Marie  Donabella

Marie Donabella

Psychologist, PhD

Not accepting new clients (updated October 14, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

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

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 athletic performance, anxiety, depression, and LGBTQ and sexuality related concerns. She also helps those recovering from athletic injury, teaches stress management, 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 4 year old Goldendoodle, Clementine, who has passed the initial stages of training and testing for her official Therapy Dogs International certification. Clementine will take her final exam for this certification this upcoming summer!

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. 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: improve athletic performance, lower your stress levels, feel less overwhelmed, make it through a difficult life transition, be healthy, and attain balance in your life.


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

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

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

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

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

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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $100 (45min)
  • Initial session: $175

Therapist's note

Dr. Donabella can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


193 Waterman Street

Providence, RI 02906

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Sun 8:00am-3:00pm

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


  • English

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