Nicole Issa, PsyD
Meet Dr. Nicole Issa
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and the Founder of PVD Psychological Associates. I am licensed in Rhode Island, New York and Massachusetts and offer online therapy to individuals residing in all three of these states, in addition to my in-person practice in Rhode Island. I have advanced training in psychodynamic therapy and I provide individual, couples, and family therapy to college students, adolescents and adults. My areas of specialization and interest include: women’s issues, depression, anxiety, stress management, and working with LGBTQIA-identified individuals and family members. I practice primarily from a relational-dynamic perspective, though I also incorporate techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and narrative approaches to address and tailor treatment to the unique and individual needs of each client.
In my work as a therapist, I focus on understanding early experiences and how psychological well-being can be fostered through relationships. I believe change and healing come through relationships: our relationships with ourselves, as well as our relationships with others. I view therapy as a collaborative process that allows both therapist and client to grow and change.
In addition to my psychotherapy practice work, I dedicate much of my free time to social justice and advocacy work. I am a Board Member of the Rhode Island Psychological Association (RIPA). I also Chair the Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Committee of the RIPA. Previously, I served as a committee member on the American Psychological Association’s Policy and Advocacy Committee via Division 44, The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues. Lastly, from 2012-2016, I served as the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Disaster Response Network and provided Psychological First Aid after the Boston Marathon Bombings and volunteered at the Marathon for several years after which allowed me the opportunity to work with local and state emergency teams, the American Red Cross, and the Boston Athletic Association to help relief workers and survivors of natural disasters and other such traumatic events.
I earned my doctoral degree from William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). I went on to receive additional training and experience at Worcester State Hospital/The University of Massachusetts Medical School and Connecticut College, as a psychology intern. I then joined a private practice in the greater Boston area as a post-doctoral fellow and then staff psychologist. After going into private practice on my own, I co-founded a group therapy practice in Boston and then one in New York, before founding PVD Psych.
My Approach & Philosophy
My clients describe me as an empathetic, active listener who approaches their concerns with caring, respect, pragmatism, and sometimes, humor. I’m honored that you’re considering working with me and I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please feel free to contact me.