Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"I have been a psychotherapist in Santa Barbara, CA since 1974. My style is varied, incorporating Gestalt therapy, active listening, inner child work, assertiveness training, and guided imagery. Licensed since 1980 as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I enjoy working with couples, regarding issues of healthy sexuality, intimacy, and communication. Individual women and men,working on their sexual self esteem, are some of my favorite clients. For over fifteen years, I have also been leading groups for Adults Molested as Children, as well as their partners. Focus on breath and body is integral to my way of working in session."
Adoption
(805) 317-4878
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"I have been a psychotherapist in Santa Barbara, CA since 1974. My style is varied, incorporating Gestalt therapy, active listening, inner child work, assertiveness training, and guided imagery. Licensed since 1980 as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I enjoy working with couples, regarding issues of healthy sexuality, intimacy, and communication. Individual women and men,working on their sexual self esteem, are some of my favorite clients. For over fifteen years, I have also been leading groups for Adults Molested as Children, as well as their partners. Focus on breath and body is integral to my way of working in session."
Stephanie Pawlowicz, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RPT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"A person comes to therapy when their present ways of being in relationship, or in the world, no longer seem to hold the meaning they once did. My aim is to support you in creating a new foundation of hope, purpose, and meaning in your life. I help people seek wholeness through the integration of mind, body, and soul, thus expanding their current level of understanding, and in so doing, creating the capacity to live more meaningfully. "
Adoption
(805) 324-6675
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"A person comes to therapy when their present ways of being in relationship, or in the world, no longer seem to hold the meaning they once did. My aim is to support you in creating a new foundation of hope, purpose, and meaning in your life. I help people seek wholeness through the integration of mind, body, and soul, thus expanding their current level of understanding, and in so doing, creating the capacity to live more meaningfully. "
Ryan Smith, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"We all have the capacity to not only overcome adversity, but to flourish through it. Counseling can assist you in overcoming your challenges by helping you to understand yourself, your strengths, and the things that fill your life with a sense of meaning and purpose. "
Adoption
(805) 954-9081
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"We all have the capacity to not only overcome adversity, but to flourish through it. Counseling can assist you in overcoming your challenges by helping you to understand yourself, your strengths, and the things that fill your life with a sense of meaning and purpose. "
Laurel Connell, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93103
"I have always been attracted to both ends of life's spectrum, birth and death. My work centers around the grief we experience in life, whether over the death of someone we love, the loss of a relationship, or an ending in a chapter of our lives. Our work together is based on a mindful, cognitive behavioral approach, as we gently explore the connection between your emotions and the thoughts behind them. I help you process your grief the way you need to do it and guide you as you find your way back to yourself."
Adoption
(805) 242-0054
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93103
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Adoption
"I have always been attracted to both ends of life's spectrum, birth and death. My work centers around the grief we experience in life, whether over the death of someone we love, the loss of a relationship, or an ending in a chapter of our lives. Our work together is based on a mindful, cognitive behavioral approach, as we gently explore the connection between your emotions and the thoughts behind them. I help you process your grief the way you need to do it and guide you as you find your way back to yourself."
Susan Butler, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA-MFT, LMFT, LPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93109
"Are you struggling with losing weight? Have you tried and failed many times? Are your frustrated with dieting and could use someone to walk beside you on your weight loss journey? I have struggled with weight my whole life and have lost over 200 pounds. I know your pain. We can work together to discover what is blocking your success and help you find the path to a healthier life. My passion is for helping clients discover what strengths they already possess, and to help them discover tools to cope with life and gain hope towards the future."
Adoption
(503) 967-0236
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93109
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Adoption
"Are you struggling with losing weight? Have you tried and failed many times? Are your frustrated with dieting and could use someone to walk beside you on your weight loss journey? I have struggled with weight my whole life and have lost over 200 pounds. I know your pain. We can work together to discover what is blocking your success and help you find the path to a healthier life. My passion is for helping clients discover what strengths they already possess, and to help them discover tools to cope with life and gain hope towards the future."
Oksana Yakushko, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93108
"I offer psychotherapy and psychoanalysis (intensive form of psychotherapy) to individuals seeking to not only discover solutions for their life concerns but also to gain greater understanding of their inner lives and shift long-standing patterns in their relationships and career. My clinical expertise focuses on issues related to gender and sexuality, embodied experiences, relational traumas, and social traumas (e.g., experiences of social prejudice and cultural oppression). My work is suited for individual seeking to grow their creative aspirations, to develop satisfying relationships, and to face life's losses."
