Female Therapists in Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA

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Cyndi Sierra
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
You are here. Take up space. It is yours. Your narrative is legitimate and valuable. You are a powerful being. Yes, it all sounds empowering and optimistic and these words, while true, may not resonate with how you currently feel or have felt. You may be experiencing overwhelming thoughts and may be feeling isolated, confused, scared, or angry. It is in here that we may discover unimaginable strength, clarity, and hope. I am a Bilingual and bicultural individual. I currently see clients in-person and via telehealth. I offer services in Spanish and have experience working with English speaking children of Spanish speaking parents.
You are here. Take up space. It is yours. Your narrative is legitimate and valuable. You are a powerful being. Yes, it all sounds empowering and optimistic and these words, while true, may not resonate with how you currently feel or have felt. You may be experiencing overwhelming thoughts and may be feeling isolated, confused, scared, or angry. It is in here that we may discover unimaginable strength, clarity, and hope. I am a Bilingual and bicultural individual. I currently see clients in-person and via telehealth. I offer services in Spanish and have experience working with English speaking children of Spanish speaking parents.
(805) 770-1106 View (805) 770-1106
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Dr. Susie King
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93101  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Susie King and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. I provide online psychotherapy (telehealth) to adults living anywhere within the state. To schedule an appointment with me, please visit my website (see link on this page). You will book your first session yourself and then you'll receive a confirmation email from me with next steps.
My name is Dr. Susie King and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. I provide online psychotherapy (telehealth) to adults living anywhere within the state. To schedule an appointment with me, please visit my website (see link on this page). You will book your first session yourself and then you'll receive a confirmation email from me with next steps.
(707) 414-3954 View (707) 414-3954
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Lauren Cullen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
I invite anyone who is struggling or looking for betterment to join me in a healing journey to reconnect and get back to the best version of themselves. Regardless of the issues at hand, all are welcome to seek out and be supported in a safe space. My foundational therapeutic principles are based upon vulnerability, warmth, kindness, and authenticity, which focuses on support, validation, and empathy. From there I work collaboratively with clients to explore the issues at hand and create goals and new skill sets to work towards successful healing and fulfillment.
I invite anyone who is struggling or looking for betterment to join me in a healing journey to reconnect and get back to the best version of themselves. Regardless of the issues at hand, all are welcome to seek out and be supported in a safe space. My foundational therapeutic principles are based upon vulnerability, warmth, kindness, and authenticity, which focuses on support, validation, and empathy. From there I work collaboratively with clients to explore the issues at hand and create goals and new skill sets to work towards successful healing and fulfillment.
(805) 567-7318 View (805) 567-7318
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Juliette Raynaud
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Waitlist for new clients
I work with adolescents (12-17), young adults (18-25), couples, and families facing anxiety, depression, trauma, substance-use, and relationship challenges. As humans, we can feel motivated to take those first steps toward healing but struggle to maintain progress. Trauma and challenging life events can leave our inner resources and authenticity untouched, discouraging our growth. 'I'm aware of my patterns and habits, what's next? Are there actual skills that can help me with this?'. Together, we'll answer this question and build a treatment plan that matches your unique vision for change.
I work with adolescents (12-17), young adults (18-25), couples, and families facing anxiety, depression, trauma, substance-use, and relationship challenges. As humans, we can feel motivated to take those first steps toward healing but struggle to maintain progress. Trauma and challenging life events can leave our inner resources and authenticity untouched, discouraging our growth. 'I'm aware of my patterns and habits, what's next? Are there actual skills that can help me with this?'. Together, we'll answer this question and build a treatment plan that matches your unique vision for change.
(805) 628-4290 View (805) 628-4290
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Jennifer Love | Money Therapist
MOB, CHC, CAM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
I help professionals + entrepreneurs…. and their families, teams and organizations live their wealthy life. Specific areas of focus include money mindset and confidence (i.e. asking for what you’re worth), making values aligned financial decisions, navigating challenges and opportunities that come with financial success, calibrating lifestyle changes and work-life balance, facilitating productive discussions about money, inheritance, and legacy planning (including sibling rivalry + intergenerational communication), clarity on your good life number, ending debt cycles, and managing stress related to money issues.
I help professionals + entrepreneurs…. and their families, teams and organizations live their wealthy life. Specific areas of focus include money mindset and confidence (i.e. asking for what you’re worth), making values aligned financial decisions, navigating challenges and opportunities that come with financial success, calibrating lifestyle changes and work-life balance, facilitating productive discussions about money, inheritance, and legacy planning (including sibling rivalry + intergenerational communication), clarity on your good life number, ending debt cycles, and managing stress related to money issues.
