Ben  Barnes

Ben Barnes

Psychologist, PhD
Massachusetts Accepting Online
Newton Accepting In-person
Updated November 23, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Parenting

Professional statement

Dr. Ben Barnes is a Clinical Psychologist in Newton, MA who specializes in OCD, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, existential crises, and trauma, including acute and complex trauma and PTSD. He works with teens and adults across the lifespan. He also provides coaching to parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers.

Dr. Barnes’s treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Knowing that each person’s experience and story is unique, Ben takes the time to get to know his clients before developing a structured treatment plan. While his focus is on behavioral therapy, he wants treatment to make sense to the individual sitting across from him. If something is not working, Ben changes his approach and collaborates with his clients to explore different methods.

Dr. Barnes helps his clients explore how they avoid pain and suffering. He then teaches them how to sit with their negative emotions and offers them healthier coping strategies.

Dr. Barnes offers a safe, nonjudgmental space where clients can begin to heal and change thought patterns and/or behaviors. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware and completed a two-year clinical fellowship as part of the PTSD Clinical Team at the VA Boston Medical Center, where he still works as a PTSD Researcher. He is also certified in PE and CPT. He looks forward to meeting you.


Message to clients

Confronting intense and painful thoughts and emotions, and seeking guidance around parenting comes with vulnerability. It really helps to sit down with a professional who has concrete, evidence-based solutions, but offers them in a non-judgmental, supportive, client-driven way.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Parenting - Helping parents of infants and toddlers develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Ben Barnes is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $220 (50min)
  • Initial session: $220 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

Newton practice
1163 Walnut Street, Unit #5, Newton, MA 02461
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2019 - Present
Reliant Medical Group, Medical Director of Behavioral Health Research, 2020 - Present
VA Boston Medical Center, PTSD Researcher, 2017 - 2020
Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Pre-Doctoral Internship, 2016 - 2017
VA Boston Medical Center, Boston University, PTSD Post-Doctoral Fellowship

University of Delaware, PhD, 2017
University of Massachusetts, BA, 2009


Languages

English