About Me

Welcome!!! I am so excited to join you on your healing journey. I am a professional counselor licensed in Alaska with over 15 years’ experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics. I have worked with people ranging the entire lifespan from different backgrounds and suffering from mild depression to chronic mental illness and everything in between. The modalities and interventions I really enjoy using are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, Sand Tray Therapy and Synergetic Play Therapy. But I think the most important therapeutic tool is the ability to form positive and healthy relationships with the people I serve. My style is down to earth, warm, playful humor, and sometimes gentle confrontation when needed.

As a mental health therapist, I have come to realize that at some point in our lives we will all experience stress, anxiety, depression, heartbreak, and some form of trauma to varying degrees. It is inevitable. Sometimes these burdens prevent us from becoming our true authentic and genuine selves. I realize during this process people feel very vulnerable and exposed, so my intent is to create a safe space for people to explore and resolve things to achieve balance in their lives. With support and guidance we have the power to change and heal. The great thing about my job is that I get to witness the transformation, see people grow, find their inner strength, and start to take back control of their lives right before my eyes. It is truly awe inspiring. But it does take work, commitment, courage and is not for the faint at heart. So, if you are ready to roll up your sleeves and dig deep, I am ready to get started. I look forward to meeting you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #PCOP912 (Expires: 2023-10-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Barbara Kolb. 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.

Written by C.A. on May 17, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Barbara Kolb is amazing at pin pointing what I need to talk about and focus on even when I don't. She is very patient and allows me to talk about whatever comes to mind and then asks focusing questions to help me get to the bottom of things. She checks in regularly when I go silent for a few days. She seems to really care. I love that she speaks down to earth and like herself, not making me feel talked down to or beneath her.

Written by V.I. on Apr 07, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life

Barbara is the best!

Written by T.E. on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management

Barbara was there for me when I needed someone to talk to, she helped me remember the tools I have learned in the past and sent me worksheets that I asked for that helped my situation perfectly. She was accommodating and very nice to talk too. She listened and understood me.

Written by Z.O. on Jan 03, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She has been very helpful with helping me with my anxiety, listening to my story, and giving good advice to keep me mentally happy.

Written by K.I. on Sep 26, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 4 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Barbara is punctual, empathetic, kind, and intuitive. I appreciate her.

Written by L.I. on Jun 02, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Barbara is kind and patient and makes me feel calm during our sessions. I appreciate her insight, input and her gentle way of guiding me through a problem.

Written by W.I. on May 29, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Barb is the first professional that has taken the time to engage with me outside of 'normal' hours. Even without my responding, she sends me resources and finds ways to add fuel to the fire of my self discovery. She's knowledgeable, caring, and super fun to talk to.

Written by H.A. on May 29, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Barbara is amazing. She listens, understands and takes note of things I’ve never realized myself. She’s really helping me learn to cope with and overcome my anxiety in different ways. Couldn’t recommend highly enough.

Written by C.H. on May 05, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Barbara Kolb listens carefully and is able to narrow down my biggest concerns. She is very proactive with messaging me, and my live sessions never feel rushed!

Written by J.E. on Apr 23, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I feel like Barb was perfectly matched to me and she makes me feel very comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings. I highly respect her.

Written by L.I. on Apr 17, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is highly skilled, intuitive, warm and trustworthy. I am so lucky I got matched with Barbara. She introduced me to Internal Family Systems which really helped me in my healing journey. Thank you

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