Lifespan Latinx Mental Health Services
Multilingual Mental Health Resources
A program of Lifespan’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services, Lifespan Latinx Mental Health addresses the particular needs of our Latinx patients. Our clinicians and staff are familiar with, and part of, the cultures of our patients, and understand their values and customs. Services are provided in Spanish and English.
Cultural factors influence perceptions and behaviors, including in medicine and psychiatry. We believe treatment is most effective when clinicians are sensitive to the culture and unique needs of each patient.
Latinx Mental Health Services in East Providence
- Our program offers individualized treatment for patients age 18 and older who are experiencing mental health and behavioral health conditions.
- We welcome people of all genders and sexuality.
- Each staff member is fluent in at least two languages, and there is always someone available to answer questions and provide assistance.
- We accept most major insurance plans. Many do not require a copay.
- Our offices are easily accessible from Interstate 195 and have ample free parking.
- We treat patients in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
Our Team of Multilingual Mental Health Professionals
The Lifespan Latinx Mental Health program is directed by Lorangelly Rivera, MD. Dr. Rivera is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders. Along with medication management, Dr. Rivera also uses psychotherapeutic techniques as part of treatment.
Kalina Brabeck, PhD, is a Spanish-speaking psychologist who specializes in discrimination, immigration, and trauma, and does extensive research into Latinx health disparities.
Jose Arauz, PhD, is a Spanish-speaking psychologist who sees patients in the outpatient setting and whose research interest is in classroom engagement among Latinx students.
What We Treat
People seek help when they are experiencing persistent problems in managing their daily lives. You may feel anxious, sad, angry, or depressed, or experience problems in your relationships with family members or friends. You may have difficulty sleeping, eating, or expressing emotions, or have problems functioning at work or school.
The Lifespan Latinx Mental Health program provides psychiatric and counseling services for a wide range of mental health and emotional issues, including:
- Family and interpersonal difficulties
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia
What to Expect
The initial visit will focus on gathering a full history and establishing a treatment plan with Dr. Rivera.
While each person is unique, assessments cover common topics, such as:
- Emotional, behavioral, or developmental concerns
- Symptoms of mental, emotional, or physical problems
- Behaviors or habits that may be a problem for you or others
- Relationships and interactions with your spouse, coworkers, family members, or neighbors
- Performance at work or school
- Interest or involvement in activities
- Medical history, including your physical health, illnesses or conditions, and current treatments
- Psychiatric history, including past treatments, medications, response to treatments, hospitalizations, and any history of safety concerns or unsafe behaviors
- Social history, including a comprehensive assessment of your and your family’s culture, language, and struggles, as well as developmental history, work and education history, social supports, and current family structure
After gathering this information, we may recommend individual counseling as part of your treatment plan. If appropriate, medications may be prescribed.
While privacy and confidentiality are a high priority in our program, family participation is very important in treating a person who has a mental health disorder. In some cases, we may ask your permission to reach out to a family member (spouse, child, or other relative) so we can best understand and address all aspects of your life and well-being.
Benefits of Telepsychiatry and Telemental Health
Telemental health describes health care services you receive while not being physically in the room with your provider. This capability has expanded rapidly as the coronavirus pandemic has required physical distancing. Patients and their providers speak over the phone or by video conference.
What to Do When You Need Help
We know that there is stigma surrounding mental health in many countries and cultures which can make it harder to seek help. While many get the support they need from family or from their faith community, sometimes professional aid is needed. If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis or needs mental health services, we are here to help.
If you need emergency assistance, please call 911.