Dr. Gemma Barriteau


About Me

I am a mental health counselor, licensed in the state of New York with 15 years of experience working with teens, adults and families in various settings, such as community mental health facilities, schools, drug and alcohol rehab, in foster care and at a gay/lesbian community center. Although originally from New York, I graduated from Duquesne University in PA with my masters degree in Community Counseling in 2005 and then with my doctorate degree in Counselor Education & Supervision in 2016. I have worked with clients in both PA and NY through various issues and concerns, which include non-suicidal ideation (cutting), low self-esteem, drug and alcohol dependency, anxiety, anger management, relationship issues, codependency and issues concerning sexual orientation.
I believe that it is a privilege when anyone allows me into their world and I treat that openness with the utmost respect, sensitivity and compassion. I understand that as we learn to work with each other, mistakes will be made. I too am open to whatever you will teach me. My approach is person-centered with cognitive-behavioral counseling theory and techniques that are enhanced by Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy, which is "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" (https://www.google.com- what-is-Logotherapy). The creation of your treatment plan will be a collaborative effort to help ensure that you will be successful.
Taking the steps to improve one's life requires courage and commitment. When you are ready, I am here to help you through the process.
I'm looking forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMHC #006061 (Expires: 2022-04-30)


Written by A.M. on Jul 22, 2019 after counseling with Gemma for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

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.

Written by C.O. on Jul 11, 2019 after counseling with Gemma for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue

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.

Written by C.R. on Jun 22, 2019 after counseling with Gemma for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

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.

Written by M.A. on May 17, 2019 after counseling with Gemma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by G.H. on Apr 23, 2019 after counseling with Gemma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

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

Written by M.A. on Nov 30, 2018 after counseling with Gemma for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, and sleeping disorders

She's like talking to a really smart, caring long time friend. Warm and engaging.