Dr. Green has a special interest in working with individuals facing life transitions (including divorce and loss), chronic illness, adult ADD, and relationship challenges. She also works with clients who would like to take a pro-active approach to overall wellness by integrating nutrition, sleep, exercise and meditation. Dr. Green’s clinical approach incorporates research-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Lifestyle Management among others.
Years of research have shown us that a combination of psychotherapy with meditation, exercise, healthy nutrition, restful sleep, yoga, massage, and other self-care measures leads to a vastly higher quality of life. Some individuals wisely choose this integrated approach as a part of an overall wellness lifestyle. Others need assistance adopting these measures during times of great stress such as the experience of an acute or chronic medical condition.
We know that wherever a serious health condition exists, we are mandated to address the mental and emotional challenges that inevitably arise. We must also consider how an illness or loss impacts your family and others in your close circle and work to balance the needs of all those affected.
Studies have proven that 90% of our happiness is based on how we see the world. As Antony Sheehan, CEO of Aspire Health Alliance says, “All health is mental health.” This is good news. It means that with the proper care, as resilient humans we are able to not only survive, but to actually thrive, in the face of illness and loss.
That said, a serious illness presents very real hurdles, which must be addressed. Through my 30 plus years as a hospital staff member, I have learned the various ins and outs of the health care system and my clients benefit from my experience as they navigate their challenges.
“Barbara got her therapeutic ‘tool box’ out (one of many), and took on the challenge of teaching me to believe in myself and create my own destiny and never, ever, give up! Barbara’s ‘tool box’ approach is amazing and used on a daily basis her expertise of mind, body and soul connection is a “must” for all who suffer as I did.”
Life Transitions and Passages
Life is a series of transitions as we navigate from one stage to the next. Some passages are natural and expected, like committing to a life partner or spouse, having children, or retiring from a long career or shifting to a new one. Other life transitions such as a death in the family, divorce or job loss can blindside and derail us. Whether natural or sudden, transitions can be overwhelming and unsettling and can affect every aspect of our lives: physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial.
During our sessions, I will give you the time and space to grieve and process painful emotions such as uncertainty and loss. From there, we will begin to uncover what it will take to get you to a place of peace and contentment by exploring a series of key questions:
Where have I been?
Where do I want to go?
How do I get there?
Through this deliberative, intentional, and positive approach, I will help you to create a vision and articulate the steps needed to realize it. I will show you how to build a bridge from where you have been to a new life filled with purpose and passion.
I began working with Barbara as I transitioned out of a 15 year marriage. My regular appointments with Barbara were a beacon for me during this sad and painful time. I have been in therapeutic relationships in the past where I felt that the details of my story became lost between appointments.
Barbara not only remembers the details of every conversation but has the capacity to draw on the journey she and I have been on together in order to create a consistent emotional framework for our work. I cannot imagine the past few years without her warmth and wisdom.
The entire course of our life span is lived in relation to others: to our parents, spouses or partners, children, siblings, work mates and community members. At their best, these relationships are fluid, open, positive and authentic. They enrich our lives and help us to grow.
However, issues and complications often arise, especially within our family systems. Even strong marriages can sometimes be challenged by a lack of communication and/or intimacy. Relationships with adult siblings may suffer when parents decline. As children grow from one developmental stage to the next, we may struggle with how best to help them with their passage. We may also want to gain perspective as we move into new relationships. Dating after divorce or the loss of a spouse poses its own challenges and opportunities.
When relationships get stagnant, input from a professional can help to re-establish the flow. In our work together, I will help you take an honest look at your needs in relation to the needs and feelings of others. We will explore a series of key questions:
Over the past decade, Barbara has demonstrated an elegant and powerful skill-set time and again.
Yes, Barbara is our mental health sherpa but her concern for our family’s overall well-being, is the holistic approach we’ve needed to survive and in fact flourish with our non-standard life.
What am I feeling?
What is making me feel this way?
What can I do about it?
What am I giving and what am I getting back?
What are your shared goals and dreams?
We will work towards imbedding your relationships with the qualities of trust, communication and authenticity. These are learned skills, which when practiced in your interconnectedness with others offer rich rewards.
Adult ADD often presents individuals with an array of challenges such as disorganization, chronic lateness, and short attention span. Without intervention, adult ADD can negatively impact relationships, employment and overall wellbeing. On the other hand, adults with ADD are often highly intelligent, energetic, creative and passionate.
Through my collaboration with Dr. Ned Hallowell, author of Driven to Distraction, I use a strengths-based approach to adult ADD that is designed to draw on your positive attributes. Together, we will build your personal toolbox filled with strategies to improve your executive function and regain control over what can feel like chaos in your life. We will also explore whether medicine is an option for you, while keeping in mind that it is most effective when combined with behavioral intervention.
Through this research-based, proven approach, I have helped countless adults with ADD make lasting, positive changes and live up to their potential.