Barbara Labinger


About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor based in California.

I relate to clients with a mix of compassionate listening and down-to-earth dialogue. My approach to therapy is eclectic, primarily what's called "client centered." My toolbox includes body awareness, mindfulness, and expressive arts. It's my belief that the relationship is the most important factor in successful therapy.

I’ve worked with a broad diversity of individuals, couples and families. I particularly resonate with people and/or relationships with a foot in two (or more) worlds. This includes, but is not limited to: first and second generation immigrants; cross-cultural couples; genders, sexualities, and/or relationships that fall outside common definitions; and major life transitions.

I also have a background in theatre, which has many lessons that can be applied to therapy:

-Communication depends on not just on the words said but what’s under them. Bodies speak. Historical context matters.

-We all can play multiple roles, with each other and with ourselves.

-We are all shaped by story, and we each have a rich and important story to tell

-It is always possible to change the script.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Hakomi Institute of California Comprehensive Training levels 1 and 2, 2012-2013

Healing Shame-Lyon-Rubin Method

Certified practioner, Berkeley, 2016

Principles of Drama Therapy with Armand Volkas, Berkeley, ongoing

MA Counseling Psychology California Institute of Integral Education, 2014

MFA Playwriting Yale School of Drama, 1999

BA in Theatre University of California, San Diego, 1995


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Somatic Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #126934 (Expires: 2023-07-31)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Barbara Labinger. 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 A.M. on Jun 07, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She is really good at listening and understanding me. She’s very nice. Best therapist I have ever had.

Written by P.A. on May 30, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Kind, thoughtful and gives me several options for looking at my issues.

Work with me!