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Discovery Psychotherapy Center

Christopher J. Barker, PhD; Meryl Skinder, LCSW

Specialty: Psychology

Left to right: Meryl Skinder, LCSW and Christopher Barker, PhD

At Discovery Psychotherapy Center, Dr. Christopher Barker and his team help children and adults address issues ranging from anxiety and depression to phobias and trauma in a comfortable environment designed to make patients feel at home.

A licensed psychologist, Dr. Barker has provided individual, couple and group therapy for almost three decades, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and dialectical behavior, and relaxation training.

An Educational and Collaborative Approach

The group practice offers all forms of therapy to meet the individual needs of each person, including testing and psychiatric evaluation and treatment. “We take an educational and collaborative approach to teach families how to apply what they learn in our offices to their everyday lives at school, home or work,” says the father of three.

Dr. Barker received his MS in counseling psychology with a specialization in assessment from Radford University, psychology MA from the New School for Social Research and PhD from Seton Hall University.

Wellness Center for Children and Families

The sister practice, Discovery Wellness Center, is a family-friendly  group practice that offers clinical services for children and families.

“We provide a safe, comfortable environment where families feel supported while we help them overcome challenging times,” says Meryl Skinder, a licensed clinical social worker and director of Discovery Wellness Center. “We believe in empowering children and families with the skills needed to cope and move toward positive change and progress.”

The group offers treatment for ADHD, grief, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues and substance use, and provides parent guidance and consultation/advocacy services for children with IEPs. Utilizing evidenced-based approaches in CBT, DBT, EMDR, EFT, art and play therapy, clients are helped to reach their potential and desired goals. Both practices accept most insurance plans and offer flexible hours. 

 Dr. Barker has patience, knowledge of the latest treatments and kindness. ~Amy, Livingston

 She always has a smile on her face and makes my son feel he is able to talk to her about anything. ~Donna, Livingston

Discovery Psychotherapy Center 

Christopher J. Barker,  PhD;  Meryl SkinderLCSW

26 Madison Ave., Morristown


This is an advertising profile from the December 2017 issue of New Jersey Family.


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