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Barbara Folks Psychotherapy, LCSW

Barbara Folks has spent most of her career working in the field of trauma, including in the areas of domestic violence and rape and with adult survivors of all forms of child abuse. For the past several years, she has been in general private practice working with adults on a variety of issues.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Grief and Loss
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    <$80
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I view the counseling process as a collaboration; it involves teamwork, where we work toward resolution by the therapist helping the client make the best decision for his/her situation.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my second career; my previous career was in banking. It was always my goal to become a therapist. Unfortunately, I witnessed untreated psychological problems and decided that I wanted to make a difference to help end needless struggles. Most of my social work career was spent in a family violence and rape crisis center. I have also worked in the substance abuse field, consulting at a women's jail. I have had training in trauma, trauma-focused CBT, and EMDR (to name a few modalities).
What should someone know about working with you?
I view the counseling process as a collaboration; it involves teamwork, where we work toward resolution by the therapist helping the client make the best decision for his/her situation. I do not pre-plan sessions but rather meet the client where they are at the moment. I sometimes assign homework (not written). I mostly enjoy helping abuse victims become survivors, but I enjoy many areas of counseling (e.g., relationships or family issues).
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in live, video, and self-study on a variety of topics. I want to expand my competency in trauma work and seek to study topics most commonly presented in my counseling experiences. I have always valued the knowledge and viewpoints of colleagues and believe in the adage that two heads really are better than one. I am grateful to have maintained relationships with many colleagues I can turn to for support.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited to see clients previously unable to access services now able to through telehealth. Many who are housebound due to injury, illness, or lack of transportation can now obtain the support they need and deserve.
“I do not pre-plan sessions but rather meet the client where they are at the moment.”
Interested in speaking with Barbara?