Clinical Program Faculty

Anita Barrows, PhD
Half-Time Institute Faculty

BA English/Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, 1969
MA English Literature, Boston University, 1970
MA Italian Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1982
PhD 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 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. She has also worked with children who are victims of collective trauma in Bosnia and in the occupied West Bank of Palestine, and she consults with a psychological counseling center for Palestinian families in Jerusalem and Ramallah. She is also a lay homeopathic practitioner, with a Di. Hom degree from The British Institute of Homeopathy.

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.