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Complaint Review: Dr. Wenona R. Barnes

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  • Submitted: Wed, September 10, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, June 12, 2013

  • Reported By:Anonymous New Jersey
Dr. Wenona R. Barnes
4045 NW 64th St Ste 501 OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma U.S.A.

Dr. Wenona R. Barnes PhD Advertising A Degree From A University That Is Not Accredited By The U.S. Department Of Education OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma

*General Comment: Narcissim of Donna Taylor

*Consumer Comment: Barnes is a FAKE

*General Comment: Exposure as promised

*Consumer Suggestion: Donna...

*General Comment: Wrong Wrong Wrong...

*Consumer Suggestion: Clarification OK! Lets set this record straight..... Carrington University is a Degree Mill

*Consumer Suggestion: Clarification OK! Lets set this record straight..... Carrington University is a Degree Mill

*Consumer Suggestion: Clarification OK! Lets set this record straight..... Carrington University is a Degree Mill

*UPDATE Employee: Clarification

*UPDATE Employee: LifeFocus Counseling and Wenona Barnes

*Consumer Comment: Report is TRUE- Carrington University is a Degree Mill

*Consumer Comment: BOGUS REPORT - SHE'S IN GOOD STANDING...AND GREAT!

*Author of original report: Dr. Wenona Barnes PhD- Carrington University- Degree Mill

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Wenona Barnes
CEO, Counselor
LifeFocus Counseling Services, Oklahoma City

Wenona Barnes is CEO and a counselor at Lifefocus Counseling Services in Oklahoma City. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 1991 from Cameron University, a Master's degree in Human Relations in 1994 from the University of Oklahoma, and a Doctor's degree in Psychology in 2004 from Carrington University. Dr. Barnes is an ordained member of the clergy, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a certified DUI assessor, a certified employee assistance professional, a registered traumatologist, an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor, a substance abuse counselor, and is certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.

She is a member of the Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators and is certified by the Department of Transportation as a certified substance abuse professional. In addition, Dr. Barnes is a consultant to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, past president and vice president of the Oklahoma City chapter of the Employee Assistance Program Association. She is a member of the Employee Assistance Society of North America and of the Human Relations Associations at the University of Oklahoma.
http://www.legalspan.com/catalog2/faculty.asp?UserID=20060920482543143922

http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=451116

The Respondent admits that he is an alcoholic. He sought treatment from Dr. Wenona Barnes after his January 9, 2007 arrest for DUI and first met with her on January 24, 2007. Dr. Barnes works with the Lawyers Helping Lawyers program and a lawyer may attend three sessions for free. The Respondent continued to see Dr. Barnes on a professional basis and he is still her client. At the time of the hearing, the Respondent had completed fourteen personal sessions with Dr. Barnes, as well as six hours of drug education at her office. She conducted tests and determined that the Respondent did not require in-patient treatment. Dr. Barnes recommended that Mr. McBride participate in an intensive out-patient program at St. Anthony's Hospital.

Respondent began attending AA meetings and became active in the 12-Step Program. Respondent signed a two-year contract with Lawyers' Helping Lawyers. Respondent successfully completed the extensive out-patient treatment at St. Anthony's Hospital at the end of June, 2007.6 Dr. Barnes testified that he has done everything she recommended and more. She testified that typically a relapse would have happened by the time of the Respondent's five or six months of successful abstinence.

http://www.okbar.org/obj/articles08/051008barnes.htm
Mistakes We Make under Pressure
By Dr. Wenona R. Barnes

www.okdrugcounselors.org/download.php/94/Agenda_July%2014_2008.pdf
Complaint #491107. Wenona Barnes, LADC # 13. Advertising a degree from a university that is not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Consideration of a Consent Order. (The Board may convene an executive session pursuant to 25 O.S. 307 (B)(8).)

http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/diploma_mill.html

Carrington University is a known degree mill
Dr. Wenona Barnes has been advertisting and has even testified in court under oath that she has a PhD.

Anonymous
Anonymous, New Jersey
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

Narcissim of Donna Taylor

AUTHOR: Personality Disorders - ()

This is in response to the post dated June 12th 2013.

