Background & Experience

Dr. Elyssa Barbash is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. She has over eleven years of clinical experiences 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  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.


  • 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


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.


Kelly is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with extensive experience providing therapeutic services to children, teens, adults, and families. She is passionate about providing a safe and nurturing space to help others who struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and a variety of other concerns. Kelly is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Adoption Competency. Through tailoring her approach to meet each client’s needs, her goal is to help them remove barriers to becoming their best selves.


Brianna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided counseling services for nearly a decade. In a comfortable, relaxed style and setting, you and Brianna will walk through life’s challenges and opportunities using evidence-based tools suited to your unique time and place. Her broad experience includes addressing issues of anxiety, depression, grief, and autism spectrum disorder. She is qualified to provide specialized treatment related to trauma, including EMDR therapy. Brianna offers a safe environment where you can honestly and privately identify fears and burdens and develop the courage to overcome them, making you a more peaceful, confident person.


Alissa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Alissa attended Ohio University where she studied Clinical Counseling and School Counseling for a dual Masters in Education Degree, graduating in 2004. Alissa specializes in trauma counseling, individual, family and couples therapy with training in several evidenced based models such as TF-CBT, ARC, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. Alissa has a broad background in diagnosing and treatment of mental health disorders, as well as extensive experience with treatment of anxiety, depression, acute trauma, complex trauma and PTSD.


Maria is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida, has over 20 years of experience, and has dedicated her career to working with adults from different cultures and backgrounds. Maria’s work has been focused on empowering individuals and assisting them with reaching their highest potential in life, while learning different skills that can help them achieve an internal sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. She utilizes Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address issues and/or challenges with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and trauma.


Stefanie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Master’s Level Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida who has over a decade of counseling experience.  She has worked in a variety of counseling settings, which allows her to support individuals from a more holistic perspective.  Stefanie has an eclectic therapeutic style, incorporating multiple modalities to address issues and/or challenges with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and trauma.  She uses Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Solution Focused Treatments.  Stefanie feels it’s very important for clients to identify and understand their behaviors so they can work to create their best outcomes for success.  

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Emergency: In case of an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. If someone is having thoughts of suicide please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. We DO NOT see walk-ins or provide emergency services on site.

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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