Last edited 05/22/2023
Barbara Dern LPC
She / Her / Hers
In Central Time
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What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
Prior to becoming a counselor, I spent many years in the behavioral health field. I started out my career working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their families to create positive change within their homes and family structures. I spent many years working one-on-one with kids in the community, at homes, and at schools. Eventually, my passion turned personal when I became a parent and my child was diagnosed with ASD. Through this journey, I realized behavior change comes from more than just cognition and thoughts and needs to include emotions as well. As I pursued my education, I looked to theories that would allow me to combine thoughts and emotions to encourage each individual to become a whole person.
What would be important for someone to know about working with you?
When I work with clients, I want them to feel comfortable. Therapy should take place in a safe, comfortable space where you feel at home. When we are at “home,” we are free to be our authentic, genuine selves. I am transparent and open. I will be genuine with my clients. I want clients to know I have a certain way of working with them; some people like it and some don’t and that’s ok. Clients should never be fearful about seeking a new counselor; some people just don’t click. I hate giving homework because I never liked rushing out the door to get my child to therapy and realizing we didn’t even think about the homework assignment.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
When I began my training, I intended to work solely with children and spent a lot of time receiving as much training as possible and honing my skills in play therapy. I enjoy using sandtray and art therapy to allow clients of all ages to creatively express emotions when they are blocked by using words. When the pandemic happened, and telehealth became more popular, I had the opportunity to adjust my love for creative arts therapy to meet the needs to clients across technology. I also have training in Dr. Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy. Emotionally Focused Therapy is ideal for helping clients improve self-awareness, heal past wounds, develop self-compassion, and enhance relationships with others. Emotionally Focused Therapy focuses on the creating a stronger and more secure attachment bonds within the relationship.
Adolescent mental health
Autism spectrum disorder
Child mental health
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Nippon Life Insurance Company of America
|Marriage & Couples Counseling||$150|
Types of Therapy
Marriage & Couples Counseling
Treatment Approaches / Modalities
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Training / Certifications
Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Nationally Certified Counselor
- Idaho, Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-7727
- Missouri, Licensed Professional Counselor, 2022034045
Northwest Nazarene University, Master of Science in Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Play Therapy, 2020
We all have different reasons for seeking counseling; however, if you feel it is valuable to seek positive change in your life I look forward to joining you on that journey. I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups seeking to increase their self-awareness and connect their emotions and thoughts.I have worked with young children, adolescents, and adults. My experience includes developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, and other emotional concerns. Helping you reach your goals is my passion. I use an emotion focused approach and have received training in Dr. Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy. Additionally, I have training in Play Therapy, sandtray, and art therapies. I utilize a creative, experiential approach to encourage clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and relationships. I understand the first step is difficult, but I look forward to joining you on your journey to find the best version of yourself. Please visit my Alma profile at: secure.helloalma.com/providers/barbara-dern
Frequently Asked Questions About Barbara Dern, LPC
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Barbara Dern, LPC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Barbara Dern accepting new clients?
Yes, Barbara Dern is accepting new clients for online therapy in Idaho and Missouri.
Does Barbara Dern accept insurance?
Yes, Barbara Dern accepts insurance, including Aetna, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Nippon Life Insurance Company of America, Optum, Oscar Health, Oxford Health Plans, UMR, UnitedHealthCare (UHC) and UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.
What types of therapy does Barbara Dern offer?
Barbara Dern offers therapy for children, couples and individuals.
Does Barbara Dern offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in Idaho and Missouri can book Barbara Dern for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Barbara Dern offer online therapy?
Yes, Barbara Dern offers online therapy via video sessions and phone sessions to people in Idaho and Missouri.
How quickly can I see Barbara Dern?
Barbara Dern typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Barbara Dern speak?
Barbara Dern conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Barbara Dern online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Barbara Dern online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.
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