Kerri Spier opens mainland counseling office
There’s a new counseling resource for island residents. Kerri Spier has recently received her masters degree and her mental health counseling certificate from Salve Regina University in Newport, which allows her to provide counseling for almost every kind of addiction. She has opened a private office in Wickford, where she will provide traditional talk therapy and an additional service she called walk and talk therapy. Spier said she sees all age groups.
“I’ve been at CODAC [Behavioral Healthcare, based out of Cranston] and we provide counseling for heroin, cocaine and alcohol addictions,” she said. In her Wickford office, she said she will counsel individuals with any addiction they wish to shed, even smoking. Spier said she would be willing to schedule hours on Block Island if she could schedule multiple visits, but she also felt that some people on the island seeking therapy might like to see someone outside the “fishbowl” that the island can sometimes be.
In addition to talk therapy, Spier said she is offering “walk and talk therapy,” during which the visit begins at the office and then she and her client will leave the office and then return for the final moments of the visit. She said that this therapy was particularly effective.