Adoption
(805) 360-5526
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93108
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Adoption
"I offer psychotherapy and psychoanalysis (intensive form of psychotherapy) to individuals seeking to not only discover solutions for their life concerns but also to gain greater understanding of their inner lives and shift long-standing patterns in their relationships and career. My clinical expertise focuses on issues related to gender and sexuality, embodied experiences, relational traumas, and social traumas (e.g., experiences of social prejudice and cultural oppression). My work is suited for individual seeking to grow their creative aspirations, to develop satisfying relationships, and to face life's losses."
Ryan George, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MA, SEP
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93103
"Welcome! I help people with a variety of problems, from depression and anxiety to trauma and recovery. I can help you. I am a depth therapist (seeing causes, rather than only symptoms) and a somatic therapist (integrating a healthy mind and body), and I've found that more important than my background is a non-judgmental attitude, attention to your personal needs, and the quality of a collaborative therapy relationship. I'm on your side. My clients gain crucial insights, learn essential coping skills and dramatically improve their relationships, outlook, and prospects for the future. Their lives become much more vital and satisfying."
Adoption
(805) 395-4533
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93103
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Adoption
"Welcome! I help people with a variety of problems, from depression and anxiety to trauma and recovery. I can help you. I am a depth therapist (seeing causes, rather than only symptoms) and a somatic therapist (integrating a healthy mind and body), and I've found that more important than my background is a non-judgmental attitude, attention to your personal needs, and the quality of a collaborative therapy relationship. I'm on your side. My clients gain crucial insights, learn essential coping skills and dramatically improve their relationships, outlook, and prospects for the future. Their lives become much more vital and satisfying."
Susan Marie Lauwers, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"I work well with young adults who are struggling with addiction. I have an eclectic style with the belief that we are all striving for the best possible outcome and we all born with what we need to live our highest most authentic life. My intension is to assist my clients in gaining insight into their best self and to help them quiet down so they can access their true nature."
Adoption
(805) 262-9335
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"I work well with young adults who are struggling with addiction. I have an eclectic style with the belief that we are all striving for the best possible outcome and we all born with what we need to live our highest most authentic life. My intension is to assist my clients in gaining insight into their best self and to help them quiet down so they can access their true nature."
Debbie Allen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"25+ yrs experience- I am a warm & interactive therapist who is interested in your heart & soul, focusing on strengths in an atmosphere of mutual respect & discovery. I join you or your family in a collaborative journey to explore barriers to change, discover inner resources, develop coping skills, reduce stress & experience authentic communication with the people closest in your life. My integrative approach blends cognitive, behavioral,somatic & mindfulness processes to reduce stress, heal trauma & includes family systems interventions to achieve optimal health & wellbeing. I find that attending to psychological, biological, social & spiritual systems increases resilience to the challenges of daily life."
Adoption
(805) 467-7311 x103
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"25+ yrs experience- I am a warm & interactive therapist who is interested in your heart & soul, focusing on strengths in an atmosphere of mutual respect & discovery. I join you or your family in a collaborative journey to explore barriers to change, discover inner resources, develop coping skills, reduce stress & experience authentic communication with the people closest in your life. My integrative approach blends cognitive, behavioral,somatic & mindfulness processes to reduce stress, heal trauma & includes family systems interventions to achieve optimal health & wellbeing. I find that attending to psychological, biological, social & spiritual systems increases resilience to the challenges of daily life."
Clyde Blair, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CSP
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"As a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and licensed Marriage Family Therapist, I've been practicing psychotherapy and helping people find positive solutions to their issues and challenges in life for over 20 years. These could be a relational issue with a couple or family, an emotional issue like depression or anxiety, or a personal issue like addiction. I work with individuals, families, and couples to create positive changes in their lives. The greatest success with clients has come from helping them to find their own answers to the problems they face, building new skills and actions to move forward. I can help you too!"
Adoption
(805) 350-7998
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"As a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and licensed Marriage Family Therapist, I've been practicing psychotherapy and helping people find positive solutions to their issues and challenges in life for over 20 years. These could be a relational issue with a couple or family, an emotional issue like depression or anxiety, or a personal issue like addiction. I work with individuals, families, and couples to create positive changes in their lives. The greatest success with clients has come from helping them to find their own answers to the problems they face, building new skills and actions to move forward. I can help you too!"
