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LMFT Barbara Labinger

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

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

More about me

Licensing: LMFT
Years in Practice: 7
State: CA

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor based in California.

I relate to clients with a mix of compassionate listening and down-to-earth dialogue. My approach to therapy is eclectic, primarily what's called "client centered." My toolbox includes body awareness, mindfulness, and expressive arts. It's my belief that the relationship is the most important factor in successful therapy.

I’ve worked with a broad diversity of individuals, couples and families. I particularly resonate with people and/or relationships with a foot in two (or more) worlds. This includes, but is not limited to: first and second generation immigrants; cross-cultural couples; genders, sexualities, and/or relationships that fall outside common definitions; and major life transitions.

I also have a background in theatre, which has many lessons that can be applied to therapy:

-Communication depends on not just on the words said but what’s under them. Bodies speak. Historical context matters.

-We all can play multiple roles, with each other and with ourselves.

-We are all shaped by story, and we each have a rich and important story to tell

-It is always possible to change the script.

I look forward to hearing from you,


Hakomi Institute of California Comprehensive Training levels 1 and 2, 2012-2013

Healing Shame-Lyon-Rubin Method

Certified practioner, Berkeley, 2016

Principles of Drama Therapy with Armand Volkas, Berkeley, ongoing


MA Counseling Psychology California Institute of Integral Education, 2014

MFA Playwriting Yale School of Drama, 1999

BA in Theatre University of California, San Diego, 1995

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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Stress Anxiety LGBT Family conflicts Depression Addictions Relationship issues Trauma and abuse Grief Intimacy-related issues Eating disorders Anger management Self esteem Career difficulties Bipolar disorder Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue ADHD
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Barbara is absolutely lovely. She is patient, kind, respectful, and thoughtful. She takes everything you say into careful consideration and truly just wants the best for you. I am always looking forward to my sessions with her!

Oct 04, 2022


Amazing therapist. Really helped me work through some things. Very attentive.

Sep 28, 2022


She is caring and listens to me. I truly feel she understands and is patient with me.

Sep 27, 2022


She is really good at listening and understanding me. She’s very nice. Best therapist I have ever had.

A.M.·Jun 07, 2022


Kind, thoughtful and gives me several options for looking at my issues.

P.A.·May 30, 2022


Barbara Labinger offers counseling online via BetterHelp

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