Dr. Yakov Barton, PhD


About Me

Dr. Yakov Barton founded Oakland Psych to offer trauma-informed psychological treatment for post-traumatic stress, addiction, grief, anxiety, depression, and related life challenges, as well as support for positive growth and insight building. He primarily utilizes a combination of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and IFS (internal family systems) therapies to provide a somatic and source-focused approach to healing. Dr. Barton educates his clients on the universality of traumatic and addictive experiences. He defines trauma broadly as any past experience that remains charged and disturbing, and thus has value in alleviating mental health challenges in the present. It's helpful to understand how traumatic and addictive elements exist in all of us and are not static, but rather ebb and flow as reverberations of past experiences (and those of our family of origin). Dr. Barton frames the looping amplification of addiction as stemming from a healthy evolutionary need to feel safe and easeful, but in a way that can become self-destructive through the distortion of trauma that resides in our nervous systems, until processed.

Education & Experience

EDUCATION: PhD, Clinical Psychology | Columbia University MPhil, Clinical Psychology | Columbia University MS, Clinical Psychology | Columbia University MA, Psychology in Education | Columbia University BA, Psychology | University of California, Los Angeles CLINICAL TRAINING: APA Accredited Post-Doctoral Residency, Kaiser Permanente, Department of Psychiatry, Oakland, CA. APA Accredited Clinical Internship, Kaiser Permanente, Mental Health & Chemical Dependency Services, Walnut Creek, CA

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved


  • English


  • Sliding Scale