Biography of Robert Barrett
With over 20 years
experience as a counselor and psychotherapist, I
consider myself a journeyman therapist at this stage
of my career. I founded Barrett Institute of
Marriage & Family Therapy in 2006 with the intention of
providing quality treatment for individuals, couples and
children in Charlotte County and surrounding areas. In
the past I worked as the clinical director of Southwest
Florida Employee Assistance Program and as a program
director for Human Services Foundation.
Additionally, I have provided psychotherapy for
individuals and families in a wide variety of settings,
from psychiatric facilities to social service agencies
to juvenile justice programs. I have considerable
experience working with children and adolescents.
Counseling is a second career for me. Prior to entering
the field of psychotherapy, I was a successful business
owner. I have college degrees in psychology and
social work, and I am licensed in Florida as a clinical
social worker. I have received specialized
training required by the State of Florida that allows me
to provide counseling regarding sexual problems or
behavior. (Florida has very stringent laws and rules
regarding designation as a sex therapist, requiring more
training and clinical supervision than any other state).
I am an active member of the American Association of
Marriage and Family Therapy.
I like to call myself a relationship expert. My goal
is to help people repair the relationship they have with
themselves or with others in their family system.
The type of counseling I do is called strategic family
therapy, which is based on a systems model rather than a
disease model. This enables me to view my clients
not as having a so-called disorder, but as
individuals, couples, or families who are having
difficulty resolving certain problems or transitions in
their life. I endeavor to focus on the counseling
goals of each person who seeks me out. I attempt to
provide active feedback to my clients in the form of
suggested strategies, materials and resources.