I am a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey with over 25 years of experience. My counseling style is warm and interactive. My approach is very holistic; exploring many areas of your life and seeing which you would like to work on first - knowing that many overlap and contribute to well being - or the lack of it.
I have specialized most often with people of all ages who have Attention issues. These issues rarely show up alone; teaming with depression, anxiety, OCD, sleep disorders and executive function deficits. They also impact relationships and job performance and so there are many places to jump in and do great work together.
I also have a lot of experience with women in transition as they move through the many passages and milestones that come with change and age.
Along with being an LPC, I am a certified Life, Mindfulness and Wellness coach. Coaching provides an incredible opportunity to partner with a professional dedicated to support you to see the changes you want to make in your life. A coaching relationship helps you build practical strategies for success. Working with you, I will help you clarify your goals and encourage you to realize them based on strengths you have and may have forgotten. Gaining new resources, new tools, new skills- and practicing them, together we will create new possibilities to see you flourish!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Divorce and Separation , Emptiness , Family Problems , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Midlife Crisis , Mood Disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Posttraumatic Stress , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Love , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy
LPC #37PC00082900 (Expires: 2022-11-30)
The best therapist I've had. Really easy to talk to, very supportive, kind and caring.
I have been apart of better help for 2 weeks now and this app has been great ! I highly recommend for anyone who is scared to join its worth it
I've been working with Barbara for a little over a year and a half now, and when I say this experience has been life-changing, I truly mean it. Therapy has always been a goal of mine given my year-long struggle with my mental health, where every day was a constant battle, but I was really nervous starting out. The idea of baring my soul to a complete stranger was, in theory, great so I could receive the objective help I needed, but it was utterly terrifying in practice. But stepping into that fear, with Barbara's support, has been so rewarding so far and I don't think I could ever tell her exactly how much she's helped me. I was at the end of my proverbial rope before Barbara taught me how to weave myself together, not only back in one piece but stronger than I ever was before. She's someone who's always in your corner, always ready to listen (and call you out on negative patterns before your mind starts spiraling where it shouldn't), and our sessions have become one of my favorite parts of the week, tears and tissues notwithstanding. Barbara's super responsive, even when I think it's too late or not a great time for her to answer, and I know that she's always there for me - at my best or at my worst. She truly cares about everything I tell her about and she's so invested in my own pursuits of happiness, romance, and education that I can't wait to update her with my progress every week. This past year and so especially has been the hardest of my life, but working with Barbara has undoubtedly been one of the best things that's come out of it.
Thanks so much for everything, Barbara! <3
Barbara is a kind, genuine and professional person. It has been such a pleasure having her as my counsellor and I have made many breakthroughs with her than I have had with other counselling experiences! I would recommend her to anyone but particularly with people who struggle with ADHD, self-esteem and anxiety/depression.
Always there to listen and support me, no matter the issue.
Barbara is great. She really cares about me and has done everything possible to help me.
My husband and I have both worked with Barbara for a year and a half now. Barbara has been with us through a very tumultuous year, and I dear say that without her help, we may not have made it.
She is incredibly kind and genuine, possessing the utmost professionalism and understanding of her field. I have and will continue to recommend her to many friends and loved ones, given she has an opening in her schedule :)
I have only been working with Barbara for a short time, however early on she has been tremendously helpful. She's been extremely thoughtful and has given true care and diligence to me as a whole as we get to know each other. I would recommend her to anyone.
Barbara is incredible at what she does. Extremely attentive and present during the sessions and checks in on you in between. She gives great insights into whatever it may be you are dealing with and guides you into solutions with expert strategies. I have felt worlds better since I started my weekly sessions with Barbara.
She has been truly the advocate I needed for myself and my progress. I have found so much peace from the process of our therapy. I’m grateful to have someone like Barbara as my therapist.
The best couseller ever. She’s great
So grateful for her!!!
Ms Ackerman is a credit to her field. She is very attentive and focused on the clients issues. Although she leaves it to me to come up with a solution, she invokes me to think and stay strong.
Barbara is very helpful, attentive, responds quicky has great strategies.
Patient, understanding, asks guiding questions, and cheers you on. Strongly recommend her!
So far she had given me tools apply to what I what work on .
Barbara is absolutely tops. I was hesitant to restart therapy after being away for some time after not connecting with my last therapist. I genuinely look forward to our weekly sessions. Barbara is kind, patient, and great at coaching.
It's a saving grace to have her as a sounding board and her company has definitely made an impact on my life.
Couldn't be happier.
Very good and remembering details I mention even in passing. Keeps in regular contact even if I don't reach out.
Taking the step to go to therapy was a very hard thing for me to do and after a few weeks speaking to Barbara I am upset with myself I didn't start sooner. Barbara is very quick to respond, great at setting achievable goals and making you feel positive. She doesn't wait for the weekly sessions and will reach out throughout the week to ask questions and see how you feel.
Through troubled times I feel confident that I can make it through with her help and guidance.
Barbara is engaging, compassionate, and gives concrete tools to deal with the day to day stressors that come up so very often.
Barbara is wonderful! She is so compassionate and understanding and extremely knowledgeable. Every time I speak with her I feel like 1000 pounds have been lifted off of me and since I started seeing her things have been great and I am making changes. I feel that she truly cares and that is very important for me in a therapist.
she is amazing!!!!!!!
Barbara is a great therapist, probably the best. She is a good listener, never judges, and always empowers me to be my best self. She asks great questions and helps me see sides of myself that I couldn't see before. She is also has a sweet nature which makes me feel very comfortable sharing anything concerns and deep thoughts with her.
Barbara has been so good for me over the past few months. Her insights, support, advice and counselling have helped me take great strides with my mental health. We have a difficult life but she is making it easier.
Barbara is a warm and kind soul. Always there to listen without judgement and support and encourage. Very helpful in seeing different perspectives and help in problematic areas. I'm doing so much better than a month ago and looking forward to continue working with her, she truly is a gem. I happily recommended her to anyone in need of her service.
Barbara is empathetic, kind, and supportive. She is a wonderful listener and can hear the underlying messages beneath what I'm saying. I felt that I could trust her quickly and I look forward to our sessions each week.
Barbara is really letting me drive this process while providing support and encouragement as I need. I look forward to working with her more.