Dr. Lara Barbir, PsyD
Welcome. I'm so grateful you're practicing self-compassion by seeking psychotherapy. I encourage you to keep in mind that one of the most significant predictors of successful outcomes in therapy is having a strong therapeutic relationship as you search for the best fit for you. And in terms of what's best for you, trust your intuition! Most of the clients whom I serve are struggling with depression, trauma, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain and/or disability--problems which often come to the forefront following recent relational, work, and life stressors. I strive toward embodying an authentic style that’s best summarized as compassionate, flexible, playful, and genuine. My approach is both backed by science and connected to you as a unique human. Having a personal history of depression and trauma, I understand the inevitable pain and suffering involved along this difficult albeit meaningful journey. Accordingly, I aim to create a space in which you feel seen, heard, valued, and understood in such a way that you’re willing to keep leaning into your transformation to transcendence. I would be remiss if I did not mention that my trusty co-worker/therapy cat Soco is likely to be a part of this process if we are working together virtually!
Education & Experience
Licensed as a clinical psychologist in the state of California (PSY 31109), I have been passionately providing psychotherapy to a diverse range of adults since 2013, with experiences spanning across VA medical centers, integrated care clinics, community mental health, and university counseling. My theoretical orientation is integrative, with conceptual influences from cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and third-wave approaches. I have obtained extensive training in science-backed approaches for trauma/PTSD, depression, perinatal mental health, insomnia, and chronic pain. I obtained my Doctor of Psychology in 2018 from Radford University in Virginia, my Master of Science in 2014 from Virginia Commonwealth University, and my Bachelor of Arts in 2012 from University of Virginia.
- Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
- Chronic Pain
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
- Sexual Abuse
- Sleep Disorders
- Stress Management
- Adolescents (13-17)
TriWest, Lyra Health