Many of us hoped that after Donna Taylor was exposed as the person creating all these posts that she would cease and desist but she continues her tirade. I am not affiliated with Dr. Barnes but have seen the antics of Donna Taylor towards other business owners. Donna Taylor has a very narcissistic nature. She is unable to relate to her family as well as others. She appears to be operating from the 'primitive brain' as there may be damage to the nuclei in the hypothalamus. There may also be a malfunction in the temporal lobe or Amygdala. Neuroticism and external locus of control is obvious in her posts. I commend Dr. Barnes for not engaging in nonsensical dialect.

This attack on Dr. Barnes is only one of many by Donna Taylor. Her employer (Mickey Borden & Associates) has been made aware of several of her actions and they choose to do nothing.

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#2 Consumer Comment

Barnes is a FAKE

AUTHOR: truthvslies - ()

Wenona Barnes, CEO of LifeFocus Counseling and LifeLab has been advertising herself as a PhD and an expert in everything from drug testing to supervised visitation. 

This is a lie.  Ms. Barnes has been reprimanded multiple times by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors the ONLY board that Ms. Barnes has to answer to.  The FIRST time was July 14, 2008 for  "Advertising a Ph.D. from Carrington University. Carrington is not recognized in accreditation by the U.S. Department of Education."  The SECOND time is for the same thing and was filed on March 8,2013. 

Before defending Ms. Barnes, please take the time to do your research.  

Ms. Barnes has not learned her lesson and has proven that she has no conscience about lying to unsuspecting people.  

She states that she is an expert and has helped through the Murrah Building bombing, 9-11, and other tragedies.  However, she is an expert in nothing but lying and deceiving well meaning people.

Do NOT use Wenona Barnes, Lifefocus Counseling or LifeLab.   
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#3 General Comment

Exposure as promised

AUTHOR: Janet B. - (United States of America)

I had previously posted that this complaint was in fact a
malicious intent to destroy the credibility of Wenona Barnes. I had asked the
author to come clean on the reasoning behind all of these fake names, defaming
Wenona Barnes, which she did not. This person is employed by Mickey Borden and
Associates (Employee Benefit Services), located in Oklahoma
City. If you call regarding insurance, you may even
get to speak to Donna.

 

This whole rant is nothing more than a hoax, with fictitious
names and should be deleted.

 

The End!
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

Donna...

AUTHOR: Janet B. - (United States of America)

I am going to give you a chance to come clean. You know that these posts are NEVER deleted. I am sending this to your employer. you can either come clean on this and admit you did it out of personal anger or I will post the real author (you) of all of this nonsense as well as where you are employed and see how your employer likes to be associated with someone as  malicious as you. This URL will be forwarded to your employer.

 
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#5 General Comment

Wrong Wrong Wrong...

AUTHOR: Janet B. - (United States of America)

Wenona Barnes KNOWS the person that wrote this gibberish. She is not from New Jersey, she is from Oklahoma City. Taking your personal frustrations out on a persons career is about as cheap shot as it gets. I should post the name of the person that wrote this nonsense as well as where she is employed and see how her employer likes it.



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#6 Consumer Suggestion

Clarification OK! Lets set this record straight..... Carrington University is a Degree Mill

AUTHOR: Brendat - (U.S.A.)

Anyone truly wanting to earn their PhD knows which University to obtain the degree from.
Which University's degree's will transfer from State to State with out question. I have a feeling that this Juils person doesn't exist, what client would know to use the verbiage governing bodies'? I have a feeling the so called Dr.' herself was attempting to take a crack at redeeming her so called reputation. And since we are on the subject of reputation, her so called peers in the OKC area are very well aware of the fake PhD she is trying to pass.

Wenona Barnes applied for her LMFT at Oklahoma
Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Oklahoma Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Board
Oklahoma State Dept. of Health
1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City OK 73117-1299
Phone: 405-271-6030
Fax: 405-271-1918
Webpage: www.health.ok.gov/program/lpc
She submitted her degree fro Carrington University and when the Oklahoma Licensing Board sent her a letter requesting further information regarding her degree from Carrington University, they never received a response from Mrs. Barnes. This all information that you can verify.

I think it's extremely important for people who have the shady behaviors in their professional life to be called out on it. Consumers need to be aware of the mass production of the degree mills and how many so called' professionals in there area are obtaining these degrees and are using them to further their careers and business.
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#7 Consumer Suggestion

Clarification OK! Lets set this record straight..... Carrington University is a Degree Mill

AUTHOR: Brendat - (U.S.A.)

