Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Barbara believes that vulnerability is a source of strength and courage rather than weakness. As Brene Brown says, “Imperfections are not inadequacies, they are reminders that we are all in this together.” Struggles in life are inevitable and sometimes we need a little guidance and support. It’s all about perspective. Even though we do not have control over what happens to us, we do have control over our reactions to situations. Barbara believes that as human beings, we all have the potential to grow, to build inner strength and resiliency, to overcome hardships, and to shine our own light. She has a passion for helping her clients build empowerment and take back control of their lives.
Barbara frequently works with adults and adolescents. She specializes in working with clients dealing with current or past traumatic experiences, whether it be physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, domestic violence, or witnessing a traumatic event. Through guided self-discovery and collaborative efforts, her hope is to assist clients in increasing self-awareness, strengthening individual growth, and enhancing quality of life and overall wellness. She also enjoys and has experience working with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, self-esteem, grief, PTSD, and adjustment issues with adults and adolescents. Barbara works through a holistic approach involving a mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy framework with an emphasis on positive psychology and existentialism. She is very strengths-based and hopes to help clients develop insight into their own unique strengths in order to build upon them in efforts to overcome their struggles and thrive in life. Barbara is also a LGBTQ+ friendly therapist.
Over the years, Barbara has had an array of volunteer, clinical, and professional experiences in the mental health field that have allowed her to discover her passion as a therapist. She volunteered as a Guardian Advocate and a Referral Specialist with the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. She worked in a couple different private practice settings as an undergraduate intern and during her graduate program. Barbara also has years of experience working as a Mental Health Technician at a behavioral center. She has facilitated various psycho-educational groups and is trained in suicide risk assessment, trauma-informed care, and assisting patients in time of crisis. She is not only passionate about mental health advocacy but has an aspiration to provide guidance, encouragement, and support to individuals struggling with mental health issues. She has completed level one of the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy and enjoys incorporating these theories in her sessions. Barbara is able to provide counseling in English and Bosnian.
Barbara has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling at UCF as well. Barbara has participated in several research projects and conferences/workshops and demonstrated consistent continued education to be able to provide the most up-to-date and empirically-based counseling services possible. She is currently a registered mental health counselor intern in the state of Florida.
During her free time, Barbara enjoys practicing photography, exploring nature trails, going to concerts, practicing yoga, and cuddling with her beloved dog. She absolutely adores traveling the world and has a passion for adventure, curiosity, and culture.