Barbara Townsend

California LMFT #109771

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” ― Brene Brown

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Rafael, CA

About My Clients

Are you struggling to have more meaningful and satisfying relationships? Perhaps you have persistent worry, sadness, anger or grief and these feelings are really weighing you down? I know how you feel: out of ideas, stuck in the mud and alone in your suffering. But you don't have to keep living your life this way! Together we can make positive change so that you can feel more hope, experience more joy, and be more comfortable in your life and with your loved ones.

My Background and Approach

I believe in the power of relationships to help us heal and grow. Building a solid, trusting relationship with you is the most important task as we begin the journey of therapy together. Through a strong collaborative effort, I help you to re-discover your strengths and skills in order to resist the current difficulties in your life. I am an ally, a coach, and an advocate for your well being. I can help you strengthen your relationships and increase connection with the important people in your life. I bring a wealth of life experience to my work with you. Having had two successful careers as an artist in television & film, I bring creativity, humor, compassion and mindfulness to problem solving. As a parent of teenagers, I understand the unique challenges young people have today. I listen. I am also a certified Mediator by the SF Bar (2018).

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe we struggle the most when we feel disconnected from others. Our problems can seem enormous and insurmountable when we hide them away through shameful feelings of unworthiness. This can lead us to develop false narratives about who we are, who we can become and blind us to the possibilities for joy and healing. It can also lead us to isolate from our loved ones and even from ourselves. You are not alone. You do not have to stay weighted down, stuck or in despair. You do not have to wait for things to get better on their own. And you don't have to just "get over it" all by yourself. The relationship we develop together in therapy is a powerful tool towards feeling better. Through conversation and collaboration we will examine the origins of the problem, how it impacts you, and together we will search for solutions that will empower you and give you hope. I will create a safe, nonjudgmental space so that you feel supported and seen, just as you are.

I have experience with the following
  • Buddhism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 9 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $250/session


4157619567 Email Barbara
1480 Lincoln Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
45 Camino Alto
Suite 208
Mill Valley, CA 94941

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