Jacqueline Alfonso Barry
Accepting new clients
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Communication issues
- Anxiety and depression
- Sessions in Spanish and English
- Substance abuse
Dr. Jacqueline Alfonso Barry is a bicultural and bilingual (English and Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with adolescents, college students, adults and couples. Her areas of specialization and interest include substance abuse, anxiety, depression, health-related concerns (e.g., diet, exercise, smoking cessation), stress management, and relationship issues. Her training in evidence-based practices and prior experience as a faculty member and active researcher inform how she tailors treatment in individual and group therapy, as well as for couples.
Dr. Alfonso Barry believes in the innate potential of all human beings to reach their goals and live a life that is fulfilling; change can be challenging, but she is here to help. To that end, she uses her skills in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to collaborate with clients and help them succeed in making progress that is tangible, transformative and lasting. Clients often describe her as easy to connect with, warm, welcoming and non-judgmental, and comment about how safe they feel being honest and truly themselves. Given that research has found the relationship formed in therapy to be essential in making progress, she strives to co-create a healthy foundation from which to grow. Clients also appreciate her practical, problem-solving nature, which is informed by client needs and goals.
In addition to Dr. Alfonso Barry's psychotherapy practice, she also serves the community as an educator, trainer and consultant in evidence-based practices for substance use prevention, intervention and treatment. These roles have allowed her to take her knowledge and passion for improving lives and extend it to others so that they too can use cutting-edge information when working with others. Dr. Alfonso Barry keeps current of advances in the field so she can bring them to her work with clients.
Communication – Improve delivery of intended messages in relationships (e.g., couples, families, workplace), assertiveness training, conflict resolution and anger management, and coaching for those in supervisory, managerial, and training positions
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Substance abuse – Prevent and reduce challenges related to substances (e.g., alcohol, marijuana, tobacco), and assist with possible underlying stressors that are being self-medicated (e.g., anxiety, depression, dissatisfaction with relationship/work/etc.)
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power/equity, voice and trust; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Infertility – Infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum/postpartum depression
Dr. Barry is not in-network with any insurances.
- Initial session: $250/session
- Ongoing sessions: $200/session
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered on an individual basis to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's Note: If you receive health insurance through another company (such as Aetna, Cigna, or Harvard Pilgrim) and would like to use it for therapy with us, please contact them directly to find out if you have “out-of-network mental health benefits” (benefits for providers who do not accept their insurance and are not credentialed with them). Payment is due at the time of the session and we will give you a monthly bill to submit to your insurance company, who will then send you a check directly. Many PPO and POS plans have "out-of-network" benefits that cover some percentage of the cost. If you have an HMO from a company other than BCBS, it is most likely your insurance will not cover our services and you would need to pay directly without reimbursement by your insurance company.
Message to clients
"My love for this field stems from having seen individuals suffering from mental health issues be misunderstood, treated poorly, and not provided with care that is compassionate and effective; all too often they are dismissed and stigmatized. Knowing how prevalent mental health issues are, and believing that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, I wanted to make a significant difference. This drive led me to concentrate on developing (through research) and implementing (through practice) effective strategies for preventing and reducing problems associated with substance abuse in particular, and using evidence-based practices more generally. If you have any questions, I would love to help answer them."
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.
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Azimuth Psychological, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 2015 - Present
Massachusetts College of Art: Counseling Services, Trainer and Consultant for substance abuse prevention and intervention programming, 2010 - 2016
Emmanuel College, Assistant Professor of Psychology, 2008 - 2016
University of Central Florida, PhD, Clinical Psychology, 2008
Florida International University, BA, Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, 2000