Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

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Alex Frank
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified
Verified
My life and career experiences have exposed me to diverse stories, challenges, and complex situations that inform my practice. My approach uses storytelling, is trauma informed, and uses an asset-based psychotherapy orientation. The therapy I provide is client centered, direct, solutions oriented, and grounded in a deep sense of care. Together, we’ll co-create a safe therapeutic experience to explore how internal narratives and patterns are shaped by systemic, historical, political, or familial stories. I am particularly interested in interpersonal and structural based trauma, and how it manifests in our bodies.
(831) 786-5382
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Jessica R Nichols
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Feeling overwhelmed, scared, alone, isolated? Unable to express or tolerate your emotions? Therapy can help you take back control of your life, improve your relationships, and manage your moods. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with a new life challenge or a recurrent issue, I believe that therapy can help relieve your symptoms and live a stable and balanced life. I work with adults and adolescents struggling w/ a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, and substance use disorders. I offer a supportive, safe and non-judgmental place to explore, understand and resolve issues.
(831) 268-6772
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Stewart Dean
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
No-nonsense therapy. Need someone to talk to? I'll give you every ounce of my undivided attention and help you conquer your challenges. I'll provide a haven for you to freely express yourself, process your problems and part with your pain. If I have the opportunity to work with you, I won't see you as a diagnosis, I'll see you as a human being, just like me, on a journey through life. My approach is holistic and humanistic and my presence is warm, engaging and compassionate. My method is collaborative, practical, results-focused and non-judgmental. I'm here to help you realize your goals and help you build the life you want.
(831) 201-0531
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Erik Kaul
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Do you want to create practical solutions for solving problems in you or your family's life? Ambivalent about which therapist to choose? I help struggling teens, children, frustrated parents, and individuals, feel comfortable and at ease using innovative methods and a straightforward style of therapy. My interventions are drawn from evidenced based theories like Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Interested in alternatives to talk therapy? I also offer "walk and talk sessions" outside of the office, play/art therapy, and distance counseling via Zoom or phone.
(831) 440-3833
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Jihan Foehner Amer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I integrate all my training in helping clients heal and transform their lives in the direction which honors living one's full potential/purpose. I work with individuals, couples and groups. The areas I have worked with include: mild - moderate anxiety, mild - moderate depression, stress reduction, communication skills, codependency, low self- esteem, relational issues, grief, social skill building, marital/divorce/relationship issues, women's issues, racial/ethnic/cultural concerns, meaning of life, life transitions, life purpose, identity questions, spiritual issues, and eco-related issues.
(831) 704-9603
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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John Mizelle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Each of us has a deep, loving intelligence that seeks expression in the world. We also have survival strategies formed early in life that often limit and inhibit our later lives and relationships. In my work with individuals, couples, and families, we unmask these strategies, and access the loving wisdom that is the deepest, essential nature of all human beings. This shift arises naturally and radically re-orients our world view and behavior toward others and toward ourselves. It unleashes our capacity for joy and creativity, and offers the only place from which to have a true relationship with the world and with others.
(831) 713-2410 x2
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Not accepting new clients
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Jolene Odile Jensen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
Hi. My name is Jolene Jensen. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA. I have over 15 years of experience in the mental health profession, serving a diverse range of clients.
(831) 661-8920
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
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Vanessa Magee
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified
Verified
Have you ever tried to talk yourself out of your pain or experience because “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. The truth is - that we are all human beings who deserve support and understanding in our growth. There is nobody out there who is exactly like you and your healing can be just as unique. When you embrace your full authentic self, exactly as you are, you can access your full potential.
(831) 215-4455 x3
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Daniel Perry Dryden
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you looking for a more creative approach to therapy? Do you want to meet online or outdoors for individual, couples, or group counseling? I specialize in supporting others to have a more integrated, whole and loving experience of themselves and others. Are you interested in joining a therapeutic group to deepen your understanding of yourself, heal from past traumas and practice being in healthy relationship with others? I look forward to meeting you.
(831) 440-8272
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Nereida Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
Over the course of our journey in life, we are likely to encounter struggles that may lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and perhaps a lack of confidence in one's self. You will find that therapy is a safe space conducive for the healing to begin and for the growth to continue. You can once again feel in control of your life. Drawing from different theories and modalities, together we create a treatment plan that is right for you. I also provide a dog friendly space if you would like him/her to accompany you to session.
(831) 245-3653
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Sylvie Stein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Hi there! My name's Sylvie and my pronouns are she/her and they/them. As a therapist, I am tender with people, tough on systems, and committed to our collective liberation. I've been a mental health worker for over six years in schools, at a crisis center, and as a family therapist. I'm particularly experienced in and passionate about working with trauma in its many forms, and partnering with you to transform harm into what serves you, your beloved relationships, and the world you want to see. I offer individual counseling with youth and adults and relationship counseling with loved ones of all kinds.
(408) 766-2985
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Ana de la Torre
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
Verified
