Barbara Cooper, MPS, LMHC earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Queens College. She
went on to earn a Master’s degree in Art Therapy with a specialization in Special Education at
Pratt Institute. Eventually, Barbara spent 21 years as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Art Therapy
and Child Development at Pratt.
Barbara has extensive experience working with children, teens, and adults in schools, clinical
settings, and in private practice. She specializes in utilizing creativity, humor, and a solid clinical evidence-based
background to assist her clients in finding their own unique ways of discovering success.
In 1999, Barbara co-founded SuperKids, a Connecticut-based after school program for children and teens with
social skills challenges, which eventually grew to include four centers. During that time she co-authored two popular workbooks: The Social Skills Workbook for Teens & Knowing Yourself Knowing Others. She went on to provide Social Skills Development trainings through PESI Healthcare in the U.S. and Canada.
From 2013 until 2022 Barbara taught Executive Functioning and Social/Emotional development as a "Focus" teacher at Winston Preparatory School in Norwalk, CT. She also consulted with preschool teachers throughout Westchester, aiding their understanding of developmental issues and offering strategies to insure classroom success.
Developing and teaching strategies to assist children, teens and adults with their Executive Function (EF) challenges is Barbara’s expertise and passion. By assisting clients in clarifying their current goals and working collaboratively to achieve those goals, Barbara takes into consideration her clients’ strengths and challenges resulting in custom-formulated strategies tailored to each person. Co-occurring support and education for parents greatly helps the process of enhancing EF skills for their children.
In her spare time, Barbara enjoys creating mixed media art pieces, traveling with her husband and playing with her infant granddaughter.
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