About Me

I have 22 years of clinical experience. I received my undergraduate degree from Duke University in Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and my Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology, Bay Area Campus.

My first role as a psychologist was working as a middle school counselor in El Sobrante, California. I then transitioned to working at University campuses and found my passion. I have worked at five Universities across the country in various roles. I worked at the Duke University admissions office as a reader rater of undergraduate applications and has worked as a staff psychologist at the Counseling and Psychological Centers of the University of California, Davis, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Barbara Bear

Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychological Services

Educational and Career Consultant, Executive Coach and Certified Autism Specialist

I have also worked as a staff psychologist at the Counseling and Career Center at Johns Hopkins University, and at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cornerstone Behavioral Medicine conducting therapy with all ages and clinical issues. While working at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cornerstone Behavioral Medicine, I evaluated children and adolescents for ADHD and Learning Disabilities.

In 2006, I co-founded the Greensboro Center for Disordered Eating with a registered dietitian to help treat clients with eating disorders. I also started my private practice located in Greensboro where I see mostly adolescents, college students, and adults.

In 2011, I became an Adjunct Faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership. Center for Creative Leadership a global leadership development organization ranked among the world's top 10 providers of executive education by Bloomberg Businessweek and Financial Times. I help employees of organizations across the world gain better leadership skills and conflict resolution skills in the workplace.

In 2014, I founded Next Step College Admissions and Career Counseling. I had a passion to help high school students find a college that is the “best fit” for them. I also enjoy helping college students find majors and careers that are the “best fit” for them. I have a passion for learning.

My Credentials and Certifications are as follows:

  • 2000- Pre-doctoral Residency at Johns Hopkins University  Counseling and Testing Career Center
  • 2015- Graduate Certificate for UCI, Irvine as an Independent Educational Consultant 
  • 2018- Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • 2019- 5 day hands on training with with TEACHH through UNC Chapel Hill School of Psychiatry, and became a Certified Autism Specialist 
  • 2019- Certified as an Integrated Listening Therapy (ILS) provider used for ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, and PTSD


Dr. Barbara Bear Licensed Counselor in Greensboro North Carolina Specializing in Women's issues