Therapists in Santa Barbara County, CA

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Photo of Donald T Vercellini, Psychologist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Donald T Vercellini
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101  (Online Only)
Life can be peaceful, serene, satisfying. If you have attempted therapy in the past or are not sure your diagnosis is correct, I can help. You can learn to regulate thoughts, emotions, and states while discovering the self you always knew you could be.
Life can be peaceful, serene, satisfying. If you have attempted therapy in the past or are not sure your diagnosis is correct, I can help. You can learn to regulate thoughts, emotions, and states while discovering the self you always knew you could be.
(805) 973-9852 View (805) 973-9852
Photo of Jaime Bregante, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Jaime Bregante
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
We all worry about our children. We want to support and teach them the skills needed to overcome challenges so they will grow into “successful” adults. Families may go through a phase where additional support may be needed in order to get through these challenges. It takes a strong sense of self to be able to communicate what’s wrong and most children are still developing these skills. In collaboration with families, I create a safe space to help develop insight into the internal challenges a child is facing while helping them build the skills they need to thrive.
We all worry about our children. We want to support and teach them the skills needed to overcome challenges so they will grow into “successful” adults. Families may go through a phase where additional support may be needed in order to get through these challenges. It takes a strong sense of self to be able to communicate what’s wrong and most children are still developing these skills. In collaboration with families, I create a safe space to help develop insight into the internal challenges a child is facing while helping them build the skills they need to thrive.
(805) 724-0390 View (805) 724-0390
Photo of Jacquelyn De Longe, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Barbara County, CA
Jacquelyn De Longe
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I am passionate about your personal growth and helping you identify and achieve your life goals. I use attachment theory, somatic awareness, and polyvegal framework as a means to help you identify your thoughts and feelings. Once we name it, then we tame it! We will work to increase understanding, coping skills, and focus, through the exploration of your unique story in a safe and supportive environment. We navigate anxiety and trauma, laying out a path for your future. For the most up-to-date information, find me on IG at jdtherapist.
I am passionate about your personal growth and helping you identify and achieve your life goals. I use attachment theory, somatic awareness, and polyvegal framework as a means to help you identify your thoughts and feelings. Once we name it, then we tame it! We will work to increase understanding, coping skills, and focus, through the exploration of your unique story in a safe and supportive environment. We navigate anxiety and trauma, laying out a path for your future. For the most up-to-date information, find me on IG at jdtherapist.
(805) 622-2974 View (805) 622-2974
Photo of Sierra Rose Smargon, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Sierra Rose Smargon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Waitlist for new clients
If you’re reading this, that probably means that you are in a place where you have tried a lot of things to feel better, or help your loved one feel better and just don’t know what else to do. I would love to help support you on this journey. Therapy is a collaboration between two individuals (therapist and client) and when successful, truly amazing things can occur within this space. I use the relationship between my clients and I to help them build insight and awareness into the way they show up in the world.
If you’re reading this, that probably means that you are in a place where you have tried a lot of things to feel better, or help your loved one feel better and just don’t know what else to do. I would love to help support you on this journey. Therapy is a collaboration between two individuals (therapist and client) and when successful, truly amazing things can occur within this space. I use the relationship between my clients and I to help them build insight and awareness into the way they show up in the world.
(805) 837-1750 View (805) 837-1750
Photo of Jessica Torres-Preciado, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Jessica Torres-Preciado
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Isla Vista, CA 93117
I am a bilingual licensed marriage and family therapist with over 10 years of experience. I am dedicated to racial equality and healing and am passionate about supporting Latinx communities.
I am a bilingual licensed marriage and family therapist with over 10 years of experience. I am dedicated to racial equality and healing and am passionate about supporting Latinx communities.
(805) 856-6211 View (805) 856-6211
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Ashleigh Lamberti
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carpinteria, CA 93013
At some point in our lives, many of us need help navigating life's challenges. The focus of my practice is working with individuals and couples who want to enhance and transform their relationships and improve their overall quality of life. Trained in Relational Life Therapy, my approach is centered around teaching clients how to practice full respect living. This work delves deep quickly, uncovering the origins of patterns, challenging their effectiveness, and offering alternative ways to cultivate loving connection and skillfully manage conflict.
At some point in our lives, many of us need help navigating life's challenges. The focus of my practice is working with individuals and couples who want to enhance and transform their relationships and improve their overall quality of life. Trained in Relational Life Therapy, my approach is centered around teaching clients how to practice full respect living. This work delves deep quickly, uncovering the origins of patterns, challenging their effectiveness, and offering alternative ways to cultivate loving connection and skillfully manage conflict.
(805) 323-9531 View (805) 323-9531
Photo of Chantal Wunderlich, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Chantal Wunderlich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93103  (Online Only)
My approach is comprehensive and long-term; my aim is to honor the complexity and experience of each person as I support my clients in a process that leads to lasting and meaningful change. This means helping my clients know themselves more fully, allowing them to move forward in their lives with a greater sense of inner freedom, self-belief, and optimism.
My approach is comprehensive and long-term; my aim is to honor the complexity and experience of each person as I support my clients in a process that leads to lasting and meaningful change. This means helping my clients know themselves more fully, allowing them to move forward in their lives with a greater sense of inner freedom, self-belief, and optimism.
(805) 266-7251 View (805) 266-7251
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Dr. Ciara Murray-Young
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hello, I see you as more than the trauma, the grief or struggle that brings you to therapy. I see you as more than ego or persona; the image we present to the world and I see you as much more than any diagnosis or label. I believe a lot of our distress and suffering comes from the fact that we are alienated from our true selves, we have lost connection to an aware relationship with ourselves. I work well with people who want to become more conscious, more aware, who want to better understand themselves.
Hello, I see you as more than the trauma, the grief or struggle that brings you to therapy. I see you as more than ego or persona; the image we present to the world and I see you as much more than any diagnosis or label. I believe a lot of our distress and suffering comes from the fact that we are alienated from our true selves, we have lost connection to an aware relationship with ourselves. I work well with people who want to become more conscious, more aware, who want to better understand themselves.
(805) 590-7995 View (805) 590-7995
Photo of Ginger Clark, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Ginger Clark
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD
Verified Verified
Buellton, CA 93427  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with clients who are seeking to deepen and enrich their connection to themselves for the purpose of a more fulfilling life and intimate relationships. Based on your need and interest, a variety of bodymind practices will be offered to help you ground, center and support your growing ability to be present in your moment to moment experience. The result: a deeper sense of yourself and more rewarding contact with others and a greater sense of aliveness.
I enjoy working with clients who are seeking to deepen and enrich their connection to themselves for the purpose of a more fulfilling life and intimate relationships. Based on your need and interest, a variety of bodymind practices will be offered to help you ground, center and support your growing ability to be present in your moment to moment experience. The result: a deeper sense of yourself and more rewarding contact with others and a greater sense of aliveness.
(424) 347-1850 View (424) 347-1850
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Genevieve Samson
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Maria, CA 93454  (Online Only)
I entered the field to help support folks process, heal, and find a way to lessen their pain. Therapy can be helpful in any stay of life. I want to work with clients to help support them to talk about their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
I entered the field to help support folks process, heal, and find a way to lessen their pain. Therapy can be helpful in any stay of life. I want to work with clients to help support them to talk about their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
(805) 590-2202 View (805) 590-2202
Photo of Cecilia Pinhel, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Cecilia Pinhel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
My experience has been working with adolescents and adults struggling with mental health issues as well as substance use/abuse. I work with several therapeutic approaches depending on the client's diagnosis and needs. I am also working towards EMDR certification which allow me to work with clients diagnosed with PTSD and childhood traumas.
My experience has been working with adolescents and adults struggling with mental health issues as well as substance use/abuse. I work with several therapeutic approaches depending on the client's diagnosis and needs. I am also working towards EMDR certification which allow me to work with clients diagnosed with PTSD and childhood traumas.
