Dr. Jennifer Barbera Psychologist
Clinic — Psychotherapy Provider (Psychologist Licensed)
Credentials Verified by PM
Are you looking for an experienced, compassionate and effective psychologist?
Registered Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Barbera has over 23 years of counselling experience in community, hospital, university and private practice settings. Dr. Barbera is passionately committed to continued learning and competency building. This ongoing commitment means more expertise to help you heal and transform trauma, anxiety, low mood, substance use and other concerns. Aside from having an honors BA and Masters degree in psychology, Dr. Barbera also has a PhD. She and her associates also complete additional in-depth clinical skills trainings every year in topics related to complex trauma, EMDR, and personality disorders etc.
Dr. Barbera offers assessment and psychotherapy services. Her main focus is providing psychotherapy and counselling. Her therapy approach helps people shift coping responses, feelings and behaviour patterns in a way that lasts. Dr. Barbera also offers reduced fee options with a supervised associate. She provides ongoing training and supervision, and directly assists with therapy planning and ongoing assessment. Contact us to see how we can assist you.
We are currently offering all our regular services (including EMDR) through encrypted video, or if you prefer- telephone. Our physical office is located at 67 Frid St, two minutes from hwy 403, and Main and Dundrun Street. We have ample free parking right outisde our door with no stairs.
Registered clinical & counselling Psychologist with a PhD- offering assessment, therapy & counselling to individual adults & adolescents, and couples.
Primary Practice Location
Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Barbera
67 Frid St Suite 4 (mailing is suite 1C)
Hamilton, Ontario L8P4M3
Phone: (905) 407-5758
Fax: (905) 854-7577
Extended office hours: evenings, weekends
We have people come to us on a regular basis who tell us that they have been to therapy or counselling before and didn't get the results that they wanted. In my practice, we go above and beyond supportive counselling. We do our very best to ensure people have a professional, empowering and transformative experience.
We offer a professional and compassionate environment, focused solely on you. Using evidence-based corrective approaches such as CBT, ACT & DBT, we help people learn learn effective ways of addressing their concerns. At the same time, we work on fully addressing symptoms but going beyond thinking and behaviour. We also work towards transformational change using approaches such as EFT, IFS & EMDR. This means that besides teaching valuable skills and developing insights, we also heal the underlying cause of your symptoms. We actively and skillfully work on underlying perceptions, defenses and distressing emotions. This is important because emotions & perceptions are held in the nervous system. Our eccletic approach sets us apart from many other counselling approaaches.
Our emphasis on addressing underlying root causes is an imporant consideration when choosing a therapist. For more effective, longer-lasting results both “top-down” and “bottom-up” processing are important. To understand more about ttransformational change, we recommend learning about memory reconsolidation, which explains the neuroscience behing psychological change. We also recommend learning about approaches such as IFS, EFT and EMDR.
As an example of how transformational approaches are important, consider a client (who we will call “Jane”) with complex trauma. She came to see us when, despite her best efforts, she found herself continously struggling with overwhelming anxiety. She also had a tendency to drink to numb how she was feeling. At times, she also engaged in self-harm by restricting her eating and cutting her arms. Jane felt discouraged. She had learned distress tolerance skills, and how to monitor her negative thinking.
Despite this, she still found herself engaging in the same behaviours. Although she knew about self-soothing skills and positive coping statements, when in crisis she did not use the strategies. She would continue to drink, dissociate and cut herself. She described feeling like she wasn’t in change of herself in those moments, almost like she was being led by a different, more emotional part of herself. We hear about this kind of experience commonly from people.
In therapy Jane was taught to better notice when emotional parts of her were being activated. She learned how to be able to respond in a way that would more easily allow her to “get space” from those parts of herself. Through this process over time she could feel more in charge of herself and what actions she wanted to take. In therapy Jane was able to work within her emotional system in a way that made it more possible to go inwards and work on healing the parts of her still carrying emotional wounds. These wounds or burdens from past events were never were dealt with fully before. That is why before, despite what she learned or what she knew, she couldn't help but respond in the same ways.
By combining corrective change and tranformational change approaches, Jane found she was no longer triggered by stress in the same way. Because she was no longer being triggered, she no longer found herself relying on old ways of coping. She stopped cutting, and no longer drank alcohol to numb.
These are the kinds of experiences we aim to work towards in therapy. We especially want to hear from people who have learned important coping skills,yet still find themselves stuck in old patterns. We can help you to more fully understand the underlying causes of these patterns and work towards healing them. For more information visit our website at: https://www.findinnercalm.ca
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Psychotherapy Matters blog posts
Today, we have a guest post from our PMVC member Dr. Jennifer Barbera. In this post, Dr. Barbera gives us an introduction to ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. We would like to thank Dr. Barbera for contributing to the … Continue reading →