Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait; out of office from Aug 7 to Aug 27
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- College, graduate, medical student mental health
- Stress management
- Relationship difficulties
- Adjustment difficulties
Dr. Samantha Collum is a psychologist in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Collum's specialties include trauma, anxiety, anger management, relationships, depression, and college, graduate, and medical students' mental health.
Dr. Collum has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma, having specialized in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during her pre-doctoral internship at the White River Junction VA Medical Center and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown Medical School. Dr. Collum continues her work with trauma patients at a large medical center where she also is involved with research into PTSD and anger in returning veterans.
Dr. Collum uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy in her sessions. She combines these evidence-based techniques with her warm, empathic, and direct style to create an atmosphere for growth. Dr. Collum sees young adults, college students, graduate students, medical students, adults, and older adults in her private practice.
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, specific phobias
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
College, graduate, and medical student mental health – Navigating transitions and pressures in academic and social life
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Adjustment concerns – Coping with challenges related to changes in environment, relationships, work, or school
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown University Student Health Insurance
- Initial session: $225 (60min)
- Ongoing sessions: $150 (45min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Collum can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Reaching out for therapy for the first time can be incredibly difficult. It's my philosophy that everyone can benefit from therapy at some point in their lives. My approach is to start by openly exploring factors that bring you to my office, such as thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and relational patterns towards getting to the core issues. This helps us in building a safe, caring, and non-judgmental relational foundation for creating meaningful change in a client-centered environment. I believe that fit is integral in our work together, and would like to hear about what has/hasn't worked well in past therapeutic relationships towards guiding therapy to fit your individual treatment goals."
Treatment approachesAcceptance 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)
Education and work experience
Clinical Assistant Professor, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, 2016 - Present
Providence Psychology Services, Psychologist, 2017 - Present
Providence VA Medical Center, 2014 - Present
Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014 - 2015
White River Junction VA Medical Center, Predoctoral Internship, 2013 - 2014
Baylor University, PsyD, 2014
Baylor University, MS, 2011
Connecticut College, BA, 2007