Services Provided by Martha J. Barry, Ph.D.

Individual Psychotherapy

I work with individuals who are noticing depression and anxiety (and other feelings, thoughts, and signs of physical distress) while facing conflict, loss, grief, and illness. I also provide support for individuals who are adjusting to a new phase of life or other major changes in their circumstances (young adults to elders). Examples include student life, campus life, motherhood, parenting, career decisions, relocation, and retirement.

General areas of individual concern may include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mind-body health concerns and stress-related illnesses
  • Transition and phase of life issues
  • Prenatal and postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety (PPA)
  • Perinatal emotional adjustment and family planning
  • Women’s health and reproductive health concerns
  • Undergraduate and graduate student concerns
  • Career exploration and work performance issues
  • Psycho-spiritual exploration and support

Couples Counseling & Couple Coaching

I work with couples who are interested in becoming more conscious of couple and family well-being during family planning, new parenthood, and other sensitive family transitions. This can sometimes include support through “conscious uncoupling,” a process that helps to preserve care and respect and to minimize hurt and trauma.

General Areas of couple concerns include:

  • Counseling and support for new and expecting parents
  • Coaching for family health and wellness
  • Coaching and support for “Conscious Uncoupling” process

Group Psychotherapy & Group Courses

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Groups

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed for people who suffer from recurrent episodes of depression and anxiety. Cutting-edge, mind-body research has shown that a blend of mindfulness meditation practices and cognitive therapy techniques can dramatically bolster recovery and prevent relapse.

The MBCT 8-week course provides a structured and supportive environment to learn the tools that help you approach depression and anxiety in a new and active way. You will leave this program with a new relationship to depression and anxiety and a clear relapse-prevention plan for your own personal path to recovery. Screening Interview necessary.

Journaling and Expressive Writing Groups (programs tba)

Workshops and Consultation


Previous topics have included mind-body tools for health and wellbeing, stress-reduction, mindfulness and MBCT; journal writing/expressive writing for complementary medicine (CAM) medical students, medical residents, college students traveling abroad, local teens and summer camp counselors; on-campus training programs for Peer Health Educators, Residence Assistants, Faculty-Advisors, Campus Security, Student Services.

Sample Consultation Settings in Maine:

  • Bowdoin College
  • Cancer Community Center
  • Coastal Wellness Family Center
  • Colby College
  • Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Labrador Field School, USM
  • Maine Audubon Society
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Maine Medical Partners Family Medicine
  • University of Southern Maine

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