With over 30 years of experience as a therapist, I offer a seasoned combination of wisdom, current relevance and flexible interventions. I have seen trends come and go in the fields of psychology and counseling, so I like to identify your particular needs and tailor treatment modalities to your unique circumstances and expectations. I enjoy helping people discover their true needs/desires and pursuing their dreams, potential 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 multiple settings - 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 use 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). I believe that people change when they're ready - my goal 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!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, 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, Post-traumatic 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
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
SC LPC 7434
GA LPC LPC012808
AL LPC 3031
OR LPC C2791
WA LMHC LH61398809
Unfortunately, I have had several therapist over my lifetime and I can truly say Barbara is the best therapist I have ever had. She is both empathetic and to the point, providing solutions and advice that are doable and achievable. In three visits, she has provided me skills that will last a lifetime.
Written on Nov 29, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Barbara has helped me over the course of the last 2 years sort through my thoughts regarding trauma and even family dynamics from my role in being a good spouse to how to navigate the family I came from and also married into. She has a lovely real person approach to it all. She isn’t stuffy and yet balances the refreshing realness of her style with professionalism that sets her apart. She is such a gift to me and to the therapy world. Everyone needs a Barbara in their life.
Written on Nov 17, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Barbara is the best therapist I've ever worked with, she's very thorough, very supportive, very encouraging. She listens, she confronts issues head on. She gives practical advice. She is really very good at seeing the bigger picture. Love having her as my therapist.
Written on Nov 03, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, coaching, and adhd
Barbara is a wonderful therapist. She is the absolute best and I've been working with various ones throughout my life. She is professional and has so many therapy techniques that we've tried to deal with crippling anxiety and depression. She is amazing and I would follow her no matter where she goes. She's helped change my life for the better and helped me learn to deal with all the major issues that are entirely out of my control.
Written on Oct 31, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 3 years and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I’ve clicked with Barbara from our very first interaction. She has lots to offer and her style of therapy is so comforting. There’s a good balance between logical and emotional approaches to tackle my problems. I love how she is very detail-oriented and takes everything you say seriously. She is so validating at all levels while also pointing out the areas you need to work on. Definitely my favorite therapist I’ve ever worked with so far!
Written on Oct 15, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
She is kind, knowledgeable, and she listens. I appreciate her listening and her affirming words as I share things.
Written on Oct 09, 2023 after therapy with Barbara for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue