Dr. Barbara Fontana, PhD
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Barbara Fontana, Ph.D
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Shoreham, NY 11786
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Barbara Fontana, PhD - Psychologist & Imago Relationship Therapist
Suffolk County, Long Island, New York - Couples Therapy

About Me

  • I received my doctoral degree in psychology from St. Johnís University in 1975.
  • I completed the Basic Clinical Training in Imago Relationship Therapy and received certification as an Imago Therapist in 2000. I have completed an additional 200+ hours of training in Imago.
  • In 2008, I completed the requirements and received certification as an "Advanced Clinician" in the Imago community.
  • I also have taken "Relationship Recovery" training with Terry Real, LCSW and taken an intensive workshop with John Gottman, Ph.D. on his approach to couples therapy.
  • I am a member of the Board of Directors of Imago Relationship International.
  • I have lead Couplehood as a Spiritual Path workshops, an Imago education program for couples.
  • I have presented workshops on working with couples using Imago Relationship Therapy to professional groups such as the NYS Psychological Association, the Suffolk County Psychological Association, and the Nassau County Psychological Association.
  • I have spoken to community groups about marriage and Imago Therapy including Brookhaven National Lab and St. Johnís Church in Wading River.
  • I have been part of the Pre-Cana Programs, giving workshops on communication skills and marriage education, at two churches on Long Island since 2000.
  • I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association and the Suffolk County Psychological Association.
  • I am also a Member of Imago Relationships of North America and Imago Relationships International.
  • I was on the Board of the Suffolk County Psychological Association for twenty-five years and am a Past President.
  • I am currently Suffolk County Psychological Association's alternative Representative to NYSPA's Council of Representatives.
  • I was a member of the Executive Committee and Council of Representatives of the New York State Psychological Association for six years (2009 - 2014); serving one term as Secretary and one as Treasurer.
  • In 2017, I chaired the Board of Trustees of the New York State Psychological Association's Political Action Committee.


1975 Ph.D. in Psychology from St. Johnís University, New York
1970 P.D. in Psychology from St. Johnís University, New York
1970 M.S. in Psychology from St. Johnís University, New York
1968 B.S. from St. Johnís University, New York


  • Psychologist of the Year, 1999; Suffolk County Psychological Association
  • Distinguished Service Award, 2001; New York State Psychological Association
  • Imago Global Membership Committee Outstanding Service Award 2007
  • Mentor of the Year Award, Suffolk County Psychological Association, June 2012
  • Allen V. Williams Award, NYS Psychological Association June 2011
  • Presidential Award, NYS Psychological Association, May 2010

License and Certifications

Licensed Psychologist, New York State, September 1978 Ė present
Certified as Health Service Provider in Psychology by National Register of Health
    Service Providers in Psychology
Certified Advanced Clinician and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Institute for Imago
    Relationship Therapy