Offers remote video sessions.
Young Adults / College Students
Specialties & expertise
Divorce, child custody, court / legal issues
Life transitions and existential issues
College related challengse
LGBTQ and gender identity issues
Anxiety and depression
Family issues and Parenting
ADD / ADHD
Dr. Marnee Colburn is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of young adults, college students, adolescents, children, and families. 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. In her work with children, Dr. Colburn includes families in the therapy process as a team. 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.
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, panic disorder, phobias; eating disorders related to anxiety
Asperger syndrome – e.g., management of stress relating to anxiety or obsessive interests
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Divorce, child custody, court / legal issues -- Including managing the process of going through a divorce; completing custody evaluations for parent agreements; providing forensic psychology services
Family issues and Parenting – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Insomnia – Sleep issues caused by anxiety and other concerns
Life transitions, existential issues, and challenges – Includes adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction
LGBTQ and gender identity issues – Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Recovery – Therapy in recovery; dealing with emotional issues in sobriety
Relationship difficulties – Relationship differences, breakups, friendships, dating
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Trauma – Including sexual assault, abuse, abortion, witnessing violence, past and recent traumas
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brown University Student Insurance
First Health / Coventry
Johnson & Wales Student Insurance (United Health)
Providence College Student Insurance
RISD Student Insurance
United Behavioral Health
Individual sessions: $150/session
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. "
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), patients works with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps patients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
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 defences we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Behavioral TherapyBehavioral therapy is a treatment that helps change potentially self-destructing behaviors. Practitioners use this type of therapy to replace bad habits with good ones. The therapy also helps you cope with difficult situations. It is most often used to treat anxiety disorders. (learn more)
Education and work experience
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