Fanteema Barnes-Watson

(LCSW)

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 almost 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 currently provide counseling part time to undergraduate students in New York addressing emotional issues and trauma that affect their academic performance.

I also founded The SWEET Network, LLC (Supporting Women to Empower and Enhance Themselves): a counseling service that provides individual counseling, networking opportunities, and self-help tools.

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


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Family, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting, Anger, Career

Years of Experience: 16

Licensing

LCSW #44SC05669100 (Expires: 2018-08-31)

LCSW #083531-1 (Expires: 2018-07-31)


Reviews

Written by C.H. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Fanteema for 11 months stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

I have really enjoyed working with Fanteema. She constantly offers new ways for me to overcome my own struggles and is always there when I need her. She has been an unbiased support system in a time that was a little dark for me. I appreciate everything she has done to help.

Written by C.H on Dec 24, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 9 months stress, anxiety, family, grief, self esteem, career, and depression

A very kind and understanding person who is supportive.

Written by R.I on Aug 11, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 4 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, bipolar, and depression

Fanteema really helped me through a rough time that I was having regarding an ugly mix of anxiety and school stress. She is very easy to talk to, asks great questions, and really helps you to address your problems in an approachable way.

Written by C.H on Jul 25, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Easy to talk to and open up to

Written by E.R on Jun 19, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 4 months stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and depression

I was skeptical about online therapy but I believe now that it is possible to make progress. Fanteema has already started to help me think about things differently in a very short period of time. She's been very professional but also friendly and down to earth. She always addresses my issues no matter how many I bring up in one session!

Written by E.S on Jun 14, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 2 months stress, anxiety, family, and depression

Fanteema is extremely patient and understanding. I feel heard by her (even though this is completely based on typing to one another) and she gives great advice. I feel like Fanteema also knows the right questions to ask and is very encouraging to me in her responses to my thoughts.

Written by N.A on Jun 12, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, career, and depression

Very helpful, friendly, and understanding. I definitely recommend Fanteema!

Written by M.I on May 16, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, self esteem, career, and depression

Very understanding and very helpful. Gave me great resources for my area for my situation. I would recommend to anyone.

Written by A.S on Apr 01, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 5 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, self esteem, career, and depression

She is good. She gives prompt responses. She does not simplify or marginalize your concerns. Her approach is practical and structured.

Written by T.I on Mar 21, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 5 days stress, anxiety, relationship, family, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

Fanteema is a great counselor. She never pressured me to share anything that I didn't want to and gave me realistic suggestions along with helpful resources such as articles. She's really a great help.

Written by N.A on Mar 12, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 1 week stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family, trauma and abuse, and depression

She is great!

Written by S.. on Feb 24, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, career, bipolar, and depression

She's a life saver. Very professional and to the point of getting to the root of your depression.

Written by S.A on Feb 05, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and depression

Fanteema makes me feel like a long lost friend, that I am glad to have back. I am looking forward to her messages, and she helped me a lot in this short time! Glad she was recommended to me!

Written by A.N on Jan 13, 2016 after counseling with Fanteema for 1 month stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger, and depression

Fanteema has been extremely helpful in my endeavor to overcome depression and anxiety issues. I highly recommend her!

Written by M.A on Dec 23, 2015 after counseling with Fanteema for 2 months stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and depression

Helped me through a very tough break up and career problems

Written by N.I on Nov 19, 2015 after counseling with Fanteema for 11 months

Fanteema has been an angel. She provides great support and information for me. She is truly helping me get through this tough time.

Written by C.R on Oct 15, 2015 after counseling with Fanteema for 2 months

She's great, checks in, always tries to help me with exercises, and always responds no matter what time I message her!

Written by P.A on Sep 23, 2015 after counseling with Fanteema for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

She has helped me to see aspects of myself which could use some working on, but most importantly, has helped reassure me that everything will be okay. That I am not as flawed and damaged as I thought I was, and has served as a major source of support when it comes to making life decisions. She has helped me reason through things, take calculated steps to ensure I'm moving in the right direction, and provided the encouragement I didn't even know I so desperately needed.

Written by S.A on Sep 21, 2015 after counseling with Fanteema for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

She's amazing! She is great at helping me see any situation objectively and I really like the exercises that she provides to help adjust my negative thinking.

Written by D.I on Sep 10, 2015 after counseling with Fanteema for 3 weeks

Fanteema has been great so far...really listening to my needs and providing resources and activities that have really helped me address some core issues.

Written by N.U on Aug 22, 2015 after counseling with Fanteema for 1 week stress, anxiety, addictions, family, grief, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

Fanteema is very helpful and encouraging. She has high empathy and capable in knowing our problems very well.