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Fanteema Barnes-Watson, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

With the Internet having so much information, many people think it is easy to research their problems and find online tools to help them. What I have found over the years is that when people do this, they tend to work in isolation with no objective person to hear them and make sure they use the tools they found. This is why it is so important to have a therapist help you in your process of self-improvement.

So if you feel overwhelmed or unfulfilled, your online search has brought you to the right place. I can help you with emotional issues such as self-esteem, depression, anxiety, anger, and stress. I also help you with other areas of your life that become affected by these issues such as relationships, communication, parenting, work or your education. I am comfortable and have experience working with people of all faiths and cultures as well as being an LGBTQQIA (also known as "sexual minority") affirming therapist.

My counseling style includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to help people make the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT involves learning about the issues like depression or self-esteem and completing exercises to learn your current mindset and how to change it. Mindfulness is related and is about being aware of yourself and living in the present moment as well as being focused on positive goals. Using these two strategies helps you to stay focused and adds accountability to prevent you from slipping back into old habits. Clients leave sessions with clarity on who they are, what they want, and how to get it, stress-free. My purpose is to help you stop surviving and start living! Still not sure if this is right for you? Take a look at the testimonials below to see what others have said about our work together.

I have over 20 years of experience in social work as a therapist, researcher, teacher, and trainer. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, K-12 public schools, as well as colleges and universities. I also founded The SWEET Network, LLC (Supporting Women to Empower and Enhance Themselves): a counseling service that provides individual and couples therapy, specializing in women of color and trauma.

My goal is to provide you with simple tools to apply to everyday life.

Professional experience

22yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

NC LCSW C013889

NJ LCSW 44SC05669100

NY LCSW 083531


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Fanteema Barnes-Watson. 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.

Fanteema is hands down the best therapist I have ever worked with. In the short time that I have been with her, we have done a significant amount of work dealing with my childhood trauma.

Written on May 01, 2023 after therapy with Fanteema for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and adhd

Offers variety of techniques
Kind hearted
Feels very experienced & confident

Written on Nov 12, 2019 after therapy with Fanteema for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and bipolar disorder

She really helps me figure out strategies to overcome the obstacles I gave in my life. She compares me to other people’s scenarios and give me options that would be beneficial to my needs. I would 100% recommend her to a friend.

Written on Apr 07, 2019 after therapy with Fanteema for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

Fanteema is a fantastic counselor! A friend of mine suggested BetterHelp when I was at my toughest time in 2018, and being matched with her is the best thing that happened to me! She is so understanding, patient, sweet, and so funny too. She uncovered so many things about me that I didn't even realize. She is an outstanding and professional counselor and I am extremely lucky to have been connected with her.

Written on Feb 03, 2019 after therapy with Fanteema for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Fanteema has been a major help for me when i was in Crisis. She guided me very efficiently and helped me resolve our problems in a mature and fun way. I am so glad to have met her. Thank you Fanteema.

Written on Sep 24, 2018 after therapy with Fanteema for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Awesome person!

Written on Jul 26, 2018 after therapy with Fanteema for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and anger