Brian L. Ackerman, MD

Providing Holistic and Integrative Psychiatric Care in Rhode Island


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As a student at Johnson & Wales University I have struggled with the nuances of adjusting to campus life and being in a new environment. Dr. Ackerman has been most helpful to me by allowing me to express myself and give me guidance in all aspects of my life, including my social and family lives. His gentle non pharma approach to dealing with life has been instrumental in allowing me to finally let me enjoy myself and my life and my challenges. I highly recommend him to anyone, any age, struggling with life’s challenges.

Steven (Bristol)

My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and OCD at the age of 12. It was somewhat of a shock, as we always thought of her as just a busy kid. His recommendations to us of medication and helping us find the right school for her has made all the difference in the world. She is thriving and is a happy girl. The experience and wisdom that Dr Ackerman brings to the situation is unprecedented.

Sharon (Barrington)

I have been seeing psychiatrists for the past 30 years. No one ever really got me the way Dr. Ackerman has. He didn’t push the pills on me, and allowed me to go through my processes and feelings without meds. It was the first time that I actually felt the pain, and the joy.  His suggestions of meditation, yoga and a self diary helped me realize that my own self thought processes were my downfall. I can’t say enough about him—fantastic.

Joseph and Camille

My name is Joseph and my wife’s name is Camille. We have both been patients of Dr. Ackerman for the past 12 years. The purpose of this letter is to acknowledge the excellent, loving and caring support we have received from him over the years.

About 15 years ago my wife and I merged our families .Camille had full custody of her three girls and I had full custody of my son and daughter. We married in 1999 and built a new home for all of us to live in. When the novelty of the new home and the exciting times of our new family had subsided, our challenges began. Three years into our new family and marriage, we could clearly see we needed some guidance, support and direction. We were reluctant to divulge our concerns, issues and emotions to anybody. The decision was mutual for Camille and I. We wanted to get to the place and feeling that brought us together in the beginning and at the same time negotiate these difficult challenges and decisions that were tearing us apart.

Meeting Dr. Ackerman for the first time was somewhat uncomfortable for us. Our egos and our past as single parents and sole supporters was a fence that needed to be taken down. Dr. Ackerman gained our respect and confidence by working through the issues in a very calming, professional and loving way. He has opened up dialogue that we struggled with as a couple. Once or twice a month, we still spend time with Dr. Ackerman, it is time well spent and very healing.


In closing we would like to thank Dr. Ackerman from the bottom of our hearts for the difficult work that he has mediated with us. We urge any struggling married couple to seek Dr. Ackerman’s services.

Susan (Seekonk)

I was going through a divorce, and was feeling very angry and bitter towards the world. Dr. Ackerman helped me realize that it was new beginning, and not the end. His advise helped me lead the way for my family to see the divorce throught to the end on a positive note. Today, 15 years later, we are a succesful blended family and owe it all to Dr. Ackerman.

Tony and Lisa (Cranston)

We went to see Dr. Ackerman because we were at our wit's end, knowing that divorce was inevitable. We chose him becaise of his reputation of dealing with couple's struggles. His approach helped us realize that we still had great opportunities for both personal and marital relationship growth. Today, we are still married and and thriving and owe it all to him. We recommend any struggling couple see Dr. Ackerman before they take the final steps toward divorce. it worked for us.

Simone (Newport)

As someone who knows the challenges mental illness brings to a family, Dr. Ackerman knows what it takes to deal with these problems constructively. His knowledge and ability to teach and explain to both the family members suffering from the illness and the other family members is remarkable. Dr. Ackerman, welcome to Rhode island and thanks. We are lucky to have you.

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