Dr. Marnee Colburn

Marnee Colburn

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for morning and daytime appointments


Offers remote video sessions.


Young Adults / College Students
Medical students

Specialties & expertise

  • Divorce, child custody, court/legal issues and evaluations

  • Life transitions and existential issues

  • Relationship difficulties

  • College related challenges

  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Substance use / harm reduction

  • Family issues and Parenting

  • Stress management

  • Insomnia

  • Self harm

  • Trauma

  • Asperger syndrome

  • ADD / ADHD

  • Complex trauma

Professional statement

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


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Brown University Student Insurance

  • First Health / Coventry

  • Harvard Pilgrim

  • Johnson & Wales Student Insurance (United Health)

  • Providence College Student Insurance

  • RISD Student Insurance

  • Tufts

  • United Behavioral Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150/session (45min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $75 - $150 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

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."

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



Client testimonials

I worked with Marnee for several years while I underwent significant transitions in my life (death of a close family member, relationship issues, and others). Marnee was a great listener. She helped me talk through my issues and helped me become aware of the (sometimes self-defeating) ways in which I responded to difficult situations.
— Brown University alum (2019)
I started seeing Dr. Colburn after struggling to find a therapist I could really talk to and open up to. Dr. Colburn is kind and caring in a way that made it incredibly easy to talk to her, and she has helped me through some incredibly tumultuous times, both by giving advice and by helping me to understand unhelpful thought processes. She has always made me feel comfortable and supported, and I cannot speak highly enough of how much she has helped me. I would recommend Dr. Colburn to anyone and everyone.
— Brown University alum '18
I came to Dr. Colburn after failing to find a therapist I clicked with in the area. Her straight-forward but nurturing approach was exactly what I needed. Her support and patience carried me through some of the hardest times in my life!
— Brown University Research Assistant
I worked with Dr. Colburn for three years, and she guided me through a lengthy period of continuous pressure. She provided different strategies for dealing with anxiety and depression, and she always made sure that I had a balanced perspective. Dr. Colburn was attentive and personable, and it was obvious that she cared deeply about her clients — these are qualities that I valued in a good therapist.
— Graduate student (2019)
Marnee was absolutely wonderful! She helped me come to terms with a lot of familial strife that had really affected the way I saw myself. I had a lot of fear of the future before I started talking to Marnee, and she helped me realize that I, like everything, am a process and that the things that those around me have done do not diminish me or define the finished product (whatever that may be)!
— Brown University Alumni (2018)
I started working with Dr. Colburn when I was struggling through a major life transition. She helped me tremendously to stay grounded through the change and also to sift through the family dynamics, behavior patterns, and poor coping skills that contributed to the crisis circling around the transition. She is wise, funny, and engaging. Her style of therapy is very involved—she regularly offers advice and responds. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, academia, family or relationship issues, or life transitions!
— Brown University Postdoctoral Fellow (2018)
Marnee is a perceptive, persistent, and attentive therapist. I would highly recommend her to anyone, especially young people looking for someone with both a great deal of experience working with young adults / students and a sharp analytic eye.

Marnee helped me contextualize my existential woes developmentally while recognizing their gravity. She is smart and caring, frank and sensitive. She can also be counted on to acknowledge when an impasse has been reached, either because you’re not sharing enough or because she does not quite understand or know how to proceed — a form of sincerity representative of her other commendable traits.
— Brown '17 (2017)
I sought Dr. Colburn during a challenging medical school application cycle. She helped me keep everything in perspective during a time of uncertainty and self-doubt. More than anything, Dr. Colburn became the invaluable mentor that I never had throughout college and beyond. My family and friends have commented how much happier I seem these days, and I have Marnee to thank for a lot of it.

Also to note: I am not a talker, so I was a bit nervous seeking therapy for the first time in my life. Marnee is the perfect combination of a great listener and a great conversationalist. Whenever I wouldn’t know what to say, she would recount memorable and entertaining stories relevant to whatever issue I had brought up, that would always end up making me feel better by seeing the world in a different perspective.
— Brown University alum '12, Biology (2017)
Dr. Colburn helped me through a big OCD downswing in my life, which was impacting my schoolwork, relationships, and general ability to function and feel happiness. She was patient, compassionate, and supportive, putting in time and care to form a great patient-therapist relationship. I grew so much over my year and a half with her, and feel a stronger sense of self as a result.
— Brown University alum, undergrad class of '17 (2017)
Dr. Colburn was pivotal to my staying on track for senior year. She helped me manage a variety of stressors in my life, including depression, impending graduation, and my relationship with my parents. She always has useful insights to share, and keeps you focused on your own well-being amidst the mess of life. Aside from that, she is just a lovely person.
— Brown University alum '17 (2017)
Dr. Colburn helped me to navigate successfully and happily through my transition of moving to a new state away from all my family and childhood friends, starting a new job at a new company, getting married for the 2nd time, and entering motherhood for the 1st time as a stepmom to a 5 year old boy. She and I worked hard together to find the best in me that I knew was inside but always let my crazy childhood smother it in negativity and fear. Not only would I recommend Dr. Colburn to you, I have recommended her to several friends.
— 42 year old female biotech professional (2016)
I worked with Dr. Colburn for about two years. I came to her halfway through college because I was feeling lost and depressed, and I didn’t want my academic performance to keep slipping as it had before.

