Teen Therapists in Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA

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Dr. Christy Cortez
Registered Psychological Assistant, MA, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Welcome NEW clients! Will respond the same business day to inquiries. I specialize in treating the youth with specific training and experience supporting Latinx and ethnic minority clients, but I am inclusive of others. I’m honored to council you by teaching you or your teen /young adult with the skills necessary to overcome depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ related stress, and/or heal from trauma-related issues. Together, we can increase your resilience so that you may gain a greater wellbeing. My goal is to motivate and guide you to increase your balance, by supporting you to reach your goals and start living the life you dream of.
(805) 491-9088
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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David Russ
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I provide an intensive goal-oriented and in home-based service to address specific, targeted behaviors where they impact you, your family or your teen the most.
My therapeutic services are targeted at individuals who prefer the privacy, convenience and familiarity of meeting in their home or may have challenges that extend beyond a traditional in-office setting. I work with client's who face challenges impacting their functioning at home, school or in the community. I work with issues such as anxiety, depression, or panic and behavioral issues like opposition, aggression, and excessive screen time.
(805) 954-9401
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Romi Cumes Somatic Therapy, P.C.
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CMT
Verified
Verified
The intention of my work is to support clients to identify, explore, and ultimately transform stuck patterns that create challenges and physical or emotional distress. My clinical work is somatic and relational (supports body-mind-spirit connection). I treat a variety of issues and concerns including but not limited to: anxiety, stress, depression, teen /young adult support, trauma, PTSD, co-occurring disorders, grief/loss/bereavement, substance abuse, relationship issues, chronic pain/illness, spirituality, sexuality, and life- purpose. Hablo Espanol y puedo hacer la orientacion en Espanol, pero no soy un hablante nativo.
(805) 335-6814 x1
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Rachel Rousseau
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Whether you're recovering from trauma, adapting to the challenges of parenting, a teen adjusting to new social environments, caretaking an aging loved one, trying to find your voice, or you're experiencing anxiety and depression through life transitions, give me a call to schedule a consultation today!.
Are you experiencing emotional pain that has become too amplified to sustain in silence? Perhaps the burdens you have been carrying for so long are finally too heavy to manage alone. Unresolved past experiences, loss, dysfunctional relationships, and negative self-criticism can hinder our ability to navigate the difficulties life throws our way. Let’s work together to create a therapeutic relationship built on hope and trust.
(805) 695-3187
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Michelle Trudeau LeBeau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Finding the right therapist is important. I approach therapy in a warm and relational way, and believe confidentiality and non-judgmental responses are crucial to creating a safe and trusting space. I know it can be hard to open up and start the process, so I make sure my client's feel comfortable to talk about the hard things and share about themselves authentically. Many of the situations I help people with involve experiencing depression or anxiety, processing recent or past trauma, important life or identity transitions, adolescent struggles, relationship concerns, and wanting personal growth and healing.
(805) 323-9271
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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The Eating Disorder Center of Santa Barbara, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have over 25 years of experience in the field, specializing in the clinical treatment of eating disorders, child abuse, depression, anxiety, individual counseling, family and marriage counseling, and adolescent issues. I am also the Founder and Clinical Director of The Eating Disorder Center of Santa Barbara, LLC.
(805) 918-4815
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Erin C Shaffer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Life can often feel painful and challenging, and relationships can be complicated. If you or your teen are in this place where additional support or guidance could be helpful, I am here to offer help and hope. I am passionate about providing a safe and non-judgmental space where understanding and discovery can thrive. My desire is to come alongside of people, collaboratively working towards growth and lasting change. One passion of mine is the journey of motherhood and the various seasons and transitions of maternal mental health - from fertility to pregnancy to postpartum.
(805) 322-3592
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Riley Ellis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in child and adolescent therapy.
Are you or your child struggling with anxiety, stress, or family changes that are making every day life feel difficult or hard to manage? Do you notice your child struggling and you are unsure how to emotionally support them? Have you tried to solve the problems on your own and nothing seems to be working? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I'm glad you're here. Seeking help for your child, family struggles, or parenting issues can be difficult. I'm here to help.
(805) 429-8011
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dr. Winifred L. Lender
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Lender is a licensed psychologist specializing in adolescent and adult psychotherapy.
In our high paced and stressful daily lives, it is easy to feel anxious and uncertain. These feelings can be magnified during transitional periods in our lives, limiting us, and impeding our growth. Psychotherapy can help empower us to move forward with concrete strategies to meet daily challenges, navigate transitions, and grow to feel happy and more confident. Dr. Lender's areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, sleep issues, relationship concerns, personal empowerment, technology use balance, and life transitions.
(805) 429-2684
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Aaron Nash
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have a background in a number of disciplines and have successfully treated clients using Hypnotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Voice Dialogue and Art Therapy. I also incorporate the basic principles of Zen-Buddhism, which I have studied and practiced for a number of years. Being an ex-addict, I'm comfortable with the addictive personality and I have a comprehensive knowledge of the 12-step programs. I have experience coordinating with social workers and psychiatrists. While interning I worked at an adolescent group home which proves useful in treating children and adolescents.
(805) 590-4720
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Ada Andrade
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
My specialties include working with adults and adolescents; trauma (emotional, physical, sexual, neglect), PTSD, C-PTSD, narcissistic relationships, domestic violence/ teen dating violence.
Relationships are complex & it may be time to explore how you’ve been impacted by past unhealthy relationships. You may feel as if you’re not enough, a bother or annoyance to your family or others. Often seeking acceptance from the others even though you know it may not happen. The struggle one has towards being accepted by family/others in order to feel as if you are good enough can often feel unbearable or never ending. Survivors of past damaged relations can make one feel as if you have no worth or value & leave you struggling to identify your worth & seek approval from others. You are not alone in these thoughts & feelings.
(805) 429-6130
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Shaylyn Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work with children, adolescents, and adults. My areas of expertise include children and adolescent development, tech addiction and women who have experienced relational trauma.
(619) 768-2797
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Nicholas K. Bennett
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I have worked with clients ranging in age from pre- teen to late adulthood and have gained experience treating depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, specific phobias, and trauma. I have served on integrative teams for parents and children in CPS cases as well as on collaborative teams providing treatment for clients residing in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with service members and Veterans, victims of sexual assault, and individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender clients seeking gender reassignment surgeries.
(805) 268-7760
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Kennan Court
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Unresolved and lingering circumstances can be difficult to wrestle with on a daily basis. They have an underlying power to influence our well-being and our relationships with others in ways we often see but do not understand. I offer a supportive, gentle space as you seek solution, revelation, and stability in your circumstances. I work with children, adolescents, and adults addressing a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety and stress, relationships, life transitions, and conflicts in work, school, and family.
(805) 424-8713
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Bri Velasquez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The hope and goal I have for my clients is to assist them in enhancing personal and familial relationships. As a social worker, I have had the wonderful opportunity to witness many positive changes in the lives of my clients. These positive changes include how my clients have relationships with others and how they come to view themselves. These components are an integral part of the therapeutic process and journey.
(805) 876-9622
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Jesaca Lepper
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work with people who want to understand their experiences and find ways to continue growing. I believe that therapy is a process of change that can lead to an understanding of individual strengths and identify areas of growth. I work with clients to identify ways in which they can support their growth during difficult times and build relationships that will foster healing.
(805) 856-6374
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Kymberlee Ruff
MS, MFT
Are you HAPPY? In my 35 years in private practice I have found that what most people are looking for is HAPPINESS. It’s 2022 and the last couple of years have been really hard! Many people have lost HOPE and JOY. Through my personal work in my own therapy and studying with Tibetan Masters and Native Elders I have been blessed with the secret of finding HAPPINESS. It is my life's work to share how to find that inner joy and sense of purpose. I believe that EMPATHY is the key to healthy,communicative relationships. I studied with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and intergrated his techniques for Non-Violent Communication Skills in my work.
(805) 804-5355
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Maria DEALBA
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
You’ve tried so many different ways to cope with the anxiety, the depression, the kid’s problems, your partners issues and still, you have nothing to show for it at this time. You’ve talked to the pediatrician and your primary caregiver and now you're contemplating whether you should take those antidepressants and look for another therapist since the last one didn't seem to understand what things are truly like for you. What you need is an expert who truly knows that it takes to love yourself, to be who you were meant to be. I am confident and guarantee that we can get you to where you want to be.
(805) 892-6442
Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Tara Elise Schlener
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Every person is unique, and what one needs to heal and feel whole is also unique. I see each of my clients as the individuals that they are, and work with them using the method and process best for their healing and personal growth. Therapy is a process where alchemy can occur; together we can allow for this process, and the healing begins here. I use a Client Centered approach and integrate Family Systems, Dreamwork, EMDR, play therapy, and some astrology if the client requests this.
(805) 774-1574
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Tiff Thompson -Neurofield Neurotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, BCN, QEEG-D, REEGT, MFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
There may be something much more meaningful at hand than your symptoms alone let on. Are you seeking more than talk therapy alone? At the Neurofield clinic, I've helped people overcome seemingly impossible problems by blending neuroscience technology with the art of psychotherapy. Neurotherapy can dramatically speed up your progress and address the cause of your symptoms. Here, we treat the toughest cases, and train clinicians in the cutting edge field of clinically-applied neuromodulation. Our neurotherapeutic hardware, strategies & techniques have been adopted by practitioners worldwide.
(805) 590-5813
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Teen Therapists