My commitment as a therapist is to help you obtain a more satisfying and rewarding life. I work with women to assist them to: Create fulfilling, joyful relationships; Overcome anxiety and depresson; Acquire Self-Esteem and Confidence; Reduce limiting thoughts or beliefs; Move beyond loss and grief; Recover from divorce; Successfully move through life transitions. My goal is to empower and support you in identifying and moving beyond the personal obstacles that keep you from creating the relationships and life that you desire.
(831) 777-6217
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Gavrila Nikhila Abramson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
As a human, you are guaranteed pain and stress in your lifetime. Yet, perhaps one of the most creative invitations of all on offer is what you do with this suffering. You are not your suffering. By using the foundations of mindful awareness, embodiment, and connection, suffering can be transformed into strength, a deeper knowing of oneself, and a greater intimacy with life. Your journey is unique and beautiful with all of its etches, glories, and downfalls. It is not one you must walk on your own. I am here to witness, support, and join your journey.
(831) 888-4886
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ali Palisca
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I work with individuals and couples to untangle from patterns of drama, criticism, and codependency. I teach clients how to turn arguments into proactive conversations with win-win solutions. Our work together can include healing past hurts and trauma, feeling more sexually connected, and creating positive life changes. I am most interested in supporting my clients in finding relief from suffering and being truly happy.
(831) 302-6576
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Elani Aquino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I bring a lifetime of spiritual practice, as well as the experience and privilege of having lived as a working artist in Europe for a number of years. I look forward to accompanying you on your healing journey, offering hope and validation, warm support, reassuring guidance. Whatever brings you to therapy - your relationships, stress, trauma, pain, fears, hurts - I will believe in you until you can believe in yourself - your wisdom, your capacity for healing, your inner strengths. You are entitled to experience your own delightful spirit, moments of wonder and aliveness, curiosity and spontaneity, finding joy and peace in your life.
(831) 427-5505
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Kristin King
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, CADC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have been working in the mental health field for over 16 years. I want to help you figure out what is getting in the way of you and the life you want to live. Painful experiences you go through can cause you to feel stuck, and this can become frustrating and at times paralyzing. Everyone experiences a range of challenges throughout their life. Addressing these challenges alone can make it difficult to move forward. I want to join you as you begin this process.
(831) 610-0087
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Not accepting new clients
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Ashleigh R Kramer-Walthall
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My focus is to help adult individuals heal, recover, and feel empowered. I specialize in treatment for those recovering from eating disorders, trauma, depression, addictions, intimacy and attachment disorders, and codependency. It is my philosophy that each one of us has our own wisdom and capacity to heal. I am of the belief that no one is broken, nothing is missing, and people do not need to be fixed. Instead we need to learn the skills to trust ourselves and strengthen our ability to extend compassion inward so that we can recognize that we have been complete within all along.
(831) 208-2624
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
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Michelle L Bakalarski
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT, APCC, CTP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hi there. Life is full of challenges that can leave you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and isolated. Sometimes it feels like no one understands. Perhaps you were not sure where to turn, but here you are, and I am so glad you are here. You have taken a brave first step to seek help. I would be honored to join you on your journey to well-being. I believe you are the expert in your life, and together we will reveal the answers already within you. My goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental space to help you clear the fog, revealing clarity, healing, and purpose. EMDR is available to those with trauma and overwhelming life experiences.
(831) 346-5372
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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DiAnna VanEycke
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
People seek therapy for all kinds of reasons, but common to all of them is the fact that their life is not working as well as they want. This can be for a multitude of reasons; anxieties, depression, relationship issues, lack of fulfillment, purpose or meaning. Psychological symptoms are signals that alert us to examine the obstacles that hinder us from moving through life more freely with a sense of aliveness and agency.
(831) 202-3688
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Not accepting new clients
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Maya Lev
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I believe the most important element for positive change is the relationship between the therapist and client. If the client can truly trust their therapist, he or she can allow themselves to explore, heal, and integrate all aspects of themselves. This leads to a feeling of wholeness and relief from anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and other issues. I use intuition and compassion, in addition to my training and education. I care about my clients, and feel honored to witness their efforts to grow and change. Buddhist philosophy informs my overall orientation towards the enduring resilience of the human spirit.
(831) 346-0492
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients

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What type of Santa Cruz mental health professional is right for me?
While most types of therapy have a lot in common, they also fall into clusters that share core features, such as cognitive therapies or psychodynamic approaches. It is important to seek someone who practices evidence-based therapy, meaning one or more forms of treatment that have been scientifically evaluated and tested, and demonstrate consistent improvement for a majority of patients.

If you are unsure about choosing the right therapist or psychologist, it might be useful to first learn more about therapy types and modalities.

How to find a therapist or counselor in Santa Cruz?
When looking to find a therapist, start by considering training and credentials. Studies also indicate that the therapeutic alliance, or the relationship the client develops with the therapist, is an important factor in their ability to work together to achieve the client’s goals.

What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.

How to use my insurance?
Understanding cost and insurance coverage is an important concern for many people. With some basic research and conversations with prospective therapists, you should be able to have a good understanding of the best way to afford therapy.