Jacquelyn Meissner, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
" Life can get very complicated and challenging sometimes. My commitment to you is to provide a supportive place for us to collaboratively explore the challenges you are experiencing and the areas of your life you wish to change. If you are struggling to come to terms with your past or feel as if something is preventing you from living the life you want I invite you to explore this from a place of curiosity without judgment. As a bilingual and bicultural therapist I strive to support individuals, couples and families who are experiencing difficult life events. "
Adoption
(805) 719-7308
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
" Life can get very complicated and challenging sometimes. My commitment to you is to provide a supportive place for us to collaboratively explore the challenges you are experiencing and the areas of your life you wish to change. If you are struggling to come to terms with your past or feel as if something is preventing you from living the life you want I invite you to explore this from a place of curiosity without judgment. As a bilingual and bicultural therapist I strive to support individuals, couples and families who are experiencing difficult life events. "
Katherine Levinger Olson, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"I offer psychotherapy services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. I also provide therapy for transitional age young adults/college students. "
Adoption
(805) 491-9011
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"I offer psychotherapy services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. I also provide therapy for transitional age young adults/college students. "
Kathy Leary-Wilde, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93108
"Therapy is an active and collaborative endeavor that improves lives by enhancing strengths, improving mood and diminishing symptoms. Developing a sense of trust and safety is my number one goal so that we can establish a foundation upon which to build a solid working partnership. With sensitivity, care and commitment I will work with you to develop a greater sense of self-confidence, spontaneity, joy and freedom toward a more fulfilling life. I'm happy to chat with you on the phone for a free consultation. "
Adoption
(805) 669-9355
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93108
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Adoption
"Therapy is an active and collaborative endeavor that improves lives by enhancing strengths, improving mood and diminishing symptoms. Developing a sense of trust and safety is my number one goal so that we can establish a foundation upon which to build a solid working partnership. With sensitivity, care and commitment I will work with you to develop a greater sense of self-confidence, spontaneity, joy and freedom toward a more fulfilling life. I'm happy to chat with you on the phone for a free consultation. "
Dre McGee Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"I understand that the first step in seeking help can be overwhelming or even scary. I have a great respect for those who seek to improve their quality of life. My life's work is dedicated to help facilitate that process and help collaborate to create clarity. I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist providing psychotherapy to children, individuals, couples, and families. I work and have experience with a wide variety of situations and life issues; depression, anxiety, transitions, burnout, relationship dynamics, adoption, and more. Specialties of mine include premarital counseling, young adult/adolescents transitions, EMDR, grief and foster care."
Adoption
(805) 290-1533
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"I understand that the first step in seeking help can be overwhelming or even scary. I have a great respect for those who seek to improve their quality of life. My life's work is dedicated to help facilitate that process and help collaborate to create clarity. I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist providing psychotherapy to children, individuals, couples, and families. I work and have experience with a wide variety of situations and life issues; depression, anxiety, transitions, burnout, relationship dynamics, adoption, and more. Specialties of mine include premarital counseling, young adult/adolescents transitions, EMDR, grief and foster care."
Betsy Gerbert, Counselor
Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"I am a licensed professional clinical counselor located in Santa Barbara CA and have been practicing therapy for the past 15yrs. I trained as a therapist in Philadelphia, PA and recently moved to CA where I want to continue to help others find happiness and balance in their lives. I have extensive experience working in the community health setting, the school setting, the home setting, and completing crisis work. I believe in taking a strength based approach to working with clients and view therapy as a collaboration between the client and therapist. Therapy should be a safe place to discuss very personal topics and concerns."
Adoption
(805) 324-6492
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"I am a licensed professional clinical counselor located in Santa Barbara CA and have been practicing therapy for the past 15yrs. I trained as a therapist in Philadelphia, PA and recently moved to CA where I want to continue to help others find happiness and balance in their lives. I have extensive experience working in the community health setting, the school setting, the home setting, and completing crisis work. I believe in taking a strength based approach to working with clients and view therapy as a collaboration between the client and therapist. Therapy should be a safe place to discuss very personal topics and concerns."
Rachel B Aarons, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"I specialize in helping people move out of stuck places, heal past trauma, and change destructive behavior patterns. I am a certified EMDR therapist and use the Early Trauma Protocol for early abuse, neglect and adoption. I work with the unconscious mind to bring about deep lasting change using one of the fastest processing methods available today. We will work on the level of both the conscious AND the unconscious mind so that the changes you make will be solid and long-lasting. Together we can make your life what you want it to be."
