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Biography of Robert Barrett
With more than 30 years experience
as a counselor and psychotherapist, my
focus has always been to help individuals
and families navigate difficult life transitions.
I founded Barrett Institute of Marriage &
Family Therapy in 2006 with the intention of
providing quality therapy for individuals,
couples and children in Charlotte County
and surrounding areas.
In the past I worked as clinical director of Southwest Florida Employee Assistance Program
and as a program director for Human Services Foundation in Lee County. I have provided
psychotherapy for individuals and families in a wide variety of settings, from psychiatric facilities
to social service agencies and juvenile justice programs. My experience includes working with
children, adolescents, couples and families.
Prior to entering the field of psychotherapy, I was a successful business owner. I returned
to college in my thirties and earned degrees in psychology and social work. I have been
licensed in Florida as a clinical social worker since 1996. I have received specialized training
required by the State of Florida which qualifies me to provide psychotherapy regarding sexual
functioning and sexual behavior issues. In addition to my private practice, I currently serve as
the behavioral health counselor for students at Florida Southwestern State College, Charlotte
Campus. I also represent Synergy EAP Solutions employee assistance program in Charlotte
County. I maintain clinical membership in the American Association of Marriage and Family
The type of counseling I do is called Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Solution-Focused
therapy is based on a systems model rather than a disease model. The Systems model
enables me to view my clients as individuals, couples, or families who are having difficulty
resolving certain problems or transitions in their life. Solution-Focused therapy focuses on
developing and achieving a client’s vision of solutions in a goal-directed manner. I provide
active feedback to my clients in the form of suggested strategies, materials and resources.