Parenting Therapists in Santa Barbara, CA

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Maria DEALBA
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Let me guide and support you through the challenging and often complicated barriers in your life, including navigating through uncompromising relationships, weighing out decisions, parenting difficulties, and transitional phases of life all while encouraging self efficacy.
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
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Bri Velasquez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am certified in Parent -Child Interaction Therapy and love helping enhance the parent -child relationship and family bond.
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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Katherine Levinger Olson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I also have a passion for maternal mental and parenting support, particularly in the postpartum period.
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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Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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Daniel Lee Spach
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
My life experiences have given me insight related to issues involving spirituality, marriage, parenting , divorce and co- parenting , dealing with infidelity, challenges to intimacy, trauma, PTSD, and depression.
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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Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Hannah Harte
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
No matter how rewarding, being a parent can be extremely difficult. And amidst a global pandemic, support may be limited and anxieties high. Even in "normal" times, we can struggle to balance our needs with those of our children, to figure out how to discipline in a loving and effective way, and to help our kids develop and thrive. Through exploring one’s own childhood and relationships, a parent can better understand challenges surfacing around parenting , and achieve greater clarity and ownership in parenting decisions. My therapeutic approach helps parents work through challenges mindfully, with love and with confidence.
(424) 379-3794
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Santa Barbara, CA 93109
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Adele Capitola
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
In-person and telehealth available. I am passionate about helping people heal themselves. It is common to experience anxiety, depression, stress or relationship issues and having someone to support and guide you on your life journey can make a positive change. I am genuine, compassionate, nonjudgemental and will meet you where you are. I especially enjoy working with adults through the life cycle, and supporting them through transitions such as young adulthood, relationships, parenting , mid-life and older age. I also specialize with individuals and families with children on the Autism spectrum, learning disabilities and ADHD.
(805) 219-7516
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Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Riley Ellis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
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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Ali Fleming
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I also provide parent coaching, which is particularly helpful when teens aren’t ready for treatment.
I specialize in therapy with teens and young adults. If we work together, we’ll come up with a treatment plan that taps into the why and how that’s keeping you stuck, and then learn new skills to support you moving forward in your life and relationships. My style is personal, collaborative, and caring, and I believe our relationship is fundamental to supporting your positive transformation.
(805) 301-5858
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Maureen Healy
BA, MA
Is your child having challenges? Would you like more support as a parent ? If so, I can help. Some common issues I help with are: Anxiety/Worry, Emotional Outbursts, Sadness/Loss, Anger Problems, Peer Problems, Coping Skills/Stress Management, School Difficulties, and High Sensitivity, as examples. Specializing in children's emotional health, I can help you (and your child) gain a fresh perspective, develop skills, and overcome obstacles.
(415) 980-8236
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Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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Dr. Catherine MacGillivray
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, PhD, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Whether that be by working with me on parenting differently, or by working with you and your partner on strengthening your alliance, or by my working with your child or children on integrating their emotions, the end result will be better connectivity and more nourishment between you all.
You may be an artist. You may be an academic. You may be an activist. I have been all three of these, and I speak their languages: of creativity, intellectual enlivenment, and social justice. And right now, in this time of upheaval and unrest, you may be hurting--feeling lost, adrift, burned out, under- or over-stimulated, or simply sad. I am here to connect with you. To listen compassionately. To make space for you to better hear yourself, and to encourage linkages, mentalizations, and trauma metabolizations that will allow you to better listen to the rhythms of your body and use your own mind. I offer you my mind in this pursuit.
(510) 650-0372
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Santa Barbara, CA 93117
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Cooperative Co-parenting Solutions
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
She works as a divorce coach, co- parenting specialist, parent educator, and child advocate with a specialization in high-conflict co- parenting .
Stacy is a licensed therapist in private practice in Santa Barbara, CA, providing guidance and support to individuals, couples and families going through major life transitions. She assists and empowers her clients to do their best to practice empathy, self-compassion and gratitude, be mindful, and maintain healthy boundaries. A mother, stepmother, grandmother, former childcare provider and teacher, Stacy has spent her career dedicated to enriching the lives of children. Stacy opened her practice in early 2005 to help families reduce conflict and minimize the negative effects of separation and divorce.
(805) 590-7640
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Terrell (Terry) Jensen White
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Please let me introduce myself to you. I have been a Family Therapist on the Central Coast for nearly three decades, have recently sold my Treatment Centers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo and I am now focusing my practice in The Santa Ynez Valley; primarily Couples Therapy/ relationship enhancement, escalating interpersonal interaction and positive well being. Strategic parenting support for adolescence, young adults and increasing numbers facing the dilemma and challenge of Senior Citizen care.
