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Barbara Fotsch, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Parenting issues Self esteem, Motivation Depression
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Hello. My name is Barb. I moved to southern California to be near my son, after living in St. Louis Missouri all of my life. I have always enjoyed my work with people and strongly believe we move forward when ready. My approach is mostly cognitive, psycho-educational, and supportive. I am rather casual & like to use humor when appropriate, as a tool, to help make the sessions comfortable.

I believe no "one size fits all" in the therapeutic relationship; if something isn't working, we can back it up and try something different. I try to pay attention to a client's energy and offer techniques best suited; for example, some clients want more guidance, others more autonomy. My job is to "listen" and identify helpful movement toward understanding, growth, and healing.

I check my emails 2x a day and will respond w/in 24 hours.

Professional experience

25yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Parenting issues Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Narcissism, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

MO LCSW 003171

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Barbara Fotsch. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I so appreciate Barbara's listing skills! She makes the effort to hear me out, ask questions and understand me and my concerns.

Written on Feb 29, 2024 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Barbara is awesome it’s a joy that we come from the same place she understands what my environment is like

Written on Jan 29, 2024 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Barbara has been my therapist for several weeks. She is so insightful and professional. She lifts my spirits each time I talk with her. No judgment, only helpful ideas and encouragement. She has been a great source of inspiration for me. Thanks, Barbara!

Written on Nov 20, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

I was incredibly nervous about going through therapy and was worried it was going to be like a chore as well but Barbara is amazing. She completely changed my worries and talking to her feels more like confiding in a friend. I would recommend her any day.

Written on Oct 08, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Outstanding listener, support, and solution oriented.

Written on Jun 08, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

I’ve written a review for Barb before but I’m adding another one as that one was from awhile back.

All I can really say is Barb has changed my life completely. The tools she’s given me, her incredible listening skills, and her ability to aid in untangling all of my anxious and debilitating thoughts/experiences/traumas has set me on a path to being who I was always meant to be; someone I’m proud of and wake up each day feeling capable of living for myself and being my own person.

What you learn from Barb is life changing if you listen and put in the work. She gives you an arsenal of techniques and guides, but it’s up to YOU to implement them. She’s always been there to listen to progress, give feedback, and help me through times of hardship or regression.

I’m not sure I can sum up all of my thoughts in a review, plus I don’t want to end up writing a novel lol. Instead, what I’ll say is this…

When I signed up for BetterHelp two years ago, I was a shell of myself. I felt hollow. In less than 24 hours, I matched with Barb and at first was incredibly uneasy. I’ve always doubted therapy but felt I’d run out of options. It didn’t take me long to realize, however, that I couldn’t have asked for a better guide in becoming my authentic self and growing into the woman I am today. The confidence I’ve gained in myself is remarkable. Sometimes I have bad days but the difference is I can now bring myself out of it and continue thriving.

If Barb is your counselor, just know you’re in expert hands and you’ll do great things. Believe in yourself and trust her guidance. You got this. :)

Written on Mar 18, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem