As a child, Barry always had the drive to help others, which led to his desire to go into healthcare, focusing on mental health. 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 disconnection between the 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 this moment, he gained a passion for developing and connecting people with quality services while educating people on the necessity of mental health advocacy.
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.