***Please note that I've relocated my office location to 2529 W March Lane, Suite 104, Stockton, CA 95207***
Welcome to my website. My name is Sharmaine D. Barnes and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) of Christian faith who specializes in providing culturally relevant and responsive psychotherapy services to African-American individuals, couples, and families. Through my studies in the Marriage and Family Therapy African-American Family Studies graduate program at Pacific Oaks College School of Cultural and Family Psychology, I learned about emerging theories of historical trauma and how to address African-American mental health issues from a culturally relevant, multi-generational, community, and strengths-based perspective. I also explored mental health theory and practice from a deeply culture-centered perspective and learned about the vital role African-American mental health professionals play in African-American mental health treatment, social justice, and client advocacy; therefore, I am very comfortable and knowledgeable in addressing multicultural and social justice issues such as racism, discrimination, power, privilege, and oppression.
I also specialize in treating first responders (i.e., law enforcement officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, etc.). Having been employed as both a correctional officer and deputy sheriff with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, I have first-hand experience of the first responder culture, which is characteristically resistant to discussing mental health or seeking treatment for it. Moreover, one of my motivations for becoming a mental health professional after I medically retired from the Department in 1998 was to help to break down the barriers between first responders and mental health treatment.
I consider myself a lifelong learner who continues to educate myself on new developments within the mental health field so that I can best service my clients. I am warm, empathetic, supportive, and dedicated to helping my clients work through their trauma and/or other presenting problems.
Although I specialize in treating African Americans and first responders, my services are available to everyone as I value diversity.
In closing let me say that while we cannot change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. I will help you unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Using an integrative therapeutic approach, I can help you modify your thinking and behaviors to promote a life of growth, happiness and healthy relationships. I can provide you with skilled support to help repair your troubled relationships and re-route unproductive thinking and behavior patterns. I will support you as you work to integrate insights about how your own thought and behavioral patterns, as well as your cultural and family history, have affected your life.
My services are available by appointment only. However, I offer very flexible scheduling that includes evening appointments. Please call or click on the "Appointment Request" tab to request an appointment.
I also have a Client Portal where you can check appointment availability and request appointments. You can log on to my Client Portal to view your upcoming appointments and pending requests. If you don't have a portal account yet, please request one during your next office visit.
Email me at [email protected]
Check out my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/culturallyrelevantcounseling/
My link for Telehealth services: https://vsee.com/s/59e6aa42c4f7a
I look forward to working with you. God bless you.