Christopher Ricci, Ph.D.

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Dr. Ricci is a clinical psychologist focused on supporting children, adolescents and their families in individual, family and group therapy. He's worked within diverse contexts from public and private schools to inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities with students from elementary school through college and has been helping develop and implement mental health services since 1997 in the NY metropolitan and San Francisco Bay areas, and the Triangle.   Dr. Ricci uses a strength-based psychological model and focuses on the positive aspects of children, adolescents and their families. He is committed to understanding each client’s unique situation with sensitivity. The goal is always to align with my client toward the resolution of conflict and to bring about happiness through the specific changes that come with new thoughts, feelings and behaviors. 

  • Dr. Ricci opened his practice in Raleigh in 2009 and uses specific cognitive, behavioral and systems based interventions. Neurobiology and Positive Psychology in support of social and emotional development are particular interests. He created and has been running a social skills program with children ages 5-12 for almost 15 years.
  • Dr. Ricci offers interactive workshops to parents and students including topics related to positive parenting and communication skills, child development, developing healthy relationships, social and emotional intelligence, media violence, stress management and many others.
  • Dr. Ricci consulted with the NYC Board of Education in Middle and High Schools providing workshops, diagnostic support and supervision.
 Dr. Ricci's experience includes:
  • Private Practice in Raleigh, NC, Bedford, NY and NYC
  • The Infant and Child Learning Center, SUNY Downstate
  • The Federal Initiatives
    • Safe Schools Health Students
    • Project Liberty
  • The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
  • Four Winds Hospital
During an initial evaluation we will explore psychological, familial, educational and environmental factors that may be contributing to current distress. Typically completed over the course of two visits, the evaluation includes a detailed history. Developmental and psychological tests may be used or referred to explore a client's cognitive, language and motor abilities, academic skills, or specific aspects of their development and behavior.  

At the end of the evaluation we will discuss treatment options. Dr. Ricci provide comprehensive treatment that may include behavior management, consultation about school placement, medical interventions and other related services or further testing as needed. Problems such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and depression have complex effects requiring time and care as well as multi-modal and collaborative approaches. Dr. Ricci will work with you, your pediatrician, other medical providers, your school and other therapists to coordinate care, academic recommendations, community services, and interventions at home.

Dr. Christopher Ricci Reaches

Raleigh NC