Going into Private Practice

After 12 years of practicing as a licensed clinical social worker in a variety of settings including hospitals, social service agencies, schools, and homes, I am very excited to announce that I have gone into private practice. Currently I am a provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and I hope to be a provider for United Health and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island in the near future. My office is out of South County Child and Family Consultants, which is a group of practitioners headed by Ira Randy Kulman, PhD. Dr. Kulman has been practicing and leading a group of clinicians in South County for over 20 years and has extensive experience with providing psychological services for children and families.

Dr. Kulman has spent the last several years researching and developing clinical applications for technology in psychotherapy with children, under a new organization he has founded called Learningworksforkids.com. The development of the Learningworksforkids site is still in Beta, which means some parts of it are not yet complete. But as you look around the site, I think you will find there is a great deal of compelling information, and the promise of much more to come. Plus it’s partially about video games (the good ones, not the violent or inappropriate ones) so remember to have fun when you’re there.

I will be working with Dr. Kulman to develop clinical strategies for using digital technologies in psychotherapy. As our knowledge base on using digital technology in therapy grows, we will be providing education through the website, consulting, and public presentations. Our goal is to help both professionals and parents learn how to use digital technology to help children behaviorally and emotionally.

Here is a brief description of the therapy services I am offering for adults and children over age 3:

Cognitive and Psychodynamic Approaches I am well-versed in cognitive-behavioral techniques for improving mood and behavior, but I also like to help clients look a little deeper into themselves, to explore motivation and meaning. I have studied Carol S. Pearson’s work and have employed Pearson’s ideas and language to guide clients toward balance and empowerment in their lives.

Grief, Loss and Trauma Therapy for Children and Adults My work in trauma response for Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital means I have seen the full range of grief reactions to severe and sudden losses. I have also done psychotherapy with people struggling to recover from more subtle forms of grief, such as recurrent sadness over a failed marriage or emotional distress in dealing with illness or disability. In addition, I have a background in working with foster and adoptive children who have suffered severe neglect and trauma.

Digital Play Therapy and Executive Function Training There is a growing body of literature that suggests that some video games may be able to help children emotionally and behaviorally. In consultation with Dr. Kulman, I will be offering families therapeutic interventions which involve the use of digital technology when appropriate. For more on this, visit the Learningworksforkids.com website, particularly the section on executive functions.

Sexual Abuse Evaluation/Treatment Working as a Diagnostic Assessment Clinician for the Rhode Island courts gave me a basic background in sexual abuse evaluation. As a clinician for Bradley Hospital and Day One (formerly the Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center), I gained further experience in sexual abuse evaluation and treatment.

Referrals can be made by calling (401) 789-1553 during regular business hours. Currently, I have available appointment times on Wednesdays from 9 to 5 and and Thursdays from 3 to 9.


6 thoughts on “Going into Private Practice

  1. Kiersten-
    Just read the New Yorker article-amazingly frightening how truth surfaces !! but, I write bec/ I am an ex-pat RI pediatrician who left the USA as a healthcare refugee -I moved to France 3years ago where my husband hold dual citizenship! We were very saddened by the Bush tyrany and the direction of the American political landscape…and now we are thrilled to be supporters of Obama!!! from one Rhode islander across the atlantic to another-thanks for your blog
    ps before I left RI I was a private practioner and faculty at Brown,maybe we crossed paths! BetheAnne DeLuca-Verley,MD

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  3. congratulations, kiersten. you have done such a great job keeping the various voices of this website civil and constructive, fostering the best in me as a writer and respecting all the commenters who contribute to the discussions. best of luck in your practice, but you bring good judgement and experience so you will make your own good luck.

  4. I also want to congratulate you on entering private practice. Your considerable and varied talents will be appreciated in the community.
    I hope the blog is to continue with your guidance.
    Good luck to you and your family.

    Don Bowen
    (Sydney, Australia)

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