Anyone truly wanting to earn their PhD knows which University to obtain the degree from.
Which University's degree's will transfer from State to State with out question. I have a feeling that this Juils person doesn't exist, what client would know to use the verbiage governing bodies'? I have a feeling the so called Dr.' herself was attempting to take a crack at redeeming her so called reputation. And since we are on the subject of reputation, her so called peers in the OKC area are very well aware of the fake PhD she is trying to pass.

Wenona Barnes applied for her LMFT at Oklahoma
Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Oklahoma Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Board
Oklahoma State Dept. of Health
1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City OK 73117-1299
Phone: 405-271-6030
Fax: 405-271-1918
Webpage: www.health.ok.gov/program/lpc
She submitted her degree fro Carrington University and when the Oklahoma Licensing Board sent her a letter requesting further information regarding her degree from Carrington University, they never received a response from Mrs. Barnes. This all information that you can verify.

I think it's extremely important for people who have the shady behaviors in their professional life to be called out on it. Consumers need to be aware of the mass production of the degree mills and how many so called' professionals in there area are obtaining these degrees and are using them to further their careers and business.
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#8 Consumer Suggestion

Clarification OK! Lets set this record straight..... Carrington University is a Degree Mill

AUTHOR: Brendat - (U.S.A.)

Anyone truly wanting to earn their PhD knows which University to obtain the degree from.
Which University's degree's will transfer from State to State with out question. I have a feeling that this Juils person doesn't exist, what client would know to use the verbiage governing bodies'? I have a feeling the so called Dr.' herself was attempting to take a crack at redeeming her so called reputation. And since we are on the subject of reputation, her so called peers in the OKC area are very well aware of the fake PhD she is trying to pass.

Wenona Barnes applied for her LMFT at Oklahoma
Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Oklahoma Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Board
Oklahoma State Dept. of Health
1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City OK 73117-1299
Phone: 405-271-6030
Fax: 405-271-1918
Webpage: www.health.ok.gov/program/lpc
She submitted her degree fro Carrington University and when the Oklahoma Licensing Board sent her a letter requesting further information regarding her degree from Carrington University, they never received a response from Mrs. Barnes. This all information that you can verify.

I think it's extremely important for people who have the shady behaviors in their professional life to be called out on it. Consumers need to be aware of the mass production of the degree mills and how many so called' professionals in there area are obtaining these degrees and are using them to further their careers and business.
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#9 UPDATE Employee

Clarification

AUTHOR: Brenda Gail - (U.S.A.)

OK! Lets set this record straight.....

Carrington University is an online University for those individuals who have a busy schedule...ie, family, full-time job and other life responsibilities to attend college and obtain a degree.

The degree is NOT Bogus. It will transfere to most 2 or 4 year colleges where you can receive credit for the classes you have taken. And in order to do the classes on line, you have to be very dedicated to your studies as, there is no one to tell you to get it done or hold your hand as they do at the onsite campus.

There are several Universities in different states and what they fail to tell you is that some states will not accept your degree. Mrs. Barnes at no time deceived anyone. If anything she herself was miss led.

So to those of you who have nothing better than to bash people because your a little upset with them on a personal level, find a hobby, spend time with your family and get a life. There is no way to make 100% of the world happy and those of you who make it a life goal to make people miserable need to grow up.

As for Mrs. Barnes she is very trusted and liked by her fellow collegues and has a very outstanding reputation in her community.
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#10 UPDATE Employee

LifeFocus Counseling and Wenona Barnes

AUTHOR: Brenda Gail - (U.S.A.)

I am a current employee of LifeFocus Counseling and would like to set the record straight for Mrs. Wenona Barnes.

I have been employeed by Mrs. Barnes for almost 3 years now and would like to say that she is by far the best employeer I have ever worked for. I know that some people have questioned her Degree from Carrington University and while I dont totally understand all the formalities, I can tell you that Mrs. Barnes knows her stuff. Mrs. Barnes works very hard to see to the well-being of her patients and goes above and beyond that of most Doctors.

Mrs. Barnes is fair, understand, patient, kind, and most of all compassionate to those she treats. Mrs. Barnes would never do anything to deceive her clients or employees. For those people who seem to have nothing better to do than attach Mrs. Barnes you might want to find a hobby.

I want those of you who might happen to read this to know that Mrs. Barnes in no way intentionally deceived her clients or staff. As for the Carrington University Issue... she done her time in order to receive her Degree. So layoff! Get a Life! I dont see any of you out there doing anything except spending time to attach Mrs. Barnes... so I would suggest getting a life and maybe going back to school yourself.
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#11 Consumer Comment

Report is TRUE- Carrington University is a Degree Mill

AUTHOR: Mbails - (U.S.A.)

