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"My current work focuses on Individuals, Couples, Families, Groups, Active and Retired First Responders and Military facing Crisis Situations, Relationship Issues, Trauma and Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Personal Growth and Self Exploration, Severe Mental Illness, Dual Diagnosis, Addiction & Recovery. I utilize approaches including but not limited to CBT, Systems, Somatic and other models. While I will use pieces from the above mentioned models and theories each individual client will require a different mix of psychotherapy approaches. Individual treatment plans and various interventions will be used to assist each specific client."
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(831) 777-4635
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"My current work focuses on Individuals, Couples, Families, Groups, Active and Retired First Responders and Military facing Crisis Situations, Relationship Issues, Trauma and Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Personal Growth and Self Exploration, Severe Mental Illness, Dual Diagnosis, Addiction & Recovery. I utilize approaches including but not limited to CBT, Systems, Somatic and other models. While I will use pieces from the above mentioned models and theories each individual client will require a different mix of psychotherapy approaches. Individual treatment plans and various interventions will be used to assist each specific client."
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"I am a holistic psychotherapist and will work to help you integrate mind, body and spirit. I believe we all have the propensity for health and wellness. Together we can work with your acute crisis or your desire to explore a deeper connection to self. Helping individuals (children, teens, adults), couples and families throughout the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area....I look forward to meeting you, working with you and assisting you in achieving better mental health."
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(831) 219-4109
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"I am a holistic psychotherapist and will work to help you integrate mind, body and spirit. I believe we all have the propensity for health and wellness. Together we can work with your acute crisis or your desire to explore a deeper connection to self. Helping individuals (children, teens, adults), couples and families throughout the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area....I look forward to meeting you, working with you and assisting you in achieving better mental health."
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"I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who works with children, adolescence, individual adults, couples and groups. The issues that I have experience working with include: anxiety, depression, codependency, low self- esteem, relational issues, grief, social skill building, marital/divorce/relationship issues, women's issues, racial/ethnic concerns, meaning of life, life transitions, eco-related issues and health & life couching."
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(831) 704-9603
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"I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who works with children, adolescence, individual adults, couples and groups. The issues that I have experience working with include: anxiety, depression, codependency, low self- esteem, relational issues, grief, social skill building, marital/divorce/relationship issues, women's issues, racial/ethnic concerns, meaning of life, life transitions, eco-related issues and health & life couching."
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"My passion and skill set is in creating environments for you to gain greater insight into your strengths, gifts, and those places that contribute to blocking the ability to find joy and healing in your life. Whatever the life challenge that brings you to therapy, you'll find that I create a supportive and accepting space. I am curious, compassionate, appreciate laughter, tears and understand that we all suffer from time to time and believe that these moments are opportunities for deeper insight and growth."
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(831) 704-5419
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"My passion and skill set is in creating environments for you to gain greater insight into your strengths, gifts, and those places that contribute to blocking the ability to find joy and healing in your life. Whatever the life challenge that brings you to therapy, you'll find that I create a supportive and accepting space. I am curious, compassionate, appreciate laughter, tears and understand that we all suffer from time to time and believe that these moments are opportunities for deeper insight and growth."
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Native American cultures believe a decision today will impact the next seven generations. I work to keep past traumas and unwanted patterns from impacting your life now and in the future. I specialize in trauma resolution (using EMDR), managing anxiety/stress, personalizing interventions to improve school experiences, and improving family dynamics. When working with families, I give them a framework and age appropriate tools for use in the home, classroom, and/or social settings."
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(831) 661-8634
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
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"Native American cultures believe a decision today will impact the next seven generations. I work to keep past traumas and unwanted patterns from impacting your life now and in the future. I specialize in trauma resolution (using EMDR), managing anxiety/stress, personalizing interventions to improve school experiences, and improving family dynamics. When working with families, I give them a framework and age appropriate tools for use in the home, classroom, and/or social settings."
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
" Please note that I am currently, not accepting new clients. You can still email me and I will put you on my waiting list. Life can be more rewarding with empathetic support and gentle guidance. I became a therapist to help others live a fuller, happier life. My years as Marriage and Family Therapist, help me provide you with the skills you need to ease your emotional pain, build better relationships and change your life for the better. I am spiritual and my practice is based on empathy, deep understanding and compassion. I can also provide you with the coping skills to live a better happier life."
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(408) 872-8957
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Art Therapy
" Please note that I am currently, not accepting new clients. You can still email me and I will put you on my waiting list. Life can be more rewarding with empathetic support and gentle guidance. I became a therapist to help others live a fuller, happier life. My years as Marriage and Family Therapist, help me provide you with the skills you need to ease your emotional pain, build better relationships and change your life for the better. I am spiritual and my practice is based on empathy, deep understanding and compassion. I can also provide you with the coping skills to live a better happier life."
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"I want to reflect your wholeness right now, even with patterns and feelings of stuckness and pain- the resolutions and answers are held within you. I am passionate about being a helper to guide you to connect with this wisdom within. Through supporting the wisdom of your body-mind-spirit, it is possible to move beyond "managing" painful symptoms and stuck patterns that often emerge from past overwhelming life experiences and trauma, to true healing, authentic vitality and engagement with life. Healing is possible."
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(831) 740-8325
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Art Therapy
"I want to reflect your wholeness right now, even with patterns and feelings of stuckness and pain- the resolutions and answers are held within you. I am passionate about being a helper to guide you to connect with this wisdom within. Through supporting the wisdom of your body-mind-spirit, it is possible to move beyond "managing" painful symptoms and stuck patterns that often emerge from past overwhelming life experiences and trauma, to true healing, authentic vitality and engagement with life. Healing is possible."
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"If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a challenging transition, loss, trauma, or relationship issues, call me for a free 20 minute psychotherapy consultation. Along with being a licensed marriage family therapist, I am also a certified hypnotherapist. I am compassionate, and skilled to help you move through your path of healing. My psychotherapy sessions are through HIPPA compliant "TeleMentalHealth" technology or online therapy, so I'm as close as your phone or computer. "
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(831) 278-4126
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"If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a challenging transition, loss, trauma, or relationship issues, call me for a free 20 minute psychotherapy consultation. Along with being a licensed marriage family therapist, I am also a certified hypnotherapist. I am compassionate, and skilled to help you move through your path of healing. My psychotherapy sessions are through HIPPA compliant "TeleMentalHealth" technology or online therapy, so I'm as close as your phone or computer. "
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Life can be hard, but therapy helps! We were put on this earth not just to survive, but to thrive. So what's stopping us? The truth is, we all have things that get in the way of our happiness: past traumas that need to be healed, ways of thinking and being in the world that no longer serve us. And that is where therapy comes in. The therapeutic relationship is like no other. It provides a space for you to truly be seen, supported and accepted, a place where your own natural capacity for healing can take over."
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(831) 888-1750
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
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"Life can be hard, but therapy helps! We were put on this earth not just to survive, but to thrive. So what's stopping us? The truth is, we all have things that get in the way of our happiness: past traumas that need to be healed, ways of thinking and being in the world that no longer serve us. And that is where therapy comes in. The therapeutic relationship is like no other. It provides a space for you to truly be seen, supported and accepted, a place where your own natural capacity for healing can take over."
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"If you are considering therapy, I am glad you are here. I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. I believe that individuals possess the key to their own well being; however, sometimes life can present obstacles that are difficult to overcome. Most people come up against some sort of obstacle at least once in their lives. When this happens, it is helpful to have a professional ally to collaboratively look at these areas of concern. Teamwork is an important component in making therapy successful."
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Art Therapy
"If you are considering therapy, I am glad you are here. I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. I believe that individuals possess the key to their own well being; however, sometimes life can present obstacles that are difficult to overcome. Most people come up against some sort of obstacle at least once in their lives. When this happens, it is helpful to have a professional ally to collaboratively look at these areas of concern. Teamwork is an important component in making therapy successful."
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Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, RN
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Santa Cruz, California 95065
"Prior to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, I worked as an Intensive Care Nurse and Educator. I have witnessed the importance of integrating mind, body and spirit in the role of healing. In my work I utilize techniques from a variety of theories in an attempt to identify and resolve issues you are facing. To achieve your goals, I employ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, Guided Imagery, Expressive Arts and Sandtray. I help clients reclaim parts of self eclipsed by childhood woundedness. My focus is to empower you to find your authentic voice and inner wisdom."
