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Barbara  Lanz Licensed Professional Counselor in Florida
Barbara Lanz , LMHC
She/Her/Hers

Licensed Professional Counselor

Online only

Free initial consultation

Verified
Accepting new clients

About me

I am committed to helping you find the direction you need, and walk with you through the process of achieving those results. I work with trauma, anxiety and depression, intimate partner violence, addiction, codependency as well as Bipolar and other disgnoses.

After spending 30 years as a Registered Nurse, I got my Masters in Counseling. I am in recovery and work extensively with addiction and the consequences of that process in the family system. I use Internal Family Systems, EMDR, CBT, Motivational Interviewing to assist my clients in getting the results they want. I tend to be straightforward and direct, I don’t believe in wasting time and money.

I grew up in a Christian home, and everything was perfect, until my life started unraveling after a divorce in my early 20’s, leaving me a single parent with little support. Then followed a severe car accident, followed by another marriage and subsequent treatment for addiction. I spent 30 years working as a nurse and many hours in therapy. It was this that led me to return to school and get my Bachelors in Social Work, and then my Master of Arts in Counseling. It saved my life. It led me to specialize in working with domestic violence, addiction, codependency, and the many losses life brings. I work with trauma, but many times trauma is not recognized because life appears so perfect on the outside. So, then it becomes ‘what’s wrong with me’, the essence of toxic shame.

I describe the way I work the same way one of my favorite therapists said to me many years ago. Walking in the desert alone is pretty difficult. I want to offer to walk beside you. I won’t pull you and I won’t push you. When you’re tired, we’ll rest. When you get scared, I’ll stand with you. When you’re sad, I’ll sit in it with you. And together we will reach the other side.” Those words still bring tears to my eyes, because it meant so much to me at the time and the pickle my life was in right then.

I define progress this way. Any step is progress. If all you can do is show up, I’ll take it.
Homework--I offer a lot of resources to my clients, but you are the expert in your life. You have a wise self, and you will find your way to connect to yourself.

So, if you’re ready to work, give me a call. Because I was a working mom, and impossible as a nurse to get off work, I offer some weekend hours. They are limited, and there is a waiting list for evenings and weekends. Please let me know if at all possible if you can't make it.

License

Education

Fees and insurance

Specialties and clinical interests

Therapy types

Community specialties

Faith-based specialties

Licensed to see clients in

Years in practice

10

Service types

  • Therapy / Counseling

Types of clients

  • Adults (18+)
  • Older Adults (65+)
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Parents & Caregivers

Languages

  • English

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