Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW, ATR*
Accepting new clients; out of office October 23-30
Young adults / college students (17 - 29)
Specialties & expertise
- College and graduate school-related challenges
- LGBTQ and gender identity issues
- Life stage transitions
- Family issues
- Grief and loss
- Cultural adjustment
- Concern for a friend
- Asperger’s syndrome
Barbara is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of college and graduate students. Her clinical practice focuses on the general challenges of college life, including anxiety, depression, life stage transitions, family issues, relationship difficulties, LGBTQ and gender identity issues, and loss. Barbara completed her MSW and Certificate of Advanced Clinical Supervision at Smith College School for Social Work, Certificate of Art Therapy at the Phillips Graduate Institute, and MA in Visual Anthropology at USC.
Barbara’s office is extremely private, with no exterior signs indicating a therapist office. The front door has a security code so no strangers off the street can enter, and there is typically only one client at a time in the waiting room. The windows, office walls, and doors have special soundproofing, so even if someone were outside, they cannot hear any conversations. Her office is a safe and comfortable space, specially designed to meet the needs of college-oriented young adults.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, perfectionism, obsessive thoughts and behaviors
Asperger’s syndrome – Addressing anxiety or obsessive interests or behaviors which impact academic or social functioning
College and graduate school-related existential issues – Including adjusting to college and post-college life; navigating concentrations or majors, career paths, study abroad decisions, and one's purpose; questioning big career or lifestyle decisions
Concern for a friend – Figuring out how to approach the harmful behaviors of a friend or loved one
Cultural adjustment – Transitioning as an international, non-cultural normative, or out-of-state student
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, among many other symptoms
Family issues – Making sense of family disruptions e.g. separation/divorce, blended families, estrangement, financial/economic instability/changes, difficulty achieving independence or separation from parents
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes any point in the journey of self understanding; questioning, coming out or not, family reactions, advocacy, safety, new relationships, transgender issues
Loss and grief – Working through any significant loss, past or recent
Relationship difficulties – Including managing the challenges of roommate dynamics, professor expectations, romantic relationships, friendships, long distance
- Brown University Student Health Insurance
- Coventry / First Health
- RIC Student Insurance
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Regular session: $150/session (45min)
- Initial intake session: $275/session (90min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is available to clients of low income and students who prefer to maintain confidentiality of their sessions by not using their parents' insurance.
Therapist's note: Some insurance companies partially cover out of network providers. Barbara can provide documentation for you to submit to your insurance company if you have an out of network benefit to use.
Message to clients
"You may be facing conflicts, difficult decisions, enormous loss, debilitating emotional states, dissatisfaction in relationships or life, or adjustment to college. Psychotherapy can help you understand past experiences and emotional reactions that profoundly impact your choices and the way you live.
In addition to talk therapy, I offer art therapy, which can be helpful for clients to non-verbally express themselves. You do not need to be an artist to benefit from art therapy; our focus is on helping you improve your life, rather than creating a pretty picture. I also offer secure remote video therapy, which can be a wonderful option for clients in cases of study abroad or vacation.
Insight and self-reflection are essential to make lasting changes in your thoughts and behaviors, and I look forward to helping you improve your current functioning, resolve conflicts, and become happier with your plans for the future."
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.
Art TherapyIn art therapy, clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2008 - Present
Rhode Island College, Counseling Center psychotherapist, 2014 - 2015
Jewish Family Service, Clinical Social Worker, 2013 - 2014
University of Rhode Island, Clinical Counselor and Psychotherapist, 2013 - 2014
Lawrence and Memorial Physicians, Clinical Social Worker, 2010 - 2013
Delta Consultants Providence, Psychotherapist, 2009 - 2010
Morton Hospital Transitional Care Unit, Clinical Social Worker, 2009
Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Massachusetts, Hospice Social Worker, 2007 - 2008
East Orange General Hospital, Social Worker, 2007
Princeton House Behavioral Health, Social Worker, 2006 - 2007
The Help Group, Primary and Community Therapist, 2001 - 2004
Smith College School for Social Work, Certificate of Advanced Clinical Supervision, 2012 – 2013
Phillips Graduate Institute, Post Graduate Certificate, Art Therapy, 2001 – 2003
Smith College School for Social Work, MSW, Clinical Social Work, 1999 – 2001, Thesis on the use of art therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy with hospitalized adolescents
University of Southern California, MA, Visual Antropology, 1986 – 1989, Thesis on the use of ritual for personal transformation within contemporary feminist and lesbian spiritual communities of Los Angeles
Marlboro College, BA, Anthropology, 1981 – 1985, Thesis on the role of women in a rural Maasai community, based on eight months of fieldwork in Kenya