I now have 40 years of experience in counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1983. My first job was as an Addictions Counselor for an inpatient treatment center. After that, I worked as an Aftercare Supervisor where I helped clients maintain their recovery during the first crucial months following inpatient care. I encouraged client to attend self-help groups such as AA/NA . After this, I took a position as an outpatient therapist at a community mental health agency. There, I gained experience counseling people with various mental health disorders such as depression, anxieties, schizophrenia and others. My youngest client was four and my oldest 94. I also worked with adolescents with addiction and or psychiatric disorders, I am very approachable, empathetic and compassionate. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Client-Center approach. I encourage personal growth and development and believe in everyone's potential.
My profile includes mother, grandmother (my favorite role), sister and friend. I love getting together with my friends and family when time allows. I love my work and will never totally retire. I stress personal growth and being all that you can be. I strive to accommodate my clients by being flexible. My clients are encouraged to gain self-awareness and personal growth using strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness and emotional regulation.
I hope to help you find your best life full of meaning, joy and satisfaction.
AREAS OF INTEREST
COPING WITH LIFE CHANGES
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Codependency, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Multicultural Concerns, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy
TX LPC 16754
Barbara is very supportive, helps me see simple things that we loose focus of in our relationships. Its a blessing to have been matched to her, I'm realizing so many things in such a short time!
Written on Aug 17, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem
She's the best!
Written on Apr 19, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 4 months on issues concerning bipolar disorder
Written on Feb 14, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions
Barbara Kirkman has help move thru the the pains of my days in a more positive way. She’s helped me shift my perspective in a more hopeful way.
Written on Jan 30, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Miss Kirkman was a very helpful and insightful therapist. I will be asking for her when I return
Written on Jan 26, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, anger management, and bipolar disorder
I went back to therapy with a dose of very heavy depression and many intrusive thoughts. In 3 sessions I have found new tools, and ways to cope, as well as finding my own answers just by talking to her. She makes it’s so fun and we have lots of laughs which helps make it lighter than the typical sit down and stare at a therapist in a quiet room.
I got lucky and found a therapist that matches what I need and my personality, and it’s honestly made my quality of life so much better!
Written on Jan 23, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd