LGBTQ+ Therapists in Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA

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Sam Urena
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT
Through my work for Pacific Pride Foundation, I am trained to provide LGBTQ + affirming services.
Therapy can be a weekly reminder to slow down and listen. If we’re in a great deal of pain, it can be a place to tend to our wounds. If we’re in a place of confusion, it can be a place to remember who we are and who we are not — or discover ourselves for what feels like the first time. Therapy, over time, can teach us how to live and how to live well.
(805) 500-7628
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Jill T Rubin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I work with adults and adolescents and particularly enjoy working with gay , lesbian , bisexual and transgender clients.
I specialize in healing relationships with self and other, whether they are painful, confusing, or just plain unsatisfying. If you're "going through the motions," you've lost yourself, your anxious mind is driving you crazy, or if you can't decide whether to stay in that relationship or leave. I'll help you learn to manage those difficult emotions and confusing situations so that you can move through those life transitions and issues with a greater sense of confidence and ease.
(805) 623-4177
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Kattie Bachar
Marriage & Family Therapist, BFA, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in providing LGBTQ + competent psychotherapy, with a focus on transgender adolescents, adults, and the families/friends that love them.
I'm glad you're here! My work is firmly rooted in existential humanism, meaning that the search for meaning and self-realization is central to our work together. I believe that you are the expert on you and your experience and it is my great honor to walk with you on your path. The relationship that we will collaboratively build in session will aid you on your healing journey. I am skilled at creating a non-judgmental environment and accepting you where you are, no matter where that is, as we work to shine light on what once seemed too dark to face.
(805) 219-7873
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Rebekah D Lovejoy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, PhD, AMFT
Verified
Verified
As a person-centered therapist, I lean into everything you bring to the therapeutic process. I embrace cultural and racial diversity. I have training in somatic psychology, archetypal psychology, trauma informed strategies, gender and sexuality, and evidence-based psychodynamics. We will leverage this toolbox in a creative, dynamic, and compassionate process. I believe in supporting all bodies–I am sex positive, and allied with polyamory, kink and queer . I’m also neuro-divergent-informed.
(805) 973-0463
Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Fiona Stone
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
I work with sexual desire discrepancy and infidelity, as well as providing LGBTQ + competent psychotherapy.
Using warmth and empathy, I provide a safe space for you to explore how to strengthen your sense of self and your intimate relationships, enabling you to heal and grow authentically. My approach is supportive and direct with an emphasis on your needs, values, and experiences. I offer compassionate support to individuals and couples facing relationship difficulties, adjusting to challenging life transitions, or hoping to improve mental well-being. My goal is to guide you to understand, accept, and express your emotions by gaining personal insight, improving relationships, and exploring life’s concerns, conflicts, and contradictions.
(805) 590-9128
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Karen Stewart Ketamine Assisted Integration Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CACII
Verified
Verified
As I identify as queer , I prioritize creating safer LGBTQIA + spaces.
If you are feeling stuck, depressed, anxious or can’t move forward in your life, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) may be helpful for you. A psychedelic journey can be life-changing. We can prepare for and integrate these experiences in a fully supported way. Let’s take the transcendental and make it practical for your everyday life. I know your inner healer knows exactly what you do need and my job is to honor that! I offer support, collaboration, compassion, presence, non-judgment, reassurance, curiosity and safety. I especially enjoy working with those committed to personal growth and collective responsibility.
(805) 779-3931
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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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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Shennie Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I have extensive experience working with with issues ranging from general anxiety to addiction, to exploring and identifying sexuality and gender and the LGBTQ + community.
Welcome to my profile, I am glad you're here! I would be honored to provide a safe place for you to work towards healing and transformation. Your experience in therapy will be tailored to your needs, as we all experience life differently. As we work together to discover a deeper understanding of you and your patterns, you will be seen, heard, understood and supported. My approach is client-centered and strengths-based, fostering an environment where you can be open, honest and vulnerable. This can influence your relationship with self and others, creating change and growth in a positive direction.
(805) 219-7304
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Bren J Fraser
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
LGBTQ : I have extensive experience working with lesbian , gay , bisexual and transgender clients and their families.
I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, families and young adults. I believe that one of the most powerful aspects of the therapy process is the relationship between the therapist and client, the therapeutic relationship. our work together needs to be collaborative so that you feel both supported and safe. To achieve this I will adjust my style in order to best fit your needs and help you reach your counseling goals. I invite and encourage you to ask questions about your session. I honor your inquisitiveness about your own process.
(805) 266-7660
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
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Savanna Bomer
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
I have experience working with, children, teens, adults, those struggling with substance use disorder, and LGBTQ + identifying individuals.
I believe therapy can be a place for clients to share and open up about lifes challenges while being vulnerable and honest about their needs and what barriers have been standing in the way of reaching any goals. I have a person centered therapeutic approach and believe in helping my clients to gain control of their own lives. In therapy, it is my goal to help clients improve their overall quality of life through identifying coping skills and maladaptive behaviors, exploring trauma, and exploring and reframing life's challenges all while receiving unconditional positive support.
(805) 427-8528
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dr. Marie Grancourt
Psychological Associate, PsyD, MSIO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
New Clients Welcome! I offer a Free 15-minute consultation. I'm glad you are taking these first steps in seeking help & investing in your mental health. I can assist you in decreasing & managing any psychologically distressing symptoms & increasing & improving your overall mental health & well-being. I specialize in anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, & all types of trauma. I also specialize in working with bipolar disorder, OCD, LGBTQ + issues, sexual issues, PTSD, eating disorders, & more. I hold a Doctorate degree (Psy.D.) & am a Psychological Associate working under the license of Dr. Melissa Flanigan.
