Dr. Bear earned her B.A.in Psychology at Duke University, her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, then pursued a graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California, Irvine. Barbara is also a Certified Autism Specialist and a passionate advocate for those on the Autism Spectrum.
She is also passionate about lifelong learning, helping others achieve their personal and professional goals, and advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves.
Her approach to working with patients comes from the belief that not everyone fits into a box, and one size does not fit all. Dr. Bear treats each of her patients with a unique, customized approach to meet their unique needs. She is well versed in many different therapeutic approaches and theoretical orientations and integrates parts of various theoretical orientations in treating patients.
Barbara’s priorities when meeting with new patients are: 1) meeting the client where they are, 2) establishing rapport, 3) creating a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental environment, and 4) thoroughly hearing and understanding each patient’s story before diagnosing or providing recommendations for treatment options. Dr. Bear wants each of her patients to feel that they are not just another patient on her schedule. She wants her patients to feel important, valued, heard, and understood.
While Barbara finds her career very fulfilling personally, she has other sources of happiness as well. Dr. Bear is a mother of 4 children, ages 5-14. Her children are a source of joy and also the best teachers she’s ever had.
Barbara is passionate about swimming in saltwater. She grew up on the Gulf of Mexico and is drawn to the ocean as a source of comfort, adventure, and refreshment.
She spends her free time outside of work and parenting seeking knowledge in areas that she is weak. For example, Barbara did not appreciate American History until she began reading her daughter’s 7th-grade textbook. It meant more to her 25 years after she read her last American History book. Additionally, Barbara pushes herself to stay out of her comfort zone. For example, Dr. Bear has little interest and knowledge about cars, trucks, football, or basketball. However, to challenge herself to grow in different dimensions, she forces me to learn that which is unfamiliar. Barbara finds that being able to hold an informed conversation about cars, trucks, football, or basketball is an asset.
Dr. Bear exercises daily for an hour. Her favorite form of exercise is riding a bicycle on the beach. Biking gives her a sense of pleasure and peace and reminds me of the summer she lived in France as a teen.
Her deepest passion is advocating for those who do not have a voice. She spends voluntary time advocating for children on the Autism Spectrum and enjoys teaching others how to interact, teach, and communicate with those on the Autism Spectrum. Barbara is also a passionate advocate for children who have been abused or neglected. The best lesson Barbara has learned and experienced as a human is that the need to feel heard and feeling heard can be the best intervention.
University of California, Irvine
Dr. Bear completed her graduate Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting at the University of California, Irvine
California School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Bear earned her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Bear received her Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Bear received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University
I am very pleased to be working with Happier Living. It is very helpful to have both my psychiatrist and psychologist in the same place. They are able to read each other’s notes. I believe this provides me with better care. The office staff is very good. Client Support handles my scheduling, billing and questions…