Barbara Keeler


Barbara Keeler

Barbara Keeler


Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Tufts Associated Health Plans, Inc.
Fees: I offer a sliding scale from $85 to $125 for on-going individual sessions and $125 for the initial evaluation.
Evening Availability


1 Merrimac St Ste 17
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950

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My Approach to Helping

Negative thoughts and feelings are a terrible drain on how fully we live and enjoy life. As a senior clinician, I have seen first hand how much suffering depression, anxiety, troubled relationships, substance abuse, a negative self- or body-image can cause, and what a profound difference therapy can make in people's lives. In a comfortable, confidential setting, therapy begins with a careful consideration of what is troubling you, what needs to change, and how good a match we are in working together to achieve these changes. My approach is a blend of many different methods but is primarily based in psychodynamic psychotherapy, which offers understanding into how we've become who we are today, and mindfulness and cognitive behavioral techniques to overcome painful thoughts and feelings. I consider a more positive view of yourself and your life central to emotional health, and we will pay special attention to what moves you in this direction. The frequency and length of treatment varies but is customized to your needs and circumstances. Whatever course yours takes, our work together will increase your mood, self-esteem and relationships so that you can enjoy a fuller life.

More Info About My Practice

I work with men and women 18 years of age and older in individual therapy. My office is located in downtown Newburyport with ample parking and handicap accessibility. I am a provider for many insurance plans, including all BlueCross/BlueShield plans, Optum (UBH, United Healthcare, Harvard Pilgrim) and Tufts. I also have a sliding fee scale for those who prefer the privacy and full control of their treatment offered by self-pay. Please contact me directly or see my web site for more detailed information about my services.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I have extensive experience and training in treating substance abuse issues, especially alcohol addiction, and have helped many people achieve and maintain recovery. For those interested, I also have expertise in exploring the impact that physical appearance has on life experiences. While dismissed as skin deep and often acutely embarrassing to discuss, it can be very useful to talk openly about how you see yourself and feel you are seen by others in order to have a clearer understanding of the role your looks have played in your life.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
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