Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero, PsyD
Intake Director and Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Meet Dr. Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and the Intake Director at PVD Psychological Associates. I am licensed in Rhode Island and provide online and in-person individual therapy to adolescents and adults in Rhode Island. I am also a bicultural and bilingual therapist (native fluency in Spanish). I provide individual therapy to college students, adolescents, and adults. I have advanced psychodynamic training and practice within a psychodynamic-interpersonal framework, though I often use strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, compassion based techniques, and narrative approaches. I specialize in the areas of complex traumas, identity development, depressive disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and working with LGBTQIA-identified individuals.
In addition to clinical work, I involve myself in other parts of the field of Psychology, including resiliency studies, suicide prevention programs and social justice efforts within the LGBTQIA community. I like to continue to challenge myself within the field and continue to grow, personally and professionally.
I earned my Psy.D. from William James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology), and my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Personal Counseling Center at Providence College. I really enjoy working with young adult/college aged individuals, as this is an opportune time in identify development, and therapy can offer a creative and safe space for insight building, self-awareness, and it can lay a foundation for emotional healing and other changes. Previously, I held a position for several years as a clinical therapist in a community mental health center, where my primary focus was working with children, adolescents and families.
My Approach & Philosophy
In my work, I take great care to develop a safe, warm and collaborative relationship with my clients, as I believe this relationship is a key conductor towards healing, hope and change. I typically like to understand all of my clients from a holistic perspective, taking into account early life experiences, their attachments and relationships.
As a therapist, I believe in tailoring treatment to the unique needs of each person at that specific point in their life. I believe that the key instruments necessary for the art of therapy are: empathy, attunement, play, hope and patience. It is my belief that we can all find a life that is worth living, where we can express our most genuine and authentic self, with love and compassion. As a therapist, I remain very humble in my stance and for me, it is an honor to witness my client’s unfolding narrative and healing process.