Dr. Vincent Barbieri, PhD, Psychological Associate

Supervised by Dr. Jodi Abramowitz PhD

Hi, I’m Dr. Vincent! I am a Clinical Psychologist who recently received my PhD from American University in 2022. I primarily work with teens and adults to treat a wide range of anxiety and depressive disorders in addition to trauma, grief, relationship conflict, and Borderline Personality Disorder. My therapeutic style is direct and compassionate, jargon-free and analogy-strong. I lead with my humanness first and foremost and try my best to create a judgment-free environment where vulnerability is a natural byproduct. Building trust with my clients is my number one priority in therapy and the foundation upon which all growth is possible.

What is it like working with me?

I strive to create authentic relationships with my clients where pretentious jargon-speak is left at the door. I was formally trained for 5 years in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and this behavioral perspective will be evident when we work together, however my style pulls from many different therapeutic treatments (see below for a comprehensive list). I am radically genuine in my approach, often using humor and irreverence when appropriate in session. I am also a therapist that is constantly balancing the drive to build agency in a client’s life with the vital development of self-compassion and self-love. I subscribe to the maxim that every person is doing the best they can at any given moment, and that real change can only come after fully accepting a situation as it currently stands. A regular session tends to have a loose structure based on the client’s needs for that moment, working toward an overarching set of goals and possibly an agenda for that given day.

What I believe:

There are times in our life when we “hit a wall,” when whatever was working for us is no longer working as well, and for no lack of effort we stop growing as individuals. That is where I come in! Much of what compels me as a psychologist is to help guide people back to the profound feeling of being enough, and helping clients recognize that nothing needs to be added to who they are to feel whole. Therapy to me is not a process of constructing, but rather one of chiseling away in order to see what beautiful sculpture lies beneath, waiting to be exposed.

These are my specialties:

I use:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Mentalization-Based Therapy

To treat:

Interpersonal Conflict
Identity Development
Borderline Personality Disorder

Education & Training

August 2022 PhD in Clinical Psychology, American University, 2017-2022
May 2022 Psychology Internship, Faulk Center for Counseling, 2021-2022
May 2014 MA in Psychology in Education, Columbia University, Teachers College 2012-2014
May 2012 BA in Psychology, Georgetown University 2010-2012