Compass Counseling Center



compass counseling center

Vanessa Corbera, LCSW

"What we think, we become" - Buddha



My approach

My approach is to provide support, guidance, and compassion to individuals seeking help. I am a clinical social worker with an expertise in mood disorders, relationship issues, and life transitions. I also have a special interest in eating disorders, chronic illnesses, and somatic symptom disorders focusing on the medical and psychological complexities often associated with these diagnoses. I mainly work with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. However, I have begun to use family-based approaches in a broader context such as through my therapeutic work with couples and adult individuals. Moreover, I have experience in outpatient and inpatient care, as well as in administering diagnostic evaluations and conducting crisis assessments. I refined my skills and approach while training at Hasbro Children's Eating Disorder Program and at Gateway Healthcare's Med-Psych unit (a collaborative project with the Partial Hospital Program at Hasbro). Rooted in family-based therapy, my commitment to my clients is to help them identify, understand, and re-imagine life stressors as controllable opportunities for personal growth.       



my work

I adapt my specific approach on a case-by-case basis to meet the emotional and cognitive needs of my clients. For example, my sessions with an 8-year-old might incorporate experiential play therapy, whereas my sessions with an adolescent or adult might engage with more traditional talk therapy. In short, I tailor my services to the needs and motivations of my clients and their families. 

My services

I am able to meet with my clients either in the office or at their preferred environment such as their home. The latter allows us to meet at a location in which you or your child feels most at ease. Furthermore, I am bilingual in English and Spanish. In treating my clients, I draw primarily from traditional therapeutic methods and evidence-based approaches supported by research. These treatment modalities include the following among others: Family-based Therapy (also known as the Maudsley Approach), which recognizes the supportive roles families play in treatment; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which looks at how thoughts influence feelings and behaviors; and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which teaches core skills such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, and the importance of interpersonal relationships.

treatment specialization includes:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Chronic Illness
  • Self-Injurious Behaviors
  • Parent Support
  • Meal Coaching
  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss







Payment is expected at time of service and can be made either by cash or check. *Reductions to the schedule of fees may be available for individuals on a limited income. 


If you do not make your appointment or if you cancel with less than a 24-hour notice, you will still be required to pay for the missed session. That said, there are always allowances. 



Unfortunately, sessions with a therapist are not covered by the French "Sécurité sociale." Some private health insurance plans do offer reimbursement; however, I cannot guarantee that therapy will be covered under any given insurance policy.


Vanessa Corbera, LCSW

  • Licensed clinical social worker, #CSW01843 (State of Rhode Island Department of Health)
  • Master of Social Work with certificates in Child Welfare and Refugee & Immigrant issues (Boston College)
  • Master of Art History with a specialization in Contemporary Art (Sotheby’s Institute of Art)
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers (USA)
  • Member of the Academy of Eating Disorders
  • Member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professional Foundation
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (USA)
  • Voted Best Child Therapist in Expatriates Magazine's 2017 Best of Paris (

Based in Nice near the Old Town and at the English Clinic,        11 Avenue General de Gaulle in Beausoleil near Monaco.    Please feel free to reach me directly by phone at +(0)7 61 32 19 45, by email at,  or by submitting the inquiry form found on this site. 

I look forward to speaking with you!