BILL BARTON, Ph.D.
Dr. Bill Barton is a licensed psychologist (Cal. Lic. # PSY 18464) and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Cal. Lic. #16735). He was in private practice in San Francisco from 1984 to 2017 and now practices on the 3rd floor of the Commonweal Building, 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas, CA 94924. Approximately half of his clinical time is spent doing psychotherapy (counseling) with individuals and couples, and his other time is devoted to a variety of short and long term biofeedback therapy and training applications for individuals with stress and anxiety related health disorders. The biofeedback applications include such things as performance enhancement and visualization for athletes, hypertension reduction, chronic pain management and alleviation, insomnia, and adjunctive treatment for tempo-mandibular and myo-facial pain syndromes.
Dr. Barton is trained in hypnosis, Autogenic Training, EMDR, and the Interactive Metronome. His orientation in psychotherapy is an eclectic blend of humanistic, existential and behavioral approaches. He particularly appreciates the contributions of C.G. Jung to the understanding of the human psyche.
Dr. Barton is a Senior Fellow of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (formerly the Biofeedback Society of America) and is B.C.I.A. certified in biofeedback (# 387) and EEG biofeedback (E # 1579) and has been using biofeedback for over 35 years. He is a pioneer of group biofeedback. He uses the most sophisticated and spectacular psychophysiological training system available: The BioIntegrator. The training is exciting for children, adolescents, and adults. Appropriate ages are generally 7 to 100 years old.
Dr. Barton has considerable experience working with medical referrals from Bay Area general practitioners, neurologists, cardiologist, dentists, and psychiatrists (e.g. typically for issues of anxiety, phobias, insomnia, depression, and PTSD). He spent seven years as assistant director of the California Pain and Stress Clinic in San Francisco, three years working with children with catastrophic illnesses at the Center for Attitudinal Healing with Dr. Jerry Jampolsky. He taught for ten years on the graduate faculty of John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA, and has spent many years teaching professionals clinical biofeedback skills and techniques.
His work history includes being a clinician and consultant for Berkeley’s Clinical Institute of Behavioral Medicine and the Collaborative Medicine Center in Mill Valley, directed by Martin Rossman, MD. Dr. Barton spent four years directing a large stress management program for CPC Belmont Hills Psychiatric Hospital. He has been a clinical consultant to the Ross Valley Sports Medicine Clinic, the Brookside Hospital’s chronic pain program, the US Olympic Sailing Team, St. Mary’s and Ross Hospital’s Chemical Dependency Programs, the St. Mary’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, and McAuley’s Neuropsychiatric Adolescent Unit. He is a pioneer of group biofeedback, running his first groups for Gladman Memorial Hospital in Oakland from 1974 –1977.
Dr Barton was elected and served twice as the president of the Biofeedback Society of California (BSC). He has served many years on the board of directors of BSC. He was educated at Hamilton College in upstate New York, Columbia University (MBA), Lone Mountain College (MA in Clinical Psychology, San Francisco), and the Professional School of Psychology (Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, San Francisco). Dr. Barton is an avid mountain biker, world class yachtsman, and outdoorsman.
He is a member of Marin CAMFT, CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), Marin Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association.
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