Hello, my name is Tommy Lee Barbosa and I am a Veteran of the United States Navy, for which I served from 2005-2009. Soon after exiting the military with an honorable discharge, I enrolled at The University of Texas Pan American to study Psychology. Three short years later, I graduated with my Bachelors of Science (Psychology) and pursued graduate school the following semester. After two years of course work and training I graduated with my Masters of Science (Rehabilitation Counseling) in 2014 and shortly after obtained my professional license as a Licensed Professional Counselor from the State of Texas. Once obtaining my license, I began working at South Texas Chronic Pain Institute where I conducted a wide range of clinical practice. My clientele ranged from clients experiencing symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Phobia, Panic Disorder, Chronic Pain, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Clients under my care ranged from Major Depression to catastrophic injuries that caused life altering circumstances that included diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder to Paraplegia which included, but were not limited to work related injuries, and motor vehicle accidents. I have treated Law Enforcement officials, which include police officers, firefighters and others who have experienced symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. I have worked directly under Dr. Elisa G. Sanchez, M.D. Psychiatrist for the previous 2.3 years and under her supervision, I treated clients on an individual and group therapy basis. Together, Dr. Sanchez and I would evaluate the patients for several hours at our clinic and we would discuss and diagnose each patient, placing them on either a pharmacological treatment plan or a non-pharmacological treatment plan which primarily utilized individual counseling. On a smaller scale, I also have experience with Marriage Counseling, albeit I am not a marriage counselor, I have assisted in counseling married couples that are experiencing marital discord at the local church center.
I approach every interaction and/or session with you, the client, with empathy and a duty to provide you with the most accurate and current evidence-based practice in order to improve your current situation. Whether it is stress from work or family, major depression or panic disorder, I have an obligation to put my best effort in assisting you in achieving all your therapeutic goals. My counseling style is very similar to the most common and effective therapy approach known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Very similar because I combine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with other therapeutic approaches, such as Reality Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Talk Therapy, in order to tailor your experience to my treatment plan to fit your needs. I expect a lot from my patients and have seen great results clinically because the key to success in both, the therapeutic environment and the real world, is effort on the part of the client and the will to change. Client/Counselor relationship is the number 1 priority for me and I will devote countless hours a week to provide you with the best therapeutic experience I can offer.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Anger management
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
Tommy Barbosa is great at listening and being encouraging and non-judgemental, and seems to really understand my concerns; he’s able to then give verbal encouragement, advice, redirection, or practical exercises that are just what is needed. The tools he gives me really helps counseling to go from just talking to real change. I’ve made more progress in counseling with him in 3 months than I did in a year with my previous counselor.
Tom helps me a lot during my difficult times. He's supportive, patient and kind,he makes me comfortable to share my problems without being judged. Tom is also creative with assessments that can make me feel better and understand my problems better.
Tommy Barbosa has been/is helping me with several personal issues, PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress etc. that I've been dealing with many years mostly on my own. I've tried a few counselors before, but this is the FIRST time I feel that I am validated, respected and listened to. He is very engaged and you feel he is very interested and he does truly care, which he does. He stays involved with previous sessions and communications, whereas other counselors don't seem to keep abreast on previous discussions or where you are in your problems, more assembly line counseling. Tommy Barbosa is providing me with a genuine, warm, kind and professional approach, and it is a blessing to feel as though I'm getting off the hamster wheel of personally struggling...........and starting to see and feel a lot of progress toward my end goals and heart's LONG awaited desires. I know God put him in my path!
He has been fabulous to work with. I'm not the easiest "patient"......Yet he has patience with even that!
Tom is amazing. I was looking for someone who specializes in PTSD. He worked with police and firemen so he has real experience and success stories that inspire me to change and manage my PTSD. Only regret is that I didn't meet him sooner. I have been dealing with this for 11 years. I finally have hope. And Tom is the reason for that. Thank you Tom.
I really appreciate that Tommy takes special care in the details of what we discuss, and makes me feel confident about his expertise.
I love talking to Mr. Barbosa. When I first approached BetterHelp, I was nervous that talking to someone would make it real. Mr. Barbosa was very helpful, supportive, and extremely friendly!