Barb has been in private practice since 1994, working with clients in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Prior to her work with OUR Therapy, Barb held various clinical roles at the University of California San Francisco’s Alliance Health Project, including individual and group psychotherapist, Gender Team member, LGBTQ researcher, manager, and community planner.
Barb has enjoyed working with ‘non-traditional’ communities throughout her career, including individuals and couples who identify as LGBTQ, or as members of the kink and polyamory communities. She emphasizes client resilience and uses a variety of techniques, including mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and object-relations theory to help her clients achieve their personal and relational goals.
In addition to her expertise in the concerns and strengths of gender and sexual minority communities, Barb has a graduate specialization in Grief, and a postgraduate certificate in Working With Returning Troops (and their families). She has extensive experience working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, substance misuse, and trauma.
A member of World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), Bay Area Open Minds (BAOM), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and National Center for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), Barb has also provided consultation and training for non-profits, corporations and schools around issues of gender and sexual minority inclusion and equity.
Having been born and raised in the Bay Area, being a part of OUR Therapy, and being able to provide safe and accessible therapy with clinicians whom have the same commitment feels ‘like a perfect fit’ for Barb.