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LCSW Barbara Fotsch

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Barbara Fotsch is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

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Licensing: LCSW
Years in Practice: 25
State: CA

Hello. My name is Barb. I moved to southern California to be near my son, after living in St. Louis Missouri all of my life. I have always enjoyed my work with people and strongly believe we move forward when ready. My approach is mostly cognitive, psycho-educational, and supportive. I am rather casual & like to use humor when appropriate, as a tool, to help make the sessions comfortable.

I believe no "one size fits all" in the therapeutic relationship; if something isn't working, we can back it up and try something different. I try to pay attention to a client's energy and offer techniques best suited; for example, some clients want more guidance, others more autonomy. My job is to "listen" and identify helpful movement toward understanding, growth, and healing.

I check my emails 2x a day and will respond w/in 24 hours.

About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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Barbara Fotsch is easy for me and my partner to talk with. Her questions are spot-on, letting us know she's listening to us. It has been extremely helpful to know we can talk to her as a knowledgeable, well-trained third party. Thank you, Better Help, and Thank you, Barbara!

Feb 20, 2023


Barb is very attentive to my needs as they change. She is very good at picking up on what is bothering me and what direction our session might need to go if I don't have something specific I want to discuss. I always feel so much better after a session with Barb!

Feb 08, 2023


She is amazing

Jan 21, 2023


She’s a great person. Talking to her feels so easy and natural, she really helps not make it awkward. Really helped me through some mental blocks.

Dec 18, 2022


Barb is very easy to talk to and understands the crazy dynamics of unhealthy relationships. She has helped me understand a lot of the turmoil in my life and reassured me that I’m not totally crazy. :-)

Dec 14, 2022


She was great, very kind and responsive. An extremely patient doctor. I appreciate everything she was able to do for me during our brief time.

Nov 21, 2022


Barb is very kind and understanding! She always makes me very comfortable to be my most vulnerable self while I work through my healing journey.

Oct 05, 2022


Barbara was amazing from the first moment I met her. She listened to what I had to say and really made me feel comfortable. She helped me pave my way to a more successful life. She cared deeply about my mental health and for that I am so grateful.

Aug 19, 2022


Barbara is relatable, shows empathy and compassion and is truly encouraging! She understands my concerns and has given me a few new life skills to help me not just deal with them, but to grow through them. I am thankful we were paired up!

M.A.·Aug 05, 2022


Barbara is very helpful. She listens to everything I have to say then recommends what I should do.

M.I.·Jul 31, 2022


She's authentic ❤️

H.E.·Jul 06, 2022


She has been truly amazing understanding my situation and who i am as a person and has helped me out extremely. She is incredible!

D.U.·May 13, 2022


She's amazing and I'm blessed to have worked with her!

D.E.·May 03, 2022


Barbara is great. Thank you

A.L.·Mar 10, 2022


Barb has been super helpful and insightful regarding my relationship ups and downs. She's very encouraging and calls me out (gently) when I need it.

S.H.·Feb 08, 2022


She’s wonderful!

K.A.·Jan 20, 2022


Barbara is amazing, listens well and gives great advice and 'homework' that I find very useful.

H.E.·Nov 23, 2021


She is concerned with the details of my life and seems to see the big picture at the same time. Very personal, kind and caring!

B.E.·Nov 12, 2021


Barbara is an amazing counselor, and I can say this as someone who has had a lot of therapy. She focuses on practical solutions, ways to navigate life effectively, and creating more joy every day. I always feel like I get so much out of our sessions together. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to experience more balance and joy in life.

L.A.·Oct 08, 2021


Barbara is amazing.

M.E.·Sep 21, 2021


I had an immediate rapport with Barbara. I sense that this is going to go very well. She's nurturing and non judgmental. Just what I needed

D.A.·Jun 19, 2021


I am thankful to have been matched with Barb. I felt comfortable with her very quickly, and I was able to share with her things that it has been difficult to share with other people in my life. I was grateful for the perspective and validation she provided for my outlook and feelings. She was always respectful but also helped me to see new ways of thinking about situations. She is an excellent listener and asks thought provoking questions. She has motivated me to make the effort in improving my relationships. She also provided several useful tools and worksheets that I can refer back to. I thoroughly appreciated working with Barb.

N.A.·May 20, 2021


Barb has made such an incredible impact on my life, it’s difficult to accurately put into words just how great of a counselor she is. Without getting in depth, i can say that when I first signed up for BetterHelp/matched with Barb, I was just… lost. In so many ways. Yet over just six or so short months, my world has changed and I feel so much more optimistic, hopeful, happy- more alive than ever. Barb is understanding, compassionate, and gives you the resources you need to change yourself for the better. If you listen to her and put in the work, there is no doubt that you’ll come out a greater person than you already were.

C.A.·May 18, 2021


My experience has been short, however, I am already able to apply and remember the things that I am working on to improve my life. I have seen many counselors to no avail. I am actually feeling like I’m able to change and someone is able to support and guide me on this new change to help improve my quality of life.

C.A.·May 05, 2021


Barb is legit the best. I would not have been able to work through decades of pent up emotions without her. Love ya Barb!

N.A.·Apr 25, 2021


Barb is a great listener and moves at the pace chosen by the patient. I live our video sessions.

B.R.·Apr 14, 2021


Barbara is very easy to talk to, it feels like I am having a chat with a good friend. She offers strategies to cope with my anxiety and checks in when she doesn't hear from me. It is nice to know someone is thinking about you.

K.A.·Apr 08, 2021


I cannot thank Barb enough for helping me so much in a journey where I went from anxiety and depression to a healthy way in dealing with my emotions, anger, feeling and relationships. Thanks to her I have opened up to those close to me and am communicating more which helps me deal with moments when I bring myself down or let anxiety take over. The time she takes to work on what can make me navigate my problems, her patience and understanding is absolutely amazing. She listens, remembers and gives you a dedication that go beyond what I expected. I honestly was hesitant about the success of doing therapy via online but Barb has helped me so much and thanks to her I am finally waking up with joy in what the day will bring and not paralyzed with fear of what my anxiety and negativity will bring.

D.I.·Mar 22, 2021


I had never participated in counseling before, but I felt I needed to try something new and was very grateful I did. I was very comfortable with Barb from the very beginning. She is passionate, dedicated, friendly, and engaged throughout every session. She provides excellent guidance and perspective. Our sessions have helped me bounce back and see things differently. Highly recommended!

L.A.·Dec 14, 2020


Was scared and untrusting, but to be honest it’s one of the best things I have ever done.

R.O.·Dec 13, 2020


Barb is a wonderful listener and does so well to make me feel comfortable and at ease when speaking with her. I always felt lighter after our conversations. Barb also shared plenty of helpful insights and let me lead my course to peace of mind. I recommend her highly!!

B.E.·Dec 03, 2020


I am very grateful to have found Barb. I felt comfortable with her right away. I am a therapist myself and felt hesitant about being able to find the right fit. Barb is always compassionate. She lets me decide the direction of therapy based on my values and priorities. She offers insightful guidance that has helped me come to a deeper understanding of myself.

K.A.·Nov 23, 2020


Barb is very sweet & helpful. She is a great listener & is patient.

R.Y.·Nov 17, 2020


Barb is a very good listener and very helpful!

B.R.·Nov 16, 2020


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