ABOUT BARBARA2020-01-23T11:50:01+00:00


Barbara Olinger has her Masters in Social Work and has worked with children and families in both educational and therapeutic settings for over 35 years. This includes having been a child and family therapist, a supervising clinician in an outpatient mental health clinic, co-founder of a co-operative preschool, and Director of Family Development at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside. In her private practice, she focuses on supporting parents of young children and providing training for teachers. She offers individual and couples sessions, groups and phone consultations. Barbara is the mother of two sons, ages 31 and 27 years old.

For a list of Barbara’s current workshops and events click here.

Barbara is featured on the national website, www.kidsinthehouse.com

Ms. Olinger is working in collaboration with Open Temple to provide comprehensive support for families. She is also a consultant for a play based, child directed toddler/preschool program, DIG Childhood Center.

Barbara has authored a parenting book and is featured in 2 DVDs.


This book offers many down-to-earth parenting tools to help increase connections between parents and children as well as helpful examples modeling how to communicate with children to support their growth into confident and compassionate adults. Available on amazon.com


Growing From the Roots: DVD and Welcoming Your Second Child: DVD are available by ordering directly through Barbara. 

“Barbara’s knowledge and suggestions along with her personal attention to every family has really helped me out with both my 6 year old boy and 2 year old girl. Her ability to break down every stage your child is going through, their thought process, and most importantly their relationship with you, definitely helps to make sense of an already unfamiliar territory!”   

— Wilson L.