Background & Experience

Dr. Elyssa Barbash is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. She has over nine years of experience working in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and partial-hospitalization programs. She has been in private practice for several years, providing both individual and couples therapy.  She is a subject-expert and Tampa Bay’s leading authority in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma, PTSD, other trauma reactions (anger, depression, anxiety, relationship issues), depression, anxiety, marital and couples therapy, and the administration and interpretation of psychological testing.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Barbash is a contributing blogger on PsychologyToday.com.  She previously worked as a Staff Psychologist for the Veterans’ Health Administration at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, where she completed her pre-doctoral internship in trauma psychology specializing in the treatment of trauma and PTSD. Additionally, she completed her post-doctoral residency at the James A. Haley VA in general mental health. She has several years of professional experience working with veterans from all war eras, civilians, and active duty military personnel with complex issues such as combat trauma, military sexual trauma, childhood trauma, PTSD, grief, depression, and anxiety. Additionally, Dr. Barbash has years of experience providing comprehensive psychological testing for diagnostic and personality assessment purposes, as well as PTSD/trauma specific assessment.

Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology from
    Florida State University in 2015
  • Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Counselor Education/Mental Health Counseling from
    the University of Central Florida in 2010
  • Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication from
    University of Central Florida in 2007

Specialization

Dr. Barbash’s specialized training in trauma and PTSD has allowed her to focus her clinical work on helping individuals who have experienced psychological trauma or PTSD, as well other trauma reactions (e.g, depression, anxiety, anger, and relationship problems). She is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE), which are three gold-standard evidence-based treatments for trauma and PTSD. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with other problem areas and is trained in multiple evidence-based treatments for depression and anxiety, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She also has significant experience conducting psychological testing and providing pre-marital and marital therapy to couples. She is a current premarital counseling provider for the Hillsborough County Clerk of Court.

Chloe – Canine-Assisted Therapy

Chloe is a friendly Boston Terrier who enjoys helping patients feel more relaxed. An abundance of research has been conducted on the human-animal bond and the positive benefits of including dogs in the psychotherapy process.  Animals can bring about an immense sense of security, healing, and emotional support.

Julia
Julia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in working with adults, couples, and families. She has experience working in outpatient treatment for several years, with individuals and couples struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and relationship issues, utilizing cognitive behavioral and solution focused approaches. Julia also provides structured premarital counseling.
Julia believes for an individual to make progress, they must address their issues holistically. The mind, the body, and the spirit are important aspects of a human being. Her ultimate goal is to help clients gain a deeper understanding of their mental health issues, and identify and make progress towards their personal goals.
Victoria
Victoria is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. She has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. She has 10 years of experience working with children, families, individuals, and couples.
Through collaboration, Victoria will support and guide you towards reaching your goals. She is trained in multiple counseling models including, but not limited to Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Shannon
Shannon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida. She has over 13 years of experience in the mental health field working in a variety of settings with families, individuals, and couples. She is experienced with anxiety, trauma/PTSD, depression, and grief.
She is a very passionate therapist and committed to working with her clients by truly helping them to work through their struggles, make important changes, and grow. Shannon is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).

Contact Us

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Connecting with clients is an important part of the therapy process. Please give us a call at 813-474-9395 to discuss your therapy goals and schedule an appointment.  Please note, services are by appointment only.

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