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The COVID-19 pandemic, economic anxiety, and America's racial reckoning have taken a toll on the mental health and wellbeing of African-Americans and other People of Color.  African-American communities have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus and the pre-existing conditions that put most people at higher risk of dying from the virus, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, are more prevalent in communities of color, in part due to health disparities stemming from racial and socio-economic status. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police once again placed the spotlight on the ways systemic racism has pervaded institutions and gone unnoticed and unchecked. In his song, Inner City Blues, singer Marvin Gaye sang "Make me want to holler and throw up both my hands;

Yeah, it makes me want to holler and throw up both my hands; Crime is increasing; Trigger happy policing; Panic is spreading; God knows where we're heading..."

Racial stress and trauma encompass both the body and mind. Research has found that racism is associated with a host of psychological consequences, including depression, anxiety and other sometimes debilitating conditions. Post-traumatic stress disorder and the stress caused by racism can also contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and other physical diseases. 

While I understand that it is often difficult for African-Americans and other People of Color to reach out for help as systemic racism and the lack of cultural competence in mental health care has often resulted in misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment for African Americans and other People of Color, I believe that therapy is both beneficial and necessary to treat our individual, generational, and collective traumas so that we can reach our fullest potential.


My name is Sharmaine D Barnes and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH), and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS) who specializes in treating racial stress and trauma as well as other mental health disorders experienced by African- Americans and other People of Color. I offer counseling from an Afrocentric culturally sensitive perspective and utilize techniques that focus on the mind, body, spirit connection. Harmony, balance, interconnectedness, cultural awareness, and authenticity are the basic principles of the therapy I provide. 

I want to help you work through your emotional struggles in a compassionate, culturally sensitive, non-judgmental way.

Call me at (209) 475-8428 to schedule a teletherapy appointment.

I only see adult individuals in my practice and specialize in treating Anxiety, Depression, Life Adjustments, Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

My therapeutic approach is very integrated and

tailored to each individual client's needs. I use  techniques from various therapeutic modalities which include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotional Freedom Technique ("Tapping"), Schema-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Meditation, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Tai Chi, and others. 

I use Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Eye Move Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), both of which are evidence-based treatments, to treat trauma and PTSD.