(805) 515-3341 View (805) 515-3341
Photo of Shanna Gonzales, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Shanna Gonzales
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117
My name is Shanna Gonzales and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Bakersfield, California, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and adolescents specializing in stress, anxiety, trauma, and anger management. I have found that my style and approach are a good fit for children, teens, and young adults who may be dealing with trauma, the challenges of life transitions, and social pressures such as anxiety, depression, grief, and stress. I work to help my clients build skills to allow them to feel better about themselves and develop a more positive outlook overall.
My name is Shanna Gonzales and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Bakersfield, California, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and adolescents specializing in stress, anxiety, trauma, and anger management. I have found that my style and approach are a good fit for children, teens, and young adults who may be dealing with trauma, the challenges of life transitions, and social pressures such as anxiety, depression, grief, and stress. I work to help my clients build skills to allow them to feel better about themselves and develop a more positive outlook overall.
(805) 977-6211 View (805) 977-6211
Photo of Amanda Halloway, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Barbara County, CA
Amanda Halloway
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goleta, CA 93111
Hi, I’m Amanda! I provide person-centered, trauma-informed, LGBTQ-affirmative, and feminist therapy to clients of all genders and ages. I have a particular passion for working with youth who are experiencing difficulties related to trauma, mood issues, sexual orientation, gender identity, and life transitions. My experience includes work in school-based therapy as well as residential treatment for unhoused clients with co-occurring substance use and severe mental health disorders. In my current practice, my approach is informed by my background in organizing for anti-racism, disability rights and the LGBTQ community.
Hi, I’m Amanda! I provide person-centered, trauma-informed, LGBTQ-affirmative, and feminist therapy to clients of all genders and ages. I have a particular passion for working with youth who are experiencing difficulties related to trauma, mood issues, sexual orientation, gender identity, and life transitions. My experience includes work in school-based therapy as well as residential treatment for unhoused clients with co-occurring substance use and severe mental health disorders. In my current practice, my approach is informed by my background in organizing for anti-racism, disability rights and the LGBTQ community.
(805) 243-0851 View (805) 243-0851
Photo of Robbie Culp, Psychologist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Robbie Culp
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I want to create a relationship with my clients based on trust, mutual respect, and unconditional regard. I feel that if I can create this environment I can more deeply connect with others and hope to see things from their perspective. I believe that people have the inner capacity for change, and I want to help them be more able to readily access this. This can look different based on each person, helping people move forward in a way they feel will be most productive. I also value multicultural differences and in an effort to more fully understand a person's frame of reference. I also can provide ADHD screening and assessment.
I want to create a relationship with my clients based on trust, mutual respect, and unconditional regard. I feel that if I can create this environment I can more deeply connect with others and hope to see things from their perspective. I believe that people have the inner capacity for change, and I want to help them be more able to readily access this. This can look different based on each person, helping people move forward in a way they feel will be most productive. I also value multicultural differences and in an effort to more fully understand a person's frame of reference. I also can provide ADHD screening and assessment.
(818) 423-4037 View (818) 423-4037
Photo of Dancy Perinatal Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Dancy Perinatal Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101  (Online Only)
New families are all alone. Pregnancy and postpartum used to be supported by a village and now many are left wondering- what happened to the village?
New families are all alone. Pregnancy and postpartum used to be supported by a village and now many are left wondering- what happened to the village?
(916) 800-3631 View (916) 800-3631
Photo of Kaitlyn Bathel, Psychologist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Kaitlyn Bathel
Psychologist, MEd, LEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Is your child struggling with their emotions and behavior that affects your day-to-day life and their ability to manage how they’re feeling in a healthy way? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, or lost in trying to figure out how to best support your child? You are not alone. In this post-COVID era, children and teens are struggling with emotional regulation more than ever, and parents are faced with challenges beyond the typical stressors of parenting. 1 in 5 teens struggle with a mental health disorder, few get the treatment that they need to overcome these issues (CDC).