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(831) 278-4714
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Santa Cruz, California 95065
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"Prior to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, I worked as an Intensive Care Nurse and Educator. I have witnessed the importance of integrating mind, body and spirit in the role of healing. In my work I utilize techniques from a variety of theories in an attempt to identify and resolve issues you are facing. To achieve your goals, I employ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, Guided Imagery, Expressive Arts and Sandtray. I help clients reclaim parts of self eclipsed by childhood woundedness. My focus is to empower you to find your authentic voice and inner wisdom."
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Acacia Counseling and Wellness is a leading provider of outpatient, university mental health support. We specialize in providing high quality mental health services to university students, faculty and staff, as well as the greater community. Our office is conveniently located near UC Santa Cruz, and our therapists are trained across a variety of issues and modalities. We are committed to providing a safe,supportive environment and a positive therapeutic experience. "
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(831) 777-4391
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
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"Acacia Counseling and Wellness is a leading provider of outpatient, university mental health support. We specialize in providing high quality mental health services to university students, faculty and staff, as well as the greater community. Our office is conveniently located near UC Santa Cruz, and our therapists are trained across a variety of issues and modalities. We are committed to providing a safe,supportive environment and a positive therapeutic experience. "
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Embarking on the journey of psychotherapy is a courageous and empowering act. My intention is to assist you in recognizing, respecting, and building on your strengths, and improving your capacity for self regulation. Through this partnership, I will assist you in bringing unconscious faulty core beliefs to the light of mindful awareness, engaging your wisdom and compassion. I will work with you collaboratively to address and navigate through your pain, your perceived limitations and stuck places, which are your growing edges. This demanding and enlivening work can improve your quality of life, and expand your capacity for joy and happiness."
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(831) 777-4032
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Art Therapy
"Embarking on the journey of psychotherapy is a courageous and empowering act. My intention is to assist you in recognizing, respecting, and building on your strengths, and improving your capacity for self regulation. Through this partnership, I will assist you in bringing unconscious faulty core beliefs to the light of mindful awareness, engaging your wisdom and compassion. I will work with you collaboratively to address and navigate through your pain, your perceived limitations and stuck places, which are your growing edges. This demanding and enlivening work can improve your quality of life, and expand your capacity for joy and happiness."
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Online counseling! Life is challenging and having extra support during hard times can make a world of difference. Great job on your first step of looking for a therapist! Whether you have been feeling anxious, going through a tough change, or having relationship issues, we will work together to discover more about yourself and how to feel more peaceful about your life. I also experience providing support to parents with children with mental health concerns. I primarily do telehealth which means online counseling through video and messaging through a HIPAA compliant platform. I offer affordable fees and sliding scale. "
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(831) 231-0250
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Art Therapy
"Online counseling! Life is challenging and having extra support during hard times can make a world of difference. Great job on your first step of looking for a therapist! Whether you have been feeling anxious, going through a tough change, or having relationship issues, we will work together to discover more about yourself and how to feel more peaceful about your life. I also experience providing support to parents with children with mental health concerns. I primarily do telehealth which means online counseling through video and messaging through a HIPAA compliant platform. I offer affordable fees and sliding scale. "
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"If you have been thinking about speaking with a therapist, or finding one for someone you care about, then you are in the right place. Opening yourself up to ask for help can feel like a risk, but I encourage you to see this moment of vulnerability as a strength. Life is hard and seeking therapy is an opportunity to prioritize yourself, and focus on what really matters to you. I view it is a collaborative process, in which we can work together to discover what would help to increase your overall experience of wellness."
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(831) 216-0635
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"If you have been thinking about speaking with a therapist, or finding one for someone you care about, then you are in the right place. Opening yourself up to ask for help can feel like a risk, but I encourage you to see this moment of vulnerability as a strength. Life is hard and seeking therapy is an opportunity to prioritize yourself, and focus on what really matters to you. I view it is a collaborative process, in which we can work together to discover what would help to increase your overall experience of wellness."
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"If you or your child has anxiety, ADHD, or depression, you probably feel frustrated and overwhelmed. You want the best for your self and your family and you may have reservations about using medications. You don't have to struggle alone anymore. I want to hear your experience and help you have more harmony in your life and in your home. While talk therapy can be supportive, some issues are brain based and need a different kind of guidance. Neurofeedback is a brain training program that supports you or your child in changing these patterns."
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(831) 531-7827
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Art Therapy
"If you or your child has anxiety, ADHD, or depression, you probably feel frustrated and overwhelmed. You want the best for your self and your family and you may have reservations about using medications. You don't have to struggle alone anymore. I want to hear your experience and help you have more harmony in your life and in your home. While talk therapy can be supportive, some issues are brain based and need a different kind of guidance. Neurofeedback is a brain training program that supports you or your child in changing these patterns."
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Santa Cruz, California 95062
"Invest in yourself and your loved ones; therapy is not just a mental health treatment sought when we are suffering from mental distress, or unable to conduct life as wanted. Therapy is also a self discovery process to get a greater and deeper knowledge about ourselves, which will allow to make better choices and become the person that we have wished. Having someone to accompany you in this path, with a professional perspective, non-judgmental listening and accurate interventions, will allow you to cope with painful circumstances, significant life changes / transitions, as well with symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD and others. "
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(831) 704-8692
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Santa Cruz, California 95062
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"Invest in yourself and your loved ones; therapy is not just a mental health treatment sought when we are suffering from mental distress, or unable to conduct life as wanted. Therapy is also a self discovery process to get a greater and deeper knowledge about ourselves, which will allow to make better choices and become the person that we have wished. Having someone to accompany you in this path, with a professional perspective, non-judgmental listening and accurate interventions, will allow you to cope with painful circumstances, significant life changes / transitions, as well with symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD and others. "
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Santa Cruz, California 95063
" I am a believer in the Existential/Humanistic school of thought and the importance of making meaning in our lives. By meeting my clients in the here-and-now, I am able to work with them where they are presently, without going too far ahead of them or getting bogged down in the past. I’m collaborative, creative, and believe in an integrated approach when working with people. No single form of therapy works for all clients, so I am comfortable using different psychotherapeutic approaches. I believe that true psychological healing comes from the experience the client has with the clinician, so the relationship itself is of great value"
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(831) 263-1407
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Santa Cruz, California 95063
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" I am a believer in the Existential/Humanistic school of thought and the importance of making meaning in our lives. By meeting my clients in the here-and-now, I am able to work with them where they are presently, without going too far ahead of them or getting bogged down in the past. I’m collaborative, creative, and believe in an integrated approach when working with people. No single form of therapy works for all clients, so I am comfortable using different psychotherapeutic approaches. I believe that true psychological healing comes from the experience the client has with the clinician, so the relationship itself is of great value"
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"Psychotherapy is an art and science providing individuals with an opportunity to heal and grow. In a confidential and caring environment I support individuals to face painful aspects of their lives, access their inner resources, and begin taking new and healthy steps into their futures. It is natural and necessary to grow and change throughout life. Individuals are called by life circumstances, relationships with others, or by an internal restlessness to relinquish old ways and to develop new abilities. In our work together, clients and I identify steps toward creating the future they want to live."
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"Psychotherapy is an art and science providing individuals with an opportunity to heal and grow. In a confidential and caring environment I support individuals to face painful aspects of their lives, access their inner resources, and begin taking new and healthy steps into their futures. It is natural and necessary to grow and change throughout life. Individuals are called by life circumstances, relationships with others, or by an internal restlessness to relinquish old ways and to develop new abilities. In our work together, clients and I identify steps toward creating the future they want to live."
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Santa Cruz, California 95062
"Congratulations on taking the first, often overwhelming, step in finding a therapist. I work with people who come to seek resolve from a part of life that isn't working for them. I encourage a collaborative model of engaging in exploration of what isn't working, and in developing constructive solutions that match the unique qualities and life circumstances of each person."
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(831) 250-0707
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Santa Cruz, California 95062
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"Congratulations on taking the first, often overwhelming, step in finding a therapist. I work with people who come to seek resolve from a part of life that isn't working for them. I encourage a collaborative model of engaging in exploration of what isn't working, and in developing constructive solutions that match the unique qualities and life circumstances of each person."

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It may look like a craft class, but art therapy in Santa Cruz is a serious technique that uses the creative process to help improve the mental health of clients. Santa Cruz Art therapy can be used on children and adults to treat a wide range of emotional issues, including anxiety, depression, family and relationship problems, abuse and domestic violence, and trauma and loss. Commonly found in hospitals and community centers, art therapy programs are based on the belief that the creative process is healing and life-enhancing. As they paint or draw, a skilled Santa Cruz art therapist can use the client's works of art and their approach to the process as springboards to help them gain personal insight, improve their judgment, cope with stress, and work through traumatic experiences.

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

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