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Dr. Deborah Barrett offers uniquely specialized counseling services at ZCOC.  She seeks to cultivate and strengthen the spiritual resources deep within each client, and to utilize these more effectively to meet life’s challenges.  ZCOC counseling emphasizes the possibilities for healing, growth, and transformation.  Some people refer to this as pastoral counseling, some call it “positive” psychotherapy, spiritual direction, holistic health, coaching or mentoring.  For those who wish, she can present Zen approaches and methods as part of the counseling processs.


For those who wish, Dr. Barrett can provide an introduction to mindfulness practices and their application to daily life challenges.  Her approaches utilize and are comparable to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention programs.

Anger Management Program

Individualized sessions in anger management, from one to four sessions, 50 minutes each, is available.  Email or call to schedule.

Areas of Expertise

  • Developing a stronger spiritual life
  • Zen or Buddhist Perspectives
  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Illness, disability
  • Marriage or relationship issues
  • Gay and lesbian issues
  • Management of anger, fear, impulses
  • Life transitions and aging
  • Addictions
  • Grief or loss
  • Sex Addiction
  • Career development


Dr. Barrett is exceptionally well trained in both spirituality and psychology.  She is a certified pastoral counselor, and fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (#6011).  Dr. Barrett has been a Zen minister for over 20 years.  She has her Master’s Degree in theology from Loyola University in Chicago.  Dr. Barrett’s Ph.D. is in clinical psychology, with specialization in pastoral care and counseling.  She has been in private practice for 25 years, as well as counseling hundreds of people while serving as a hospice chaplain.  She teaches “Introduction to Psychology,”  “Effective Behavior,” and “Abnormal Psychology” at Santiago Community College in Orange and Santa Ana College.  She has taught courses in “World Religion,” “Spirituality and Aging” and “Death and Dying”at Cal State Fullerton.  She teaches meditation and mindfulness at the Zen Center of Orange County.


Counseling sessions are for 50 minutes and can usually be arranged to meet client’s schedules.  The fees are $75 per session; $135.00 per couple or family.  Most insurance plans do not reimburse for pastoral counseling, but many clients prefer not to use HMO or insurance options because there is greater privacy, no paperwork, no limitation on the number or frequency of sessions, and greater emphasis on spirituality.  Clients may elect to come for a one-time session, or may come weekly, once or twice a month or as requested.  To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr.  Barrett directly, by private email at Barrett@zcoc.org or by voicemail at 949-722-7818

Phone appointments, Skype appointments and home appointments are also available.

Counseling appointments may also be scheduled for a variety of facilities, for example,  Theo Lacy or Orange County jail.

If you wish, you may pre-pay for your session using a credit card or paypal.


Individual - Extended Session:
Couples or Family:
Couples or Family - Extended Session:
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For further information about pastoral counseling, see www.aapc.org

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