With over 30 years of experience as a therapist, I offer the perfect combination of seasoned wisdom, current relevance and flexible interventions. I have seen trends come and go in the fields of psychology and counseling, so I like to hone in on your needs and tailor treatment modalities to your particular circumstances and expectations. I enjoy helping people discover their true needs/desires and pursuing their dreams, fantasies and meeting their life goals.
I specialize in helping you overcome life's speed bumps - being stuck, restlessness, grief, depression, anxiety and trauma (I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional). I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, families and with partners/marriages. I have worked in every conceivable setting - inpatient, outpatient, day treatment, residential, in-home, private practice and, of course, virtual! My "pet topics" are neuropsychology, PTSD/ADHD and media psychology. My pioneering work with online counseling in the 90s (pre-Google!) was featured on Oprah's network and in Glamour Magazine, so I come to you with the highest of standards in the field.
I typically employ cognitive-behavioral therapy, skills-building from dialectical-behavioral therapy and neurotherapy (teaching about how your mind-body chemicals spur your feelings which lead to thoughts, behaviors and habits...how to do and undo that tangled web). I believe that people change when they're good and ready to - my job is to help you get ready to change and then to support you through change. You know you can't directly change others, but you CAN change yourself - and by doing so, you help change the world for the better, one step at a time.
And it all starts with you!
Let's create a treatment plan that is both realistic and challenging for you - one that involves a precise balance of safety and risk, comfort and courage. My clients say I'm easy and fun to work with because of the combination of my personality, professional and personal experience...and thus I use a balanced combination of compassion, reality and humor...and because I'm real.
Change is hard enough - why not make it fun, meaningful and enjoy the journey?
I look forward to working with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Coping with life changes
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Codependency , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , First Responder Issues , HIV / AIDS , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Intellectual Disability , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Phobias , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Prejudice and Discrimination , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexual Dysfunction , Sexuality , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Traumatic Brain Injury , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPC #3031 (Expires: 2022-07-31)
LPC #CO2791 (Expires: 2022-01-31)
LPC #7434 (Expires: 2023-08-31)
She’s a lovely and caring woman. I’m so very thankful for how well she listens and remembers details about my life.
Barbara has been with me for almost 2 years, which is hard to believe. She's been with me through a boyfriend's deployment, doctoral school, the pandemic, heartbreak, having important belongings stolen in a break-in robbery, and anxiety-inducing professional presentations. She is the best counselor and I really value her opinion. I always feel like things will be ok after our sessions and talking about what's going on. Whatever betterhelp is paying her, she needs a raise to have dealt with so many of my issues for so long. I highly recommend her.
Barbara is an excellent therapist! She's been incredibly helpful. When we speak I truly feel heard and she's given me advice that I hold close to my heart and use regularly to help me in difficult times. She's kind, warm and I can tell she takes time to really understand where I'm coming from in her responses. She also provides useful prompts/worksheets which I find helpful. I highly recommend her if you are hesitant about therapy whatsoever. She was the second therapist I've ever had and my first experience didn't work out. She really gave me new hope and my only wish is that I'd started sessions with her sooner. If you're reading this, it's time. Barbara's got your back.
Barbara provides such wonderful encouragement and reminds my of my strengths and abilities to navigate difficult situations. She has given me wonderful ideas to try out and also insight into my current issue that I hadn't considered. I have gained so much through our work together. I highly recommend her!
Barbara Leigh is beyond professional when it comes to helping you with your challenges. She seeks to help you out with the best approaches that will help you make progress towards your life and does so with the utmost care and compassion. The best part of all is that she genuinely cares about you on a personal level, as she has always reached out to me to check and see how I am feeling and if my worries are getting better. Do not hesitate to meet with her because she has the skills and expertise that will crush your anxieties, challenges, fears, and much more, in order to live a better and happier life.
Very kind and insightful
I am not always available to log in and share what is going on, this leads me to forgetting to check in. Barbara is so great about reaching out and making sure I am doing okay. She provides articles, encouragement, and much needed advice that I feel like helps me move forward with my issues. I really appreciate her availability and her timely response. I am glad I was matched with her!
Barbara is great! I would highly recommend her!
Barbara is incredibly patient and wise. Her years of experience are immediately obvious as she offers a plethora of approaches.
I am very happy with her
Barbara is wonderful! She gives treat advice and responds to me in a timely manner. I always feel heard after my sessions. I would recommend her to everyone.
