"Experience meaningful change"
MICHAEL BARBEE, PSYD
Clinical Psychologist (PSY 18544)
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind"
I enjoy working with individuals who are negotiating changes, difficulties, or losses in their lives and trying to understand their experience and symptoms. I believe it is up to each of us to discover meaning in our lives, and psychotherapy is often a valuable place to explore this in an open and non-judgmental way. It is often the turning points or changing phases of life that call us to question ourselves, confront us with important decisions, and challenge us to decide what is meaningful. Symptoms of depression and anxiety, or events such as illness, trauma and loss can call into question our beliefs, values and goals in life. This creates the opportunity to reorient ourselves and find new perspectives for living more authentically and fully. This orientation to psychotherapy can be called existential or humanistic. I have more than twenty years of experience working with a diverse range of people of many races and cultures, ages and genders, values and backgrounds. The common thread is our shared human experience of finding meaning, committing to our lives, being responsible for our decisions and learning to live in relationship to one another.
I offer a supportive, warm and calm environment with a focus on the therapeutic relationship. I believe that each of us can decrease our suffering and negotiate changes in life by discovering our potential and identifying what is important to us. Psychotherapy offers a non-judgmental and open place to explore questions and doubts to find new insights, but more importantly, new ways of being which are fulfilling.