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About JoAnne Barge

As an undergraduate studying psychology, I looked around and the therapists that I admired most had come from the counseling psychology program at USC. I worked hard to get into that graduate school. I was so excited when I was accepted and I loved every minute of it. It was truly a great training program at the time with some wonderful Professors. They warned us at the beginning to fasten our seat belts because it wasn’t going to be just book study. They confronted us (students) about who we were and what we were like, every step of the way. I wanted to learn about myself and I happen to believe that it is required to be a good therapist, so it worked out well for me.

I later began working for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. This was a dream job with a great group of colleagues. They taught me so much but I left there after six years because I wanted to pursue doctoral studies and it was impossible to do both. I went on to UCLA where I would do research with a Professor who is famous for his work in chemical dependency and the prevention of it.

My doctoral studies were completely different from my experience at USC. It was no longer personal practical hands-on training. UCLA was intellectually and academically challenging but I found it the perfect mix for me. I did my research, and ultimately my dissertation, on “Attachment and Loss.” I intuitively believed and continue to find that insecure attachments and unresolved losses in our personal histories contribute greatly to emotional problems of all kinds. I opened my private practice in 1983 and continue with it today. I’ve also spent a number of years teaching psychology classes… most were in addiction and/or family counseling. If interested, see my credentials. I think I learn the most from my patients. Psychology is a science but it includes a lot of philosophy and, it is my opinion, that psychotherapy is an art. No two people are exactly the same. The process involved in all of my services is to some degree a mutual one in that we are always learning and discovering together.


Licenses & Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist (PSY 14116)
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MT 18182)
  • APA Certified in the Treatment of Substance Abuse – American Psychological Association
  • Certified in Clinical Hypnosis at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
  • National Certified Master Addiction Counselor – National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals


  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • M.S. Counseling Psychology, University of Southern California (USC)

Professional Associations

  • American Psychological Association – Full Member
  • Society of Clinical Psychology – Full Member
  • California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists – Full Clinical Member
  • California Psychological Association – Member



  • Private practice since 1983 in West Los Angeles
  • Clinical Director – Charter Pacific Hospital, Torrance, CA (1983-1985)
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Harbor City, CA (1977-1983)


  • U.C.L.A. Extension/Department of Psychology and Health Sciences (1981-2003)
  • U.S.C. Department of Counseling Psychology (1985-1987)
  • Antioch University, Los Angeles (1980-1993)

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