Tanya Barr




Narrative Therapy for Liberation


Hello and Welcome

“If you wanted to drown you could, but you don’t because finally after all this struggle and all these years you simply don’t want to any more, you’ve simply had enough of drowning and you want to live and you want to love.”

David Whyte

Maybe this is your first time researching therapists or you have tried in the past and not made the progress you had hoped for or you had a great experience and would like to return at this time for a new set of reasons? No matter the reasons you have landed on my page and I think we can figure this out together. I commend you for having stepped onto the path of hope. I’m glad you are here. It is a courageous decision to begin the process of finding a therapist.

My intention is to help you deconstruct limiting stories that no longer serve you. To make visible the invisible in your life. To widen your horizons to identify a new range of paths and how to live into your new story.

I operate from the assumption that you are separate from the problems and that you have many strengths that will enable change. I am committed to collaborating with you in brave spaces to secure your way forward.

"It is necessary to remember, as we think critically about domination, that we all have the capacity to act in ways that oppress, dominate, wound...that it is first the potential oppressor within that we must resist – the potential victim within that we must rescue – otherwise we cannot hope for an end to domination, for liberation."

-bell hooks

Narrative Therapy for Liberation

My education and experience are interwoven with curiosity, empathy, warmth and humor to help you feel comfortable and engaged in the process. You and I will find the present voice for your desires and align them with goals that set the stage for positive change in your life. Along the path you will collect tools for relaxation, regulation, communication and embodiment.

Meet me at the intersections of

  • LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Therapy
  • Queer Theory
  • Somatic Technique
  • Attachment Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness

My Approach

I work to address a range of issues including depression, anxiety, sexuality, spirituality, trauma, self worth, and navigating uncertainty all the while tracing your wellbeing to the impact of larger structural factors.

I am interested in helping you unravel the knots, the loss, the missed chances and confusion that can result in deep alienation and isolation.

We can grieve what was lost or never found, develop curiosity, uncover resiliency, self-compassion, meaning, and identify allies in your life which can be the loving foundation for forging new hopeful paths.

Areas of Specialization

I provide therapy for adults, adolescents, couples, intimate partners and families.

Are you seeking your voice, clarity, growth, and a renewed sense of purpose despite uncertain times? I would love the opportunity to work with and help you construct a life of healing, thriving and liberation.

My additional areas of interest are:

  • kink
  • poly affirmative therapy
  • interracial partnerships
  • spirituality
  • bisexuality/pansexuality
  • adolescence and childhood
  • navigating life transitions
  • holistic approaches
  • ACE spectrum
  • work/life balance

About Me

I am a sex-positive, dissenter, immigrant and queer person who

arrived at psychology from a philosophical, esoteric and spiritual stance. I gained further exposure and interest in mental health equity by focusing in on Applied Community Psychology while obtaining my MA.

While studying I found a kinship between narrative psychology and my lifelong punk ethos (non-conformity, anti-authoritarianism, anti-corporatism, a do-it-yourself ethic, and anti-corporate greed). I was in the entertainment industry previously for two decades and enjoy working with creatives to help navigate the dynamics of change.

I am currently full time faculty with Antioch University where I instruct undergraduates and graduates in the areas of sexuality, spirituality, and consumerism and advise students on pathways towards graduation.

I trained formally with children, adolescents and their families where I was fortunate enough to collaborate with people facing problems that were often exacerbated by issues of immigration and inequity.

I also trained under the tutelage of the Narrative Counseling Center (NCC) with Lucy Cotter LMFT before going into practice for myself.

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in the state of California (LMFT #130983 and a member of the Southern California Therapy Collective, which provides support and community for therapists and other helping professionals so that we can be better equipped to nurture the growth and development of our clients. To learn more, please visit: southerncaliforniatherapycollective.com.

Love after Love - Derek Walcott

The time will come

When, with elation,

You will greet yourself arriving

At your own door, in your own mirror,

And each will smile at the other's welcome,

And say, sit here, Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart

To itself, to the stranger who has loved you

All your life, whom you ignored

For another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

The photographs, the desperate notes,

Peel your image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.


My Standard fee is 200 dollars per 50 min session. I accept payment through credit/debit card. I do not accept insurance but if you do have insurance, and would like partial reimbursement from your provider I will provide superbills.

Please check with your insurance carrier to see what they may cover.

When calling your insurance company you should ask:

Do you accept superbills?

Can I use an out of network provider?

How much will you reimburse?

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License No. MFT 130983

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