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 a lively territory for my own evolution and one that 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 (yoga, meditation and writing) 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, Ph.D

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 psychotherapy for undergraduate and graduate students on two campuses (urban and residential). Administered and developed new campus services and clinical systems for intake, record-keeping and data collection. Supervised graduate-level practicum students for individual clinical supervision as well as developed and facilitated a group clinical supervision program. Provided programming and outreach services for the campus community. Acted as consultant and trainer for faculty, staff, and student groups such as USM Health Services, Health Education, and Residence Life. Provided on-call crisis-intervention and emergency services. Developed and chaired first USM Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention Committee, designed training and educational materials in collaboration with the Dean’s office, created and trained potential campus First Responders. Led first USM Student Affairs Sexual Assault Departmental Contact Team.
  • Director of Counseling: Created first-time counseling center services for a women’s residential college and initiated a new focus on the psychological and physical well-being of women students as part of academic leadership. Designed and administered new intake and record-keeping procedures. Developed and implemented new counseling policies and treatment protocols. Conducted all individual and group counseling and psychotherapy with undergraduate student population. Initiated support groups for students of color and non-traditionally aged students. Collaborated with Student Affairs departments such as Health Center, Residence Life, Student Groups and Clubs. Participated in Faculty Meetings and assisted to create new Faculty-Advisor in-service trainings. On-call for crisis-intervention and emergency services. Member of several college committees including Women’s Studies, First Year Orientation, and Student Wellness. Provided consultation, out-reach programming and training for college faculty, staff, students, and surrounding community. Investigated and proposed a process for establishing an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for campus faculty and staff. Member of a state-wide group of Small Counseling Center Directors in Virginia.
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Southern Maine (USM)
    • Graduate courses: Group Process and Procedures, Individual Counseling Practicum Lab, Women’s Issues in Counseling (Counselor Education).
    • Undergraduate courses: General Psychology (Psychology Department), Psychology and Sociology of Women (Women and Gender Studies Program).

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 initially designed for psychologists. Coaching practicum work included individuals and groups; designed and led two group coaching tele-seminars for new mothers who were seeking support to complete their dissertations.

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 1990s. 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: Studied and trained with a variety of expressive writing teachers such as Natalie Goldberg’s free writing from Writing Down the Bones, Metcalf & Simon’s Proprioceptive Writing method in Writing the Mind Alive, Ira Progroff’s Intensive Journal Program for Self-development, James Pennebaker’s Writing to Heal, Julia Cameron’s morning pages in The Artist’s Way, Kathleen Adams’ Journal Therapy approach.
  • 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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