Barbara Forstberg

(LCSW)

About Me

I am glad that you are reaching out for help; that is the first step and shows a lot of strength on your part. You may feel nervous about what is going to happen, or how online counseling can help you in your life. I strive to be open, non judgmental and compassionate and will work with you to help you accomplish your goals and find some peace.

Life can be hard sometimes, you may find yourself moving along smoothly when you hit a bump in the road, whether it be the loss of a job, fighting with your partner, feeling lonely, struggling with family issues, or feeling unlovable or unworthy. When this happens, I can be there to help you get back on your feet; to help you keep moving. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of extra support, someone to guide you back to the smooth road. Or maybe life has always been hard; maybe you had a rough childhood, experienced trauma or abuse, never felt like you fit in. If that sounds like you, I can help too; I can be that safe person for you to open up to, and to process your trauma and your losses. Whatever you may need, I will work with you to accomplish it.

I have experience working with people with many different struggles including depression, anxiety, relational issues, empowerment and self esteem issues, addiction, stress and anger. I strive to provide my clients with compassionate care and my main goal is for people to feel safe and accepted for who they are. I use many different approaches to help people including cognitive behavioral therapy, empowerment and strengths based approaches. I believe all people have the ability to change, sometimes you just need a little help to find the strength you have inside.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #006174 (Expires: 2020-01-31)

LCSW #14512 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Reviews

Written by D.A. on Oct 08, 2019 after counseling with Barbara for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

Barbara has been really good at listening to me. I feel after having done this for a while now we are starting to really get into the roots of my problems. I feel in the next couple of years I will be making big decisions on how to change my style of life and I know Barbara will help me through it.

Written by M.A. on Sep 16, 2019 after counseling with Barbara for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

I have recommended Barbara and Better Help to friends in the past. I like being able to write her when I am thinking about something but also that she knows when I am busy with work and might not write for 1-2 weeks. She checks in, and that makes me remember that she cares, even if I do not write back right away.

Written by A.L. on Jun 27, 2019 after counseling with Barbara for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I feel like I'm moving forward, still in the process thought. Thank you

Written by C.H. on Nov 12, 2018 after counseling with Barbara for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

She's been helping me a lot and I have really changed, people around me have noticed it as well.

Written by D.I. on Jul 20, 2018 after counseling with Barbara for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Barbara has been outstanding! She is positive, empathetic, insightful, and supportive. She is also very intuitive and has a wide range of ideas and options to help move me forward. Always look forward to hearing from her. Big thanks!

Written by E.M. on Jul 05, 2018 after counseling with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, and bipolar

I am really grateful for Barbara. I finally feel like my thoughts and emotions are validated.

Written by M.A. on May 08, 2018 after counseling with Barbara for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

She's been very helpful!

Written by G.A. on Apr 26, 2018 after counseling with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, and self esteem

My experience thus far with BetterHelp has been a positive one. Barbara has responded quickly and supportively to my questions and problems. I like that I can choose how to interact with her. I am always better with words on paper so I chose to dialogue through email. I don't feel judged by her and her positive responses give validity to my feelings and help me to open up. We all need someone in our corner and I truly feel that Barbara is in mine. I recommend her to anyone who needs a compassionate ear and appropriate advice. Thank you!

Written by J.A. on Apr 12, 2018 after counseling with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

The most important thing I have to say is that I wish I found this service and Barbara so much sooner. I absolutely could not have asked for a better experience. I feel like some sort of paid spokesperson but I sincerely feel like this experience has been so life changing for me. Barbara's responses are so incredibly insightful, she always knows how to put my situation in a different perspective to help me understand it more, and she reiterates what I share with her to show that she understands and is truly listening.
Aside from Barbara's outstanding expertise, this platform is the best I could have hoped for. It's so convenient for me to share my thoughts and feelings as I'm living them as opposed to trying to recall them in an hour long session every week like a standard therapist. I also feel so much more comfortable with the anonymous aspect of it all. I can share so much more than I ever felt I could with a face-to-face session.
The convenience coupled with such an awesome counselor has me here to stay. Thank you Barbara for always being there!! It's genuinely appreciated.

Written by M.I. on Mar 09, 2018 after counseling with Barbara for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and intimacy-related

Barbara helps me organize my own thoughts when I can't see though the fog that has been created and after her responses, I feel calmer and able to think clearer.

Written by K.A. on Jan 26, 2018 after counseling with Barbara for 2 months

You were awesome in helping me deal with my feelings relating to my divorce!!

Written by C.L. on Jan 14, 2018 after counseling with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and career

Barbara has been extremely helpful and supportive. She is good at listening without judgement, and providing useful, manageable suggestions. Her optimism is so encouraging.