Barbara really gets to know where your coming from what you have endured and helps work yourself through it what ever it is. She's a wonderful counselor.
just one session , and the one step i took was hard. but i took it. and really for the first time. i think i knew the step was there, but something Barbara said gave me the confidence to take it. there is no explanation , or thanks big enough, when a stranger you only talked to once, just might be the reason I am still married, and want to stay that way. Her understanding of the autistic spectrum is tangable. really no words.
She’s the best
I love working with Barbara! She's kind and gives amazing guidance. She actually takes the time to respond and ask questions that really help dig deep and get to the root. I had worked with her when I was going through a tough time and I can honestly say I'm glad she was there to help. So thank you Barbara!
Barbara has helped me tremendously through good times and bad. It’s good to have somebody who knows what they are talking about if you are going through anything in life. The money I pay every month is an afterthought when I get to talk to Barbara weekly.
I shared this on social media to encourage others to use BetterHelp. Also, I shared it with my counselor, Barbara. I have found BetterHelp to be an incredible resource and I want people to use it!
BetterHelp has changed my life tremendously. Depression and anxiety are real and the ‘woo woo’ around therapy and mental health is bull shit. Working with the right counselor is.
Barbara is an absolute gem to work with. She is so skilled, compassionate, and down to earth. She listens and offers great insight. I’m very grateful that I was paired with her!
Barbara is a very kind hearted person who does her best.
Barbara is awesome and has really helped me.
Barbara has been instrumental in helping through some difficult times as a result of a serious car accident. Her guidance and expertise on traumatic brain injuries has been instrumental in helping me understand what is going on and dealing with the frustration and depression as a result of the accident. While I am still healing, I am in such a better place to manage my life thanks to Barbara.
Barbara Leigh is a blend of authentic kindness, humility, her own life experiences, and knowledgeable in her field of psychology.
Barbara has great insight into what's going on with people and how to help. She's very kind and qualified and has a way of helping you get out if ur own way that is amazing.
Barbara is not only a great therapist but a great person. She has helped me to grow in a number of ways.
Barbara is the best therapist ever!!!
Barbara is amazing and has supported me through some of the most stressful times in my life. She keeps me grounded and reminds me I can get through anything. She gives me new perspectives. I'm not sure where I would be if she wasn't here rooting me on the past few years.
I am extremely appreciative of Barbara because I 100% feel like she understands what I am going through. Her words resonate with me and they don't feel like empty, canned phrases either. I truly feel like she understands and is then able to guide me with meaningful exercises and explain to me why I'm going through what I'm going through in a way that I can understand. I feel heard and I am just really appreciative of her attitude and her words.
She is a good listener and comes to you with advice to start helping you to talk and work through things. She goes at your speed.
Barbara listens and addresses ALL of my thoughts, feelings and concerns like no other conselor I have ever had before. She gives constructive criticism in a way that speaks to me on a level that I won’t blow it off. I highly respect what she has to say about every situation and would recommend her to anyone of my friends.
Love Barbara! She's been a great support :)
Dr. Leigh has been wonderful. She has listened to me when I felt like I was dumping everything in my head on her. The experience has helped me considerably.
She gives thoughtful responses and helpful incite. The validation she gives of my experiences has been truly helpful.
Barbara is an amazing counselor! Since the very first session I was impressed by her ability to ask just the right questions and get to the point as well as offering hands-on exercises to practice at home in between sessions. She really made me feel at my ease and I appreciated that she was able to connect deeply with me and speak my own language (e.g. metaphors related to ballet) :-) We have been working on so many areas of my life including: violence, abuse, low self-esteem, life major changes, depression and suicidal thoughts, anxiety, overthinking, false self, sexual identity, orgasmic dysfunction, family issues, professional identity, empowerment, minor health issues... Counselling has been valuable to change the way I think, consider new perspectives and get insights from a true professional! I now feel better equipped at facing life challenges, more powerful, relaxed, and mindful. Thank you Barbara!
Barbara was very easy to talk with - a very good listener. As I presented my issues, she was very helpful in directing me to see other options, and or views to a solution that would benefit me. I am thankful for her expertise and time.
Barbara is very kind and non-judgemental, and helps me look for solutions to problems.
I love her so much and I feel so bad that I put so much emotional baggage on her but she makes me feel better!!
Barbara Leigh is a wonderful counselor! She puts my mind at ease and has given me things to think about regarding myself and the people in my life. She validated my feelings of stress and frustration, as well as loss and hope.
Barbara is a very good counselor and I highly recommend her to others.
Barbara has been a great help, and I always feel that I have a listening ear. Thank you.
