Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

Photo of Maura Furness, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Maura Furness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062  (Online Only)
I have a straight forward, strength-based, humanistic approach to working with my clients. I believe you have inherent strengths and transformational healing abilities no matter how much pain or suffering you may experience. My goal is to support you to discover and harness these abilities to access healing, freedom from suffering, and a deeper inner knowing.
I have a straight forward, strength-based, humanistic approach to working with my clients. I believe you have inherent strengths and transformational healing abilities no matter how much pain or suffering you may experience. My goal is to support you to discover and harness these abilities to access healing, freedom from suffering, and a deeper inner knowing.
(831) 292-4298 View (831) 292-4298
Photo of Vanessa Magee, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Vanessa Magee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
You or a loved one may be struggling with substance use, depression, anxiety, loss, or life transitions (emphasis on the life part). Maybe you just need someone to ask you how you are really doing and be able to hold space for that. You may try talking yourself out of your pain or experience by telling yourself “someone else has it worse” or “I don’t deserve to be happy after everything I’ve done”. We often tell ourselves that our feelings, conflicts, or stories must look a certain way for them to deserve attention. I am committed to allowing you to show up to therapy exactly as you need to without making any changes.
You or a loved one may be struggling with substance use, depression, anxiety, loss, or life transitions (emphasis on the life part). Maybe you just need someone to ask you how you are really doing and be able to hold space for that. You may try talking yourself out of your pain or experience by telling yourself “someone else has it worse” or “I don’t deserve to be happy after everything I’ve done”. We often tell ourselves that our feelings, conflicts, or stories must look a certain way for them to deserve attention. I am committed to allowing you to show up to therapy exactly as you need to without making any changes.
(831) 653-6125 View (831) 653-6125
Photo of Catherine Marcotte, MS, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Catherine Marcotte
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Maybe NOW is the right time. Maybe I am the person. Do you need support and strategies to help you through a difficult time or address a particular problem? Let me help. It is an honor to connect with you and work together to help you overcome obstacles, adjust to transitions, and help you become the person, couple, or family that you want to become. Benefit from my 18+ years of experience, as well as my lifelong active and vital pursuit of knowledge and well-being. Compassionate, effective, intelligent and holistic. Let me help and support you in moving forward.
Maybe NOW is the right time. Maybe I am the person. Do you need support and strategies to help you through a difficult time or address a particular problem? Let me help. It is an honor to connect with you and work together to help you overcome obstacles, adjust to transitions, and help you become the person, couple, or family that you want to become. Benefit from my 18+ years of experience, as well as my lifelong active and vital pursuit of knowledge and well-being. Compassionate, effective, intelligent and holistic. Let me help and support you in moving forward.
(831) 274-7365 View (831) 274-7365
Photo of Kirsten Juel, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Kirsten Juel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Are you tired of struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression, or unresolved attachment wounds and trauma? I'm here to offer you a compassionate, safe, and transformative healing journey. As a therapist educated by the renowned Dr. Gabor Maté, I have gained invaluable insights into the deep roots of human suffering and the power of connection in the healing process. In my presence, you will feel genuinely seen, heard, and understood. I create a nurturing space where you can explore your inner world without judgment or shame.
Are you tired of struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression, or unresolved attachment wounds and trauma? I'm here to offer you a compassionate, safe, and transformative healing journey. As a therapist educated by the renowned Dr. Gabor Maté, I have gained invaluable insights into the deep roots of human suffering and the power of connection in the healing process. In my presence, you will feel genuinely seen, heard, and understood. I create a nurturing space where you can explore your inner world without judgment or shame.
(831) 218-7857 View (831) 218-7857
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Terri Drake
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
I want you to have a better life. Maybe you're lonely or sad. Maybe you're struggling in your relationships. Together, we'll get to the root of your pain. We'll uncover the patterns and wounds that get in the way of having the life you want. My caring presence provides a place where you can revitalize your life and fill it with new meaning.
I want you to have a better life. Maybe you're lonely or sad. Maybe you're struggling in your relationships. Together, we'll get to the root of your pain. We'll uncover the patterns and wounds that get in the way of having the life you want. My caring presence provides a place where you can revitalize your life and fill it with new meaning.
(831) 272-4975 View (831) 272-4975
Photo of Selene Kumin Vega, PhD, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Selene Kumin Vega
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Not accepting new clients
