We all face times in life that are challenging from various perspectives: relationships, career, spirituality and even just how we think, talk to ourselves and view the world. Getting help, support and feedback is a smart thing to do. That’s what we do with other issues in our lives.
Effective counseling provides a trained, objective professional to help guide you in a solution oriented process towards facing the challenges that life throws our way.
Barry John Johnson is a trained professional counselor. He is a licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) by the State of California, #49851. He is a former CEO of complex government agencies. He is trained and credentialed in mediation & conflict resolution. He has extensive experience practicing and teaching mindfulness. He holds two Master’s degrees with top honors for each.
Barry’s approach is holistic and strength oriented. He believes in the capacity of individuals for self healing, that we can all find answers to life’s dilemma’s within ourselves, with a little help as necessary; that we are survivors and thrivers! His therapeutic approach is eclectic, tailored to the unique needs of each client, but primarily informed by: cognitive behavioral therapy; mindfulness; brief solution focused therapy; and motivational interviewing.
He also believes in providing AFFORDABLE, accessible therapy in a positive, safe and confidential environment. He offers a generous sliding rate scale while giving maximum care and compassion to all clients equally.
Affordable Sliding Scale Rates
Beginner Meditation Series,
4 one-on-one sessions, only
$25 per session
Marriage Family Therapy San Diego Barry Johnson Counseling
2333 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
Barry has practiced counseling for the last six years with various populations. He is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California (#49851). He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University. He is also credentialed as a Mediator by the National Conflict Resolution Center.
He has completed various advanced trainings in cognitive behavioral therapy, advanced mindfulness, dialectical behavioral therapy and anxiety management as approved by the State of California for continuing education purposes. Additionally, Barry completed a month long intensive yoga and meditation program (150 hours) provided by the Agama School of Yoga in Mazunte, Mexico and a six month program in Advanced Meditation & Intuition Development as taught by Vanessa Castro-Arevalo. Overall, he has consistently practiced meditation for over ten years, teaching many others along the way, including fellow counselors.
In what Barry calls a prior life, he was a City Manager or Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of local government entities. He holds a Masters Degree in Administration, emphasizing City Management, from the University of Kansas. Over the years, he oversaw multi-million dollar projects and daily city operations, being noted as a creative and unorthodox leader. Initially, appointed as the City Manager of Hollister, California at the age of 30, it was reported that he was the youngest in the State at that time. He went on to serve as the City Manager of the Cities of Imperial Beach, and Solana Beach respectively, before switching careers to work as a counselor.
Barry’s own childhood could be termed somewhat challenging. Raised by a single parent father, who died when Barry was eleven, a sister was appointed as his guardian. He would also eventually spend time living with his birth mother as well. Meanwhile, Barry engaged in at-risk behaviors and bounced around to many different schools, thirteen total before high school graduation. He survived all that and somehow always managed good grades in school, going on to receive college scholarships.
Today, with his unique background, Barry loves to help people with their therapeutic and life transition needs. He enjoys sharing what he knows about personal transformation, change and how mastery of our own minds plays a large role in not just navigating life, but maximizing our joy of life.
From a more technical perspective, Barry practices a blend of therapies which are tailored to each client’s unique needs. Primarily, his approach is informed by: cognitive behavioral therapy; mindfulness; brief solution focused therapy and motivational interviewing.
“Many seek counseling support for some combination of: Healing, Progress, Empowerment
and / or Tranquility” - Barry John Johnson
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