My Approach to Helping
Welcome! I'm Barbara Dern, a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Idaho. I am a compassionate counselor dedicated to helping individuals navigate their emotional challenges and find personal growth. With expertise in emotionally focused therapy, I combine this approach with cognitive-bed techniques to create a holistic and supportive therapeutic experience. By integrating these modalities, I foster self-awareness, promote emotional regulation, and facilitate cognitive restructuring. I guide clients in uncovering patterns, healing attachment wounds, and developing healthier ways of relating. Through a warm and collaborative approach, I am committed to empowering clients on their journey toward emotional well-being, authentic connections, and personal transformation.
With over 20 years of experience in behavioral health, including community and residential-based care, I have witnessed the transformative power of therapy. My training encompasses Emotionally Focused Therapy, play therapy, art therapy, and sand tray therapy, enriching my understanding of emotions and healing. As a single mom to a teenager with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I have firsthand insight into the challenges faced by families navigating neurodiversity. This experience has deepened my empathy and advocacy skills. Combining my professional expertise, diverse training, and personal journey as a single mom, I am dedicated to helping individuals and families overcome obstacles, discover their strengths, and foster positive growth. I believe in the power of therapy to create meaningful change and feel honored to accompany clients on their healing journeys.
Join me on a holistic journey of self-awareness, combining emotions and thoughts. I tailor the therapy process to your needs, measuring progress based on your goals. No assigned homework; instead, meaningful insights unfold in our sessions. I’m passionate about clients who dig deep, uncovering hidden patterns. With a warm, nonjudgmental approach, I provide a safe space for exploration. If you seek a therapist who empowers you to embrace your emotions and thoughts, let’s connect. Together, we’ll navigate challenges, uncover strengths, and foster personal growth on your path to wholeness.