Barbara Gina Garrett, LCSW
                                 Therapist

I offer insightful, supportive, and interactive therapy blended with resourceful, practical suggestions that can help you heal life’s hurts, like yourself more, adjust to life’s transitions, and develop improved communication skills and relationships. Many people think that they should be able to solve their problems by themselves, but doing it yourself does not mean doing it alone. It means bringing in the resources that will assist you. You can create a better life – first decide to, and then bring in the resources you need to do so. I invite you to let me be your resource, and assist you in improving your relationships and life.

Services Provided

Counseling and Psychotherapy for all ages (6 and older)
Couples, Marital, and Premarital Counseling
Family therapy

M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work, The Catholic University of America
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, George Mason University
B.A. in Psychology, Adelphi University

My approach is to match the treatment style both to the type of problem or issue we are trying to resolve and to the personality of the individual. I chiefly blend together Cognitive, Behavioral, Insight, and Solution-focused therapies. Through cognitive therapy we aim to help change how a person thinks (their perceptions) which in turn produces changes in behavior and feelings. Behavioral therapy rests on the idea that if we change our behaviors (actions, styles of communicating and reactions) we will produce different outcomes in our life and will thereby improve how we feel and think about our life. Insight therapy is based on the idea that if we understand the roots and causes of our feelings, beliefs, reactions and coping styles, we are more able to feel different, and to make changes in our current actions and reactions and thereby create more positive outcomes and relationships and hence feel better. In solution-focused therapy we focus on helping people activate their current abilities to create step by step solutions and make progress in improving their lives. I believe that if we approach your problems with some combination of these therapy types, we will be more likely to help you improve your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships and life. I also help clients create realistic goals for themselves and for their relationships and then to align their energy, behaviors, and communications with what will best influence the outcomes they desire.

I have 30 years of experience in private practice helping individuals and couples assisting with issues such as:

For Individuals – Depression; Anxiety; Anger management; Panic attacks; Phobias; Bulimia; Healing past hurts; Leaving hurtful, unsatisfying relationships and moving on; Dating issues and skills; Selecting a good relationship partner; Overcoming childhood hurts and abuse; Parenting skills; Young adult issues; Teen concerns; Interpersonal skills; Drinking problems; Internet Addiction; Career problems; Adjusting to life transitions; Making life change decisions, i.e., marriage, having children, career change; moving; divorce; Overcoming blocks to change, i.e., fear, procrastination, indecision, worry; gay and lesbian issues; recovering from separation/divorce; and Creating, developing, prioritizing and achieving realistic life goals.

For Couples – Communicating constructively and productively; Non-defensive listening skills; Resolving conflicts peacefully; Building and sustaining closeness and joy; Recovering from an affair; Fidelity Agreements including use of texting,  emailing and social media; Reaching livable compromises; Premarital counseling; Resolving sexual issues and enhancing intimacy; Sharing responsibilities cooperatively; Parenting; Deciding to stay together or not; Parting peacefully; After divorce issues, i.e. communicating and co-parenting in a way that is best for your children

Barbara Gina Garrett, LCSW
Therapist

I offer insightful, supportive, and interactive therapy blended with resourceful, practical suggestions that can help you heal life’s hurts, like yourself more, adjust to life’s transitions, and develop improved communication skills and relationships. Many people think that they should be able to solve their problems by themselves, but doing it yourself does not mean doing it alone. It means bringing in the resources that will assist you. You can create a better life – first decide to, and then bring in the resources you need to do so. I invite you to let me be your resource, and assist you in improving your relationships and life.

Services Provided

Counseling and Psychotherapy for all ages (6 and older)
Couples, Marital, and Premarital Counseling
Family therapy

M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work, The Catholic University of America
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, George Mason University
B.A. in Psychology, Adelphi University

My approach is to match the treatment style both to the type of problem or issue we are trying to resolve and to the personality of the individual. I chiefly blend together Cognitive, Behavioral, Insight, and Solution-focused therapies. Through cognitive therapy we aim to help change how a person thinks (their perceptions) which in turn produces changes in behavior and feelings. Behavioral therapy rests on the idea that if we change our behaviors (actions, styles of communicating and reactions) we will produce different outcomes in our life and will thereby improve how we feel and think about our life. Insight therapy is based on the idea that if we understand the roots and causes of our feelings, beliefs, reactions and coping styles, we are more able to feel different, and to make changes in our current actions and reactions and thereby create more positive outcomes and relationships and hence feel better. In solution-focused therapy we focus on helping people activate their current abilities to create step by step solutions and make progress in improving their lives. I believe that if we approach your problems with some combination of these therapy types, we will be more likely to help you improve your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships and life. I also help clients create realistic goals for themselves and for their relationships and then to align their energy, behaviors, and communications with what will best influence the outcomes they desire.

I have 30 years of experience in private practice helping individuals and couples assisting with issues such as:

For Individuals – Depression; Anxiety; Anger management; Panic attacks; Phobias; Bulimia; Healing past hurts; Leaving hurtful, unsatisfying relationships and moving on; Dating issues and skills; Selecting a good relationship partner; Overcoming childhood hurts and abuse; Parenting skills; Young adult issues; Teen concerns; Interpersonal skills; Drinking problems; Internet Addiction; Career problems; Adjusting to life transitions; Making life change decisions, i.e., marriage, having children, career change; moving; divorce; Overcoming blocks to change, i.e., fear, procrastination, indecision, worry; gay and lesbian issues; recovering from separation/divorce; and Creating, developing, prioritizing and achieving realistic life goals.

For Couples – Communicating constructively and productively; Non-defensive listening skills; Resolving conflicts peacefully; Building and sustaining closeness and joy; Recovering from an affair; Fidelity Agreements including use of texting,  emailing and social media; Reaching livable compromises; Premarital counseling; Resolving sexual issues and enhancing intimacy; Sharing responsibilities cooperatively; Parenting; Deciding to stay together or not; Parting peacefully; After divorce issues, i.e. communicating and co-parenting in a way that is best for your children