Hello. It is so nice to meet you! My name is Barbara and I am so glad you are taking this first step. Do you feel overwhelmed and pulled in a million directions? Do you have difficulty saying "no"? Do you feel like your mind is cluttered with so many thoughts, feelings, and concerns? Life's challenges can be quite overwhelming and may leave you or a family member feeling lost and alone not knowing where to turn. Pause for a moment and know I hear you and I can help!!! By working together, you will learn coping skills and strategies to meet your specific needs. My background includes working with children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, life stressors, grief, self-esteem issues, confidence, symptoms of OCD, anger management, and social anxiety and awkwardness. I draw from evidenced-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, principles of Motivational Interviewing, Meditation, and Mindfulness while also utilizing art and game therapy when working with children. I also use techniques from Parent/Child Interaction Therapy and Intensive Family Coaching when working with parents. I earned my Masters's Degree in Counseling Psychology with a certification in Secondary School Counseling and later became certified in Elementary School Counseling from Immaculata University. I am also a Licensed Behavior Specialist and Nationally Certified Counselor. I look forward to working with you!
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
In our first session, which is typically called an "intake", my first goal is for you to feel comfortable. During this time, I will have the opportunity to get to know you and the issues you may be dealing with. You will also have the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have. We will work collaboratively to begin to develop a treatment plan that has achievable goals based on what your needs and expectations for therapy are.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
Depending upon your needs, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, principles of Motivational Interviewing, Meditation, and Mindfulness while also utilizing art and game therapy when working with children. I also draw from Parent/Child Interaction Therapy and Intensive Family Coaching when working with parents.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I genuinely care about helping you understand that everyone has the ability to heal and that means "you". My goal is for you to regain that feeling of happiness, self-control, inner peace, and HOPE. I am a reliable, empathetic, compassionate, and genuine therapist who is easy to talk to and actively and empathetically listens to what is on your mind and what you are struggling with.