Our highest potential as human beings is to embrace the interdependence of all beings and to value full development of potentialities and consciousness. This involves an ongoing process of healing the wounds in our psyches, fully inhabiting our bodies, and increasing our consciousness while developing a healthy relationship with those parts of us that are unconscious, and deepening our relationships with other humans as well as with all the other inhabitants of the planet we share. Each of us has our own individual potential to grow towards, and our work together can support you in this process.
Our highest potential as human beings is to embrace the interdependence of all beings and to value full development of potentialities and consciousness. This involves an ongoing process of healing the wounds in our psyches, fully inhabiting our bodies, and increasing our consciousness while developing a healthy relationship with those parts of us that are unconscious, and deepening our relationships with other humans as well as with all the other inhabitants of the planet we share. Each of us has our own individual potential to grow towards, and our work together can support you in this process.
(831) 219-4881 View (831) 219-4881
Photo of Katie Giannini, LMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist
Katie Giannini
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Life can be overcome by stress easily, and for some of us that stress becomes unbearable. Thoughts and feelings become overwhelming, leaving life feeling out of control and chaotic. In my work, I bring a wealth of curiosity and compassion to exploring a person's inner world of thoughts and feelings. Through this exploration, clients find deep internal healing and develop meaningful satisfaction in their work, relationships, and most of all within themselves. I am trained in Internal Family Systems therapy, which has given me a means to help people reach their goals and create the life they long for.
Life can be overcome by stress easily, and for some of us that stress becomes unbearable. Thoughts and feelings become overwhelming, leaving life feeling out of control and chaotic. In my work, I bring a wealth of curiosity and compassion to exploring a person's inner world of thoughts and feelings. Through this exploration, clients find deep internal healing and develop meaningful satisfaction in their work, relationships, and most of all within themselves. I am trained in Internal Family Systems therapy, which has given me a means to help people reach their goals and create the life they long for.
(831) 264-1862 View (831) 264-1862
Photo of Chevalisa Bruzzone, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Chevalisa Bruzzone
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Not Verified Not Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
I have a somatic focus, which means I can help you discover what is happening in your body as a fast track to healing whatever is on your mind. By slowing down and getting present, we can unwind difficulties, move through stuckness and create more capacity for closeness and connection. I have specialized training in Hakomi, EMDR, EFT, PACT and Stanford GSB's Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator Program. Please call me for a free phone consultation.
I have a somatic focus, which means I can help you discover what is happening in your body as a fast track to healing whatever is on your mind. By slowing down and getting present, we can unwind difficulties, move through stuckness and create more capacity for closeness and connection. I have specialized training in Hakomi, EMDR, EFT, PACT and Stanford GSB's Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator Program. Please call me for a free phone consultation.
(831) 247-6711 View (831) 247-6711
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Zerreniah Tran
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Zerreniah Tran is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and has been working in the mental health field for over 8 years. She has extensive experience in providing individual and group therapy for a diverse population and offers psychotherapy in English and Tagalog languages. Her work has involved counseling survivors of domestic violence, adolescents presented with transitional challenges, adults with relationship issues, seniors experiencing difficulties with aging, and foster youths in need of support with healthy coping and independent living.
Zerreniah Tran is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and has been working in the mental health field for over 8 years. She has extensive experience in providing individual and group therapy for a diverse population and offers psychotherapy in English and Tagalog languages. Her work has involved counseling survivors of domestic violence, adolescents presented with transitional challenges, adults with relationship issues, seniors experiencing difficulties with aging, and foster youths in need of support with healthy coping and independent living.
(831) 273-0285 View (831) 273-0285
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G. Katie Dashtban
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060  (Online Only)
Persons who have been coping with their ongoing psychological or physical health issues and are in need of a strong and structured therapy environment in which they can finally understand why their problems keep coming up and how to put an end to their chronic struggles are strongly welcomed to call my practice.
Persons who have been coping with their ongoing psychological or physical health issues and are in need of a strong and structured therapy environment in which they can finally understand why their problems keep coming up and how to put an end to their chronic struggles are strongly welcomed to call my practice.
(510) 808-6167 View (510) 808-6167
Photo of Kelly Jo Sumner, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Kelly Jo Sumner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
