Counselor / Therapist in Woodland Hills, CA

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Barbara Brighton, MFT

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Barbara Brighton, MFT
I believe that psychotherapy is a place where, in a safe and confidential environment, you can talk about your most personal thoughts, feelings and life experiences.

For a variety of reasons and at different ages, a person may find themselves suffering from painful feelings and exhibiting behaviors that negatively impact some or many aspects of their life and even their health. The psychotherapeutic process provides an opportunity to explore and understand these feelings and experiences through a clearer lens. Ultimately, this brings about positive changes in the way you see yourself, and choices you make. You can learn healthy coping mechanisms, improve communication and have more control over those things that undermine the success of your life, whether you are a teenager or a senior.

Of course, there are a variety of reasons and stages of life that brings a person to therapy. Whatever it is, the work will lead to a relationship with yourself that is more loving, honest, constructive and nurturing. No matter what your age, that relationship is essential to living an authentic, healthy and rewarding life.

Sometimes, life presents you with situations and problems that seem more than you can handle.
Relationship difficulties, parenting problems or problems with parents or peers, health issues, loss, or a dissatisfaction with life can get expressed in a lack of energy, depression, sadness, or anger. Therapy can provide a healing pathway.

Working with a qualified and experienced therapist can help you change your life. As difficult as it often is to take the first step, once you do, you are likely to find there can be great relief in reaching out and sharing your story.
While working towards my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Cal State Northridge,  I interned at the VA Hospital in the San Fernando Valley. I was selected to be the student assistant to Robert Hoffman, who was Chief of the West Valley-Coastal Mental Health Center which included both inpatient and outpatient facilities. This gave me the opportunity to participate in some of the training provided to the psychiatric residents in individual and group psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology.

As a graduate student, I interned at Penny Lane, a residential facility for emotionally and educationally disadvantaged youth. After receiving my Master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University, and my State License in 1978, I went into private practice with Dr. Hoffman, with whom I have worked with for over 30 years.

In 1980, I was invited to become part of the consulting staff for the Van Nuys Breast Center, a state-of-the-art facility for the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. I had the opportunity to start a breast cancer support group, which was a progressive concept at that time. I treated patients and their families and attended weekly Tumor Boards, in which the staff and visiting experts from all over the world would discuss and evaluate cases. In 1999, the Breast Center disbanded.

The primary focus of my practice is individual and family /couples psychotherapy. I do a great deal of work with adolescents. In addition, I am the psychotherapist for the Encino Breast Care Center.

After over 30 years in practice I have worked with many patients and numerous issues. I have developed an approach that incorporates different disciplines and draws from several sources. It is my perspective that the therapeutic process is unique for each individual.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Grief and Loss
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Life Transitions
 Adolescents  Loneliness
 Anger Management  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Self Esteem Issues
 Couples Therapy  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Depression  Stress Management
 Divorce  Trauma and PTSD
 Eating Disorders  Women's Issues
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Work and Career Issues
 Gifted / Talented Issues
 Certified Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor (MFCC)
CSUN 9/75-5/77 BA Psychology
Antioch University 9/77-12/78 MA Psychology
CAMFT San Fernando Valley chapter
California Jazz Foundation - Advisory board
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, credit card
Hours:Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7am-6pm
License:CA MFC14426
Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91367
2929 Loma Vista Rd, Suite A Ventura, CA 93003
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