Hugh Barton, LMFT
Psychotherapy For Creative Spirits
Searching for a West Los Angeles therapist can be challenging. Choosing one can be even harder. There are so many of us. How does one decide? I created this website so you can get a sense of who I am and how I work. Feel free to call me with any question or concern.
The focus of my practice is in helping people who find themselves at a crossroad. This includes young adults wondering where their genius lies, men and women in the second half of life who feel a loss of meaning and purpose, couples moving towards marriage for the first time and want premarital counseling, and long-term partnerships facing conflict yet wondering if they can fan the flame of desire once again.
These crossroads are full of unexpected moods like fear, anger and loneliness. Self-doubt, depression, and anxiety can arise. And familiar ways of coping no longer seem to work. It feels as if you have entered unknown territory. But fear not. You are going through a natural process of evolution so you can rediscover your true self, buried so long beneath symptoms and distractions. This is a great time to do deep inner work and reconnect with your imagination, courage, and freedom.
Maybe I can help. My education and training is in Jungian Analysis, Person-Centered psychotherapy, and Buddhist spirituality. My life experience as a musician, cook, and graphic designer allows me to understand the specific challenges encountered by individuals with a creative spirit.
While my approach to therapy is effective for a great many people, my specialty is working with artists of all types, such as directors, composers, chefs, painters, writers, editors, creative entrepreneurs, photographers, decorators, sculptors, architects, designers, and art directors, as well as students and apprentices in these fields.
How I Work
I hold a holistic view of the human being where mind and body are intricately linked. So while I primarily use talk therapy I often enrich the experience with dream exploration, mythology, music, mindfulness practices, and somatic work. Most importantly, I am very much “in” the therapy with you, creating an atmosphere that is safe and effective, caring and responsive. All this is in service to help mirror the personal world of your individual psyche in communion with its own depths. You can then begin to see suffering as part of a meaningful process, and learn how to be attentive for that within you which is seeking to fulfill itself.