Vipassana Therapists Directory

Anita L. Barnes, LCSW
Sex: Female; LCS16518
445 Bellevue Ave., Suite 101, Oakland, CA 94610

Fee scale: $95 - One Third of My Practice is devoted to low-fee clients


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years in the field of
psychotherapy. I work holistically regarding my clients with honesty, compassion,
kindness, respect and positive regard. From this holistic approach, my clients feel
safe and become more deeply aware of what has been kept out of awareness. We
then co-create the growth, change and transformation they desire. I am committed
to this work because it brings so much joy to peoples lives when they heal and grow.

I employ psychodynamic and Gestalt therapies. The goal of psychodynamic therapy
is to increase your awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on
present behavior. Awareness is at the core of Gestalt therapy. Through awareness
and experimentation with bodily sensations, emotional responses, desires and
assumptions, you expand your range of choices about how you live. As you focus on
your self-awareness as part of your present reality, new insights can be made into
your behavior, and you can engage in self-healing.

I enjoy work with adults, couples and groups. My areas of specialization include:
addiction/recovery, adults traumatized in childhood, anxiety/depression, gay/lesbian,
grief and loss, life transitions, personal growth, self-esteem, stress management,
relationship and intimacy issues.


I have had a meditation practice since 1989.
I have been sitting vipassana
meditation since 2001. I attend several residential retreats, including the People
of Color Retreats at Spirit Rock. I also attend day-long workshops at both Spirit
Rock and the East Bay Meditation Center since its inception. In February 2011,
I completed a 10-month Commit to Dharma program with Larry Yang. I received my Confirmation
of Ordination, November 1, 2015.


I received my Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California with
a concentration in industrial social work. Since graduation I have worked in a variety
of settings including county and city governments, HMOs, outpatient and residential
addiction/recovery treatment. I have a certification in Gestalt Therapy from the
Gestalt Institute of San Francisco and am currently completing a 2 year advanced Gestalt
Training program from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.