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Seguin Sellards Spear, LICSW, is a licensed psychotherapist offering transformative psychotherapy & effective mindfulness coaching.

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I was trained in psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy at Smith College School for Social Work (MSW, 2007) and am licensed to practice clinical social work independently in Rhode Island and California. In 2016 I completed a post-graduate cerificate course in End of Life and Palliative Care at Smith College School for Social Work.


I enjoy supporting people in creative professions, activists, academic professionals and members of the LGBTQ communities. Assisting people impacted by life-changing illness, chronic pain conditions and medical situations requiring extensive management is central to my work. In addition, I work with the conflicts that arise in religious communities and people blessed and challenged by extreme spiritual states.


As an oncology social worker at Stanford Health Care from 2014 to 2016, I stood by patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions, end-of-life choices, and experiences of grief and loss. I worked as a psychiatric crisis team clinician for adults impacted by HIV at the University of California, San Francisco from 2007 to 2011.


I began meditating in 1995 and lived at San Francisco Zen Center's City Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center as a resident practitioner for six years. In addition to sitting many long silent retreats, I have participated in workshops and retreats in the field of therapeutic mindfulness, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli; and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. From 2010 to 2013, I was a guest facilitator for Dr. Lee Lipp's on-going Transforming Anxiety & Depression practice classes held at San Francisco Zen Center. I'm grateful to Lee for years of friendship and mentoring. Lee passed away in August of 2016 and is deeply missed.


After spending my adult years in San Francisco, Japan and Taiwan, it's a joy to return to Providence.


 






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Clear support for vibrant living.