Gemma M. Barriteau, Ph.D., LMHC is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of experience working with teens, adults and families. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Gemma graduated in 2016 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Doctoral degree in Counselor Education & Supervision. As an African American gay youth, she grew up believing that being female, Black and gay were three strikes against her. However, after doing her own therapeutic work, she learned and came to appreciate these traits as her Super Powers, using them to help clients through various mental health issues, which include low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, codependency, and issues concerning sexual orientation. Gemma uses a Person-centered approach to therapy, combined with cognitive-behavioral counseling theory and techniques that are enhanced by Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy, "a school of psychology and a philosophy based on the idea that we are strongly motivated to live purposefully and meaningfully, and that we find meaning in life as a result of responding authentically and meaningfully to life's challenges".
Gemma is an active member of the American Counseling Association and was a Board Member for You Gotta Believe! The Older Child Permanency Movement located in Coney Island, Brooklyn. In addition, she has been an advocate for LGBTQIA Youth and received the Youth Mentor & Advocacy Award for her years of service to the Pittsburgh Equality Center (formerly the Gay/Lesbian Community Center) in 2006. Gemma was the Clinical Director for the 100 Schools Project in 2018 before leaving that post to set up her own Private Practice. Unfortunately that was sidelined when Covid19 made its impact on the world. Since then, Gemma has been working online through Betterhelp.com.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
Addictions , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Attachment Issues , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Jealousy , Posttraumatic Stress , Self-Love Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy
LMHC #006061 (Expires: 2022-04-01)
Dr. Barriteau makes therapy a truly enjoyable experience. She has so many strategies, and I always feel that she truly understands my issues. She's also extremely observant has had helped me to identify some key things I might not have seen on my own. I could not recommend her more highly!
Gemma has been extremely helpful and supportive during our time working together. She does a great job listening and providing useful insight/feedback. I’ve learned a lot about how I can improve myself and my relationships with loved ones. Highly recommended!
Great listener, great conversationalist.
She's amazing and knows how to guide you into discovering your true self and accomplishing your therapy goals.
A wonderful, science based, thoughtful approach to tackling your thoughts, patterns, and feelings with compassion and love. Dr. Barriteau is a wonder who I would recommend to anyone!
Dr. Barriteau is very knowledgeable!
Dr. Barriteau is great and has the expertise to guide me to self-awareness. She also offers assignment off sessions which gives me a lot of tools to grow and learn.
Dr. Gemma is the absolute best! Within a short period of time, she was able to help me see things from a different perspective, allowed me to be vulnerable and transparent (something that hasn't been easy for me) and just overall listened and provided amazing feedback!
Dr. Barriteau is a wonderful person who has helped me to understand myself better. She has great insight and has recommended me a lot of resources that have helped me understand some of my traumas and how to tackle them. I always look forward to our weekly meetings and would strongly recommend her to others.
I have just recently started seeing Dr. Barriteau and so far I am highly pleased with her counseling. She really make me do a lot of self reflecting and self awareness which is refreshing and needed.
Dr. Barriteau is great! She really puts things in perspective when I need it the most. I’ve been able to reflect on different aspects of my life and see how they influence each other and I’m able to address them wholly rather than as isolated issues.
Dr. Barriteau in a short amount of time has made me feel so heard and appreciated. I’m very happy that she is the person I got matched with to help me through my current issues.
Wonderfully warm and compassionate.
Dr. Barriteau is great! We have been doing weekly sessions for almost 4 months now. She is very punctual and always listens to me. I would get emotional during our sessions because she really knows how to get to the root of your situation with empathy and understanding. I’ve had a bunch of homework working with her LOL but it did help a lot. I’m more reflective and I feel I have made progress. Thanks Doc! ;)
Dr. Barriteau provides a structure and a path forward to move through difficult times. She listens carefully and also offers insightful, thoughtful methods for coping with any challenges. She gives a reassurance that you can overcome difficult times, and allows space for you to examine your past to learn more about present issues. She has a wonderful sense of humor, and is also deeply compassionate and understanding. Can't recommend her as a counselor enough!
Dr. Barriteau is great. I have only been talking to her a few weeks but I felt like she has know me for years.
Dr. B was very helpful, insightful and caring. She helped me understand and deal with anxiety and friends/family conflicts. I highly recommend her!
Dr. Barriteau is amazing. She listens, understands and keeps me accountable. The information and homework she gives me has helped me and has brought me really far in my progress. She is the best counselor/therapist I've ever had.
Personable, warm, and capable. Talking to her feels like going to a friend who knows you well enough to tell it like it is. She never pushes, she always allows me to reflect on what I’m saying and thinking, but she is skilled at asking the critical questions I need to consider, rather than just letting me talk myself in circles. I absolutely recommend her to anyone seeking a counselor who will laugh with you, walk with you at your pace, and guide you to a stronger sense of self.
Dr. B is awesome. She’s very easy to talk to. She cares about the details and challenges your poor patterns of thinking. Love her.
Dr. Barriteau is extremely warm and easy to talk to as well as extremely professional. It seems to be that you get one or the other with many counselors: they're either very professional but closed off or impersonal, or they're very sympathetic and familiar but as a result seem unprofessional. I'm impressed by her ability to navigate that narrow middle ground where she can be both easy to talk to and also trustworthy and helpful. I am comfortable sharing my concerns with her and feel supported and understood. She is an excellent counselor.
I really like Dr. Barriteau. She is insightful and intelligent. She is very easy to talk too and will typically leave me with something to process until we speak again. She is a true asset to Better Help and her profession