As your therapist, I will help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth longstanding behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
I am an interactive and creative therapist who focuses on facilitating and improving communication. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. By integrating complementary methodologies and techniques, I am able to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. I pride myself in showing the compassion and understanding necessary to help individuals build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
I have experience in communications, working successfully in the fields of advertising, magazine journalism, public relations, and marketing before transitioning to counseling. Since receiving my Masters of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, in 2005, I have provided individual and group therapy to adults aged 18 and over who were dealing with stress and anxiety; depression; bipolar and borderline personality disorder; self-esteem and motivational issues; relationship problems; career difficulties; and grief and loss. In my current work, I primarily use techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to deal effectively with the emotional, cognitive, social, and behavioral issues that my clients bring to my practice. Additionally, I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a research-supported treatment which combines cognitive-behavioral theory with mindfulness principles. DBT has been proven to be effective with clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders as well as with individuals who self-injure or have Borderline Personality Disorder.
I graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Journalism degree and I now incorporate writing or journal therapy as well as poetry therapy in my counseling where it is appropriate. I studied with Kathleen Adams of the Center for Journal Therapy, and I completed research in writing therapy as part of my graduate studies. Currently, I am learning Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and I will be tailoring this modality for use with clients as well. I am licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, and I am proud to say that in 2016 I became a board certified National Counselor.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Bipolar disorder
I also have experience in Grief, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties
LPC #63116 (Expires: 2020-06-30)
So far, she is exactly what I have been looking for in a counselor.
My counselor Miss Barbara has been wonderful and so helpful, understanding my situation and giving me the tools to cope with my anxiety and depression and helping me move forward to have a good life.
She is awesome! She understands. Sometimes some people don't understand the sentences, and mind, etc of someone who is experiencing emotional pain. I am glad that I have her to work with me during this time.
Barbara really lets you set the pace, and the tone, and makes you feel heard. I have been to face to face therapy, and tried other therapists. Barbara is the first one who really heard me. I’ve had therapists not scratch the surface, and I’ve had therapists in one session think they have solved it all. Barbara really tries to not only hear you, but find the best way possible for YOU to work through that. She gave me multiple ideas, outlooks, and avenues to work through my life situations. I know everyone can connect for different reasons, and the other counselors were amazing people. However, I wish I would have started with Barbara. She has been amazing, and I will continue to work with her!
I haven’t been with Barbara long, but so far she’s compassionate, helpful, and prompt. I think she’s a fantastic therapist.