With 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
I also have experience in 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
LPC #3031 (Expires: 2020-07-31)
LPC #CO2791 (Expires: 2020-01-31)
Barbara is simply fantastic. My sessions with her have yielded benefits in every aspect of my life and I can’t thank her enough for helping me in so many different areas.
Barbara is extremely understanding and committed. She is insightful and has a genuine caring. She has a way of communicating your issues in a way even u aren't fully understanding. I'm looking forward to finding more time to get the full benefits of her expertise and help.
Amazing. Has supported me for years through many hard times.
Barbara is an excellent counselor. She has provided me outstanding guidance in dealing with life challenges. She is an excellent communicator. I greatly appreciate her reaching out on a regular basis to see how I am doing. I highly recommend Barbara,
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.
She is absolutely amazing! She continues to support me with so much wisdom and care. I feel like her words guide me while I go out through my day. I feel blessed to be under her care.
Barbara is very kind and non-judgemental, and helps me look for solutions to problems.
Barbara is a kind, genuine and empathetic soul who is a keen listener. She is calm and patient with her clients. Barbara asks thoughtful questions that challenge her clients to think deeper and dive into topics. I have experienced quite a lot of change over the last year and Barbara has been there each step of the way. I am so grateful for her help and I know that I can reach out to her at any time and I will receive insightful and trustworthy advice.
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.