(805) 360-6977
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Neurodiversity Parenting
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
Verified
If you are interested in parenting with intention while fostering joy and resilience, I invite you to reach out.
Parents, things are intense right now! Is your child having a hard time? Many children are struggling and parents need help. Would you like specialized knowledge and support from a mental health consultant rather than Google? Are you losing patience with your highly sensitive or autistic child and want things to be a bit more chill at home? Perhaps you have concerns about what is being taught in schools with regard to race and gender and want to discuss these topics with someone who will not judge you. Maybe you're entertaining homeschool or unschool and would like to talk about the impact on children's overall well-being.
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Sheryl Chase
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I consider myself an expert in working with identity issues and parenting concerns.
Life is challenging. We are expected to manage relationships, work, sickness, finances, and other stresses. Many of us come to experience significant anxiety, shame, anger, or depression in coping with the world. Whether you are facing an immediate crisis or longstanding concern, psychotherapy can help. With over 25 years of experience, I have assisted people in developing more effective ways of living. My therapeutic approach is informed by current neuroscience research, contemporary relational psychoanalytic thinking, phenomenology, and child development research.
(805) 250-8148
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Kathleen W Duval
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am familiar with the challenges of parenting , co- parenting , step- parenting and blended families.
I enjoy working with children, adults, couples and families. I hold a Life Teaching Credential in California and I am a state licensed LMFT. Treatment considers personal relationships and psychodynamic introspection. Awareness of inspiration, aspiration and spirituality informs the search to realize personal potential and authenticity. Each person brings unique experiences and issues to the therapeutic process. My goal is to identify the issues and approach treatment in collaboration with my client, with compassion, practicality, support and effectiveness.
(805) 519-7773
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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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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Claudia D Crawford
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I specialize in relationships: couples, parent /child, siblings, extended family, friends, workplace dynamics and most importantly, your relationship with yourself, as this is what creates the base from which you move in the world, in relationship to your Self and to others.
As a Marriage and Family therapist, I work with couples & individuals: *With couples,I focus our work within a developmental framework to achieve empathic communication and differentiation leading to deepened emotional intimacy; *With those experiencing life transitions, we explore the impact on us as individuals & on our relationships; *In navigating depression, life style choices, anxiety, and other struggles I provide the opportunity to challenge & ability to realize your potential *Teaching communication skills, the focus is to make the accompanying shift from looking outside ourselves for explanation to taking responsibility for Self. *I offer DBT for individuals/groups to develop the ability to regulate emotions.
(805) 214-8975
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Karima Shamma
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
I am a parent of two sons and understand the challenges of parenting , marital, and life transitions.
Life satisfaction hinges on the quality of past & current relationships because we grow in relationship with others. This is what therapy is all about. I work with adults, adolescents, college and transitional-aged clients to unearth the roots of inner distress, expand awareness, curiosity, energy and empowerment. Life is not rigid, it flexibly ebbs & flows. Growth, while scary demands a surrender of outdated beliefs and behaviors, leaving a familiar comfort zone. But guess what? You will not be alone.
(845) 459-3117
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Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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Allycia Souza
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My counseling style is compassionate, reflective, and rooted in radical self acceptance. My focus is on helping you accept the parts of yourself that are hard to tolerate and be at peace with. I have been a psychotherapist for 13 years and I am licensed in the state of California. I have worked with people from various backgrounds that grapple with differing issues, such as, depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain/illness, childhood abuse and trauma, relationship issues, parenting problems, grief, domestic violence and life transitions.
(510) 674-1117
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Jo-Anne Blatter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
With more than 40 years in practice, I bring my clients experience and insight delivered in a warm, honest, supportive and interactive therapeutic experience. My goal is to help you gain insight into your thoughts and behaviors and then to translate these insights into conscious actions that will help you create positive change. I integrate both psychodynamic work and cognitive behavioral techniques with a very practical approach to resolving your real world concerns such as job stress, relationship conflict and relationship growth, parenting , health issues, anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement, aging, memory impairment.
(805) 421-4645
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Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Parenting Therapists
In a rapidly changing world, parenting can be subject to fads and changing styles, and parenting in some privileged circles has become a competitive sport. But the needs of child development as delineated by science remain relatively stable: safety, structure, support, and love.