Thanks for all this info on this counselor but me and my family will not be seeking her or her companies services. I did some checking of my own and Carrington University is listed as a degree mill.

If someone is as "intelligent" as you or "she" states, then why the scam of a "Phony" PHD?

Some people like to try and be something they are not... too many other truly intelligent and reputable individuals out there to see, other than someone like this.
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#12 Consumer Comment

BOGUS REPORT - SHE'S IN GOOD STANDING...AND GREAT!

AUTHOR: Juils - (U.S.A.)

Check your information before believing those with nothing better to do than bash others. I called both of the governing bodies on this counselor, her licensing board (Oklahoma Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor Board) and her certification body (Employee Assistance Professional Association) to find that she is in good standing. Sounds like to me...the person making these statements could use some counseling!

I have to tell you from a client's perspective...it really doesn't matter. I went to 3 counselors prior to seeing Wenona, and I can tell you that she literally saved my life. I was about to give up. For that, it truly doesn't matter what credentials are behind someone's name anyway, what matters is that that counselor is willing to go the extra mile, makes you feel comfortable enough to open up and talk things out, and is knowledgeable in your area of trouble. I could care less if she had a high school diploma...I do care that she could see past what the other counselors I tried could not. If you need help, I completely recommend her. Her office is comfortable, relaxing, and professional. She is nurturing, confronting, and intelligent.

At the end of the day...she saved my life. What else do I need to say? From a client's standpoint...she is great! From her governing bodies...she is in good standing.
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#13 Author of original report

Dr. Wenona Barnes PhD- Carrington University- Degree Mill

AUTHOR: Wdan - (U.S.A.)

Carrington University is a known degree mill Dr. Wenona Barnes has been advertising and has even testified in court under oath that she has a PhD.
Wenona Barnes CEO, Counselor LifeFocus Counseling Services, Oklahoma City Wenona Barnes is CEO and a counselor at Lifefocus Counseling Services in Oklahoma City. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 1991 from Cameron University, a Master's degree in Human Relations in 1994 from the University of Oklahoma, and a Doctor's degree in Psychology in 2004 from Carrington University. Dr. Barnes is an ordained member of the clergy, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a certified DUI assessor, a certified employee assistance professional, a registered traumatologist, an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor, a substance abuse counselor, and is certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. She is a member of the Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators and is certified by the Department of Transportation as a certified substance abuse professional. In addition, Dr. Barnes is a consultant to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, past president and vice president of the Oklahoma City chapter of the Employee Assistance Program Association. She is a member of the Employee Assistance Society of North America and of the Human Relations Associations at the University of Oklahoma. http://www.legalspan.com/catalog2/faculty.asp
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The Respondent admits that he is an alcoholic. He sought treatment from Dr. Wenona Barnes after his January 9, 2007 arrest for DUI and first met with her on January 24, 2007. Dr. Barnes works with the Lawyers Helping Lawyers program and a lawyer may attend three sessions for free. The Respondent continued to see Dr. Barnes on a professional basis and he is still her client. At the time of the hearing, the Respondent had completed fourteen personal sessions with Dr. Barnes, as well as six hours of drug education at her office. She conducted tests and determined that the Respondent did not require in-patient treatment. Dr. Barnes recommended that Mr. McBride participate in an intensive out-patient program at St. Anthony's Hospital. Respondent began attending AA meetings and became active in the 12-Step Program. Respondent signed a two-year contract with Lawyers' Helping Lawyers. Respondent successfully completed the extensive out-patient treatment at St. Anthony's Hospital at the end of June, 2007.6 Dr. Barnes testified that he has done everything she recommended and more. She testified that typically a relapse would have happened by the time of the Respondent's five or six months of successful abstinence.
http://www.okbar.org/obj/articles08/051008barnes
Mistakes We Make under Pressure By Dr. Wenona R. Barnes
www.okdrugcounselors.org/download.php/94/Agenda_July%2014_2008.pdf
Complaint #491107. Wenona Barnes, LADC # 13. Advertising a degree from a university that is not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Consideration of a Consent Order. (The Board may convene an executive session pursuant to 25 O.S. 307 (B)(8).)
http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/diploma_mill.html
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