About Martha J. Barry, Ph.D.

A Note: The Professional is Personal/The Personal is Professional

I was blessed with valuable teachers and inspiring opportunities to develop and grow as a psychologist. Along with my formal education and training in psychology, I was also a dedicated student of transformative mind-body practices and experiences. This intersection between the personal and professional has always been lively territory for my own evolution and continues to influence and shape my work as a psychologist.

When I was a graduate student, I simultaneously studied and practiced yoga, meditation, and personal writing “on the side.” Right from the beginning of my doctoral program, I developed a strong interest in the field of mind-body psychology, holistic health, and transformational mind- body practices. Early in my training, these pursuits were considered unusual, even “woo woo” (hard to believe in this century when there is a yoga studio in every neighborhood, I know), and I found that my profession was slow to recognize the mind-body connection and practices for everyday health and wellbeing — even as I was benefiting daily. In fact, I have often remarked that these three practices helped me survive graduate school (along with a healthy dose of cross-cultural travels, but that’s another story). Suffice it to say, I found inspiring pioneers, visionaries and mentors along the way who encouraged me to follow my own intuition and explore ancient and modern contemplative practices for myself.

These are exciting times! I am so happy to have come into this mind-body expertise by following my heart. I feel honored to be a practicing psychologist at a time when the field of psychology and the new sciences of happiness, interpersonal neurobiology, positive psychology, etc. are converging and creating a powerful foundation for personal transformation and human evolution.

Martha J. Barry

Maine Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice, Portland, Maine


Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology and Health Psychology Specialty
    • APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship, University of Maine Counseling Center
    • Health Psychology Internship, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor
  • M.A., Counseling
  • B.A., Psychology

Clinical, Administrative, Supervision and Teaching Experience

  • Associate Director and Staff Psychologist: University of Southern Maine (USM), Portland, Maine. Provided individual, couples, and group therapy for students and supervised psychology interns and practicum students.
  • Director of Counseling: Health Center and Counseling, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia. First Director for a small woman’s college. Focus on women’s psychological and physical health and well-being and academic leadership.
  • Adjunct Professor: Graduate courses at University of Southern Maine (USM) in Counselor Education (“Women’s Issues in Counseling” and “Counseling Practicum”); Undergraduate courses at USM in Psychology and Women’s Studies departments.

Associations & Memberships:

  • Maine Psychological Association (MePA)
  • Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP)
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI) and Maine State Volunteer Co-Coordinator for PSI
  • Maine Jung Center
  • Maine Writers and Publishers Association (MWPA)
  • Maine Audubon Society

Coach Training and Experience

  • Psychologist-Coach: MentorCoach, Professional Coach/Life Coach Training Program, designed for psychologists. Coaching practicum work included individuals and groups; designed and led two group coaching tele-seminars for mothers who were all-but dissertation (ABD) graduate students.

Buddhist Psychology  :  Meditation & Psychotherapy  :  Mindfulness/Self-Compassion Training and Experience

  • Meditation and Psychotherapy Training: Attend annual Meditation and Psychotherapy conferences through Harvard Medical School where leading-edge Western scholars, teachers, and expert-psychotherapists teach alongside beloved Eastern masters such as  His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh.
  • Buddhist Psychology Residential Program: Completed Buddhist Psychology residential program for psychotherapists on the interface between Buddhist thought and modern psychology. Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS), Barre, Massachusetts.
  • Mindfulness/Compassion-Based Training and Experience: Completed residential retreats at BCBS with 1) Dr. Christopher Germer in Self-Compassion Psychotherapy, and 2) Bill and Susan Morgan in Mindfulness for Mental Health Professionals
  • Diamond Heart Approach: Completed ten years in the Diamond Heart Approach, an internationally known modern day path of spiritual realization with A. H. Almaas.

Personal Mind-Body Transformational Practices: Meditation, Yoga, Writing, Travel and Photography

  • Meditation Practices: Along with Western training as a psychologist, I have had extensive personal experience in several Eastern meditative practices and spiritual approaches since the 1990’s. This training included study and retreats in the Theravada, Tibetan and Zen traditions with special practice focus on the Brahma Viharas with Daeja Napier, Tonglan with Pema Chodron, Vipassana with Dr. Tara Brach, and Women in Buddhism with Trudy Goodman.
  • Body-Based Practices: I have studied and taught with teachers in various eastern and contemporary yogic traditions and hatha yoga styles including Iyengar, Kripalu, Restorative and Embodied Yoga. Additional energetic and sensory-based movement practices have included QiGong and Nia Technique.
  • Writing Practices: Participated and trained with a variety of expressive writing teachers such as Goldberg’s free-writing, Proprioceptive Writing, Progroff’s Intensive Journal, Pennebaker’s Writing to Heal, Cameron’s Morning Pages, Adams’ Journal Therapy.
  • Cross-Cultural Travel and Photography: A bi-cultural heritage meant jet planes since infancy, frequent border crossings, and a well-developed travel mindset for life between trips. Travel and photography also offered grand opportunities to pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, with heart-full acceptance. Most importantly, living en route taught me to be at home in this amazing world.

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