As a therapist with considerable experience I work a lot with depression, bipolar issues, anxiety, post traumatic stress, sleep and chronic pain issues. I feel that one of the most important therapeutic experience is to be listened to and often this is clarifying enough to be healing. But there are many ways to solve problems and to get through tough issues and times. Much of the time I work in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and Mindfulness Meditation to help solve these issues.




Summary of Qualifications

  • Received Doctorate in Psychology (clinical orientation), 1985. Marriage and Family License 1979. Specialties are in the application of Mindfulness Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (MCBT) to the clinical problems of Depression, Pain Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Issues, Stress Disorders, Sleep and Insomnia problems, Childhood Family and Marital Problems. In addition, comprehensive experience in Behavior Modification with severe behavioral disorders. Subspecialization in developmental disabilities since 1986. Acquired background in the administration, evaluation and supervision of team treatment programs. Familiar with the range and effects of psychotropic medications. Former hospital affiliations: St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Pleasant Valley Hospital, Ingleside, San Luis Rey, Vista Del Mar, and Anacapa Hospitals.
  • Developed expertise in computer information systems technology for behavioral and program data. Completed an MS Access as well as an Excel database program to track residential patient data in facilities such as nursing or behavioral homes. Have developed several websites; i.e. Proficient with Photoshop.

Work Experience

2006 - present: Lorna M. Barte MD and Associates.
  • Private Outpatient Practice and Consulting. Practice centered on the principles of Mindfulness Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment and Treatment. Special focus on anxiety, depression and bipolar issues. Expertise in difficult to treat forms of anxiety, social anxiety, depression and bipolar issues especially associated with chronic pain and sleep problems. Subspecialty in consulting for the developmentaly disabled.
1999 - 2009: La Mer Medical Group: Outpatient Practice and Consulting.
  • Practice centered on the principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment and Treatment. Special focus on anxiety and depression.
1992 - 2004: ARC Ventura County Behavioral Consultant.
  • Behavioral Consultation for ARC Ventura County responsible for group homes and day programs. After having been on the Executive Staff of ARC from 1986 through 1992, consulted for the group homes and day programs. Also consulted for Special Children's Foundation group homes and Hollyhock House.
1996 - 1998: La Mer Medical Group and Private Consulting.
  • Individual, group psychotherapy and assessments. Specialization in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of anxiety and depression. Work closely with the psychiatrist in treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders, some secondary to an organic impairment or illness. Co-authored and developed an inpatient and outpatient intensive psychiatric program. Provide consultation regarding clinical & behavioral problems to group treatment homes (developmental disabilities) since 1991.
 1994 - 1996: CPC Vista Del Mar HospitalCognitive Group Therapist
  • Group Therapy using Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Skills Training, Art Therapy, and 12-Step Education, for adults and adolescents, considered one of two lead Cognitive Therapists on staff. Weekly Cognitive Therapy supervision by John W. Ludgate, Ph.D. (an associate of Aaron Beck, M.D.). Accepted to Medical Staff on April 4, 1995 as AHP.  Psycho-diagnostic testing at Vista Del Mar Hospital as assistant to Randy Wood, Ph.D.
1986 - 1992: Arc Ventura County, Inc.:
  • Associate Executive Director of ARC-Ventura County: Administrative charge of Day Programs for the Developmentally Disabled (severe to mild and behavioral issues), CARF Accreditation and agency Program Evaluations (1986 through 2003) and developed and administered Behavioral Residential Homes (later consulted for these homes).
  • 1990 - 1994: Special Children’s Foundation (Ojai, Ca):   Clinical Behavioral Consultant
  • 1985: Child Abuse And Neglect (CAAN), Board of Directors (Ventura, Ca): Supervised Clinical Interns.
  • 1984: Child Protective Services of Ventura County (PSSA) (Ventura, Ca): Social Caseworker IV.
  • 1983: Tri-Counties Regional Center, Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program (Oxnard, Ca): Behavior Specialist.
  • 1977: San Luis Rey Hospital (CPC) (Ensenitas, Ca):Mental Health Worker, Intensive Care Unit Supervisor.
  • 1970 - 1974: Ingleside Community Mental Health Hospital, Social Caseworker (Rosemead, Ca.): Family assessments, multiple family group therapy, inpatient adult group therapy and Psychiatric Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant to the adolescent programs.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology (clinical orientation), 1985: Allient International University (United States International University), San Diego, Psi-Chi.
  • Master of Arts Degree, Psychology, 1978: Allient International University (United States International University), San Diego, Psi-Chi.
  • San Diego State University: graduate work, Psychology, 1974-76.
  • California State University at Los Angeles: graduate work, Psychology, 1972.
  • Whittier College: Bachelor of Arts Degree, Anthropology/Sociology (Psychology minor) 1970.
  • Ventura College, 1965 – 1967.
  • Santa Paula Union High School, 1965.

Internships & Training

  • Family Counseling Center, 1977-79, El Cajon, Ca.
  • San Diego Hypnosis Institute (certification), 1979.
  • John A. Grabel, Ph.D., 1980-82. La Jolla, Ca. Psychological Assistant.
  • San BuenaVentura Counseling Institute, 1985. Ventura, Ca. Behavior modification and psychodiagnostic testing with the chronically mentally ill and developmentally disabled. Presented a paper to the Western Psychological Association Conference on the Validity of the Beck Depression Inventory with the Schizophrenic population.
  • Marc S. Heller, Ph.D., 1985-87, Thousand Oaks, Ca. Psychological Assistant.
  • Randy Wood, Ph.D. 1994-1996, Vista Del Mar Hospital, Ventura Ca. Primarily responsible for psychometric testing at Vista Del Mar Hospital with some responsibility for psychotherapy with adolescents and adults.

Research, Publications and other Works

  • Habituation Training with Response Prevention: Effects on Depressive Obsessive Self-Statements. 1985. Doctoral Dissertation.
  • Anxiety Management Training: Effects on Two Indexes of Anxiety. 1978. Master of Arts Degree Thesis.
  • The Validity of the Beck Depression Inventory on the Chronically Mentally Ill. 1985. Paper presented to the Western Psychological Association.
  • Quality Assurance: Arc Ventura County, Inc. Program Evaluation (1986-2003) meeting Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) standards serving 20 programs and more than 900 disabled adults.
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program & Manual: Bruns, J., McDonald, P., Hamilton, K., Wright, T., & Bishop, L. .  La Mer Medical Group, 1997.
  • Neurobiological Care Program & Manual. Bruns, J., Hamilton, K., Wright, T., McDonald, P., & Bishop, L.,  La Mer Medical Group and Anacapa Hospital, 1997.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Handbook. This is an unpublished handbook for patient use, 1999 updated last in 2010. Available in PDF format.
  • Automated Behavioral Data Collection System. This is an MS Excel or Quattro Pro Program which automates the collection and reporting of behavioral data for behavioral residential or day programs.
  • "Doctors Advantage": A computer Program producing reports and tracking patient data in residential homes. Commercially available.
  • Developed proficiency in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.

Professional Licensure and Memberships

  • Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC-13673), 1979.
  • California State Certification in Hypnosis, 1980.
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.