Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Infant and maternal mental health
Julia Barry is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner® in downtown Boston. She specializes in the treatment of single event trauma, complex trauma, dissociation, anxiety, depression, mother/infant bonding, relationship issues, sex and sexuality, and personal growth. She also runs mindful parenting groups.
Julia is committed to supporting clients in the Greater Boston area toward their goals by utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing® and mindfulness techniques. She provides psychotherapy to adult individuals, couples, families and mother/infant pairs.
Julia has received training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with an emphasis on infant and adult attachment, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and Somatic Experiencing® (a body-based psychotherapy method for working with trauma). She has also completed Level Two EMDR training through the EMDR Institute and remains passionate about staying current with the most cutting-edge modalities in the field of trauma treatment. Julia’s practice is LGBTQIA affirmative.
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Complex trauma – Overwhelming responses in the present as a result of past experiences such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect, growing up in a chaotic or stressful family)
Dissociation – Our brains and nervous systems have an innate ability to protect us from distressing experiences. At the far extreme, our minds may dissociate aspects of the experience completely. While this technique is adaptive in the moment, it can have unwanted consequences as time goes on and inhibits our ability to live in the present moment.
Mindful Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Infant and maternal mental health – Focusing on developing healthy and secure attachment relationships between mothers and infants.
Sex and sexuality – Sexuality is an essential part of our human experience. I enjoy working with clients to enhance their connection to their sexuality. All sexual orientations, genders and gender non binary identified persons welcome.
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
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD) – Severe, sometimes disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that can cause extreme mood shifts and disrupt your work or affect relationships.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Boston College Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Harvard Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Lesley University Student Insurance (BCBS)
- MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (BCBS)
- Northeastern University Student Insurance (BCBS)
- Ongoing sessions: $175 (55min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Julia can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Even if you have tried therapy before, I encourage you to be hopeful about your inherent ability to heal within yourself and in your relationship to others."
Treatment approachesEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (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)
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)
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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Well Baby Center, 2014 - 2015
Women's Clinic and Family Counseling Center, 2013 - 2015
Antioch University, MA, 2013
Sarah Lawrence University, BA, 2005