Play Therapy in Santa Barbara, CA

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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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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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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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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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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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Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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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
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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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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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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Tara A Burnley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My practice encompasses a Jungian psychodynamic approach with mindfulness, family systems, play therapy , as well as Cognitive Behavioral skills.
Hello, thank you for finding me on Psychology Today. Much of my work is with children, adolescents, families (parenting) and adult individuals. I have experience working with trauma, abuse, grief, loss, long term illness, anxiety, depression, ADHD and other childhood emotional disorders. I view my clients in a holistic sense, taking into consideration their symptoms, life stressors, emotional/physical developmental changes/stages, past/recent trauma(s), family dynamics, parenting styles from childhood -past/present, as well as coping skills and interpersonal relationships and support systems.
(805) 669-9578
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Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Anthony Paul Martello
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
And for children and young adults, I utilize play therapy and the creative arts.
Are you afraid, confused, or struggling with your relationships? I work with client(s) dealing with interpersonal issues and communication challenges. It may be a husband and wife re-defining their roles with life changes, or an individual considering a career change. The problem often reveals itself at the surface when arguing and verbal conflict ensue, but the source of the problem needs a deeper adjustment, such as adjusting roles or providing more support for a family member. Regardless, clear communication usually allows the individual, couple, or family to achieve the goal of collaboration and compromise.
(805) 608-4102
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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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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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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Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Amy Hermann
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, LPCC
Verified
Verified
As your therapist, I will strive to meet you where you are at in the moment with the situations you face and the emotions you feel, whether it be loneliness, pain, anger, happiness, sadness, fear, or aliveness. From this meeting place we have the possibility of developing a trusting relationship that allows you to begin to reveal more of who you are, what you experience, and what you want. I work to help support the development of greater self-awareness and a clear, healthy, internal sense of what is best for you.
(805) 793-0213
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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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Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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Kattie Bachar
Marriage & Family Therapist, BFA, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
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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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Waitlist for new clients
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Ella Danielle Marie Lauser
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
Verified
I've found that having a dedicated space to unpack your heart with someone who unconditionally supports your growth & has a skill set/capacity to do so is priceless. Therapy isn't just for healing trauma, working with a disorder but is a preventative gift (to you and your loved ones).
(805) 837-1597
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Waitlist for new clients
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Shennie Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
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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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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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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Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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Cybil Gilbertson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Therapy is not something I "do" to you; it is a collaboration and conversation we have together. I look forward to being your partner in co-creating a place within that feels more like home. I enjoy working with individuals and couples, specifically women and parents. I also enjoy working with couples who may want to do things in a new way than what they have learned in the past; commit, parent, partner, and break-up. I feel especially akin to nature-lovers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and creatives/artistic types. If you are curious to know the wisdom of your body and soul, I may be the therapist for you. What is your gut saying?
(805) 386-9108
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Not accepting new clients
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Susan H Lang
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work with families and individuals who wish to develop more effective parenting skills; who are facing difficult transitions such as divorce, remarriage and the blending of two families; and with families who have children with learning differences or special needs.
(805) 556-4251
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Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Not accepting new clients

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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.