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Like many of you, I feel angry, frightened, saddened, and heartbroken by news of the racially motivated hate-filled domestic terrorism attack that resulted in the death of ten Black people at Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York on Saturday. My heart and prayers go out to the victims families. Imagine being hated and targeted because of the color of your skin. 

My name is Sharmaine D Barnes and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who specializes in treating Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized individuals--including LGBTQ2+.

I'm trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Written Exposure Therapy. I provide a Justice, Antiracist, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JAEDI) treatment approach in my clinical practice and offer therapy from a culturally sensitive perspective utilizing 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.

If you're searching for a therapist who you can relate to and who can relate to you and your experiences with racial stress and trauma, gender discrimination, microaggressions, microinsults, microinvalidations, and sexual harassment--a therapist who looks like you and shares your struggles and experiences--a therapist who you can be your authentic self with and not have to code-switch with.....  I'm the therapist for you.

If you're struggling with childhood or adult trauma (verbal, physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect), attachment trauma, generational trauma, first-responder vicarious trauma, military service-related trauma, or PTSD..... I'm the therapist for you. 

If you're struggling with anger, anxiety, depression, grief, or some other kind of life adjustment or stressor... I'm the therapist for you.   

Let me help you work through your emotional struggles in a compassionate, culturally sensitive, and non-judgmental way.

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



Although I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have chosen to specialize in treating adult individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, life adjustments, racial stress and trauma, acute stress disorder, other specified and unspecified trauma-and stressor-related disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am no longer providing marriage counseling. My cash rates are $125 for a 45-minute therapy session and $150 for a 60-minute session.

Although I specialize in treating African Americans, my clientele is very diverse. I see clients from various ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, and other backgrounds. I am also a retired correctional officer and have a unique understanding of the needs of first responders. 


I am a proud member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

California Therapists Disavow Racial Injustice

May 30, 2020 | Press Release |

California Therapists Disavow Racial Injustice, Voice Concern over Mental Health Impacts of Racial Trauma

San Diego, CA — The death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck is heartbreaking and infuriating. This latest injustice has led to protests in Minneapolis and in cities across the country, including Los Angeles and Oakland, around structural racism against black communities. Floyd’s death came shortly after the fatal shooting of EMT Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and the release of a video documenting jogger Ahmaud Arbery being gunned down in Georgia. The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) grieves these unnecessary and violent deaths.

“Witnessing police brutality, even vicariously through videos and news stories, can be deeply traumatizing,” says Cathryn Leff, LMFT, President-Elect of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. “People in ethnic minority communities often experience racial trauma from witnessing racial violence. This trauma can lead to depression, anxiety, anger, or post-traumatic stress disorder that can have substantial negative consequences for individuals, families, and their communities.”

CAMFT asks our state and federal lawmakers, as well as law enforcement agencies, to assess training and internal review policies and take needed measures to decrease the implicit and explicit bias present in our government systems that lead to these tragic deaths. “Only by addressing the systemic racism in our country will we as a society have a chance for justice and healing,” says Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, CAE, Executive Director of CAMFT.

CAMFT encourages members and all mental health professionals to be both culturally competent and culturally responsive and to consider the impact of these prejudicial incidents on ethnic minority clients. As a best practice, mental health professionals should directly address racial trauma in the clinical hour. “When a clinician opens conversations about race, socialized injustice, and violence, it provides opportunities to validate the experiences and feelings of clients of color, where they can process their grief and trauma.” says Katie Vernoy, LMFT, President of CAMFT. CAMFT wants to empower therapists and clients to talk openly about the profound mental health consequences that racial traumas may have on people within historically oppressed populations.

CAMFT is an independent professional organization representing the interests of over 32,000 Marriage and Family Therapists and mental health workers who are experts in diagnosing and treating mental health issues. CAMFT is dedicated to promoting mental health, advancing the MFT profession, and maintaining high standards of professional ethics.