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Barbara J. Gordon, LCSW
I use my natural warmth, curiosity, and sense of humor to help clients feel comfortable telling their story.

Our Team

Barbara J. Gordon, LCSW

Location

Licensed In

NY

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Harm reduction, Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

I believe that therapy is a collaborative process, where clients are experts in their personal history and the emotions, behaviors, and responses that bring them to counseling, while I share insights and solution-focused mood and behavior management techniques based on my professional training and more than a decade of experience working with diverse clients. I use my natural warmth, curiosity, and sense of humor to help clients feel comfortable telling their story and sharing the parts of themselves, their relationships, and their lives that are troubling them.

Although my approach is primarily present-focused, I believe that early experiences helped shape the lens through which we view and then respond to the people, stressors, and events in our lives now. Understanding that lens and how it was created in childhood then empowers clients to learn techniques to make changes that greatly improve their quality of life. I tailor my approach to the client, using psychodynamic, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectic behavior therapy informed, and mindfulness methods.

Education

MA - Teaching, Brown University

MSW - Social Work, Rhode Island College

License Number and State

NY 082349

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a mental health professional?

It was a happy almost-accident! I became a social worker to work on public policy but did counseling in an internship and found that I loved working with clients to help them understand themselves better and effect change.

What are your interests outside of work?

I have a regular Ashtanga yoga practice and love seeing live music at smaller venues. I also enjoy hiking and the beach, and to be honest, I'm a healthcare policy wonk!

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Yoga, since it is meditation in motion and the breath work and focus on alignment are centering, help energize and clear my mind, and remind me to be present.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

New England Hemophilia Association. I volunteered with NEHA for many years and still participate in their activities from time to time. Truly a community-focused organization.

How do you recharge?

Getting away to nature, preferably near water, if only for a day or two. The North Fork of Long Island and the Gunks up in the Hudson Valley are two current favorite getaways.