(805) 519-8378 View (805) 519-8378
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Alex Ashley Ayres
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
I have been licensed in California for 1 year and have 8 years of working experience in the mental health field. I have worked with adults facing a wide range of mental health diagnosis and challenges during that time including stress and anxiety, sleeping disorders, struggles with life changes. My overall style is to use gentle encouragement mixed with psycho education and person centered tailoring to meet your unique and specific needs.
I have been licensed in California for 1 year and have 8 years of working experience in the mental health field. I have worked with adults facing a wide range of mental health diagnosis and challenges during that time including stress and anxiety, sleeping disorders, struggles with life changes. My overall style is to use gentle encouragement mixed with psycho education and person centered tailoring to meet your unique and specific needs.
(805) 619-5189 View (805) 619-5189
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Diana Sharpe
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
Are you seeking to create a more meaningful life for yourself? Are you overwhelmed or struggling? This may be a particularly challenging time in your life, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to heal and grow as a person. I will listen, encourage, guide, and support you in connecting to your own innate wisdom and power. Personally, I'm warm, down-to-earth, and compassionate; skillful in creating safe space, active enough to maintain momentum, and can offer you new perspectives on old problems.
Are you seeking to create a more meaningful life for yourself? Are you overwhelmed or struggling? This may be a particularly challenging time in your life, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to heal and grow as a person. I will listen, encourage, guide, and support you in connecting to your own innate wisdom and power. Personally, I'm warm, down-to-earth, and compassionate; skillful in creating safe space, active enough to maintain momentum, and can offer you new perspectives on old problems.
(805) 421-4616 View (805) 421-4616
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Vanessa Massel
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Together we will work to create the life you want. I provide a safe environment, and you decide what we talk about. I am an active participant, offering a different perspective, and providing insight into the way you think and feel. I use various therapeutic orientations, including psychodynamic. We will work to discover how your past influences your life, to help increase self-awareness and reach your goals. If we find that you are unaware of certain thoughts and feelings, our discussions could help you make choices that lead to building the life you want. I also use strength-based therapy, to identify and develop your strengths.
Together we will work to create the life you want. I provide a safe environment, and you decide what we talk about. I am an active participant, offering a different perspective, and providing insight into the way you think and feel. I use various therapeutic orientations, including psychodynamic. We will work to discover how your past influences your life, to help increase self-awareness and reach your goals. If we find that you are unaware of certain thoughts and feelings, our discussions could help you make choices that lead to building the life you want. I also use strength-based therapy, to identify and develop your strengths.
(805) 301-9691 View (805) 301-9691
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Emily Adams
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stuck in a situation or a circumstance that is keeping you from living a whole and healthy life? Whether it was something recent, something that happened a short while ago, or something you have carried your whole life, you keep thinking about this thing or feeling it in your body. It is impacting your daily life, keeping you trapped in old patterns that are no longer serving you, and you would like to heal that part of you and move forward. By being here on this page, you have already taken a step in your healing journey. How about taking one more brave step to reach out and begin a conversation with me?
Are you feeling stuck in a situation or a circumstance that is keeping you from living a whole and healthy life? Whether it was something recent, something that happened a short while ago, or something you have carried your whole life, you keep thinking about this thing or feeling it in your body. It is impacting your daily life, keeping you trapped in old patterns that are no longer serving you, and you would like to heal that part of you and move forward. By being here on this page, you have already taken a step in your healing journey. How about taking one more brave step to reach out and begin a conversation with me?
(805) 386-9859 View (805) 386-9859
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Susan Hicks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Every person has intrinsic value and worth- which is vitally important to remember when exploring one's personal journey. At times we forget and need gentle reminding. Having a skilled clinician to help shine a light on things that need attention or adjustment, sets us up for more of what we really want and need in life. Each person also holds a personal narrative, which contributes in shaping relationships and life choices, as well as contributes to problematic patterns and habits. Seeking support for a more fulfilling life and the restoration of what matters most, is nothing less than heroic. Call for a complimentary intake.
Every person has intrinsic value and worth- which is vitally important to remember when exploring one's personal journey. At times we forget and need gentle reminding. Having a skilled clinician to help shine a light on things that need attention or adjustment, sets us up for more of what we really want and need in life. Each person also holds a personal narrative, which contributes in shaping relationships and life choices, as well as contributes to problematic patterns and habits. Seeking support for a more fulfilling life and the restoration of what matters most, is nothing less than heroic. Call for a complimentary intake.
