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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) who specializes in providing culturally competent psychotherapy services for African-Americans.   

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Please be advised that I only see adults in my practice and specialize in treating the following: African-American and other Cultural Issues, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/PTSD, Grief & Loss, Life Adjustments, Relationship Issues, Spiritual Issues, Stress, and Women's Issues

My therapeutic approach is very integrated and tailored to each individual client's needs. Some of the therapeutic approaches and techniques I use are: ACT, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Solution-Focused, Schema-Focused, Meditation/Mindfulness, Yoga, Tai Chi, and others. 

I also offer HIPAA-compliant video telehealth psychotherapy services to individuals located throughout the State of California using Vsee. Please check with your insurer to see if telehealth services are are a covered benefit under your plan. 


I 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.

Although I specialize in treating African-Americans and first responders, my services are available to everyone as I value inclusion and diversity.