Dr Breffni Barrett is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist. He has more than 30yrs experience treating individuals, couples, and families. He has served as a forensic expert in a variety of cases including child custody, personal injury, sexual harassment, child abuse and neglect, malpractice, and license revocation.
Dr. Barrett is president of the San Diego Family Institute, a group practice in Southern California. He has served as President of the California Association of Marriage and Family therapists, treasurer of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is a fellow of both of those organizations. He is a member of the American college of forensic psychology. He has conducted workshops for various professional groups through out the country. Dr Barrett has worked as a consultant to family businesses helping to transition through generations as well as resolving systematic issues that arise in the workplace.
He can be reached by calling (619) 297-7181 x107
- LATEST TESTIMONIALS
- "Dr. Barrett, quite literally, saved our marriage.
In the first year after our wedding, my wife and
I could not see beyond my own self-centered
interests. Dr. Barrett helped us put our relationship
first and learn how to transcend anger and
resentment. Ten years later, we enjoy a loving and
successful marriage, and we've recommended
Dr. Barrett to many of our friends who face
difficulties in their marriages. And, just as we have
a family physician, Dr. Barrett has become our
family therapist. We've been to see him with our
children in times of difficulty, and the result has
always been positive. My family relies upon him.
I urge anyone to take his or her marriage and
family problems to this excellent and caring man."
"Our business was in trouble when the auditor contacted me
(the President and father) at the end of the fiscal year
and informed me that more than $200,000 was missing from
our business account. Ours was a small family business
founded by me more than 20 years ago. My oldest son was
the general manager in the business and his sister was the
controller. My wife and the children's mother worked part
time and peripherally in the business. We soon determined
that my daughter had embezzled more than $200,000 from the
business to her own personal accounts.
We hired Dr. Barrett as a consultant and in a short time were
able to determine that my daughter had a significant drug
problem. There was intense rivalry between the two siblings
and although my son was perfectly capable of running the
company, I found myself unwilling to give up control and in
denial about my daughter's drug problem. A series of
consultations with Dr. Barrett helped us to intervene with
my daughter and eventually get her into rehab. He encouraged
reorganization in our family, which allowed my wife to play a
more important part in the business, encouraged me to give more
authority and responsibility to my son and eventually to
reintegrate my daughter back into the business. We then
developed a transition plan with our attorneys and accountants
with consultation from Dr. Barrett to allow the children to take
over the business. Dr. Barrett's input and consultation were
invaluable to our family and our business and I recommend him highly."
"Dear Dr. Barrett,
After the last round of three sessions with you, my husband and I
are so much happier with each other-and ourselves. We have recommitted
to the necessity to see you every year (around our anniversary) for a
check-up, since you are able to clarify for both of us what is going on
in our relationship that isn't healthy, giving us the advice and tools
we need so that we can grow old together happily. After all, we wouldn't
be together today without your gifted professional expertise. In 1995 we
were breaking up after 8 years together, when as a last ditch effort, we
decided to try counseling with you. As you know, instead of separating,
we got married, and that would not have happened without you. We both
thank you for your insight, your humor and your ability to get to the
bottom of things, and I will continue to recommend you to anyone who needs
and is ready to get the help you so generously provide.
P.S. Did you know that I have received flowers from friends I sent to you,
after they saw you? That's how grateful they were. Me, too!"
"Thank you again for the wonderful report you wrote on behalf of my client. It
was your usual insightful and brilliant analysis of research. The report
was critical in the ultimate success of the sentence rendered. It is your
creative ways of thinking, always outside the box. I'm so very grateful.
In addition to my clients, I wish to thank you on behalf of my staff and myself.
Your input on this case was an important cornerstone to our success. I have
found that over the years that the difference between success and defeat, is
more often than not, measured in terms of the quality of expert testimony, combined
with the degree of understanding the expert and counsel share with respect to the
subject upon which the testimony is being rendered. Your diligent attention to
this case, as well as your expertise, played a critical role in reaching a resolution
in this case. Many thanks for your expertise and assistance.
During the fourteen years during which I practiced Family Law, I had the pleasure of
working with Dr. Breffni Barrett on many custody cases. I always found him to be well
prepared, honest, and consistently and professionally displaying good, sound judgment.
He has an outstanding reputation among the Family Law Bar, and he is an extremely
talented psychologist. Since I have been a judge presiding in Family Law matters he
has appeared before me concerning several very sensitive cases. He remains the same,
honest, well prepared, objective and kind evaluator.
I have practiced law in the State of California for over 30 years with the majority of
my cases involving child custody issues. During my years of practice, I have had the
opportunity to observe Dr. Barrett's forensic work in the field of psychology. I have
utilized his services as a forensic expert in the filed of child custody litigation.
He has also performed psychological assessments as well as individual therapy services
for my clients. He holds the highest reputation before the courts, the attorneys' bar,
and with his peers in the psychological community."