Barbara is very helpful. Didn't take long for her to see things from my perspective which was a relief. She seemed to validate my feelings before giving me insight to things, which is what I was searching for in that awful moment. Thank you again
The first counselor I've been able to open up with and feel comfortable talking to :)
She is very helpful and understands your needs. It's her professional experience and expertise along with her wisdom that brings out the best in you. She is a great counselor!
Barbara Leigh's words helped me through many difficult days. She helped me keep calm in many situations and be more confident and stand up for what I want and believe in and face my fears. Although I don't write very regularly, I find that every time I do I am left with a better understanding of myself and my surrounding. Thank you.
Barbara was an amazing therapist. She went above and beyond on listening to me and answering questions I had. She understood me so well and was patient and kind.
Barbara is real insightful and offered me thought provoking help nearly right away.
I never thought that online therapy will help much, but it did actually .
Having someone understand you and help you to get through things in your life is amazing.
Thank you Barbara
Barbara is great at gleaning my concerns and gently pointing me in the right direction. Sooooo helpful!
She listens to my problems and helps me see things from a different perspective
Barbara is a very proactive counselor who follows up with suggestions for actionable steps to help.
Barbara is very insightful, intuitive, and a great writer. While I don't think we've gone too deep into any one issue, she is very empathetic and personable. Responses were very often the first week and have tapered off to about once a week correspondence that mainly ask me follow up questions about my emails.
I have found Barbara very easy to talk to. She is quick to respond to my emails and offers great advice. :-)
After some two weeks she managed to change my perspective on few things critical to me. I feel the progress.
Barbara has helped me understand myself and take my time to be confident and resolve the issues I've had.
Barbara was amazing and so helpful in a dark time. She is so wise, patient and understanding. She helped me work through some emotions and let go of some stuff, so I could move on with my life. I'm feeling much better after having her guidance and support. She really knows how to ask the right questions that help you see things from a different perspective. Highly recommend her for dealing with depression, grief or guilt.
Barbara has been an absolute delight to work with over the last 3 months. Her responses are always extremely thorough, well thought out, and easy to understand while always provide insight back to your concerns. She has a wonderful way of providing alternative views to your thoughts and thought process. All while being compassionate and understanding. I would recommend her to anyone dealing with anxiety and/or depression.
Barbara is awesome! She helps me ask myself the right questions, and pushes me gently in the direction I need to be going. She's helped me develop self-confidence and efficacy. I feel more sure of myself and ready to action because of Barbara's support.
She is amazing in listening to what you have to say and guiding you in a direction that you had not thought of. I love the listening skills and letting you get what you have off your chest. She is a great help that I recommend to anyone.
Amazing counselor, very insightful and helped me with my issues.
Barbara employed her vast knowledge and experience immediately to me and my situation and I felt that she understood. That is powerful and rare for such a short period of time. Can't speak highly enough of Barbara Leigh or Better Help.
Barbara has been great! Very understanding and offers insight from different perspectives, which is what I needed!
Barbara is a great person. I have a serious relationship problem which I think I will never get over it or a very long time to recover. However, consulting with Barbara gives me a different point of view. Her knowledge, wisdom, empathy and patience are leading me out of this dark time. I strongly recommend Barbara when you have problems with relationship, especially break-up ones.
Barbara has been very helpful, asking good probing questions, and helping guide me through some challenging issues. She was always quick to respond, positive and upbeat, but realistic.
Barbara had been extremely helpful to me. I have been battling many obstacles in the last couple years and she has been so kind and patient. I appreciate the feedback and wisdom she offers and especially the questions she asks that make me dive deeper. I recommend Barbara to anyone who is having difficulty in sorting out their life's path and getting on track to their future. She has been such a delight to work with! Thank you Barbara for all your help!
Barbara is amazing! She really listens to what you're saying and gives advice/thoughts on the situation in a positive helping way.
Barbara has been phenomenal. I absolutely love the positivity and energy she brings to my life! She's an excellent listener and provides invaluable feedback and suggestions which have improved and impacted my life immeasurably. She has a great wealth of knowledge, wisdom, empathy and patience, which makes her a leader in her field. Her words and praise bring me comfort and hope while challenging me to be an ever-improving version of myself. I couldn't recommend another professional more highly.
Barbara is kind, approachable, and asks the right questions to get me thinking, feeling, and behaving in a better way.
Barbara has been invaluable as a counselor. She has been able to provide not only an ear to vent my doubts, but a mouth to tell me that it is all part of who I am. I merely sought her initially to provide some reason for my thoughts, but she has given me tools to fight those terrible thoughts.