Barbara L. Cohen, LMFT
555 Middlefield Road, Suite 102
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Barbara Has Passed Away
Barbara Cohen died on Monday 11 July 2016. She was a lover of life
and of people with a sharp and creative mind, a wonderful mother,
grandmother, wife and daughter. She fought a variety of health
issues much of her life and always succeeded in adjusting to a
"new normal" with great spirit. As a psychotherapist, she
helped her clients and enjoyed their growth and successes in life.
She will be missed.
She is survived by her 3 daughters and her husband of 43 years,
Howard. You may contact him at
A Gentle Holistic Approach to Therapy
The process of acquiring self-knowledge and assimilating it into
growth and change for the better can often be a difficult one.
My training in a diverse set of approaches to counseling and
therapy provides me with a suite of tools to use in our
relationship in the most appropriate way to help you achieve the
goals you have set out for yourself. I deal with you as a whole person,
in the context of your history and relationships, and also in the
here and now.
My training has included
I believe that my role is to facilitate your growth as an independent,
autonomous human being, not to encourage a dependency on me as a therapist.
However, I must be supportive in this process, providing feedback,
guidance, and the space to figure things out for yourself at the pace
- systems theory
- gestalt psychology
- object relations
Counseling Unique Issues of Adoption
All three members of the adoption triad - the birthmother, the adoptee,
and the adoptive parents - have unique perspectives and needs. I work
with individuals, families and groups in exploring the particular issues they
have with regard to adoption. These include
I bring the insights of a birthmother who has been reunited with the
child I gave up for adoption as well as being the parent of an adopted child.
I have worked with all members of the triad, adult and adolescent.
- Pre- and Post-Reunion Issues
- Relationships (with family, siblings, parents, spouses, lovers
and blended families)
I have experience also in these areas
My office is wheelchair accessible and close to public transportation.
I have lived for extended periods of time in several different countries,
and so I have a multi-cultural perspective.
- counseling adolescents
- substance abuse
- grief and loss
- couples and relationships, both gay and straight
- coping with chronic illness
- family therapy
- providing supervision to therapists in training
- Asperger's Syndrome and high functioning autism
I also can conduct therapy sessions via Skype for those clients who
cannot come into the office.
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