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Culturally Sensitive and Competent Care

Greetings! 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 teletherapy services.

Cultural competence refers to a mental health provider's ability to recognize and understand the role culture (i.e., a person’s beliefs, norms, values and language) plays in treatment and to adapt to this reality to meet your needs. lack of cultural competence in mental health care has resulted in misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment for African Americans and other racial minorities. However, this doesn't have to be the case for you.  

I only see adults in my practice and specialize in treating the following: African-American and other Racial/Cultural Issues, Anger, Anxiety Disorders, 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, EFT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Schema-Focused Therapy, Christian Counseling, Meditation/Mindfulness, Yoga, Tai Chi, and others. 


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.

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