Barbara Gani, Therapist in California — Zencare
Barbara  Gani
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Barbara Gani

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Master of Social Work, MSW
California Accepting Online
Updated December 5, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Barbara Gani is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Los Angeles, CA. Barbara has over a decade of experience working with clients across a wide range of settings. She enjoys working with children, teenagers, and adults as they grow their mental health and wellbeing. Barbara’s clients face overwhelming stress. This could be from school, work, relationships, responsibilities, or self-imposed pressure to live a certain way. Clients tend to reach out to Barbara when they’re tired of cruising through their weeks without feeling engaged or fulfilled. Barbara helps them refocus their attention on their own needs and wants to start to live the life that they authentically want for themselves.

Barbara utilized Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with clients to promote healthier ideas about what’s in their control and what’s outside of their control. Clients learn how to express their emotions in helpful ways and to better understand their current situations, including what led them to those points. Clients also learn how to identify cognitive distortions that aren’t helpful to them and their relationships, such as assumptions or judgments. Barbara also enjoys bringing mindfulness practices into therapy sessions and encourages clients to use these tools in their own time.

Barbara earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She appreciates the grit and vulnerability that it takes for clients to wholeheartedly show up to therapy sessions and brings her warm and empathy with her as she supports them through difficult times. She tailors her approach for each client’s needs, offering individualized treatment specifically for that person’s mental health goals.


Message to clients

Hi there!

Thank you for visiting my page. It can be anxiety provoking to start this journey, but I am so glad you are here! Whether this is your first foray into therapy or your fifth I would love to get to know you and see if this would be a good fit. I want you to know that this process is about your goals, not my agenda. My purpose is not to tell you what to do, but to guide you towards the life you want to live. At times during this process it can feel uncertain and I'm here to create a safe and grounded space where we can weather that discomfort together.

My hope is that by working together you will better understand the values you want to live by and feel confident in your abilities to manage whatever feeling, negative thought, or life transitions come your way. Please reach out and we can schedule a free initial call to get to know one another. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Warmly,

Barbara


Specialties

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Barbara Gani is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $175

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 9AM-6PM
  • Wed 9AM-6PM
  • Thu 9AM-6PM
  • Fri 9AM-3PM
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 10 years

Sage, School-based therapist/Clinical Supervisor , 2017 - 2021
Violence Intervention Program (SB82), Therapist , 2015 - 2017
Step Up On Second (FSP), Therapist , 2013 - 2015

University of Southern California, Master's in Social Work , 2012
University of Michigan, Bachelor's , 2008


Licensure

California: 76283


Languages

English