This group is designed to address any and all topics related to the graduate student experience. The focus will center on themes that emerge from its members and may include: addressing academic rigor and performance pressures; navigating relationships, dealing with physical health, mental health, disability, financial stress, departmental politics, work and family obligations; maintaining self-care and healthy sleep schedules; tolerating the uncertainty of what lies beyond graduation.
This group is co-facilitated with Samantha Becker, LICSW.
Barbara is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of college and graduate students. Her clinical practice focuses on the general challenges of college life, including anxiety, depression, life stage transitions, family issues, relationship difficulties, LGBTQ and gender identity issues, and loss. Barbara completed her MSW and Certificate of Advanced Clinical Supervision at Smith College School for Social Work, Certificate of Art Therapy at the Phillips Graduate Institute, and MA in Visual Anthropology at USC.
Barbara’s office is extremely private, with no exterior signs indicating a therapist office. The front door has a security code so no strangers off the street can enter, and there is typically only one client at a time in the waiting room. The windows, office walls, and doors have special soundproofing, so even if someone were outside, they cannot hear any conversations. Her office is a safe and comfortable space, specially designed to meet the needs of college-oriented young adults.