Money Is a Window to Our Ancient Trauma

Money Matters

Recently a group asked me to help them learn about
their relationships with money.
The workshop was profound, powerful, enlightening, emotional, and enriching . . .
beyond what they had imagined.
And it inspired me to continue to bring my
understandings and work with money further out into our world.

If we’re going to grow our consciousness,
then we need to grow our consciousness about
our relationships with money.

Money Relationships

Very few of us know the real roots of
our relationships with money.
Even fewer of us have a sense of
how our individual relationships with money impact
us, our family, our children,
our organization, state, country, and global community.

No matter how much money we have – or don’t have . . .
Every single day we live with the effects on us of
our relationships with money.

At some times of year it’s more communally obvious.
Among them, the holidays, leading up to tax time, and
when there’s a downturn in the stock market.
At other times it’s more personally noticeable.
Like when it’s time to pay bills, make a big purchase,
pay for an emergency,
make choices for our children, for our future, and more . . .

Any time at all, our relationships with money are primal
beyond our wildest imaginations . . .
younger than we can even conceive . . . on our own.
Most of the time our relationships with money
are not about money at all,
but rather about something else from our childhood.
Any time at all, our relationships with money can lead us
to profound clues for our deepest healing from early
abandonment, neglect, abuse, grief, trauma . . .

Money Impacts

If you are wondering about the impact of your relationship with
money on yourself and your family . . .
If you are curious, or even called to explore to find the roots
of your relationship with money . . .
Imagine this:
While you think you are a grown-up earning money, saving money, investing money,
buying things, paying bills . . .
it is actually the child within you who is doing these things.
The impact of this: you turn something serious and crucial to your well-being
into a game.
A game that impacts you, a game that impacts those close to you,
a game that impacts our country and our world.

Money Healing

Doing what I love – helping people heal –
I discovered how profoundly we need help
with our relationship with money.
I discovered the art of healing our relationship with money
in ways deeper than most of us can fathom.
Through this work, I’ve seen people reap benefits –
inner and outer, financial and in other areas of their lives.

I’d love to help you with your relationship with money
so you can find the richness that lives beneath your
consciousness, and open to a wealth of possibilities
you aren’t yet aware of.
I also work with financial professionals and
other therapists in behalf of their clients.


Let Me Help

I can help you . . .

  • find the clues and utilize them to solve the mystery of your relationship with money.
  • discover the treasure deep within yourself that can help you transform your relationship with money.
  • claim the riches within yourself to guide your path with money and your life.

I can help you in individual sessions – single consultations, a consultation series, or more intensive, long-term work; couples sessions; or groups. I can offer your group or organization a talk, a workshop, or a webinar. I’d also be delighted to explore assisting financial professionals and other therapists in behalf of their clients.

If you would like my help in any of these formats or others we might explore, please contact me.




Thank you Judith, for your home study course, A Recession Regression: Finding the Root of Our Relationships with Money!

Your content is far different from any “financial therapy” material I’ve learned from before.

I especially like the global perspective you take on how individual relationships with money have big impact. That and unintended consequences are things I’m very interested in.

Thanks for such great content!


Financial Planner

I was struck by the simplicity and potency of the use of cash to quickly tap into core dynamics when I experienced Judith's "money work." It enabled the individual to become vulnerable and yet comfortable with sharing family of origin dynamics that many struggle for years to expose. The metaphorical use of money – an inherently essential and taken-for-granted instrument of our lives – seems to brush aside defenses to help normalize hidden feelings. Of course, it requires skillful guidance by an experienced and trained clinician to safely use this helpful tool that is certainly worth having in one’s toolbox.


M.S.S.W., LCSW, Behavioral Health Consultant

Within the Financial Planning profession there has been growing recognition that a fundamental understanding of human psychology may be beneficial to our work. Our client's behaviors related to the money issues in their lives often stem from experiences in their youth, and the client may be unaware of how these long-embedded attitudes and expectations influence their current behaviors. These money forces may be powerful subconscious drivers, impacting decision making, comfort with money, self-definitions of success, ability to relate to risks, and ultimately the ability to live at peace with the myriad of money issues that life presents. While on my own journey studying these topics, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering Judith Barr and learning about her work and theories, which Judith has developed through her experience as a practicing psychotherapist working with many people exploring their own money relationships at a deep level. I encourage my professional financial planning colleagues to become familiar with Judith’s writings, and with the insights that she shares. Should you have the opportunity to meet Judith or to see her present, you will undoubtedly be pondering the ideas that she shares for weeks following. You may find that in your work serving clients, that you will gain new ways to understand some of the messages that clients relate to you, perhaps helping you better frame your conversations with clients in terms that may help them make wiser decisions, more in touch with their inner, less revealed motivations.



I have appreciated Judith Barr's work for years from the perspective of a reader. The depth of her writing gave an excellent introduction to what I might expect from her Money Work. Nonetheless, I was amazed by the deep revelation triggered by her gift of storytelling and profound listening. It is a rare and insightful healer who knows how to create sanctuary through conversation and guide a participant into new awareness...



Thank you again for your workshop. It was very enlightening and I enjoyed it. It's clear to me that you've found a very convenient way into the heart and mind - like a secret, moss-covered doorway in the side of a stone wall. What an excellent approach for understanding money behaviors/beliefs and how they are related to trauma and relationships.



Thank you for an amazingly rich experience. Your pioneering work is deeply important to the field of financial planning. You left me hungry to learn more. As a consultant and coach for financial planners, I will be referring many of my clients to you for training, especially those who are hungry for new insights in financial therapy and financial life planning. Your experience, thoughts, and insights feed my soul. Extraordinary.


It was deeply touching and highly beneficial for any planner or therapist in expanding their understanding of the intersection of money and trauma.


I highly recommend Judith's seminar/discussion, as she brings insights and perspectives beyond what advisors normally encounter in their day to day. Her mindful, active engagement and thought-provoking questions captivated our session during Naz, and for me it was the highlight of the conference.