How I Work

Therapy Is Commitment To Positive Change

My Therapeutic Approach

"Give a man a fish and he won't starve for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he won't starve for his entire life." (Chinese Proverb)

This proverb is meaningful to me in that I feel my responsibility as a therapist is to help you become your own therapist as soon as you are able.

And how do I do that?

I ask you what you want to change, what you want different in your life. That question leads to an exploration of family patterns, feelings, expectations and beliefs that may have worked for you in the past but no longer help you in present circumstances.

Behavior and communication (your external world) are anchored on your beliefs, feelings and expectations (your internal world). Committing to positive shifts in your internal world results in changes in your external world. Re-framing your circumstances more positively, taking responsibility for managing your emotions and behaving in wholesome ways while under stress increase your self-esteem!

Therapeutic Modalities I Use

To help you become your own therapist as soon as possible, I have found Virginia Satir's Transformational Systemic Therapy model combined with recent neuroscience research on Mindfulness work best.

Satir Therapy

Satir Therapy is brief and in-depth. Following are some of Satir's beliefs that I subscribe to and that clients find helpful:


The tenets of mindfulness include:

Both these therapeutic modalities lead to learning positive ways of being and doing. Individuals who have grown up in loving and nurturing families already have learned the basics of mindfulness. Even if that isn't the case for you, the brain has a marvelous "plasticity" about it that when you commit to practice mindfulness, the brain structure actually changes. Old patterns, beliefs and expectations that no longer serve you well give way to new, more constructive ways of being and doing.

A therapy session with me:

Homework is encouraged to set in motion new ways of being and doing. With commitment and consistent practice, change occurs. Old patterns disappear and new, healthier patterns take hold.

Contact me for a free 15 minute consultation to see how these modalities can help you live a life free of anxiety.

Judith Barnard, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker

Telephone: 604-233-0845
E-mail: judith@judithbarnard.com

I am located in Richmond. I provide therapy services for Richmond, Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver area including Delta, Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey and White Rock.