Aaron Barnes

Aaron Barnes
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Identities & Language

  • Cis Man
  • Gay
  • Queer
  • White
  • Language: English

Education & License

Aaron is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of Arizona and Maryland. He earned his B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and PsyD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Systems from Azusa Pacific University.

Role at CAPS

Aaron is the director at CAPS.

Specialty Populations


Specialty Areas

  • Academic Concerns
  • Coping Skills
  • Crisis
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict/Family of Origin
  • Life Transitions
  • Men's Issues
  • Peer Relationships
  • Poly/Kink/Sex Work
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Orientation Concerns
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation

Treatment Approach

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Existential
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Relational-Cultural Therapy

Insurance & Payment Options

  • Aetna 
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Campus Care
  • Cigna
  • Fee for Service
  • HealthNet
  • United Health Care/Optum
  • United Student Health Insurance

Professional Interests

Dr. Barnes is the Director of CAPS. He has worked in the University setting for seven years in a variety of roles within University Counseling Centers. These roles include coordinating areas of public health, outreach, and LGBTQPIA+ programs. Aaron enjoys mentoring students and helping to develop future leaders in mental health care. His clinical work focuses on identity development, substance abuse recovery, crisis support, and LGBTQPIA+ support. He works within Relational-Cultural and ACT frameworks. He believes that the client is the expert on their own life and strives to connect with clients authentically.

Personal Interests

Hiking, weightlifting, camping, traveling, music and theatre, and spending time with his dog, Dunder.

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