Play Therapy in Upper State, Santa Barbara, CA

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Uriah Fox Venegas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
*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
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Elizabeth Pulliam
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Therapy is a unique environment where you can feel accepted without judgment. I offer ideas based on my education and experience to help facilitate your healing. In a safe space where you feel seen and heard, you can identify and build on the strengths that are already within. I have worked with clients from preschool-age to folks in their 80s. Many of my clients have no prior experience with counseling or have felt disillusioned by it in the past. In addition to talk therapy, I utilize EMDR, play therapy , sandplay, & other expressive modalities.
(805) 307-7150
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Julia Cushing
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
Verified
Verified
I use play activities to facilitate new experiences of connection and understanding between you and your child.
I’ve been working with children across the developmental spectrum for 15 years now through my various roles in schools, childcare, and now as a therapist. I strongly believe each child’s needs are unique. What works for one child or family, doesn't necessarily work for the next. Some children’s behaviors are more difficult to understand. Some children feel deeply in ways that their peers do not. I’m here to offer you a non-judgmental space to explore the current dynamics of your family and explore which changes can help create a more harmonious and enjoyable household. Play is the avenue through which children learn.
(805) 779-3979
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Katherine Levinger Olson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I offer psychotherapy services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. I also provide therapy for transitional age young adults/college students.
(805) 491-9011
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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Liz LaCasto
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Thank you for taking this time to see if I might be a good match for you. I believe strongly that the match, the relationship, the energy between us is of vital importance in the work. I strive to be your companion on a journey of discovery, reconciling, and healing. In as much as I am your mirror, I am your compassionate facilitator to enable your inner guide to emerge and shine through. My approach is supportive, direct, and rooted in a firm belief that every journey is unique and special.
(805) 954-9299
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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Susan Hicks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
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
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Daniel Lee Spach
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
As your therapist, I strive to empower you to overcome personal challenges, activate your inner resources, develop a deeper level of trust in your self and your inherent potential, and reclaim ownership of your life and purpose. I have an affinity for working with clients seeking to transform their lives and enhance their relationships with themselves, others, and the natural world. Improved emotional intelligence, mindful self-awareness, communication skills, trauma and grief processing---will support you in developing self-compassion, eliminating personal obstacles, coping with your daily life, and finding a more balanced, attuned, and connected way of being.
(805) 232-7885
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Ian Kaminsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Thank you for considering beginning psychotherapy with me. My Ph.D. is in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. My training has allowed me to help people resolve problems where they have been otherwise unsuccessful. I have developed many innovative and evidence-based treatments that may be of interest to you or your loved ones.
(805) 467-6827
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Alex Goodman
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
Don’t keep waiting for things to change. If you found yourself here, you may be feeling down, confused, or lost. Perhaps things seem to be going from bad to worse or nowhere at all. You have likely been going it alone, but you deserve better. Seeking therapy can be scary, I know, but won’t it be just as challenging to let everything continue? You need some support, and though things may seem like a lot right now, I know how to help you through this.
(805) 491-9207
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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Not accepting new clients
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Andria Colleen Cohen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Our quality of life is determined by the quality of our relationships. Whatever your goals may be, change is an inside job, and I'm here to be both a witness and a resource in that complex process. I'm a firm believer in establishing the basics of well-being and then slowly building on that core foundation. When we let go of shame and judgments around emotions, we allow space to cultivate more curiosity, compassion, acceptance, resiliency, and joy. When we utilize mistakes as informational gifts we can strengthen and clarify the authentic self.
(805) 257-0746
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Litsa Bradford, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Do you see your own issues, but can't seem to think or "will" yourself into more productive behavior? Perhaps you have a wonderful mate and family, but you are stuck in the same old arguments and frustrations, and you know your family's communication could be better. Maybe you feel angry, or sad, and you just don't know why. Perhaps you are hoping to come to terms with something very unfortunate that has happened to you, either recently or long ago. If you want to feel better about yourself and others, you have come to the right place.
(626) 709-3064
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Dahkotahv Beckham
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As an openly transgender therapist, I know it can be difficult to find the right person to confide in. Wanting to be loved and accepted doesn’t make you needy, or extra, or selfish, or weak. It makes you human. To me, you are not just some random psychology textbook or theory. In our work together, my focus is to build goals and a relationship where you feel comfortable exploring what you think, feel, want, and need. My style as a therapist is warm, relaxed, and conversational. I use playfulness, imagery, art, metaphors, curiosity, creativity, self-compassion, and humor when appropriate to support the therapeutic process.
(805) 243-1189
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Upper State
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Jennifer Vogel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
It can be very challenging to see things clearly in life. I help individuals re-adjust their way of looking at themselves, their relationships, and the world. Through psycho-dynamic exploration, I come alongside a patient in the discovery of what is possible, as it is my belief that the most crucial part of therapy is the relationship that builds between patient and therapist. It is often easier to shine a light into uncertain areas of one's heart and mind when someone else is holding the flashlight.
(805) 693-4160
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Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Stephanie Pawlowicz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RPT
Verified
Verified
I am also a certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents and a Registered Play Therapist.
A person comes to therapy when their present ways of being in relationship, or in the world, no longer seem to hold the meaning they once did. My aim is to support you in creating a new foundation of hope, purpose, and meaning in your life. I help people seek wholeness through the integration of mind, body, and soul, thus expanding their current level of understanding, and in so doing, creating the capacity to live more meaningfully.
(805) 324-6675
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Diane Smith Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, 111553
Verified
Verified
I also use mindfulness, play , systems, somatic, and Cognitive Behavioral therapies.
Do you feel life is restricting you from who you really want to be for yourself, your partner and/or your family? My primary goal in therapy is to help enhance your ability to make choices. I use personalized approaches to help empower your bravery to look inside yourself. The authenticity of these choices will lead to serving you and your relationships in the best ways possible. Assessing our sometimes, self-imposed, "roadblocks" in life can help us build accountability for our choices. This, in turn, allows these choices to become "building blocks" toward lasting joy for each relationship creation of your choice.
(805) 308-6398
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Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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Riley Ellis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
These include Play Therapy , Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) for anxiety disorders.
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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Erica Nolasco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My passion is helping children, adolescents and families overcome trauma, divorce, depression, anxiety, self-doubt and addiction. I welcome individuals and families to a safe nonjudgmental space with the goal of providing each client long lasting healing, personal growth and happiness. My therapeutic approach incorporates traditional talk therapy techniques complemented by therapeutic activities such as art, play , mindfulness exercises and music. I offer a holistic approach, this puts the client and their individual needs at the center of their treatment plan, while honoring the whole body; physically, emotionally and mentally.
(805) 301-6802
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Mary S. Patterson
Licensed Educational Psychologist, PhD, LEP
Verified
Verified
My counseling practice draws upon CBT and play therapy strategies to create a supportive environment where your child feels valued, heard, and empowered to problem-solve and make positive changes.
I specialize in working with children and parents. My services include counseling for children, parent consultation sessions, and psychoeducational evaluations. I worked in schools for 6 years as a school psychologist before beginning my private practice as a licensed educational psychologist in 2016. I have particular expertise in areas such as learning disabilities, autism spectrum, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and hyperactivity/impulsivity. Please note that I do not accept insurance. UPDATE: My counseling practice is currently full. Please email if you'd like to be on my waitlist. I am accepting new assessment clients.
(805) 303-5139
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Find Your Center, A Therapy Collective
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
We are here to help you heal and grow. We are genuine, real people, and we believe that actual, loving feedback is more useful than simply listening and repeating. That is why we partner concrete take-home skills with open, active listening. Our style incorporates humor and play . We tailor every single session to your unique needs. We want to be by your side, to listen, support, and challenge you every step of the way. You do not have do this alone. Together, we will discover untapped purpose, passion, clarity, and courage.
(805) 254-7007
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Bren J Fraser
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
CHILD SESSIONS: Through expressive arts,sand-tray, puppets, gardening and play I will assist your child in developing positive ways to be in the world while expressive the essence of who they are.
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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Santa Barbara, CA 93109
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Play Therapy
Generally for children ages 3 to 11, play therapy is a form of counseling that relies on play to help therapists communicate with children and understand their mental health. Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child. The therapist may observe a child playing with toys--such as playhouses and dolls--to understand the child's behavior and identify issues.