Joe Sosta

Quick Stats

  • Learning Journey: Multiple degrees from California State University, Fullerton.
  • Therapeutic Odyssey: Transitioned from school-based therapy to residential mental health and substance abuse programs, eventually landing at Barn Life as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Therapy Approach: Blends Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Radical Acceptance techniques.
  • Role at Barn Life: Empowers clients to reshape stories, emphasizing agency and emotional growth.

On My Bucket List

The idea of a bucket list has always bugged me a little. Why put the pressure of our own mortality on getting things we dream of doing done? Why not just do them anyway? But having said that, I definitely have a bunch of “someday” plans!

  • Visit my friends in New Zealand
  • Get more tattoos!
  • Own a warehouse maker space

On My Bookshelf

  • A good friend of mine recently published her first book and it’s currently on top of my to-read pile:  “This Crimson Debt” by Rose Sinister

What Led Me to Barn Life

I earned my Associate’s Degree in Language Arts from Mt. San Antonio College in 2011. In 2015, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Chicanx Studies, and in 2019 I completed my Master’s Degree in Counseling – both from California State University, Fullerton.

I began as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee working with kids from kindergarten through 5th grades in an elementary school setting while in graduate school. After I graduated, I moved on as an Associate MFT helping to run a residential mental health and substance abuse treatment program for teenagers while also working with adults in a residential substance abuse program in the cities of Orange and Tustin. Feeling like I needed to change things up, I came to Barn Life in the Fall of 2021. I took and passed my licensing exam in April of 2022 and have been working as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist ever since.

Although I tend to conceptualize clients through the framework of Narrative Therapy, I make use of quite a number of techniques in working with each person. I try to meet each person where they are and use the tools that work best for them. I lean pretty heavily into Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems informed therapy, and Radical Acceptance (DBT), while also bringing a lot of creativity and play into my work.

My Role at Barn Life

I tend to refer to myself as a copy-editor of sorts. It’s not my story we’re telling, it’s my clients’ – and they are the experts. My job is to help them find the fragments and run-on sentences and those pesky commas that are out of place so that in the end, they have a more cohesive story of themselves. I help clients re-center themselves in a place of agency and empowerment within their stories that also take account of the many contexts in which they exist. I go on the journey with them to get to know all their parts and help them to have a healthier relationship with their emotions.

What I Love Most About My Work at Barn Life?

We hear all the time from clients that Barn Life is a magical place, and it really is. Since being here, I’ve felt challenged to push myself as both a person and a therapist. The Barn allows and encourages this in all of us, staff and client alike, and that is an irreplaceable thing in a workplace.

What You Might Find Me Doing Outside of Barn Life

Does sleep count? I like to spend time with my wife and kids, play games (board games, card games, video games), and build things of all sorts, including LEGO sets.

I also love languages and I love to cook. At other points in my life, I even considered becoming a linguist or a chef. Both those things are a big part of my journey to being a therapist, and both influence who I am as a therapist and how I work to a much more significant degree than might be immediately apparent. Words matter and the community of hearth and home are vital to who we are as humans.


We are in-network with all PPO plans. We are proudly a certified Tricare provider. We are now able to work with Magellan Health/Blue Shield of CA HMO plans.

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Hear From Those We've Impacted

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Barn Life is uniquely special. As someone who has had long stretches of sobriety with "traditional" communities and methods, Barn Life stepped in when I started struggling during the pandemic and said "traditional" methods failed to help.The staff here are exceptional. This is a truly subjective statement, but it is my honest opinion that the people from the owner (Hi Matt!) to EVERYONE else works there because they believe in the work and want to share the tools they found.Barn Life and their little sibling, Peer Mental Wellness were the launchpad from a shell of an existence to person with self-love/respect, and a life-mission of personal development.

Steven D.
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Best for someone looking for spiritual healing in addition to their mental health healing.

Luka P.
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Barn life is probably one of the most amazing facilities you could ever attend when it comes to mental illness. This was the first place that popped up when I was searching for help and I’m so thankful that it did. The environment is very therapeutic, the staff is awesome, and the group discussions and activities were so helpful in me understanding what I was experiencing. Do not hesitate to be a part of this place. It’s literally a game changer. I was only there for 6 weeks but I wished I stayed at least 6 months. Ever since returning home, I’ve been much happier and my perspective has changed dramatically. I’ve done things and participated in events at my college that I never thought I would be able to do. This place is truly amazing and I’m forever grateful that I found this place.

Ariana E.
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Through trial and error of trying to stay sober this program is definitely the most caring and supporting of them all if anyone needs help and is willing to help themselves I suggest barnlife they will for a fact give you the push you need and the tools to keep you going

Mason T.
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My daughter has been at Barn Life Recovery now for two months. It was my last resort to send her 9 hours away from me. She has been in drug and mental health rehabs in and out for two years. This was my last stitch effort to save my daughter and get her back to herself. Alyssa and I spoke multiple times before deciding. Their willingness to do everything for her and the different teams they have work with them is amazing. My daughter is happy again and clean and sober. She loves it there in their outpatient program. They restore your faith in humanity. They help restore someone who is broken in so many places to themselves. They have put the light back in my daughters eyes. They are committed to helping each person who truly wants the help. They assist in helping them get jobs and be responsible members of society. I recommend their program to anyone wanting to recover from drug, alcohol and mental health.Thank you to all the people at Barn Life who have made my daughter smile and bring the light back to her eyes. I am truly grateful.DawnaLee

DawnaLee W.
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I am alumni from Zen Recovery Path / a great place , and live a happy healthy life ever since / great peaceful place to recover // Namaste

Michael M.



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