Last edited 03/01/2024

Mario Barnes LCSW

VerifiedOffers Online TherapyIn-person Meetings
Acepting new clientsAccepts Insurance
Headshot of Mario Barnes Licensed Clinical Social Worker

General Office Hours

In Eastern Time

Mondayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Tuesdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Wednesdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Thursdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Fridayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Saturdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Sundayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM

What does a first session with you look like?

The first session, as with all Thriveworks therapists, will involve talking through your needs and goals for therapy — whether those involve managing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, or another mental health challenge. This will enable you to receive the very best care, as a personalized treatment plan will then be developed for subsequent sessions. Thriveworks helps people live happier, more fulfilling lives. Clients are guided and supported as they work through their unique mental health challenges – and, along the way, shown the life-changing power of therapy.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I offer a variety of counseling approaches including CBT / Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems.

What should we know about your experiences and background?

Mario Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults who are coping with depression, anxiety, relationships issues, and major life transitions or challenges. He has had 9 years of experience working in the mental health field and also has a background in school social work enabling him to provide his expertise regarding the educational system. Mario received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Christopher Newport University and a Master of Social Work degree from Norfolk State University. He works well with individuals experiencing difficulties with identifying and regulating negative thoughts and emotions. Additionally, he works with families and couples experiencing relationship challenges as well as individual struggling with substance abuse. Mario s approach is rooted in bringing awareness to the connections between thoughts, feelings, and actions using a number of different techniques tailored to each individual. He aims to help individuals develop a deeper understanding of themselves at all levels, which can often lead to improved self-management and self-awareness. He strives to help individuals learn practical skills to incorporate into their everyday lives. Mario is skilled at tailoring therapy to meet the unique needs of each person he meets by drawing on their strengths to enhance their personal growth and empowerment. Mario utilizes a Person-Centered approach to therapy, which allows for collaborative problem solving, questioning, and personal exploration. Additionally, he has strong foundations in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Choice Theory. Mario seeks to assist individuals in regaining power and regain control over their lives through personal accountability and evaluating choices, as he is a firm proponent for individuals right to self-determination. He believes in the power of unconditional positive regard, compassion, understanding, respect, and empathy.




General Expertise



In-Network Insurance




Cigna EAP




Virginia Blue Shield


First Session$220
Individual Therapy$160
Marriage & Couples Counseling$160
Family Therapy$160
Group Therapy$160

Types of Therapy

Individual Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counseling

Family Therapy

Group Therapy


Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Eclectic Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


  • Virginia, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 904011005


Master of Social Work, Norfolk State University

Work History


Online Therapy

Office at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Newport News, Newport News, VA

Frequently Asked Questions About Mario Barnes, LCSW

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Mario Barnes, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Mario Barnes accepting new clients?

Yes, Mario Barnes is accepting new clients for online therapy in Virginia and in-person appointments at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Newport News, 1030 Loftis Blvd Suite 102, Newport News, VA, 23606.

Does Mario Barnes accept insurance?

Yes, Mario Barnes accepts insurance, including Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Cigna EAP, Humana, Medicare, Optum and Virginia Blue Shield.

What types of therapy does Mario Barnes offer?

Mario Barnes offers therapy for couples, families, groups and individuals.

Does Mario Barnes offer in-person appointments?

Yes, Mario Barnes offers in-person appointments at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Newport News, 1030 Loftis Blvd Suite 102, Newport News, VA, 23606.

Does Mario Barnes offer online therapy?

Yes, Mario Barnes offers online therapy via video sessions to people in Virginia.

How quickly can I see Mario Barnes?

Mario Barnes typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Mario Barnes speak?

Mario Barnes conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Mario Barnes online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Mario Barnes online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.