(805) 590-8084 View (805) 590-8084
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Danielle Dwan
Registered Psychological Associate, MPH , PhD
Verified Verified
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Juggling the multiple roles and relationships that society calls us into can be quite the challenge. However, understanding why and how we suffer can give us insight into our deeply held longings. Therefore, our symptoms have the potential to guide us toward our most authentic path. I specialize in working with those in "quarter-life" (roughly 18-40) as they grapple with identity issues, relationships, finding their place in the world, and balancing a life that includes both meaning and stability. I provide a safe and openhearted experience for my clients where all aspects of the self are welcomed with warmth and curiosity.
Juggling the multiple roles and relationships that society calls us into can be quite the challenge. However, understanding why and how we suffer can give us insight into our deeply held longings. Therefore, our symptoms have the potential to guide us toward our most authentic path. I specialize in working with those in "quarter-life" (roughly 18-40) as they grapple with identity issues, relationships, finding their place in the world, and balancing a life that includes both meaning and stability. I provide a safe and openhearted experience for my clients where all aspects of the self are welcomed with warmth and curiosity.
(805) 514-1428 View (805) 514-1428
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Kristine Gore
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, APCC, ADHD, CCSP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Waitlist for new clients
The gift of therapy is priceless and highly transformative. I am walking proof of the impact and have lived through tremendous challenges related to grief & loss, high conflict relationships, health related battles, career challenges and changes, intergenerational trauma, raising young adults and lived experiences in different parts of the country. My therapeutic journey was led by a skilled therapist and through that learning an inherent calling to help others arose. Today, I work with clients in California and am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR,) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR,) and ADHD.
The gift of therapy is priceless and highly transformative. I am walking proof of the impact and have lived through tremendous challenges related to grief & loss, high conflict relationships, health related battles, career challenges and changes, intergenerational trauma, raising young adults and lived experiences in different parts of the country. My therapeutic journey was led by a skilled therapist and through that learning an inherent calling to help others arose. Today, I work with clients in California and am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR,) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR,) and ADHD.
(805) 716-6328 View (805) 716-6328
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Samantha D'Morias
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
The world can be chaotic and messy and life's problems can leave you feeling lost and overwhelmed. I am passionate about guiding clients to find the strengths within themselves to persevere through these challenges. I understand that who you are, all intersecting parts of your identity, and the relationships in your life impact how you see and interact with the world. By taking these into account we can work together to understand what success looks like for you and how you can thrive. Our work together will be person-centered, trauma-informed, and collaborative because you are the expert in your own life.
The world can be chaotic and messy and life's problems can leave you feeling lost and overwhelmed. I am passionate about guiding clients to find the strengths within themselves to persevere through these challenges. I understand that who you are, all intersecting parts of your identity, and the relationships in your life impact how you see and interact with the world. By taking these into account we can work together to understand what success looks like for you and how you can thrive. Our work together will be person-centered, trauma-informed, and collaborative because you are the expert in your own life.
(805) 941-3164 View (805) 941-3164
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Suzanne E Rapley
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
During these difficult times, how would your life be different if you had someone to speak with about the issues that you are struggling with NOW? What if you could have an intimate, stimulating and long-lasting love affair with your partner? Could you imagine yourself, your partner or a family member learning how to take responsibility for thinking, feeling and behaviors so that life was satisfying and successful rather than stressful and disorganized? Well...that is possible.
During these difficult times, how would your life be different if you had someone to speak with about the issues that you are struggling with NOW? What if you could have an intimate, stimulating and long-lasting love affair with your partner? Could you imagine yourself, your partner or a family member learning how to take responsibility for thinking, feeling and behaviors so that life was satisfying and successful rather than stressful and disorganized? Well...that is possible.
(805) 452-6290 View (805) 452-6290
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Uriah Fox Venegas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
*CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* I provide warm, compassionate, and creative therapy, and specialize in children, teens, and young adults. I am available in a private practice setting or via Telehealth. My training includes play, art, and traditional therapy modalities. My therapeutic work experience includes over 10 years of working with children, teens, and adults in the school, college, and non-profit agency setting on a variety of topics such as managing anxiety, depression, social skills, coping skills, anger management, adjustment, motivation, trauma, grief, and other many other school-based issues.
*CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* I provide warm, compassionate, and creative therapy, and specialize in children, teens, and young adults. I am available in a private practice setting or via Telehealth. My training includes play, art, and traditional therapy modalities. My therapeutic work experience includes over 10 years of working with children, teens, and adults in the school, college, and non-profit agency setting on a variety of topics such as managing anxiety, depression, social skills, coping skills, anger management, adjustment, motivation, trauma, grief, and other many other school-based issues.
(805) 298-7514 View (805) 298-7514
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Diana M Ferrari
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Not accepting new clients
There are expereinces in our lives that leave us feeling disconnected and ill at ease. Feeling misunderstood in our realtionships can be painful and confusing. Psychotherapy provides the oppertunity for self discovery and understanding. A safe environment to explore our thougths and feelings and make sense of our emotions. Resulting in increased self understanding and compassion. This experience is the basis for developing positive relationships in other areas of your life. Each of us wants to connect with family members, friends and co-workers in a meaningful way, leaving us feeling understood and accepted.
There are expereinces in our lives that leave us feeling disconnected and ill at ease. Feeling misunderstood in our realtionships can be painful and confusing. Psychotherapy provides the oppertunity for self discovery and understanding. A safe environment to explore our thougths and feelings and make sense of our emotions. Resulting in increased self understanding and compassion. This experience is the basis for developing positive relationships in other areas of your life. Each of us wants to connect with family members, friends and co-workers in a meaningful way, leaving us feeling understood and accepted.
(805) 324-6684 View (805) 324-6684
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Justine E Andersen
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
My ideal client is someone who acknowledges their approach towards challenges is no longer working for them, and wants to change. This could be a couple, struggling with communication and wondering why the same fight happens over and over. This could also be an individual who can't seem to get out of their own way and struggling to understand themself. This may also be a parent having issues with overwhelm and frustration. People behave in ways that keep them disconnected from themselves and others, and I am here to assist you in clearing the debris of your past, so you can face the present and future fearlessly.
My ideal client is someone who acknowledges their approach towards challenges is no longer working for them, and wants to change. This could be a couple, struggling with communication and wondering why the same fight happens over and over. This could also be an individual who can't seem to get out of their own way and struggling to understand themself. This may also be a parent having issues with overwhelm and frustration. People behave in ways that keep them disconnected from themselves and others, and I am here to assist you in clearing the debris of your past, so you can face the present and future fearlessly.
(805) 386-9319 View (805) 386-9319
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Kathryn (Katie) Pazan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Waitlist for new clients
The experience of psychotherapy can be transformative for individuals and families of all ages and stages of life. I hope to provide a safe space for you to learn, heal, and grow while processing issues or challenges that are significant to you. I will support you in embracing compassion and acceptance for yourself in the midst of your life journey, so you can lead a joyful, productive, and meaningful life. In addition to working with adults, I am passionate about working with children, teens, young adults, and families. I believe a collaborative, systemic approach is essential for change.
The experience of psychotherapy can be transformative for individuals and families of all ages and stages of life. I hope to provide a safe space for you to learn, heal, and grow while processing issues or challenges that are significant to you. I will support you in embracing compassion and acceptance for yourself in the midst of your life journey, so you can lead a joyful, productive, and meaningful life. In addition to working with adults, I am passionate about working with children, teens, young adults, and families. I believe a collaborative, systemic approach is essential for change.
(805) 600-3274 View (805) 600-3274
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Miriam Cislo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93101  (Online Only)
Life can be challenging, I am here to listen, encourage and empower you in reaching your life/family goals. If you are considering becoming a parent or are a parent, mental health is one of the most important investments you can make to help support you in the journey. Being a parent myself has also added to my experience and growth. I know firsthand how challenging, rewarding, and inspirational parenthood can be, as well as the transformation that mental health support can have on your life. I also enjoy and have extensive experience in working with young adults in their transition to independence.
Life can be challenging, I am here to listen, encourage and empower you in reaching your life/family goals. If you are considering becoming a parent or are a parent, mental health is one of the most important investments you can make to help support you in the journey. Being a parent myself has also added to my experience and growth. I know firsthand how challenging, rewarding, and inspirational parenthood can be, as well as the transformation that mental health support can have on your life. I also enjoy and have extensive experience in working with young adults in their transition to independence.
(805) 519-7655 View (805) 519-7655
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Amanda Clapp
Psychological Associate
Verified Verified
Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
I view therapy as a collaborative endeavor to gain deeper self-understanding and address rigid patterns. It provides an opportunity to spend devoted time on yourself, examining the stories about who you are and planting seeds for something new. The therapeutic journey is filled with creativity, careful listening, and new perspectives that lead to greater insight and lasting change. My role is to create a nonjudgmental environment where you can explore your inner world. You are welcome to come as you are, and trust that my aim is to be curious, honest, and empathetic to your needs.
I view therapy as a collaborative endeavor to gain deeper self-understanding and address rigid patterns. It provides an opportunity to spend devoted time on yourself, examining the stories about who you are and planting seeds for something new. The therapeutic journey is filled with creativity, careful listening, and new perspectives that lead to greater insight and lasting change. My role is to create a nonjudgmental environment where you can explore your inner world. You are welcome to come as you are, and trust that my aim is to be curious, honest, and empathetic to your needs.
(805) 590-8599 View (805) 590-8599
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Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.