Written by M.A. on Dec 22, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, and self esteem

Barbara was brilliant at bringing me through some difficult times!

Written by J.O. on Dec 16, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

As a guy it is sometimes difficult to express feelings. With Barbara I have been able to discuss my relationship issues and my personal goals. With a sensitive and reasonable approach, Barbara is able to listen, understand, ask questions that spark critical thought, and make you feel like a human being, I would highly recommend her and her expertise.

Written by Y.A. on Dec 15, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting, self esteem, and anger

She is so understanding, kind, and wise. I don't know how she could understand someone young and dumb like me, but she somehow manages to empathize and understand what I'm going through and provide me with her understanding to help my clouded judgment. I appreciate Barbara so incredibly much.

Written by P.H. on Dec 13, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Barbara is very professional and has your best interests at heart. She’s very understanding and non-judgmental, which is very comforting at the hardest times.

Written by F.A. on Nov 09, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Barbara is a great listener!

Written by J.O. on Oct 07, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Barbara gets to the root of the problem in a direct and comfortable manner, which I find very accommodating. She leaves enough space to elaborate on your issues long enough to give a bigger picture. At the same time she leads the conversation in the right direction to make incremental progress. Thank you!

Written by C.H. on Aug 10, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

I have been very thankful for Barbara's availability to listen and to support me through some hard times while living abroad. She affirmed me feelings and helped me them out. I really don't know what I would have done without her support this last year!

Written by T.O. on Jun 14, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 1 month

Good at finding the root/cause of the problem(s). Friendly and inviting.

Written by B.R. on Jun 06, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 1 month

She's doing great, and I'm kicking my own butt working hard, she's there every step of the way! Keep up the good work!

Written by B.A on Feb 15, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

Fast replies and very logical and understanding

Written by M.I on Jan 17, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, parenting, self esteem, and career

Barbara is very responsive, caring,and digs deep to find the source of your issues and works tirelessly to find solutions.

Written by Y.U on Jan 06, 2017 after counseling with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Barbara has guided me to take some positive steps in my life and has consistently been thoughtful and quick in her responses. A great source of comfort in times of emotional instability. Very grateful.

Written by A.D on Dec 04, 2016 after counseling with Barbara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

I am amazed at this process of counseling with Barbara! She has prompted me with deep and important questions that I've neglected to ask of myself, which has led to some very critical changes in my life! I'm grateful for her insight and subtle suggestions - encouraging positive adjustments. Thank you Barbara!

Written by I.R on Nov 22, 2016 after counseling with Barbara for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and self esteem

Very helpful.

Written by A.L on Nov 20, 2016 after counseling with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and career

Barbara is such a very helpful counselor. Sometimes I feel that she can read my mind. She is such a great conselor. She always encourages me. She is very caring and loving. I like her.

Written by N.A on Oct 19, 2016 after counseling with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and family

Barbara has helped me tremendously over the past couple of months. She asks the right questions to get to the root of the problem, and she has a way of making me feel like things are going to be ok. She has been a wonderful help to me and look forward to the time I get when I talk with her.

Written by H.A on Oct 01, 2016 after counseling with Barbara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, self esteem, career, and bipolar

Barbara was wonderful and gave amazing advice. She was so helpful and understanding.

Written by W.I on Sep 08, 2016 after counseling with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Barbara has been a great source of emotional support during a time when I'm going through an extremely stressful situation with my husband's mental illness. She's been extremely responsive during this crisis. She's helped me negotiate the immediate situation and find a bit more calm. We are starting to work on developing some long term coping strategies. I am grateful to have her.

Written by C.I on Aug 24, 2016 after counseling with Barbara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship, grief, and intimacy-related

Barbara is fantastic! She knows exactly what to ask and responds in ways that always make me take a different look at the situation. A better perspective on things. Healthier and more positive. I look forward to seeing her quick responses! She has definitely been a great help to me.

Written by A.I on Jun 28, 2016 after counseling with Barbara for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and depression

Barbara has been great. She's helped me tremendously.

Written by K.E on Jun 09, 2016 after counseling with Barbara for 1 week on issues concerning relationship, and intimacy-related

I was going through a tough time before my wedding and Barbara really helped me work through it. She helped me better learn to how to communicate with my fiancé and understand more about my fiancé. I was really close to pausing the wedding but she really helped me work through it all and now I'm very happy with where I am mentally.

Written by L.L on Jun 03, 2016 after counseling with Barbara for 2 months

Barbara has been a life saver for me and I am grateful for both her and this program.