Anne Barker LCSW, LIMHP
In my work as a therapist, whether in individual, family or couples therapy, I always try to be mindful that I am, by virtue of being a freakishly imperfect human being, just as vulnerable to the same kinds of worries, distress, confusions and mistakes as those my clients experience.
Knowing this (on some days with what feels like 110% certainty!), I always try to engage in my work with clients from a we’re-all-in-this-together kind of place, even as I also pass along and teach best-practice relationship information and strategies.
Because I am engaged in the therapeutic relationship in this more transparent way, your therapeutic journey is truly as rewarding for me as it is for you, and this dynamic is what repeatedly inspires me to continue to work as a therapist.
Working closely with you in the initial counseling sessions, I will help you identify and clarify your relationship or treatment goals and create a workable a plan to achieve them. As we progress through our work together, I will continually tap into the many strengths and abilities you already possess, as well as introduce you to new ideas and strategies that can help you strengthen your marriage, partnership or quality of life.
- I will pay close attention to your family history, and look for opportunities to help you move beyond family patterns that keep you from being your best self.
- I may encourage you to take a hard look at your communication patterns to find any old habits that prevent you from expressing yourself clearly and completely to others.
- I will help you look at the ways in which your social, professional, economic and cultural environments may have contributed to your concerns. We will also look in these areas for resources to help you achieve your goals.
- I value evidence-based practice. This means the approaches I use are supported by research, tailored to your situation, and can be re-evaluated by both of us regularly.
- Throughout our time together, I will strive to create and maintain a therapeutic relationship of mutual respect, acceptance and trust.
I am a mental health therapist who works in the modalities of individual, couples and family therapy. I am a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) and Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Nebraska. You can find information regarding my credentialing here.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies from Vassar College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Both of my degrees have prepared me well for my work as a mental health therapist.
Additionally, I have completed the Level I and II Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, advanced Gottman trainings in couples therapy when there has been an affair or addiction, a two-day course on using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for challenging relationship issues, and a specialized training program in Discernment Counseling for Couples (a form of couples therapy for couples in which one person is “leaning in” to the relationship and the other is “leaning out.” I have also acquired both Level I & II EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Training and have a Certification in Clinical Sleep Counseling through the Center for Sleep Counseling Studies.
As a licensed therapist for over ten years, I have extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families, and have specialized training in marriage therapy – or couples therapy (as I see many couples – including same-sex couples, who are not married in the tradition sense), trauma and grief recovery, insomnia, women’s issues, stress management, behavior/emotion management, blended families and parent education.
I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Private Practice Therapists. I live in Omaha with my husband and my Labrador, Lola. When I am not in my office, I enjoy writing, gardening, reading and spending time with my husband and two awesome adult children. My pronouns are she/her/hers.
“I am pleased to welcome Anne Barker back to our community of mental health practitioners. Anne and I worked together at Heartland Family Service some years ago. In our work with blended and divorcing families, I was impressed with her patience, insight and understanding. Skilled practitioners of family therapy are “rare birds” and we are fortunate to have one back with us.”
Barbara Jessing, MS, LPC, LMFT
Clinical Director at Project Harmony Child Protection Center
“I feel very confident when I make a referral to Anne for couples therapy because I have received such good feedback from my clients who are working with her in this area. She has a vast knowledge of the dynamics of relationships and is committed to helping couples not just repair, but also enhance, their partnerships. Additionally, Anne has continued to seek out the most relevant and evidence-based training in this specialization, and so is now one of the few practitioners in the area to offer such a high level of expertise in working with couples.”
Kendra McCallie, LIMHP, LCSW
“It is such a joy to be able to work collaboratively with Annie Barker. Her dedication to providing evidence-based treatment, combined with her compassionate presence, puts her at the top of my referral list for work with couples. I have watched my patients benefit from Annie’s capacity to present complex relational dynamics with skillful clarity, allowing them to move more quickly from confusion and overwhelm, to skill-building and insight. Highly recommended!”
Dr. Louisa Foster,
The Center For Mindful Living
“I have referred a number of complex couples in crisis to Anne, and have been especially impressed with her ability to bring clarity and calmness to these situations. Her confidence and non-anxious presence allowed the couples to communicate more lovingly and clearly with each other and to take the steps necessary to make hard decisions, something that had been very difficult – if not impossible – for these couples before their work with Anne. Moreover, these were couples that had been frustrated with their past experiences with couples therapy and were surprised with the gains they made this time around.”
Dr. Josh Friedman