Dr. Ellen Darling is a clinical psychologist in Providence, RI specializing in couples therapy, young adult mental health, and perinatal mental health. She holds a PhD from Clark University where she trained at the Center for Couples and Family Research and she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Young Adult Mental health at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School.
Dr. Darling is passionate about guiding couples through challenges including intimacy difficulties, alienation, communication impasses, chronic conflict, infidelity, parenthood issues, and other periods of transition. She practices Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), an evidence-based approach that identifies patterns that keep partners disconnected and in doing so offers new possibilities for empathy and change. IBCT has been the focus of a major clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and has garnered scientific support as a leading intervention for relationship distress. Dr. Darling has a sub-specialty in supporting new mothers, and couples, in navigating the transition to parenthood and in treating perinatal anxiety and depression.
Dr. Darling also sees undergraduate, graduate, and medical students struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, work-life balance issues, substance abuse concerns, and feelings of loneliness or isolation. Dr. Darling’s clinical work draws from relational and interpersonal models of care and integrates third-wave behavioral treatments including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches. She has treated a wide range of students at university counseling centers including: Brown University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Suffolk University.
Dr. Darling works to provide culturally-sensitive care, and her practice is affirming of LGBTQ+ clients, people of color, international students and adults, and individuals carrying marginalized identities.