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The high-profile slayings of Black Americans: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and more, have lead to numerous marches, protests, and vigils throughout the nation. The Black Lives Matter movement has shed light on the injustices facing Black communities and has provided a statement of affirmation that Black lives do indeed matter and so does Black Mental Health and Black Therapists.

Systemic racism and the lack of cultural competence in mental health care has resulted in misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment for African Americans and other people of color. However, this doesn't have to be the case for you.

My name is Sharmaine D Barnes and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH), and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS) who specializes in treating racial trauma and other mental health disorders experienced by people of color.

Are you dealing with vicarious trauma due to the current racial climate? 

Do you feel emotionally dysregulated or stuck? 

Call or text me at (209) 475-8428 to schedule a teletherapy appointment

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

Although I am a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am only providing individual therapy at this time as my focus is on treating individuals who have experienced trauma.  

My therapeutic approach is very integrated and

tailored to each individual client's needs.

Some of the therapeutic approaches I use are:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)-informed, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotional Freedom Technique ("Tapping"), Schema-Focused Therapy-informed, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Move Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing-informed, Exposure Therapy-informed, Christian Counseling, Mindfulness, Meditation, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Tai Chi, and others.