“We are all works in progress, like an unfinished novel. I help people realize they have the ability to take authorship of their lives….Because the best parts are the ones they haven’t written yet.”
Barbara J. Peters is a gifted communicator with a laser beam ability to cut through the tangle of personal drama to get results and relationships that last a lifetime. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, her counseling style is interactive, respectful, non-judgmental, and supportive. “A large part of my practice is dedicated to working with couples. In my experience, most relationships can be saved, but romantic relationships are always evolving, so they need to be worked on constantly. You need to do that with the right tools.”
In her first book, The Gift of A Lifetime: Building a Marriage that Lasts, Barbara lends insight from her years of experience as a couples’ counselor to give people those essential tools and guide them on successfully using them. “When that happens, love and respect are restored and couples can reclaim a fulfilling relationship,” she explains. The messages in the book can make the difference between having a second honeymoon or seeking a divorce attorney.
In her second book, Barbara focuses directly on the issues of communication, trust, forgiveness, intimacy, acceptance, friendship, and love, with a unique approach from three perspectives: The man’s, the woman’s, and Barbara’s (the counselor’s). He Said, She Said, I Said is a book that truly shows how one’s thoughts can impact behavior and create misunderstanding.
Barbara received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from C.W. Post College of Long Island University, a Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing from Stony Brook University, and earned a Master of Science in Counseling from Georgia State University. She is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors and a member of The Licensed Professional Counselors of Georgia.
Barbara’s collaborative and supportive style of therapy starts with truth. Personal truth.
“I’m as authentic as they come, so I encourage the same from my clients,” Barbara says. “That dynamic of honesty and trust between counselor and client is vital to the success of the counseling process. When you can strip away self-doubt and defenses and come to a session with a genuine desire to work through an issue, there is a 100% guarantee of positive change. I get that commitment consistently from my clients, and in return, my clients get the results they need.”
A Long Island native, Barbara has made Georgia her home for the last twenty-four years; her private counseling practice is in Cumming, Georgia. She is devoted to her family of two grown daughters, four grandchildren, and a Shih Tzu named Gingerlily who often accompanies her to work.
Read what others are saying about Barbara’s books:
Having been married to the same wife for decades, I remain on the lookout for advice about love and marriage that strikes me as realistic. Fortunately, in this book Barbara Peters provides frank, witty, and creative solutions for couples facing marital problems. – Bill Lampton, PhD, Speech Coach for Champions
A masterwork relevant to anyone who is married or planning to be so, I would say “this book is truly a wonderful `gift’ in every sense of the word.” It overwhelmed me with emotion, warmed my soul, made me think about what is important in life, and left me with great hope. I was captivated by every page, every illustration, and every caring word. -Bill R. Path, author of Moments of Forever