Carol Bartels

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

MFC #85176

Pain is the Portal, Growth is the outcome

An invitation to heal and grow

Discomfort and painful feelings can be the beginning of growth and true understanding of ourselves. Sometimes we adapt and conform to get along in the world and that takes us away from who we really are. We disown parts of ourselves and start to live robotically rather than authentically. When our inner lives and outward behaviors start to drift too far apart, we develop symptoms of emotional and physical discomfort. Those symptoms are there to get our attention. By reclaiming lost or unknown parts of ourselves, we can grow towards greater wholeness and satisfaction within our lives.

Psychotherapy is creative, collaborative and daunting at times. I believe in developing a relationship that will support you to take on that work. Using mindfulness-based therapies, Internal Family Systems Therapy and Ecopsychology, together we can bring a greater awareness to internal conflicts and find healing. 

I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to determine if we are a good fit and to decide if you are ready to make that first appointment. 

In-Office Sessions/Teletherapy

I work with adults of all backgrounds who come with a variety of concerns such as...

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • grief
  • relationship issues
  • trauma

I have training in LGBT Affirmative Therapy and work with gender non-conforming individuals.  I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. 

Walk and Talk Therapy

Sometimes our spirits want to roam and explore and sitting in an office is not always the best way to generate the energy for that to happen.  For some, walk-and-talk therapy is just a more dynamic way of doing what we would normally do in an office session.  Others may be longing for the healing power of nature in their work.  Using principles of EcoPsychology, we can mindfully deepen our connection to the earth and find a solid base of belonging from which to heal, grow and soar.


Working with a group of people to explore new ways of being can create a magical synergy.  If you want to learn about upcoming workshops that I will offer, please email [email protected] to ask to be put on my mailing list.  Upcoming topics include: 

  • Deepening a Mindful Connection to Nature
  • Seeing the Madness of our W.E.I.R.D.* Perspective (* Western, Educated, Industrial, Rich and Democratic Societies)
  • Ways of Experiencing Nature: the scientific and the imaginal

Payments and Fees

Individual sessions, 45 minutes $200

Individual sessions, 60 minutes $225

Sliding scale is available.

Insurance: I am happy to do courtesy billing to your insurance company for out of network benefits.

I accept cash, checks and all major credit cards

Contact Us

Carol Bartels, LMFT

3950 Long Beach Boulevard Suite 204

Long Beach, CA 90807


If you are interested in learning more about my services or would like to set up a consultation, please call the number above or use the email function to the right.  I do my best to return all calls within 24 hours.  

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and are not currently my client, please contact emergency services (911) or a suicide crisis hotline:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

The Trevor Project Lifeline (for LGBTQ+) 866-488-7386

Veteran's Crisis Line: 800-273-8255

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