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.
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
Ben Barnes is not in-network with any insurances.
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Private Practice, 2019 - Present
Reliant Medical Group, Medical Director of Behavioral Health Research, 2020 - Present
VA Boston Medical Center, PTSD Researcher, 2017 - 2020
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