Marie  Donabella

Marie Donabella

Psychologist, PhD
Rhode Island Not Accepting Online
Providence Not Accepting In-person

Please note Marie is not accepting new clients until March 1st, 2021.

Updated January 24, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Athletic performance and injury
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Anxiety
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Mind-body connection

Professional statement

Dr. Donabella is a psychologist with Ph.Ds in Clinical Psychology and Medical Sciences. She has worked in her private practice since 2002 alongside her research on stress, anxiety, and health. In the past, she has published many articles and given many presentations exploring the mind-body connection, relating stress and health.

Dr. Donabella has expertise in anxiety, athletic injury and LGBTQ- related concerns. She helps those recovering from athletic injury, teaches stress management and resilience, and coaches individuals with health and wellness concerns. She works with young adults, college students, and adults.

Dr. Donabella's approach is based on many therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, existential therapy, integrative therapy, mindfulness practices, and psychodynamic therapy. Her therapy is informed by her research and personal experience as an athlete. She also works with her 7 year old Goldendoodle, Clementine, who has passed the first phase of her official Therapy Dogs International certification. Clementine will take her final exam for her certification as soon as covid allows!

Message to clients

I believe that therapy should create a safe and conducive environment for exploration and change, be affirming and empathic, facilitate learning and self-discovery, and provide feedback about unhealthy life patterns. My areas of expertise include: sports/athletic performance anxiety, recovery from athletic injury, general stress and anxiety management, life transitions, health and wellness. In addition to my clinical practice, I teach and perform research on stress, anxiety and health. I have published over 30 articles in the areas of high blood pressure, stress and women's health, and have given over 50 presentations about my research.

I am a triathlete and black belt in Tae Kwon Do, with an interest in Zen philosophy. I'm also a new student of electric guitar to challenge my brain in a different way. Thus, balance, mindfulness, and focus are important aspects of how I view mental health.

My background gives me a unique perspective of the mind-body connection. I can help you learn ways to: cope with athletic injury, improve resilience and athletic performance, lower your stress levels, feel less overwhelmed, make it through a difficult life transition, be healthy, and attain balance in your life.


Athletic performance and injury - Navigating mental roadblocks to physical goals; optimizing personal and team performances; recovery from injury

Performance anxiety - Improving performance and mental toughness with techniques that increase confidence, focus and resilience in the face of adversity, pain, and challenge

Stress reduction - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder

LGBTQ and gender identity issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Mind-body connection - Decreasing stress by increasing attention to the body


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • First Health
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $250 (45min)

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
  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • As needed


Providence practice
193 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02906
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2003 - Present
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Assistant Professor, 2003 - 2007
Syracuse University, Visiting Assistant Professor & Therapist, 2002 - 2003
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Psychology Intern, 2001 - 2002

Syracuse University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 2002
South Florida College of Medicine, Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, 1989


Rhode Island: PS00834



Professional endorsements

"Marie is a highly skilled and experienced therapist with exceptionally developed relational skills allowing her to connect with her clients authentically and in the most genuine human way. In doing so, she creates a safe space for her clients to be able to do their healing work. She has long been a preferred referral source for me. Clients find her very effective, kind, and practical in her clinical approach."

- Thomas Fronczak, LCSW-R • May 2017

"Marie is highly educated and is a seasoned clinician who is very effective in supporting clients in treatment. I highly recommend her for individual therapy."

- Cecilia Dietzler, LICSW • June 2017

Client testimonials


She was very punctual and told me what to expect for my official visit.


- Zencare client • August 2020