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Charlene Collibee(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhD
Rhode IslandConnecticutMaineNew Hampshire
Relationship issues-College & graduate student mental health- Trauma- Life transitions-Parenting- Anxiety -

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Professional statement

Charlene Collibee, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Rhode Island with specialized training in working with college and graduate students, couples, and parents. Research shows our relationships with others are linked to our mental and even physical health throughout our lives. Therapy can help better understand these patterns, and empower you with the skills to improve your mental health and relationships together. We may be carrying the trauma of childhoods and past relationships into our current lives unknowingly. Dr. Collibee uses gold-standard research-based interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), The Gottman Method, and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) approaches to help break unwanted patterns and empower you with the skills and tools for healthy fulfilling relationships with those around you. In recent years there’s been a breakthrough in research, demonstrating that often when you learn how to have better relationships you in turn feel less depressed, less anxious, and more able to enjoy the things that are important to you.

Dr. Collibee obtained her PhD from the University of Denver and completed postdoctoral training at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her research and clinical work focused on the study of interpersonal relationships have been featured in top news and media outlets (i.e., NPR, The Times). She has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals.

Message to clients

Our interpersonal relationships can be our source of greatest stress but also greatest joy. I work with college students, graduate students, couples of all ages and types, and new parents. We collaborate together to improve your relationships, understand your natural strengths, and meet your goals. My academic research focuses on how our relationships and past traumas shape us and our mental health across the lifespan and helps me bring cutting-edge treatment strategies to therapy.

For individual therapy, you’ll start with an initial therapy appointment where background information will be gathered to help me better understand your concerns and goals. Following this appointment, we will make a plan together that addresses how we will work toward your goals and how we’ll know you’re making progress. We will decide together how often therapy meetings should occur (weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc.). Throughout treatment we conduct research-based assessments and track your progress toward your best self.

During couples’ therapy, both partners attend sessions together to work on improving specific problems in their relationship. Common goals include improving intimacy, trust, boundaries, and communication. My therapeutic approach is non-judgmental and non-blaming. My research has demonstrated that individuals each bring important parts of themselves to the couple and these contributions shape reoccurring patterns in the relationship. If you are interested in addressing relationship concerns without your partner attending therapy sessions, individual therapy offers an opportunity to improve your relationships on your own.

You belong here. ♡

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Brown University, Postdoctoral Training, 2019
University of Denver, PhD, 2017


Rhode Island: PS01728 - Connecticut: 16203 - New Hampshire: 16203 - Maine: 16203




Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

**Each semester I protect spots in my practice for college students. The office is walkable from Brown University**


Charlene Collibee is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions:$225 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

Brown student insurance typically reimburses all therapy appointments at 70%-100%