Ben  Barnes

Ben Barnes

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in Newton practice (updated November 13, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

Dr. Ben Barnes is a Clinical Psychologist in Newton Upper Falls, 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

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Existential crisis - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Barnes can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Newton practice

383 Elliot Street

Suite 100

Newton, MA 02464

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 4:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2019 - Present

VA Boston Medical Center, PTSD Researcher, 2017 - Present

VA Boston Medical Center, Boston University, PTSD Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2017 - 2019

Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Pre-Doctoral Internship, 2016 - 2017

University of Delaware, PhD, 2017

University of Massachusetts, BA, 2009


Languages

  • English

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