What does therapy for teenagers look like?

When a therapist works with a teenager, the pair will talk about what the teen is struggling with and explore solutions, which may involve interpersonal skills, coping strategies, medication, or lifestyle changes related to sleep, diet, and exercise. Different therapists employ different modalities, but most involve a combination of conversation and skill building.

How long does therapy for teenagers generally take to work?

There’s variability in teenagers’ experiences and challenges; some may begin to improve from therapy within a few weeks while others may take several months or longer. Teens can discuss their progress with their therapist periodically to assess how they’re improving and any changes to the treatment plan that could potentially accelerate that progress.

How do you encourage a teenager to go to therapy?

It’s helpful to express your concern and love while framing therapy as an opportunity to explore a tool that could help improve their life; just like they practice baseball or dance, now they can practice their emotional skills. Give your teen control over the process where you can—maybe by weighing in on choice of therapist and signaling that therapy involves confidentiality, so a parent need not know all that is discussed in sessions.

How do you prepare teens for therapy?

You can prepare your teenager for therapy by describing what the process will look like and setting expectations for timeline, if requested. You can explain that the first session may begin with an assessment phase, that they can describe their experiences but that the therapist will ask questions too, and that it may take time to feel comfortable opening up. Ask how they’re feeling about the process and answer any questions calmly and supportively.