After trying out a few therapists, Marnee was clearly the right choice. On our first appointment, she made me feel safe, and was so open and supportive. Whereas with other therapists I had felt somewhat dismissed, or been given fixes instead of really trying to understand the problem, Marnee didn’t try to rush my process, instead giving me the time and space to work through things at my own pace. I always felt like Marnee really cared about me, about my successes and my failures, and even the monotony of my daily life. She helped me work through my mental struggles, through school and job stresses, through tumultuous interpersonal relationships.

My last two years of college were hard, but Marnee helped them to be manageable. She helped me put my college life into perspective, and gave me the tools to begin adjusting my own hypercritical self-view to fit more with the realities of the world around me. I cannot recommend Doctor Colburn highly enough.
— Brown University alum '16 (2016)
Dr. Colburn is blessed with being extremely bright. Equally important, the Dr. relates well with her patient and will always provide solutions to problems and positive feedback that makes sense. She is eminently qualified.
— College career counselor (2016)
Dr. Colburn helped our complex family challenges become resolved through focused, immersive treatment. She is an experienced and marvelous help!
— Providence community member (2016)
I’ve worked with several therapists in my life and Dr. Colburn is the only one that created an environment comfortable enough to ensure an honest, productive conversation every time we met, rather than just asking questions.
— Rhode Island High School Student (2016)
Dr. Colburn has just the right listening touch. She is patient. She gives you the sense that you are really heard- and not just the things you are saying. She hears what’s underneath that. And shares her insights with you! It’s not just reflection - you don’t feel like you’re talking with yourself- and she doesn’t make you guess what she’s thinking. Her insights are those of a highly experienced practitioner- I have found her knowledge of problems faced by a professional in recovery almost preternatural. She knows what she’s talking about! She has been an enormous help to me.

She’s the real deal.
— Duke Medical School '85 (2016)
I have been working with Marnee for almost a year and she is supporting me as I transform my life. She is non-judgmental yet also pushes me to evaluate what is best in my life.
— Recent transplant to RI (2016)
[What did you see Dr. Colburn for?] Anxiety, having a lot of relationship issues and stress, recently gone through a breakup

[Why would you recommend her?] Very willing to listen, and offers very good advice for almost any problem. Able to quickly make connections and recall events from a while back almost perfectly.
— Brown University student '17, Literary Arts (2016)
Dr. Colburn helped me to look at my anxiety in new ways. When I was feeling overwhelmed by schoolwork, she would point out changes I could make to my daily routines and thought processes in order to make better progress.
— Brown Student class of '19 (2017)
[What did you see Dr. Colburn for?] I first saw Marnee after the sudden passing of a very close friend. But I continued seeing her for over a year for help with my anxiety disorder.

[Why would you recommend her?] Marnee is an incredible source of advice and support. She aided me during a very critical time in my life, and I don’t know what I would have done without her. She guided me towards building a more positive image of myself and gave me concrete steps towards learning to give myself a break and accept help. Marnee is a very honest listener, and her perspective was and continues to be invaluable to me. I have been to multiple therapists in the past, but I think I grew the most under Dr. Colburn’s care, and I am extremely thankful to have met her.
— Brown University alum '15, Engineering (2015)
[What did you see Dr. Colburn for?] I was going through a rough time emotionally and academically due to a break-up and a change of environment for college.

[Why would you recommend her?] Dr. Colburn is magnificent. I still see her to this day because she helps with issues of fluctuating degrees/severity. She’s conversational, not intimidating, a good listener, and provides helpful advice on how to approach the situations I find myself in, mentally and physically.
— Brown University student (2015)
I go to Dr. Colburn every week for OCD and anxiety disorders. She is a great listener and very honest—she never sugarcoats anything, and is thus useful for getting a new, objective perspective on any situation.
— Brown University student (2015)
I worked with Dr. Colburn for half a year. She really helped me a lot. She helped me rebuild my self-confidence. She was very professional and trustable. With her help, I start to communicate with people around me, instead of locking myself up.
— Brown University visiting student (2018)
Dr. Colburn called right as scheduled and we had a very nice chat. Based on her profile and our conversation I decided to go ahead and book an appointment with her.
— Client (2018)