Our Team


Dylesia Barner, LCSW – Owner

The Existence, Consciousness, Bliss team is led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dylesia Barner. With nearly a decade of experience providing crisis care counseling and individual, group, couple, and family psychotherapy to a number of specialized client populations, she has experience treating a wide range of presenting problems.

Dylesia’s current work is with creatives, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, and childhood trauma victims, including adult children of historically toxic parents, international students from cultures with abusive academic and interpersonal standards, and men and women who are members of dysfunctional families, were exposed to abuse and violence as youth, and/or were victims of institutional exploitation through harmful religious and spiritual communities. Dylesia partners with her clients to explore the intricacies of their lives and discover explanations for the often self-sabotaging cycles they find themselves in. Determined that her life’s work is to help others escape from narratives that no longer – and often never did – fulfill them, Dylesia strives to make the healing, growth, and change that was once inconceivable for her clients first possible and then reality.

A native of Portsmouth, VA, Dylesia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Old Dominion University in 2011. In 2013, she obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Norfolk State University. Currently, Dylesia attends Millersville University as a Doctorate of Social Work student.


Nigel Barner, M.D. – Academic Coach

Dr. Nigel Barner serves as an academic coach for current/aspiring undergraduate and graduate students and pre-licensed/certified professionals with testing difficulties. A native of Portsmouth, VA, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Norfolk State University in 2009. In 2019, he received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College. Outside of his work with ECB, Dr. Barner tutors medical students to prepare them to successfully meet qualifying benchmarks to continue pursuing their medical degrees and conducts research on the impact of insulin on populations at-risk for developing diabetes. Passionate about mental and physical health, Dr. Barner is preparing to enter the fields of primary care and psychiatry and hopes to aid in the bridging of healthcare disparity gaps in low-income communities.