Dr. Barbara Buchanan, Ph.D., LMFT-Associate
Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.
— Brené Brown
Are you an individual who simply desires to connect with others effectively? Do you yearn to engage with your partner, friends, family, or others and find it difficult to do so? Couples, do you feel you have been disconnected and can’t seem to find your way back to romance? Does your relationship seem distant and you wonder what happened to being best friends, lovers, and companions? Perhaps there are times you both have different opinions about how to raise your children, develop healthy boundaries with your external family members and need help? Maybe you are a blended family and it’s challenging to agree what’s best for everyone in your new family system?
I pursued both the Educational and Mental Health fields because I simply believe in people. I get it. Life simply is sometimes hard. My desire as a clinician is to develop a safe environment for my clients where they can be vulnerable and offer a space where their voices are heard. I am a passionate therapist who desires to equip clients with the tools and strategies they need to develop positive changes for their lives. I want to help them not miss moments of happiness that are right in front of them. With over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, I have supported my clients with the tools needed towards coping with life’s challenges and finding their personal solutions.
I’m experienced in working with premarital/marital, divorce, infidelity, blended families, parenting (within all developmental stages: early childhood to adulthood), adult children and parental communication patterns, coping skills, stress/anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and medical family therapy (cancer, alopecia areata, disabilities).
Dr. Buchanan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (#202829) in Texas and is under the supervision of Dr. Paul Stanford (#202565). She graduated from the Texas Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, a Master of Education from Texas Christian University, and has a Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She brings a history of experience working as an educator, teaching a variety of student populations from early childhood to graduate studies including at-risks youth, special needs, and many other student populations. She also has experience training in the church including keynote speaking, parenting and couples classes, youth mentoring, and more. If applicable, she utilizes her clients’ faith and spirituality, whatever they may be, as useful tools to aid in the change process. These experiences have allowed her the ability to connect with individuals, couples, and families from different walks of life.
She also has extensive clinical and educational training in Solution Focused Therapy and completed an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy certificate of completion under Dr. Sue Johnson from The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Lastly, in an effort to enhance couples skills for those seeking premarital counseling, she is also a certified facilitator of Prepare/Enrich, the most widely used and validated premarital assessment and training program.