Barbara Hunt, MS, LPC, LMFT
Association of Marriage
5055 W. Park Blvd., #400
Plano, Texas 75093
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I’ve been in practice for 40 years as a counselor, coach, and trainer in Plano, Texas. I practice by HIPAA compliant videoconferencing to any resident in Texas. Here at my site you'll find information about my treatment philosophy, specialties, telebehavioral health practice,and classes.
My Counseling Philosophy and How I Work
In the past when clients entered my physical office they would see a soft green frog holding a magic wand. We often wish someone would touch us with a magic wand and fix our lives or change a problem person into a prince or princess.
Although I no longer have a physical office, the little frog sits on my desk next to my computer serving as a reminder that the magic is inside us and has been all along.
As we work together, we layer down to uncover the root causes of your problems. Using your current strengths, the new skills you'll learn, and your courage, you can resolve your difficulties. Some of the methods I use may include Cognitive Therapy (thinking rationally), interpersonal therapy, The Gottman Method for relationships, RLT for relationships, teaching assertiveness and communication skills, relaxation, mindfulness, and deep breathing techniques, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and, when necessary, a referral for a medication consultation.
Anxiety, Depression, Grief
Coping Skills for Adult ADD/ADHD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy for PTSD
Relationship and Family Issues, Gottman Method
Assertiveness and Communication Skills
Military Life, PTSD
Relaxation and Mindfulness for Chronic Pain Management, Medical
Conditions, Stress, Anxiety, Muscle Tension, and Reduction of:
Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Breathing Rate
My philosophy and belief is that we can touch our lives with our own magic, create the life we want, and enjoy the resulting successes, good relationships, and mental health. Sometimes all we need to do is learn new ways to think, communicate, and act that we weren't exposed to as children.
I also counsel people with medical illnesses and chronic pain assisting them to cope with these major life stressors using Cognitive Therapy, relaxation and mindfulness techniques to help them learn how to do things such as: reduce pain levels, lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, and lower breathing rate. These methods can also reduce panic, anxiety, depression, stress symptoms and improve symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
From 2008 to 2012, I worked on various military facilities counseling those returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their families.
I don’t work with substance abuse or other addictions. For you to benefit from my work, you need to be free from these and well into recovery first so that you have a clear mind and a recovered brain. Other therapists who specialize in addictions can help with these. I also do not do Workman’s Compensation cases, FMLA, court work or custody cases.
I've been in practice for 40 years and a trainer and speaker for local organizations, businesses, and other therapists. Some of the courses I’ve developed and taught include Adults Abused As Children, Assertive Communication, Behavioral Medicine for Fibromyalgia, Conflict Resolution, Couples Communication, Funny Business: Humor in the Workplace, Communication Skills for Managers and Supervisors, Relaxation and Meditation, Stress Management, Team Building, Understanding Depression. For a complete list, see the Training page.
Fees, Office Hours, Ages:
If you're using your insurance, your copayment will depend on the rate your particular mental health insurance plan sets. If you're not using insurance, my fees are $150 for 50 minute sessions and $200 for a 90 minute evaluation. However, when you don't use insurance, you're not constrained by time limits, you can schedule sessions longer than 50 minutes as you like, and you don't need a diagnosis. I'm a provider for most major insurance plans and an out-of-network provider for all other plans. Congress has approved LPC’S and LMFT’S to see Medicare clients beginning January 1, 2024.
Being semi-retired, I work Mondays through Thursdays. Appointments begin at 1:00 and the last appointment begins at 5:30. I work with adults from ages 19 to 100+.
Licenses and Professional Affiliations
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 1829, Texas - LMFT
Licensed Professional Counselor, 4127, Texas - LPC
Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Certified Telebehavioral Health Practitioner from Telebehavioral Health Institute
Education and Other Training
Bachelor of Science, University of North Texas
Master of Science, East Texas State University, now Texas A & M in Commerce
Continuing professional, technical, post graduate education includes training with Terry Real - Relational Life Therapy, John and Julie Gottman, Harville Hendrix - Imago Therapy, Bessel van der Kolk - Trauma, David Burns, M.D. - Cognitive Therapy, Janina Fisher, Ph.D. - Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment, Esther Perel - Relational Intelligence, Rochelle Calvert, Ph.D. - Healing with Nature, Mindfulness, and Somatic Experiencing, Frank Anderson, M.D. - Internal Family Systems.