Elyssa Barbash, Ph.D.

Dr. Elyssa Barbash’s specialized background makes her one of Tampa Bay’s leading authorities in the assessment and treatment of trauma and PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

Dr. Barbash was rated one of the “Three Best” psychologists in the Tampa Bay area, by ThreeBestRated.com for two years in a row (2017 and 2018)

Dr. Barbash has extensive experience in psychological assessment, working with couples, life coaching, and is trained in multiple evidence-based treatments for trauma/PTSD, depression, and anxiety.




We specialize in

Trauma Therapy

Trauma can have long lasting effects on all aspects of your life, whether you remember the trauma or not. You might experience medical complications, physical symptoms such as tension or difficulty sleeping, and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, fearfulness, depression or shame. Treatment can prevent the onset or continuation of other problems.

PTSD Recovery

Immediately after experiencing trauma, people can develop Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), which is a response to a traumatic event that occurs within one month of the event and includes dissociative reactions.  ASD is highly predictive of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and when symptoms persist for more than one month, the diagnosis of PTSD is relevant.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy is an evidence-based treatment for trauma and PTSD that consists of 12 to 16 (80-minute) therapy sessions.  The treatment was originally developed for use with survivors of rape, but over two decades of research has shown PE to be highly effective in the treatment of trauma and PTSD for individuals with varying traumas.

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns. Anxiety disorders include Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias, Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety, and Separation Anxiety. Almost one-third of adults will have experienced an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can interfere with a person’s ability to do the things they most want in life.

EMDR Treatment

EMDR is a unique and powerful therapy for helping people deal with stress, trauma, painful memories and places in their lives where they are stuck.  EMDR specifically targets traumas that have been “locked” in the brain, but can also be used for events that are not considered trauma in the traditional sense, such as ongoing teasing while in school, chronic childhood illness, etc.

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a 12-session trauma focused treatment that has been researched for over two decades and has been shown to be highly effective for treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other related symptoms in a relatively short period of time. Dr. Barbash has extensive experience providing CPT to Veterans during her tenure at the VA.


Psychological testing is a process of problem-solving through the administration of tests and other procedures to help understand a person and their behavior, personality, and capabilities. It is used to best determine the core components of a person’s psychological or mental health problems, personality, IQ, or some other component.

Depression Treatment

Depression is more common than one might think – in fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 6.7 percent of the United States population over age 18 is affected by depression and it is the leading cause of disability for Americans ages 15 to 44.3.  However, there are extremely effective, therapies that can greatly help reduce or eliminate depression.

Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling is about building a solid foundation for the future by openly discussing relationship wants, preferences, hopes, concerns, goals and learning how to communicate each other concerns. Premarital counseling is about having open and honest discussions with your partner, with the assistance of Dr. Barbash, who has extensive experience in couple’s therapy.


Dr. Barbash, owner of Tampa Therapy, LLC, has been interviewed and featured as a mental health expert on NBC, Fox, ABC, and CBS news networks. Dr. Barbash is also a contributing blogger for Psychology Today and other national mental health sources.

If you are interested in interviewing Dr. Barbash for an article, news segment, or book, or having her speak about a mental health topic, please call 813-474-9395 or send an email to doctor@tampatherapy.com


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