Hetty Irmer Barnett,LCSW-C

Hetty Irmer Barnett,LCSW-C

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW-C - 13262
Secondary Credential: LICSW - LC50081231
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Evening Availability


10000 Colesville Road
Four Corners Counseling & Well-being
Silver Spring, Maryland 20901

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My Approach to Helping

If we could think our way into the life we wanted, we would already be there. But healing and growth is not simply about thinking. It is about attending to our feelings, accepting ourselves where we are, and believing in possibilities.
The Four Corners Counseling & Well-being way of therapy, practiced by the founder, Hetty Barnett, and all associates:
For Thinking Women (and Men, too): Are you struggling to feel better about yourself and your life? If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, if your relationships are causing pain or confusion, we can help. We know from hard-earned experience that being an intelligent "over-functioner" does not mean we can easily soothe our emotional pain and create a balanced life. My associates and I can help you tap into your inner wisdom and strength to create the life you desire.

For couples on the brink: At Four Corners Counseling & Well-being, we believe that couples deserve a safe space and a competent therapist to help them navigate their relationship, and move beyond problems to possibilities. This work is sacred, and couples who seek our help are doing so not only for themselves, but for the benefit of their children (if there are any), for their families, and for future generations. We have no pre-determined expectation of how a relationship will unfold. We do firmly believe that any work the members of a couple do to speak for their feelings (not from them) and listen to their partner from a grounded sense of self can reap many benefits in the future, no matter what the outcome. People can grow; people DO grow as they work with me. It takes a village to raise a relationship, and we want to be part of that village.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of therapy: We are trained in IFS, the fastest growing therapy model today. As a clinical treatment, IFS has been rated effective for improving general functioning and well-being. In addition, it has been rated promising for improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders; trauma resolution; physical health conditions; personal resilienceself-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms.

Internal Family Systems can help clients learn ways to better relate to themselves, and move toward the 8 C’s of Self-Leadership: calmness, curiosity, clarity, compassion, confidence, creativity, courage, and connectedness.

More Info About My Practice

Hetty's areas of expertise, which she trains all of her associates with:

1) I am "The Thinking Woman's Therapist" - I work well with bright women of all ages who have relied on their intellect, but now have a sense that there is another wisdom that they could learn to access. I help them deal with their moods, with life transitions, and with gaining a sense of purpose beyond work and super-busy and stressful lives as professional, mother, spouse.

2) Spirituality in Daily Life - I believe that spirituality, life purpose, and a sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves are powerful sources of personal strength and transformation. Individuals who seek to have a therapist who honors the spiritual path and who will help them deepen and expand their spiritual growth are in good hands with me.

3) Relationship Counseling - I am passionate helping couples do the important work to build the relationship they desire. It is challenging to be in an intimate relationship. Couples deserve the highest quality support and guidance to move beyond problems into possibilities. The Internal Family Systems model of couples counseling is simple and powerful. It enables couples to see themselves and one another with compassion and curiosity, and to learn how to relate to their feelings and their partner's feelings in a new way.

4) GROUPS for Women -- "Making Sense of My Self" Growth and Empowerment group meets on Saturday mornings in my office. Members have given positive feedback about how it has helped their lives.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love the combination of offering practical skills & tools, focusing on strengths, and the opportunity for deep emotional healing that counseling and psychotherapy offers. My personal mission statement is to become the person I was created to become, and to help others do the same.

I have both witnessed and experienced powerful, healing and life-changing transformation through the therapy model that I work out of, called Internal Family Systems or "Parts Work."

I am a certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist, and I teach this model of therapy to other therapists. I love it because it really works!

My Therapy Focus

My work with individuals, couples, and groups is based on principles of Self-Leadership, a research-validated, holistic model of personal understanding and growth. The Self-Leadership model, called Internal Family Systems (IFS) by therapists, consists of concrete skills and resources that enable individuals to:

- Identify distressing thoughts and feelings quickly and without self-criticism
- Develop productive tools to address emotional distress
- Create new pathways in the brain that help to heal past pain
- Look toward the future with a greater sense of capacity and hope

In other words, Self-Leadership skills offer a way to understand one's self with curiosity, heal past hurts with compassion, and step into the future with confidence and courage.

I offer a group for women called "Making Sense of My Self."
This Group is a great fit for the woman who is:
- Struggling to manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mood difficulties
- Experiencing the effects of trauma and abuse
- Feeling disconnected from others
- Desiring to understand herself and others better
- Working to feel empowered and capable in her life

The 6 group sessions include:
- Learning the principles of Self-Leadership through experiential exercises
- Guided meditation practice
- Supportive and confidential discussion
- Practical skills to help manage moods and stress

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Ages I Work With

  • Adults


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Groups I Work With

    Thinking Women seeking a deeper kind of wisdom; People who are stressed out, anxious or depressed; Couples on the brink of separation or divorce; Parents wanting to strengthen their resources and parenting skills; Individuals recovering from trauma

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry

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