Is your child struggling with their emotions and behavior that affects your day-to-day life and their ability to manage how they’re feeling in a healthy way? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, or lost in trying to figure out how to best support your child? You are not alone. In this post-COVID era, children and teens are struggling with emotional regulation more than ever, and parents are faced with challenges beyond the typical stressors of parenting. 1 in 5 teens struggle with a mental health disorder, few get the treatment that they need to overcome these issues (CDC).
(805) 749-2556 View (805) 749-2556
Photo of Desire Carolina Rodriguez, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Santa Barbara County, CA
Desire Carolina Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC, MSCP, MBA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Waitlist for new clients
As a psychotherapist with a Master's in Clinical Psychology, I have been privileged to work with clients from diverse backgrounds. My specialization in working with multiracial women aged 13-35 who struggle with identity & self-esteem due to past trauma is deeply meaningful to me. My bilingual abilities in English & Spanish allow me to work comfortably with clients from different linguistic & cultural backgrounds. I am honored to work alongside my clients as they explore their innermost selves, heal past traumas, and ultimately find a sense of peace and self-love. My commitment to this work is unwavering.
As a psychotherapist with a Master's in Clinical Psychology, I have been privileged to work with clients from diverse backgrounds. My specialization in working with multiracial women aged 13-35 who struggle with identity & self-esteem due to past trauma is deeply meaningful to me. My bilingual abilities in English & Spanish allow me to work comfortably with clients from different linguistic & cultural backgrounds. I am honored to work alongside my clients as they explore their innermost selves, heal past traumas, and ultimately find a sense of peace and self-love. My commitment to this work is unwavering.
(805) 800-8394 View (805) 800-8394
Photo of Colleen Hoye, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Colleen Hoye
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Isla Vista, CA 93117
I help with anxiety, dating and relationships, family issues, self-esteem, and stress. My approach is strengths-based, direct, honest, and empathetic.
I help with anxiety, dating and relationships, family issues, self-esteem, and stress. My approach is strengths-based, direct, honest, and empathetic.
(805) 856-6211 View (805) 856-6211
Photo of Allegra Jaros, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara County, CA
Allegra Jaros
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93458
I see the adversities of individuals through a systems lens and strive to empower children, teens, and adults to have healthy relationships with themselves, family, and others in order to live their best lives. I earned a BA in psychology with an emphasis on child development and Autism treatment from UCSD, and later an MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, San Diego.
I see the adversities of individuals through a systems lens and strive to empower children, teens, and adults to have healthy relationships with themselves, family, and others in order to live their best lives. I earned a BA in psychology with an emphasis on child development and Autism treatment from UCSD, and later an MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, San Diego.
(805) 576-7793 View (805) 576-7793
Photo of Alex Goodman, Pre-Licensed Professional in Santa Barbara County, CA
Alex Goodman
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Does anxiety seem to be ruling your life? Have you been feeling down, overwhelmed, or lost? Perhaps things seem to be going from bad to worse or nowhere at all. You deserve better. Starting therapy can be scary, I know, but won’t it be just as challenging to let everything continue? Stop pushing away your needs and not taking care of yourself. It’s time to make a change and I know how to help you through this. With me you will find what you truly seek – a compassionate space where understanding meets transformation.
Does anxiety seem to be ruling your life? Have you been feeling down, overwhelmed, or lost? Perhaps things seem to be going from bad to worse or nowhere at all. You deserve better. Starting therapy can be scary, I know, but won’t it be just as challenging to let everything continue? Stop pushing away your needs and not taking care of yourself. It’s time to make a change and I know how to help you through this. With me you will find what you truly seek – a compassionate space where understanding meets transformation.
(805) 491-9207 View (805) 491-9207

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Number of Therapists in Santa Barbara County, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Santa Barbara County, CA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
73% Relationship Issues
72% Self Esteem
67% Coping Skills
66% Trauma and PTSD
63% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

68% Aetna
59% Cigna and Evernorth
58% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Santa Barbara County, CA see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Santa Barbara County?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.