Anita Barrows, Ph.D.
Half-Time Institute Faculty
B.A. English/Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, 1969
M.A. English Literature, Boston University, 1970
M.A. Italian Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1982
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, 1988
Dr. Barrows came to psychology with a background in English and European literature. She is an internationally published poet and translator, as well as a clinical psychologist maintaining a private practice in Berkeley. She was awarded her doctorate from the Wright Institute in 1988, having specialized in child development and treatment, and she received pre- and postdoctoral training at the Department of Psychiatry and the Child Development Center at Children's Hospital Oakland, and in the pediatric trauma and oncology divisions at San Francisco General and Moffitt (University of California, San Francisco) Hospitals. Dr. Barrows' dissertation explored clinical approaches to the treatment of autism.
In her practice, she works extensively with children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. The scope of Dr. Barrows' clinical work also includes adult gay and lesbian issues and issues deriving from trauma, abuse, and chronic illness. She has advanced training in group facilitation and experiential learning, as well as in sandtray and expressive dance.
Dr. Barrows' clinical orientation, founded in Jungian and object relations theoretical approaches, is deeply informed by an ecosystems worldview, where the individual is understood in a relational, societal, and environmental context.