Tessa Barrows

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist


For the past 17 years, I have been deeply committed to my own journey of personal growth and transformation.  As a therapist, I believe my purpose is to support my clients with understanding their truth, increasing their own intuitive abilities to trust what is true and “right” for them, and help them reduce pain and suffering by cultivating more authentic connection with themselves.  When we are connected with our truth and learn to love and nurture ourselves, our view of the world changes for the better!

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist currently practicing in Pleasant Hill. I began seeing clients in 2012 at the John F. Kennedy Center for Holistic Counseling in Oakland and subsequently worked as a bilingual therapist at a domestic violence agency in Concord treating adults and children dealing with complex mental health issues related to anxiety and stress from traumatic experiences, substance use, economic hardships, parenting challenges, and a wide range of multi-cultural issues.  

How I work:  My approach is holistic including somatic and transpersonal techniques to help my clients increase their self-awareness on all levels of their being – emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. To help answer questions, such as “What is my purpose in this life?” “How did I lose my sense of self?” “Why can’t I maintain positive relationships?” We explore tools that include mind, body, and spirit to help empower oneself to help manage life stressors that creates profound and lasting positive change in one’s life.  As a certified Clarity Breathworker, I often introduce breath as a means to activate the subconscious mind and gain insights not easily accessed through traditional therapy.  To learn more about Clarity Breathwork, click here. I also invite you to visit my Clarity Breathwork practitioner page here.

My office:  It’s important that my space feels safe, calming, and comfortable.  As a Reiki Master, I utilize my energetic skills to cleanse and clear my office before and during the day begins to support healing and well-being.  Clients often arrive somewhat hurried and stressed from the outside world, and quickly shift to a slower, relaxed pace conducive for healing. I encourage clients to get comfortable however is helpful to them, whether seated on the couch, floor or when working with children, through exploring the space.

My Credentials: I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #105834 through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). I have been practicing since 2013. I completed a Master of Arts degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Transpersonal Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley.