Dr. Mary-Kate Barnes is a postdoctoral resident who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, relationship difficulties, stress, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and health concerns in children, adolescents and adults. She utilizes a warm, empathetic approach, and values a strong therapeutic alliance. Dr. Barnes strives to create a safe, supportive environment where she and her clients can work together towards their goals. She integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and interpersonal therapy to fit the unique needs of each client. She is skilled in many evidenced-based treatments such as Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. Dr. Barnes specializes in treating trauma and stressor-related disorders and is trained in both Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.
Dr. Barnes also has extensive training in health psychology. She spent 6 years of her doctoral training researching the psychological predictors of healthy weight behaviors in children and adolescents. She has authored several book chapters and academic articles on behavioral health promotion strategies and has presented her research findings at numerous conferences around the world. Dr. Barnes is passionate about applying her research findings to the clinical setting. She is well versed in cognitive-behavioral weight management techniques and is trained in many psychological treatments for health conditions such as chronic pain, insomnia, and cancer.
Dr. Barnes graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in Psychology and Statistics. She earned her Master’s degree and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami. She completed her APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. Dr. Barnes is proficient in tele-psychology and is qualified to conduct therapy via phone and video format.