Michael Robbins, PhD

Michael Robbins

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments with a 2-3 week wait



Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)

Specialties & expertise

  • College students

  • International students

  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Depression

  • Parenting issues

  • Life transitions

  • Existential challenges / crises

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Bipolar disorder

Professional statement

Dr. Michael Robbins is a psychologist in private practice in Providence, RI with over 15 years of experience. He is psychodynamically trained, and uses a flexible combination of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and supportive therapy to meet clients where they are and define therapeutic goals together.

Dr. Robbins works with clients age 16 and up, including individuals, families, and couples. With his office conveniently located on College Hill, he sees many college students and professors from neighboring universities. Dr. Robbins trained in community centers in New York City and San Francisco, where he gained experience working with people from all different backgrounds, and he particularly enjoys seeing international students and people in the LGBTQ community. Dr. Robbins has expertise in depression, anxiety disorders including OCD, and parenting issues.


Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, OCD
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
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

General expertise

Autism spectrum disorder – Social skills with family members, in the workplace; conversation skills; peer relations; management of stress relating to anxiety or obsessions
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Brown University Student Health Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial appointment: $175/session

  • Ongoing sessions: $150/session (50min)

Message to clients

"It's difficult to be in college. It's difficult to be in a transitional time in your life, and I think it makes a lot of sense to come to therapy and talk with someone who can help you sort out the larger questions in your life so you know where you want to go and who you want to be and what you want to do."

Treatment approaches

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)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Private Practice, Providence, RI, 2012 - Present
Feil & Oppenheimer Psychological Services, Barrington, RI, 2002 - 2012
Pesach Tikvah Continuing Day Treatment Program,  Brooklyn, NY, 2000 - 2002   Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy, New York City, NY, 2000 - 2001
Greater Hartford Internship Consortium, Newington Medical Center & University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1999 - 2000
San Francisco Clinical Neurosciences, 1998 - 1999
Psychological Assessment and Rehabilitation Services, Middletown, CT, 1997 - 1997
Oakes Children's Center, San Francisco, CA, 1995 - 1996
Sunset Mental Health Services/Day Treatment Center, San Francisco, CA, 1994 - 1995

California School of Professional Psychology, MA in Clinical Psychology, 1996;  PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2000
Yale University, B.A. (Cum Laude with Honors) in Psychology, 1991



Professional endorsements

Dr. Robbins has a breadth of experience, and draws on many different therapeutic modalities in his work. He is an engaging, thoughtful and caring therapist with a great sense of humor. Dr. Robbins is non-judgmental, easy to talk to, and an attentive listener.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Depression, anxiety, trauma, sexuality and identity issues, men’s issues.
— William Brennan ThM, MA, LMHC, Private Practice (2016)
Dr. Robbins is a seasoned and thoughtful professional. He has experience with children, adolescents and couples/families. He can draw on all of these resources from training and experience. Dr. Robbins is open and non-judgmental and accepting of people.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Couples and family therapy, interpersonal relational problems, anxiety, and depression
— Katherine Byron Kahr, LICSW (2016)