(805) 758-6732
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Haley Fuller
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
My approach is psychodynamic but flexible; exploring the relationship to the self in both past and present experiences. I believe acceptance, choice, flexibility and compassion are the key agents of change. I view life through the bittersweet lens of existentialism and am aligned with Buddhist principles. I am EMDR trained and fascinated by the human brain and somatic storage of trauma. I enjoy working with adolescents and individuals with a range of needs. I am LGBTQIA + informed and delighted to support any and all life experiences. I appreciate the depths of the human experience and also love a good laugh when it's available.
(805) 600-5790
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Mal Godha- Expansive Therapy
Counselor, ACSW
Verified
Verified
I have experience serving diverse communities, including people of color, LGBTQ + individuals, corporate offices, inmates, and elders with dementia and Alzheimer's.
I strive to create a safe, healing space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and life experiences. I am a trained mindfulness meditation instructor and view mental health from an integrated, holistic lens. The most effective therapy is built on an open, collaborative relationship and I am sensitive to your unique needs, culture, and identities. I believe the journey towards authenticity begins with expressing emotions and illuminating insights. I am excited to take the first step in this transformative journey with you! I am committed to my own growth and exploration.
(929) 203-4792
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Darren M Del Castillo
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
If you are feeling stuck, if your relationships or work are suffering, I would collaborate with you to move from distress to well-being. I am helpful to clients interested in working through repetitive thoughts, conflicted feelings, self esteem issues, and common mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression. I enjoy working with self-motivated adults who are up for in-depth work on their concerns. I have extensive experience working with relationship problems, family issues (past and current), couples, transitions (becoming a parent), identity issues ( LGBTQ , race-related stress), graduate students, and men's issues.
(805) 250-4448
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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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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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Jenn Kennedy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT, EMDR
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
I also have significant experience in working with lesbian , gay , bisexual and transgender clients and their families on a variety of issues including coming out, building identity, strengthening intimate relationships and finding community.
I work with individuals and couples in the areas of sex, relationships, sex addiction, and life transitions (divorce, empty nest, retirement). Relationships with others (partner, boss, siblings, friends, clients) are a central source of meaning and sometimes difficulty for us. I can work with you around relationship issues, including commitment, communication, sexuality, infidelity and healthy conflict. I'm also offering groups for women wanting to unlock their sexual satisfaction.
(805) 214-6910
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Melissa Beach
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Some subjects that I have spent time working with are bereavement, death and dying, identity issues, LGBTQ +, family relational problems, and gaining insight and wisdom into daily living.
I meet my clients where they are at, and begin by building on the relationship where we can focus on the parts that seem to be holding one back from living their most authentic life. Every one has their own unique journey, and I believe that in a strong therapeutic relationship, healing, growth, and transformation is possible. Therapy allows for one to gain insight and awareness around one's patterns of behavior. Let us meet together to see if we are a good fit.
(805) 424-5740
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Elizabeth Alden
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Over 30 years of practice I have seen adolescents, adults and geriatric patients with a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, past or recent trauma, chronic illness, cancer, bi-polar disorder, LGBT issues, relationships, pregnancy and menopause.
Are you in the midst of a personal crisis or a life transition? Do you know you need to make changes in your life? Psychotherapy is a supportive, confidential way to approach these issues. An initial appointment will assess your concerns and develop recommendations to best meet your needs.
(805) 564-3715 x1
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Mai Timberlake
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
I am experienced working with LGBTQIA + individuals and couples and I am passionate about viewing therapy through a cultural lens.
If you've found yourself here then chances are you are looking for someone to assist you on your journey to self discovery. Maybe you are having difficulties in your relationships, looking for new ways to cope with stress, or are finally feeling ready to start working through some challenges of your past. Whatever the reason, therapy is a transformative process. My aim is to create a nonjudgemental, compassionate, and safe space for genuine understanding of your needs and goals. Together we can create the life you have always envisioned for yourself.
(805) 301-6833
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Downtown
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Toni Wellen
MA
Focusing on caring and intimacy, has helped many couples, straight and gay , improve relationships.
There are crisis moments in everyone's life when we feel overwhelmed, helpless and lack answers to problems. I will help you envision yourself relaxed, comfortable and positive in the face of life transitions, anxiety, despair and pain. I have 29 years experience helping individuals successfully overcome stress, crisis, depression, anxiety, insomnia, abuse, self-esteem, addiction, anger management and other life concerns using a practical approach in combination with empathy and respect. My methods using cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and hypnotherapy are highly effective with clients of all ages.
(805) 467-7148
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What type of Downtown, Santa Barbara mental health professional is right for me?
While most types of therapy have a lot in common, they also fall into clusters that share core features, such as cognitive therapies or psychodynamic approaches. It is important to seek someone who practices evidence-based therapy, meaning one or more forms of treatment that have been scientifically evaluated and tested, and demonstrate consistent improvement for a majority of patients.

If you are unsure about choosing the right therapist or psychologist, it might be useful to first learn more about therapy types and modalities.

How to find a therapist or counselor in Downtown, Santa Barbara?
When looking to find a therapist, start by considering training and credentials. Studies also indicate that the therapeutic alliance, or the relationship the client develops with the therapist, is an important factor in their ability to work together to achieve the client’s goals.

What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.

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Understanding cost and insurance coverage is an important concern for many people. With some basic research and conversations with prospective therapists, you should be able to have a good understanding of the best way to afford therapy.