Tessa  Barrows

Tessa Barrows

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Master of Arts, MA
California Accepting Online
Pleasant Hill Accepting In-person
Updated March 4, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Clarity Breathwork
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Divorce & separation

Professional statement

For the past 17 years, I have been deeply committed to my own journey of personal growth and transformation. As a therapist, I believe my purpose is to support my clients with understanding their truth, increasing their own intuitive abilities to trust what is true and “right” for them, and help them reduce pain and suffering by cultivating more authentic connection with themselves. When we are connected with our truth and learn to love and nurture ourselves, our view of the world changes for the better!

My approach is holistic including somatic and transpersonal techniques to help my clients increase their self-awareness on all levels of their being – emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. To help answer questions, such as “What is my purpose in this life?” “How did I lose my sense of self?” “Why can’t I maintain positive relationships?” We explore tools that include mind, body, and spirit to help empower oneself to help manage life stressors that creates profound and lasting positive change in one’s life. As a certified Clarity Breathworker, I often introduce breath as a means to activate the subconscious mind and gain insights not easily accessed through traditional therapy.

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist currently practicing in Pleasant Hill. I began seeing clients in 2012 at the John F. Kennedy Center for Holistic Counseling in Oakland and subsequently worked as a bilingual therapist at a domestic violence agency in Concord treating adults and children dealing with complex mental health issues related to anxiety and stress from traumatic experiences, substance use, economic hardships, parenting challenges, and a wide range of multi-cultural issues.

Message to clients

Thanks for taking the time to read about my work. "Shopping" for a therapist can be daunting yet it's so important to find a good fit. How do you know? Maybe it's the photo of the therapist, the feeling of ease you get when you talk in the initial consultation call, or both! It takes time to build trust and rapport with a stranger.

It’s important that my space feels safe, welcoming, calming, and comfortable whether we meet online or in-person. Clients often arrive somewhat hurried and stressed from the outside world, and quickly shift to a slower, relaxed pace conducive for healing. I encourage my clients of all ages to get comfortable however is helpful to them, whether seated on the couch, kicking off shoes to settle in and access what is needed this day. Sometimes what is needed is a simple grounding and centering exercise just to be able to connect with your truth and express it.

My hope is that we build a compassionate and safe space together to help facilitate the change you seek - perhaps it's healing past wounds, or transforming beliefs to have a more positive outlook of life, or to create a deeper connection with yourself and all your relationships. I enjoy holding a powerful space to release the old barriers so the new can enter. I am in deep gratitude for this work and look forward to connecting with you.


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

Clarity Breathwork - Release stress and anxiety with the simple and powerful tool of your own breath! These sessions are longer (90 min) and accelerate your process of healing and transformation.

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

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

Divorce & separation - Questioning or feeling unsatisfied in your relationship; contemplation and navigation of separation; addressing issues of power, voice, and communication challenges


  • Adults (24+)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Tessa Barrows 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: $150 (50min)
  • Group sessions: $90 (75min)
  • Family sessions: $175 (60min)
  • Breathwork Sessions: $260 (120min)

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
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • As needed
Therapist's note

If you have an insurance plan that includes coverage for out-of-network providers, I am happy to supply you with monthly invoices "Superbill" that you can submit for reimbursement (typically this covers a good percentage of my fee). Check with your plan directly to verify your coverage.

You may be asked for the CPT code in order to verify reimbursement rate; the CPT code for 50-minute individual sessions is 90834 and the CPT code for 60-minute individual sessions is 90837.


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 10:00am-5pm
  • Tue 10:00am-6pm
  • Wed 10:00am-6pm
  • Thu 10:00am-6pm
  • Fri inquire for availability
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Pleasant Hill practice
2800 Pleasant Hill Rd., Suite 280, Pleasant Hill, California 94523
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-6pm
  • Tue 10:00am-6pm
  • Wed 10:00am-6pm
  • Thu 10:00am-6pm
  • Fri Inquire about availability
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed


California: 105834