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 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.

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).

 

dr. Perjessy

Dr. Perjessy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. She has over 13 years of experience in the mental health field working in a variety of settings with individuals, families, and couples. She is experienced with women’s issues, career challenges, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, depression, and grief.

Stephanie

Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida with over 20 years of experience providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has received training in a variety of modalities, including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and adoption competency. She believes that adversity can present an opportunity for amazing personal growth and understanding, and she is passionate about taking a collaborative adventure with her clients as they gain new insights and enhanced life skills.

 

TAMMY

Tammy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received a M.S. in Psychology and Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University.  Her practice focuses on improving the mental health of diverse individuals through resiliency factors. Her goal is to help you find your own internal expert and strengths needed for you to overcome life’s challenges and live a healthier and more rewarding life. Throughout the collaboration, you will experience newfound feelings of empowerment and obtain the skills needed to maintain them.

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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