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.
Additional areas of focus: 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, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
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
AK LPC PCOP912
Barbara is very knowledgeable, kind, very responsive. I have really benefited from our sessions already
Written on Jan 14, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties
Barbara is wonderful. I feel like she really cares and I am not just saying that. In the two sessions that I have had with her she has helped me immensely and I am excited and nervous to dive deep into the unknown. I am thankful for BetterHelp. I am thankful that she is a trained therapist in trauma.
Written on Jan 04, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I appreciate how patient Barb has been with me though my therapy journey.
Written on Sep 20, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
She’s a great listener and provides thoughtful insight
Written on Aug 20, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Barb is gentle and helpful. She provides thoughtful insight and is honest. I’ve enjoyed working with her
Written on Aug 18, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse
Overall had an awesome experience with Barb. Most of the time, talking with her is like talking with a close friend/ family! She is great at making you feel comfortable/secure. Very professional and can re-focus the topic of conversation if you tend to deviate or if you don’t know where to begin. Thank you
Written on Aug 04, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes