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Biography of Robert Barrett
With more than 25 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 Therapy (AAMFT).        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.