Barbara is an anxiety and panic consultant as well
as a spiritual advisor. This means that she suggests, educates, motivates and inspires
people to get well. She does not tell people what to do. She does not provide therapy. She
is not a doctor. Her suggestions or advice is general and does not substitute for
consulting in person with a medical or mental health practitioner. Barbara takes no
responsibility for the consequences of any action you might take based on reading her
column. The source of her replies comes from: (1) Barbara's nine and a half years of
personal research of fear, anxiety and panic which include her experience of suffering the
symptoms, feelings and agony of severe anxiety and panic on a daily basis,
(2) reading hundreds of books on the topics of fear, anxiety, panic, agoraphobia and
self love, and listening to hundreds of audio tapes on the same topics,
(3) experiencing recovery for the last 20 years, (4) Barbara's knowledge and
experience gained from clients in her private practice, (5) experiential exercises
that Barbara developed through trial and error on herself while getting well, and
(6) consulting with experts in the field of agoraphobia, anxiety and panic disorder,
as well as consulting documented information regarding the illness.
Who is Barbara?
Barbara was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1946. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona when she was 21
years old. She has three children from her first marriage and two step-children from her
second marriage. She has been married for 13 years to her second husband and remains
What is Barbara's technical background?
Prior to her current work, Barbara was a Licensed
Chemical Dependency Counselor for twelve years. She attended several community colleges,
the University of Houston, and St. Marys University in San Antonio to acquire the
education needed to become licensed. Barbara considers herself lucky to have had
experience in several fields of work. She started out being a secretary, then sold real
estate for several years, became licensed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, and now is
an Anxiety & Panic Consultant as well as a Spiritual Advisor to Individuals and
Organizations. Barbara moved to the Northern Virginia area in 1996, focusing more on helping individuals to enhance, develop, or enlarge their spiritual life,
or help people to begin to become aware of how much healing takes place on a spiritual
basis. Barbara has now relocated back to San Antonio.
Does Barbara consider herself completely recovered?
Yes. Barbara says an emphatic "Yes" because she goes wherever she wants to go
and does whatever she wants to do. She does not allow fear to stop her from doing anything
she wishes to do.
Does Barbara get money for providing Dear Barbara?
No. Barbara donates her time to the cause, control, and cure of nervous illness.