Dr. Ellie Barch received both her MA and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from William James College (nee Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). She is passionate about dispelling the sense of “otherness” that society creates in those affected by mental health issues, including trauma, and other inequities in privilege. She believes that everyone has the capacity to return to a state of equilibrium if offered the appropriate support; this value is reflected in Ellie’s background in advocating for women and girls affected by domestic violence, providing outpatient therapy to those living in low-income and refugee communities, volunteering psychoeducational testing services to students living in the impoverished areas where Hurricane Katrina hit, and providing support services to graduate students whose first language is not English during her time at William James College.
During Ellie’s predoctoral training she worked at a college counseling center as well as within a high school program for students with emotional and behavioral problems. She held a predoctoral internship at a psychological assessment clinic providing client-centered individualized testing reports and was a graduate teaching assistant for a year-long course on the Rorschach Inkblot Test. Following her doctoral degree, Ellie worked for two years in a residential setting providing intensive short-term therapy to women, men, and transgender individuals struggling with eating disorders and other co-morbid disorders (including OCD, PTSD, depression, generalized anxiety, and specific phobia). On this unit, she also enjoyed running weekly dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) groups and spending time with the clients in the milieu.
Ellie’s approach to therapy is relational in nature, in that she uses the relationship that is formed between therapist and client as the basis for the mode of change; however, within this relationship, she introduces structured DBT and CBT exercises to practice either in session or at home to supplement the treatment. Ellie also uses narrative techniques to help draw upon a client’s existing strengths and preferred ways of being in the world to shift ways of thinking about the self. She stays up-to-date on the existing research for each client’s unique presentation in order to individualize treatment for the greatest reduction of symptoms.
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