As a child, Barry always had the drive to help others, which led to his desire to focus on mental healthcare. While growing up in rural Eastern North Carolina, he had the opportunity to shadow under different mental healthcare professionals at all care levels. During this experience, he witnessed a disconnect between clients and access to the appropriate clinical services. Identifying these underserved populations, he also observed how they navigated obstacles created from the societal stigmas towards identifying the need for mental health services. From that moment, he gained a passion for working with others in a variety of clinical and advocacy capacities.
Throughout Barry’s education and professional career, he has had experience with program development, program operations, and clinical-outreach. He has also had the opportunity to collaborate on a startup team that developed Intensive Outpatient Programs and Partial Hospitalization Programs. Clinically, he has had the opportunity to serve individuals of the LGBTQIA, substance use disorder, and eating disorder communities in the Washington DC metro area.