About Me

I have been a counselor for over 20 years. I have worked with a variety of age groups that suffered from a wide spectrum of mental health concerns from mild depression to serious mental illnesses. I am EMDR trained and have experience working with clients that have experienced severe trauma. I have treated some clients EMDR using the online platform. with great results. My biggest passion is to especially teach clients the indicators of difficult personalities especially the severe manipulative otherwise known as "gaslighting."
My counseling style is interactive, informal, and solution focused. I'm also a big proponent of the cognitive-behavioral model but I also key in to the unique needs of each client. My focus is to empower you to be your better self. I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #5044 (Expires: 2023-08-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Barbara Smith. 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 M.A. on Feb 13, 2022 after therapy with Barbara for 10 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Barbara is the best. Offers advice, gives listening, helps guide for progress and growth.

Written by J.A. on Nov 25, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

I’ve been working with Barbara for quite a few months now. We started out working on some issues that dates back to when I was younger. Barbara is knowledgeable and so supportive and I experienced EMDR for the first time and it was a game changing technique which really works on the core issues at hand.

In recent months I’ve had to experience a lot of loss and Barbara has been such a light in these tough times, being an advisor and a cheerleader at a time when it feels like I have no one else.

Written by D.E. on Nov 08, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Barbara is an amazing therapist. I am very grateful for her guidance and support.

Written by A.L. on Oct 07, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Barbara goes above and beyond. She always checks in and follows up after a session and responds to messages in a very timely manner. I’m so grateful to have her in my life.

Written by C.H. on Sep 19, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Barbara is professional, insightful and compassionate. I have made significant progress working with her and have been impressed by her expertise and knowledge around trauma. I always feel comfortable doing the deep work required due to the way Barbara makes each session psychologically safe.

Written by A.L. on Aug 20, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

Barbara has been really helpful in terms of her knowledge and insights into my situation. I am extremely grateful to be able to walk this journey with her. During these 3 months, I learned a lot about myself, and through the EMDR sessions we processed a lot of memories together, and it has been an impressive outcome in my daily life. If you are thinking of trying EMDR, Barbara will be the best therapist to get in touch with! Thanks Barbara.

Written by N.I. on Jul 26, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Barbara, is amazing, so kind and understanding and offering me alternative ways of viewing situations and potential solutions, she has helped me so much, I highly recommend her

Written by J.O. on Jun 10, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

She is intelligent and very empathetic and open. I feel really lucky to be working with her.

Written by U.R. on Jun 04, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 3 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

Barbara was very quickly able to understand my situation and offer some insight and solutions. She was able to empathise with my struggles and I found her easy to talk to.

Written by V.I. on Jun 03, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I have only had a few sessions with Barbara now but I already feel confident in her ability to help with what issues I may be facing. Barbara is very professional, non- judgemental always offering alternative view points and suggestions in moving forward.

Written by S.H. on May 11, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Barbara is wonderful. I have severe PTSD from many years of abuse and knew I wanted to work with a therapist but I needed them to have an extensive amount of knowledge about PTSD. Barbara has far exceeded my expectations. She is warm, friendly, extremely knowledgeable and has helped me more in a short period of time than I expected. Barbara’s knowledge and compassion became obvious during our first session. Through working with Barbara I have already learned some incredibly helpful coping techniques which I have used every time I feel my ptsd getting jumpy. I was abused starting at a very young age and am now old enough to have a young adult child. So decades of dealing with holding all of this in, working with different therapists over the years. Nothing seemed to help. Barbara has also helped me figure out how better to communicate with my husband and son about what my needs are and aren’t especially when I’m having flashbacks. All of this has helped me be able to sleep again, feel less jumpy and just safer overall. I am so thankful ❤️

Written by M.I. on Apr 21, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 1 week on issues concerning trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Barbara has such a wealth of knowledge, and a warmth in the way she shares her deep understanding. I could not have asked for a better match. She is an absolute gem, and so, so appreciated!

Written by L.O. on Apr 03, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and career difficulties

Barbara is an experienced counselor. She gave me several book recommendations in addition to our sessions, which I find extremely useful.

Written by T.E. on Apr 03, 2021 after therapy with Barbara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She has helped me massively to deal with things I have been holding inside for 15 years.

Work with me!