Astra Barkley has 20 years of experience with children, adults, and families in nonprofit sector, school setting, state agencies, and private practice. Her career spans from foster and adoptive case work, working with children with special needs, and marginalized populations in community setting to obtain needed services. She has provided mental health counseling in private sector for more than 8 years, providing counseling for depression, attention deficit disorders, anxiety, adjustment disorders, stress related issues, and more. In addition, Astra is employed at Troy University where she is an adjunct instructor and teaches bachelor level psychology classes. She is also a graduate teaching assistant at Auburn University where she is currently enrolled in counselor education and supervision doctoral program. She is a foster and adoptive parent, in addition to an advocate for foster and adoptive parents and foster children. She is trained in Trauma Informed Partnering of Safety and Permanence-Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting and provides this training to interested foster and adoptive parents. She utilizes an integrative approach to counseling, this allows her to individualize each clients treatment plan.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
AL LPC LPC03437
She is an excellent listener, provides well thought out advice. Reaches out when she knows it’s time of struggle and really feels emotionally available
Written on Aug 30, 2023 after therapy with Astra for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Great therapist, respectful, listens to your concerns and gives best advice
Written on Jul 01, 2023 after therapy with Astra for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
As always, she is great.
Written on Dec 12, 2022 after therapy with Astra for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Astra is great at making me feel listened to and accepted. She is straight to the point and offers great guidance. Happy to have found her.
Written on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Astra for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd