Ellen Darling, PhD

Ellen Darling

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)


Mon: 8:00am-3:00pm
Tue: Closed
Wed: 8:00am-3:00pm
Thu: 8:00am-5:00pm
Fri: 8:00am-2:00pm
Sat: 10:00am-2:00pm
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Intimate relationships

  • Student mental health: undergrads, grad students, and medical students

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Mindfulness-based approaches

  • Perinatal mental health

  • Transition to parenthood

Professional statement

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.


Student mental health –  Sees undergraduate, graduate, and medical students for anxiety, chronic or severe depression, feelings of uncertainty about the future, substance abuse issues, eating issues, and relationships struggles with friends or family
Relationships – Sees couples for intimacy challenges, chronic conflict, alienation, sexual difficulties, infidelity, parenthood, and life transitions such as the decision to commit to each other or have a child; trained in an evidence-based approach called Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy that allows couples to witness the challenges that have gotten them stuck
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Perinatal mental health – anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families

General expertise

Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)


  • Brown University Student Health Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $185/session

  • Ongoing sessions: $165/session

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Dr. Darling can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Message to clients

"Seeking support in managing life’s challenges is a powerful first step towards making concrete changes to address immediate stress and discomfort while also setting the stage for deeper self-awareness as we work to understand and shift unhelpful ways you may have learned to relate to yourself and others. Patients often report that through our work they’re empowered with new ways of understanding and responding to their experience, which not only alleviates distress in the short-term, but also results in more authentic and fulfilling relationships that sustain wellbeing over the longer-term. I identify as an integrative therapist and my clinical approach draws from both Interpersonal or Relational Therapy and empirically-supported ‘Third Wave’ Mindfulness and Acceptance-based Behavioral Therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy. My goal is to work with you collaboratively in identifying both short and longer-term treatment goals, and to provide multi-culturally competent care which actively affirms LGBTQ+ individuals and couples, and the specific experiences people of color and others carrying marginalized identities often bear."

Treatment approaches

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy

Education and work experience

Clark University, PhD, 2016
Clark University, MA, 2013
Brown University, BA, 2002

Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016 - 2017
Brown University Counseling & Psychological Services, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016 - 2017
Suffolk University Counseling, Health, & Wellness Center, Pre-Doctoral Resident, 2015 - 2016
Butler Hospital Dialectical Behavior Therapy Women's Partial Program, Therapist, 2013 - 2015
University of Massachusetts Medical School Student Counseling Center, Therapist, 2012 - 2015