We all possess the innate potential for healing and transformation. Therapy offers a unique opportunity to address personal, relational, or mental health concerns and provides valuable support in your journey towards greater wellbeing. I support individuals, couples, and families in cultivating personal insight and growth, and strengthening their relationships. I believe that genuineness, empathy, and collaboration are cornerstones of successful therapy and provide a welcoming and inclusive space where you feel comfortable bringing your whole self.
We all possess the innate potential for healing and transformation. Therapy offers a unique opportunity to address personal, relational, or mental health concerns and provides valuable support in your journey towards greater wellbeing. I support individuals, couples, and families in cultivating personal insight and growth, and strengthening their relationships. I believe that genuineness, empathy, and collaboration are cornerstones of successful therapy and provide a welcoming and inclusive space where you feel comfortable bringing your whole self.
(831) 851-2640 View (831) 851-2640
Photo of Ellen Suski, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Ellen Suski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95065  (Online Only)
I have experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness, depression, anxiety, parenting problems, and relationship issues. I am an ally of the LGBTQI community and can provide a safe, telehealth space for them. Unfortunately, at this time, I cannot accommodate individuals seeking letters for emotional support animals or those mandated by the court or legal system for therapy. With that said, my goal in being a counselor, is to assist my clients in meeting their identified treatment needs. I am flexible and willing to do whatever I need to do to assist you and help you in any way that I can.
I have experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness, depression, anxiety, parenting problems, and relationship issues. I am an ally of the LGBTQI community and can provide a safe, telehealth space for them. Unfortunately, at this time, I cannot accommodate individuals seeking letters for emotional support animals or those mandated by the court or legal system for therapy. With that said, my goal in being a counselor, is to assist my clients in meeting their identified treatment needs. I am flexible and willing to do whatever I need to do to assist you and help you in any way that I can.
(831) 603-4887 View (831) 603-4887
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Lily Rich
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
Through my business Healing at Home I specialize in in-home therapy for seniors, elders and their families. My practice is unique in that I see my clients in the comfort of their own home. My ideal client is someone who is having trouble adjusting to the transitions in their life. Many of my clients have lost a loved one or are adjusting to a chronic illness, loss of independence or a recent move. Through Medicare I am also able to provide support to my clients families, who are often also struggling with their loved ones challenges.
Through my business Healing at Home I specialize in in-home therapy for seniors, elders and their families. My practice is unique in that I see my clients in the comfort of their own home. My ideal client is someone who is having trouble adjusting to the transitions in their life. Many of my clients have lost a loved one or are adjusting to a chronic illness, loss of independence or a recent move. Through Medicare I am also able to provide support to my clients families, who are often also struggling with their loved ones challenges.
(831) 346-1132 View (831) 346-1132
Photo of Terry Edwards, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Terry Edwards
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062  (Online Only)
Do you have life relationship challenges and and can’t seem to figure out a solution? Or do you feel overwhelmed in your life? I will help you to discover the solutions in your internal world and in so doing the everyday world you live in changes also. I use cognitive behavioral skills, communication skills, active and reflective listening Skills. I believe you can work to find solutions to your issues.
Do you have life relationship challenges and and can’t seem to figure out a solution? Or do you feel overwhelmed in your life? I will help you to discover the solutions in your internal world and in so doing the everyday world you live in changes also. I use cognitive behavioral skills, communication skills, active and reflective listening Skills. I believe you can work to find solutions to your issues.
(831) 406-5460 View (831) 406-5460
Photo of Alia Griese, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Alia Griese
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Perhaps you've come to believe that your whole self isn't welcome. Experiences of disconnect and conditionality might leave you feeling isolated and unseen. Maybe anxiety and shame have convinced you of an "other-ness" when these differences are, instead, essential clues into your own creativity and liberation. The right therapeutic relationship can allow for the retrieval of self and soul. I support individuals in developing meaningful insight into what may have been lost or left behind, honoring the fragmented pieces asking for reclamation. In the words of poet Paul Éluard, "there is another world, and it is in this one."
Perhaps you've come to believe that your whole self isn't welcome. Experiences of disconnect and conditionality might leave you feeling isolated and unseen. Maybe anxiety and shame have convinced you of an "other-ness" when these differences are, instead, essential clues into your own creativity and liberation. The right therapeutic relationship can allow for the retrieval of self and soul. I support individuals in developing meaningful insight into what may have been lost or left behind, honoring the fragmented pieces asking for reclamation. In the words of poet Paul Éluard, "there is another world, and it is in this one."
(831) 228-4236 View (831) 228-4236
Photo of Janet Sims, MA, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Janet Sims
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
