I am Gary Barnes, a consultant and counselor/therapist in private practice in Corvallis, Oregon. I have over 30 years of clinical experience providing services to individuals, couples, families, and organizations. My goal is to provide effective counseling and consultation services in a supportive and caring environment. I believe that it takes a lot of courage to ask for help, and when you invite me into your life or organization, I assume this as a privilege and responsibility on my part. I am inspired by the many people whom I have seen work through struggles with dignity and resolve. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Please note that I am only doing Telemental Health sessions at this time, due to the pandemic and concern about the possible transmission of COVID-19 in a face-to-face session.


Counseling Services

For the 29 years I have practiced in Corvallis, my unique focus is geared toward helping both individuals and organizations with the day to day problems that arise from our human interactions and experiences. On the individual level, I have focused my professional efforts on providing direct counseling services to a very broad and diverse group of clientele. My focus areas are:

· Individual and couples therapy for adults

· Brief, client-centered, goal-focused, “eclectic” approach

· Longer –term therapy when necessary

· Depression

· Anxiety

· Substance abuse

· Grief and loss

· Workplace issues

· Life transitions

· Health challenges

Employer and Employee Assistance Program services

I have also focused my efforts toward helping promote organizational health for local employers. I started and grew an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) business by selling EAP services to local employers and offering counseling, consultations, training, and other organizational services. I became part of a larger EAP, first through PeaceHealth, and more recently with Reliant Behavioral Health (RBH) based in Portland. Today I am working independently, but with the same focus areas that include:

· Consultations with supervisors and HR concerning troubled employees or workgroups

· Leadership development and team interventions

· Coworker Conflict Interventions

· Training on topics related to the human aspects of work

· On-site debriefings following a death or critical incident