my clients. I also integrate humor into my treatment, when appropriate.