Adoption
(805) 667-0783
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"I specialize in helping people move out of stuck places, heal past trauma, and change destructive behavior patterns. I am a certified EMDR therapist and use the Early Trauma Protocol for early abuse, neglect and adoption. I work with the unconscious mind to bring about deep lasting change using one of the fastest processing methods available today. We will work on the level of both the conscious AND the unconscious mind so that the changes you make will be solid and long-lasting. Together we can make your life what you want it to be."
Claire Blakey, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"Finding a therapist can be a hard endeavor. You’re looking for someone you can open up to, trust and share in some of the most painful and most intimate parts of your life. It takes vulnerability and courage to reach out, and finding someone you can trust to open up to is a big piece in if therapy will work for you. If you’re browsing psychology today, you are probably looking for a caring face and a professional you can trust to navigate this season in life with. I’d be honored to join you on this journey. "
Adoption
(805) 335-6807
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Adoption
"Finding a therapist can be a hard endeavor. You’re looking for someone you can open up to, trust and share in some of the most painful and most intimate parts of your life. It takes vulnerability and courage to reach out, and finding someone you can trust to open up to is a big piece in if therapy will work for you. If you’re browsing psychology today, you are probably looking for a caring face and a professional you can trust to navigate this season in life with. I’d be honored to join you on this journey. "
Jan Clinton, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93111
"As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing beliefs or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.I'm here to Help and support in this economically difficult time. Sliding scale. Meditation for Anxiety and Focus. Loss of love counseling."
Adoption
(805) 719-7594
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93111
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Adoption
"As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing beliefs or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.I'm here to Help and support in this economically difficult time. Sliding scale. Meditation for Anxiety and Focus. Loss of love counseling."
Dara Goldyne, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93109
"I work with teens, 20- and 30-somethings, and young families who need help slowing down, managing anxiety and prioritizing self-care. Part of the process is getting relief from the critical, mental chatter that's always there, judging yourself, others, and everyday circumstances. It's possible to experience peace, to be present with friends, loved ones, partners, and children. It's possible to experience pure joy and love, but it's also important to allow for pain and fear. When we give ourselves permission to experience all emotions, without judgment, they move in and then pass like clouds overhead. "
Adoption
(805) 979-2615
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93109
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Adoption
"I work with teens, 20- and 30-somethings, and young families who need help slowing down, managing anxiety and prioritizing self-care. Part of the process is getting relief from the critical, mental chatter that's always there, judging yourself, others, and everyday circumstances. It's possible to experience peace, to be present with friends, loved ones, partners, and children. It's possible to experience pure joy and love, but it's also important to allow for pain and fear. When we give ourselves permission to experience all emotions, without judgment, they move in and then pass like clouds overhead. "
Katrina A Pesl, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93111
"Realizing there are times that are too overwhelming to handle on your own is scary. My approach to psychotherapy is to create a warm, nonjudgmental, and safe environment that supports children, families and adults through whatever life circumstance they are struggling with. I encompass a gentle yet direct approach with my clients, and ensure every unique individual diversity is honored and respected. I draw upon therapeutic modalities that help the individual re-establish a relationship with their lost inner strengths and opening new perspectives that foster more self love and compassion."
Adoption
(559) 296-7231
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93111
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Adoption
"Realizing there are times that are too overwhelming to handle on your own is scary. My approach to psychotherapy is to create a warm, nonjudgmental, and safe environment that supports children, families and adults through whatever life circumstance they are struggling with. I encompass a gentle yet direct approach with my clients, and ensure every unique individual diversity is honored and respected. I draw upon therapeutic modalities that help the individual re-establish a relationship with their lost inner strengths and opening new perspectives that foster more self love and compassion."

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Adoption Therapists
If you're looking for adoption counseling in Santa Barbara or help with an adoption in Santa Barbara or for a Santa Barbara adoption therapist, these professionals provide adoption support and adoption counseling. They include adoption therapists, adoption psychologists and adoption counselors in Santa Barbara. They can help you coping with adoption in Santa Barbara, they can support adopting families and provide child counseling for the adopted child (or adopted children) or foster child (or foster children).

They provide Santa Barbara family counseling for the adoption process, understanding of international adoption and help for adoptive kids, adopted children and adoptive families.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in Santa Barbara are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Santa Barbara you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Santa Barbara and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Santa Barbara or family therapy in Santa Barbara.