Marnee  Colburn

Marnee Colburn

Psychologist, PhD

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated November 05, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Undergraduate, graduate, medical school/residency mental health and young adult work adjustment
  • Divorce, child custody, court/legal issues and forensic evaluations
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance use / harm reduction
  • Family issues and parenting
  • Stress management
  • Insomnia
  • Self harm
  • Trauma
  • Asperger syndrome
  • ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Complex trauma
  • Psychedelic integration

Professional statement

Dr. Marnee Colburn is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of young adults, college students, graduate students, and medical students and residents. Her focus areas include anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment and life stage transitions, relationship difficulties, family issues, parenting, and stress management.

Among young adults, she sees many students from Brown University and other surrounding universities. She also sees many clients in the LGBTQ community.

Dr. Colburn completed her BA and MA at the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD at Bowling Green State University. She has been in private practice for over 35 years and enjoys running marathons in her spare time.

Message to clients

A message to young adults: Therapy is a very important and sometimes difficult decision to make. For most of you who are as accomplished as you are, coming to someone and talking about things that you don't know how to figure out is even more difficult because you've gotten where you've gotten by being able to make things work on your own, and I really understand that. This is your safe space, a space for you to figure out what you want to accomplish; and my job is to work in collaboration with you to help you get where you want to go.

A message to parents: Being a parent is probably one of the hardest jobs that anyone's gotten or opted to take on, and caring about your children and making things work for them is your goal; realizing your children may need help, especially beyond that which you know how to give them is hard and talking to someone about that is also difficult. My job is to have us work together here, setting goals along with your child so that we work together in the same way to get things accomplished that you want as a family.


Undergraduate, graduate, medical school/residency mental health and young adult work adjustment - 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

Divorce, child custody, court/legal issues and forensic evaluations - Including managing the process of going through a divorce; completing custody evaluations for parent agreements; providing forensic psychology services

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

Relationship difficulties - Relationship differences, breakups, friendships, dating

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, panic disorder, phobias; eating disorders related to anxiety

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

Substance use / harm reduction - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Family issues and parenting - Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues

Stress management - Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other

Insomnia - Sleep issues caused by anxiety and other concerns

Self harm - Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting

Trauma - Including sexual assault, abuse, abortion, witnessing violence, past and recent traumas

Asperger syndrome - e.g., management of stress relating to anxiety or obsessive interests

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) - Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges

Complex trauma - Coping and healing after long-term abuse, attachment wounds, or repeated traumatizing events such as witnessing domestic violence or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Psychedelic integration - Emotional support, education, and planning to process psychedelic insights

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $150


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

293 Governor Street

Providence, RI 02906

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Work and Education

Private Practice, 35+ years, Williamsburg, Virginia and Providence, RI

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas, Post-doctoral fellowship

Bowling Green State University, Ohio, PhD, Clinical Psychology

University of Pennsylvania, MA, Ed Psych

University of Pennsylvania, BA, Psychology


  • English

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