The Beginning of Wisdom is Self Awareness." This simple statement is a lifelong process, and central to the work I do as a psychotherapist. Taking the time and space to know ourselves can be exhilarating, but it can be daunting and sometimes terrifying when done alone. Working with another person through the complexities of our lives makes this endeavor richer and much more satisfying. My work with clients is intended to be a shared, collaborative experience.
The Beginning of Wisdom is Self Awareness." This simple statement is a lifelong process, and central to the work I do as a psychotherapist. Taking the time and space to know ourselves can be exhilarating, but it can be daunting and sometimes terrifying when done alone. Working with another person through the complexities of our lives makes this endeavor richer and much more satisfying. My work with clients is intended to be a shared, collaborative experience.
(408) 759-5174 View (408) 759-5174
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Eben Rogers
Marriage & Family Therapist, BA, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a masters in counseling and a commitment to helping my clients reach their full potential. I provide engaged and compassionate therapy to families, adults, children, teens, and couples in a safe, nurturing environment. Whether you are dealing with a specific challenge, such as grief or a rough spot in your relationship, or you simply want to find more balance in your life, therapy can provide new tools and a fresh perspective.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a masters in counseling and a commitment to helping my clients reach their full potential. I provide engaged and compassionate therapy to families, adults, children, teens, and couples in a safe, nurturing environment. Whether you are dealing with a specific challenge, such as grief or a rough spot in your relationship, or you simply want to find more balance in your life, therapy can provide new tools and a fresh perspective.
(831) 221-5942 View (831) 221-5942
Photo of Kate Whittle-Utter, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Kate Whittle-Utter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Therapy can help you find balance, connection, and fulfillment. In order to do so, I believe it's important that we acknowledge the shadow elements of life-the challenges that cause us pain, confusion, and block us from finding a sense of harmony and well-being. I collaborate with you in navigating the shadows and the more buried aspects of your life in order to develop a deeper capacity for balance, personal growth, and healing. To find out more about who I am, how I work, and if I might be the right therapist for you, consider visiting santacruztherapy.org
Therapy can help you find balance, connection, and fulfillment. In order to do so, I believe it's important that we acknowledge the shadow elements of life-the challenges that cause us pain, confusion, and block us from finding a sense of harmony and well-being. I collaborate with you in navigating the shadows and the more buried aspects of your life in order to develop a deeper capacity for balance, personal growth, and healing. To find out more about who I am, how I work, and if I might be the right therapist for you, consider visiting santacruztherapy.org
(805) 316-7134 View (805) 316-7134
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Naya McCoy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
My name is Naya McCoy, and I am a psychotherapist deeply committed to facilitating personal healing and growth. I believe that everyone's unique story informs the direction of their journey, and I view therapy as a powerful tool to access it. My therapeutic approach is rooted in a humanistic and client-centered perspective. I am passionate about empowering individuals to take charge of their own healing journeys. I believe that therapy serves as a guiding light, illuminating the path to personal growth and self-discovery. I aim to create a supportive environment where you can feel truly seen and heard.
My name is Naya McCoy, and I am a psychotherapist deeply committed to facilitating personal healing and growth. I believe that everyone's unique story informs the direction of their journey, and I view therapy as a powerful tool to access it. My therapeutic approach is rooted in a humanistic and client-centered perspective. I am passionate about empowering individuals to take charge of their own healing journeys. I believe that therapy serves as a guiding light, illuminating the path to personal growth and self-discovery. I aim to create a supportive environment where you can feel truly seen and heard.
(831) 231-0848 View (831) 231-0848
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Mindpath College Health - Santa Cruz
Psychologist, PMHNP, PhD, LCSW, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Mindpath College Health provides outpatient mental health care for college and university students, staff, and the surrounding community. We provide a broad spectrum of individual and group therapy, relationship counseling, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management and psychiatry.
Mindpath College Health provides outpatient mental health care for college and university students, staff, and the surrounding community. We provide a broad spectrum of individual and group therapy, relationship counseling, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management and psychiatry.
(831) 999-3524 View (831) 999-3524
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Number of Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

600+

Average cost per session

$170

Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
86% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
74% Trauma and PTSD
72% Stress
69% Grief

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

46% Aetna
42% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
40% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
17% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Santa Cruz?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.