Barbara Nosal, PhD, LMFT, LADC : Executive Clinical Director for Newport Academy


Barbara Nosal, PhD, LMFT, LADC

Barbara Nosal, PhD, is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. She has worked with adolescents and families in the field of mental health, teenage depression, and addiction treatment for more than 20 years. As a result, Dr. Nosal specializes in family systems, and her training includes a variety of therapeutic modalities. Hence, these include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Post-Induction Therapy, and Multidimensional Family Therapy.

Furthermore, Dr. Nosal has held managerial and clinical positions in inpatient, outpatient, and school-based settings, including New Directions for Women in Costa Mesa, California; New Alternatives in Chula Vista, California; Hawthorne House in Redwood City, California; and the Palo Alto Unified School District.

At Newport Academy, Dr. Nosal developed and oversees the clinical and family programs for our residential and outpatient programs. Consequently, her work with families focuses on restructuring family dynamics and relationships. Furthermore, Dr. Barb does this through empowering parents with improved communication and healing family of origin childhood trauma. As a result, families are able to identify how their communication in the present is often a trauma response from the past.

Newport Academy…in her own words

“It is the greatest honor I could hope to be associated with such a passionate and dedicated team. In addition, this group is committed to the success of each and every one of our clients and families. Therefore, every member of the Newport Academy team goes beyond what is expected. As a result, we uphold a standard of excellence that we have become known for in our industry. Working at Newport Academy and witnessing the transformation of teens and their families is the most fulfilling and meaningful experience I have had professionally.” —Barbara Nosal

Select Achievements

  • Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (California), Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (California), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (California), Certified Addictions Counselor (Connecticut), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Connecticut)
  • Doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology and master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California
  • Master’s degree in Human Services (Community Psychology Program) with an emphasis on Alcohol and Drug Studies from Springfield College, School of Human Services, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Undergraduate degree in Marketing from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut (magna cum laude)