Hugh Barton, LMFT
Psychotherapy For Creative Spirits
Looking for a West LA 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. As you browse please feel free to call me with questions.
The focus of my practice is in helping people who feel they have reached a crossroad in their lives. This includes men and women in the second half of life who feel a loss of meaning and purpose, young adults wondering where their genius lies, couples moving towards marriage for the first time, 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 arise. And familiar ways of coping no longer seem to work. But fear not. You are going through a natural process for discarding old ways of being in order to rediscover your true self, buried so long beneath symptoms and distractions. This is a fantastic time to reconnect with your always-present imagination, courage, compassion, and love.
Maybe I can help. My experience as a therapist is based in the traditions of Jungian Analysis, Person-Centered psychotherapy, and Buddhist spirituality. My life experience as a musician, cook, and graphic designer allows me to understand the specific emotional 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.
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.