In an age of disconnection and isolation, you are here, reading my profile for a reason. You are ready, or are moving toward readiness, to make a change in your life. Congratulations! If you feel called to work with me, it would be my Joy and Honor to hold space for your healing and support you in becoming the most authentic version of yourself and living your best life.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Healing and recovery from childhood and other traumatic wounds is a process that is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, commitment, and support. I know this firsthand. I committed to my own healing 20 years ago, and continue today doing the work to ensure I am living my life in alignment with my purpose and with Joy.
What to expect when working with me:
The foundation of my practice is meeting you where you are in this moment. You have enough outside pressures telling you who you should or should not be. Your time with me with be free of that, allowing you the space to discover who you are without the expectations of others being heaped onto your spirit. If you prefer a therapist that is directive, and advice giving, I am not that.
Because I have been around the block a few times both as a therapist and a client, my style is a kaleidoscope of modalities. I embrace the work of Carl Jung, supporting you to fully integrating all parts of yourself. There are no “good” or “bad” characteristics in our personalities. In practicing radical acceptance of all parts of ourselves, we are empowered to make conscious choices about how to respond (rather than react) to life’s struggles.
Sometimes we say we want to make changes in our lives and yet our actions work against the very change we say we want to make. I utilize Motivational Interviewing to support you in increasing your own awareness of any ambivalence you may be feeling about making changes in your life which can lead to clarity on the “whys” of change, which leads to increased motivation to carry out the change.
Care-frontation is a word I read somewhere years ago, and resonates with my approach in working with people. One of the masters with whom I have studied once told me that my own history of trauma gives me “X-Ray vision into the souls of others.” So, if there are times that I sense your thoughts and words are working against you, I will provide a care-frontation. My definition of a care-frontation is a confrontation from a place of Love. These care-frontations are gentle, and curious. Rather than harsh and judgmental. They can be my way of calling you UP to your higher self. My experience is they are almost always a gentle nudge to an “Ah-ha” moment.
Also in my therapy toolbox are: breath-work, mindfulness, Cognitive behavioral therapy, recognizing where your pain sits in your body and utilizing movement to create shifts, investigating how your dreams can inform your waking life.
Finally, therapy is an active process on both of our parts. I am not capable of fixing things for you. I will call you to dig deep and work hard at discovering your path to peace and joy. I will be right with you in your process. If you are ready to do the work, let's jump in!
If you are tired of being in pain or without Joy I hope you will consider beginning (or continuing) your journey toward healing. Whether that is with myself or another therapist, I wish you much progress and peace on your journey.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
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she’s very genuine with the way she speaks to you, she cares and it shows. she also takes care of herself which is a major green flag; someone who knows how to give and listen to advice.
Written on Jan 30, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
She is soooo great at what she does. She read me like a book the first session we had! She makes me feel seen, and with her guidance- I have begun removing the bricks of a strong wall that had me stuck for years. I am glad to have matched with a therapist like her!!
Written on Nov 21, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues
Barbara is a very caring and attentive counsellor. She is by far the best counsellor I have ever had. She listens, helps me come to peace with how I feel, and is very supportive in my process to becoming more assertive. I strongly recommend her to anyone looking for a counsellor!
Written on Mar 14, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 4 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Barbara is amazing. She knows how to strike the perfect balance of validating, pushing, and introducing new ideas, and she creates a comfortable space where I can let go of my self-judgment. I've made so much progress in just a couple months thanks to Barbara's support and insight.
Written on Mar 10, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Barbara is a great therapist. She listens, and works with you to help you better understand yourself. Her methods are interesting and enlightening. She makes you feel relaxed and calm to discuss topics in your life. Highly recommend
Written on Feb 12, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem
I've been working with Barbara for half a year now. She has been kind, thoughtful, supportive, and thought-provoking throughout this time. She's helped build a space where I feel safe and comfortable to be vulnerable and work through things with her. I feel like I've learned and grown a lot during my time with her and am very appreciative.
Written on Feb 10, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd