(401) 331-1244 info@jfsri.org

The Counseling Center

The Counseling Center at JCS in Providence offers hope and help to anyone facing life challenges. We provide counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. If you are struggling with emotional issues, the Counseling Center can provide support and guidance to help you achieve your goals.

Your Source for Private, Professional Counseling

The JCS Counseling Center provides confidential, high-quality counseling services for clients of all ages and backgrounds. If you need help, call us at (401) 331-1244.

All of our counselors are licensed, master’s-level clinicians with years of training and experience. Respected in the field, they serve as mentors for other professionals. Their expertise includes:

  • Individual therapy for clients of all counseling needs and all ages, including older adults.
  • Child, adolescent, and family therapy to help children achieve greater emotional health and to address parenting concerns.

My son had an accident last year and became terribly anxious. I didn’t know where to turn to get help.… Now he is so much better. I’m truly not sure what would have happened if we didn’t have someone help us at that crucial time.”

Whatever You’re Facing, We’re There to Help

With deep experience in their fields, our counselors help clients with a wide variety of needs, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Mood/behavioral disorders
  • Aging and caregiving issues
  • Stress management
  • Women’s health issues
  • Trauma
  • Counseling for the homebound
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Grief and loss
  • School- or work-related problems
  • Affective disorders
  • Life transition issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Parenting or family issues.
  • Panic attacks
  • Anger management

In addition to counseling, JCS offers:

  • Medication management for adults. For seniors and other adults receiving counseling services, our nurse practitioners help manage medication regimens.
  • Help finding services. For those with complex social, emotional, medical and/or financial needs, JCS offers case management to help navigate the various agencies and services that provide assistance.

Professional Support Is in Reach

The JCS Counseling Center accepts all major insurance carriers, including Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Neighborhood Health, Tri-Care, and United Health, as well as Medicaid and Medicare. We also accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

For those without insurance, adjusted fees are available for counseling, psychiatric assessment and medication management for adults.

Call (401) 331-1244 to learn more.

Jessa Fabiano, MSW, LICSW

Jessa has worked in the Counseling Center at JCS since 2016. She earned her MSW at Rhode Island College and is a generalist, strengths-based social worker with over 18 years of experience working with all ages and stages of the lifespan but has special expertise with teenagers and LGBTQ+ folks. Jessa has a background in creative arts, however, her clinical practice is grounded in evidence-based theory which creates a unique environment for transformative growth, personal development, and a safe space for clients to be with and process their experience. In the words of Pema Chodron, Jessa believes, “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.”

Tara Watkins, MSW, LICSW

A seasoned social worker and earned her MSW degree at Rhode Island College with a concentration in both Clinical and Administration. Tara has worked in a variety of settings including community and nonprofit agencies, special needs agencies, elder services, and a congregational outreach program. Recognizing that each person is on their own individual life journey, one type of therapy does not fit all. Tara uses a generalist framework that draws from person-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), dialectical (DBT) as well as other techniques and skills, to help gently guide and move each client in the direction of their goals for treatment. With a focus on providing a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment, she aims to work together with clients to understand their life’s journey, how to implement change (when ready), and explore each person’s unique barriers to change that might increase feeling “stuck” in unhealthy patterns. Tara holds a certificate in Aging and has a strong interest in helping older adults remain living safely in their community. She is also enrolled in a certificate program focused on Anxiety and Clinical Mindfulness.

Karen Gager, MSW, LICSW

With a concentration in Clinical Social Work, Karen has a master’s degree from Boston University School of Social Work. She enjoys the process of building working relationships with her clients and values the diverse client population in community mental health settings. Karen’s areas of expertise include working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, and loss. In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, Karen is an executive director of a small, local nonprofit. Favorite quote, by Maya Angelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”