Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

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Michelle F. Krezanoski
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Why pursue inner work? Creating a weekly ritual to reflect on yourself is potentially unsettling, reorienting, and healing. Maybe what you originally thought was a problem is more precisely a sign relaying information that could help you love more deeply, live more freely, and be less (and amazingly more) like everyone else. I welcome individuals who have experienced trauma, a difficult relationship to their body, high sensitivity, intuitive abilities, and/or an unwieldy mind. I specialize in supporting new and seasoned spiritual practitioners.
(831) 713-1666 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Nereida Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
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
Offers online therapy
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Thomas Cody Swift
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
*Not currently accepting new clients* Some people sense wisdom within dark places, and seek support to learn and grow through them. Anxiety, depression, and addiction are not merely pathology, but are best understood as part of a larger system that can be brought into awareness. These symptoms may also be fundamentally connected to our greatest gifts and uniqueness - one's sensitivity, awareness, and drive towards growth - often misplaced or misunderstood.
(831) 346-4828 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
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Ashleigh R Kramer-Walthall
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
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
Offers online therapy
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Men's Issues - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
Welcome to my practice. I have about 15 years of clinical experience and have been featured on NBC/KCAL/HLN as an expert psychologist. I work primarily with men who have hit “rock bottom” and would like help getting up. These men are often in crisis when we first meet. The issues I address are typically related to unhealthy sexual behaviors, infidelity, financial recklessness, gambling, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty/lying, and relational conflicts. My therapy approach is a combination of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and the 12-Step recovery model. I also share insight from my own painful but redemptive recovery journey.
(831) 208-3271 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
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Melissa Virostko
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I feel strongly that we have the capacity to heal and thrive within the context of safe relationships. For this reason, I am passionate about offering therapeutic services to assist in exploring strengths, gifts, and complex challenges. At this time I work with adults and adolescents seeking therapy for a range of issues including relationship challenges, depression, anxiety, trauma, and parenting.
(510) 629-5745 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Philip Spradling
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD, MSG
Verified
"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is." - There is great benefit to be found from tuning into your heart and mind. What are these voices saying to you? Do you sense a disconnect between your desires in life and the person you present to others? Are you a spiritual person but you don't find this impacts your daily life? It is my aim to create a safe and welcoming space where one feels known and accepted just as they are. When one feels accepted, one is able to share more and more of their journey, including the painful parts. Feeling deeply heard & understood is a starting point toward transformation.
(626) 551-4236 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
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Rachel Jordana Horodezky
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Welcome! I work with youth and adults using a strength-based, humanistic approach to treatment. It is my belief that YOU are the expert and that it is my job to help you develop your inner strength and knowledge in order to feel better and live a more fulfilling life. My approach involves integrating mind, body and spirit in order for you to take the insight that you receive in therapy and put it into direct action in your life. It would be my pleasure to work with you. Additionally, I'm now offering tele-health sessions. Please message me to find out more.
(831) 331-4858 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
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Michael Ryan Guichet
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Marriage and relationships are challenging and it is even harder to ask for what you want. Often people believe they are broken or their desires are shameful and I work to create change and facilitate communication. As a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in sex therapy, I work to help individuals, partners, and couples to connect. It is my passion to heal shame, have the hard talks, and facilitate communication. Personally, I know the challenges of maintaining the passion in a long term relationship and I don't believe it is normal to give up on intimacy.
(831) 346-1251 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
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Cypress' Couples' Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
When a couple comes to see me, there is most often a feeling of safety. Because they know that the model I use for the healing of couples' relationships brings such a high percentage of satisfaction. The model is EFT ( Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples). Even though EFT does not need the teaching of communication skills, I am also, a communication teacher. For the couple and myself, it is always thrilling to see workable interventions that give them more freedom and safety because life is so much easier living within a secure relationship.
(831) 215-3951 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
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Cameron Jackson
Psychologist, PhD, JD
Verified
Hello! Need help for children with autism, ADHD and other issues? Need an accurate diagnosis and report? Want assistance connecting with resources -- school, government, medical -- to help you?
(831) 346-1383 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Krista L (Durbin) Ehrenfried
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
I specialize in working with women and couples who are pregnant, trying to conceive, or new parents who need support in navigating parenthood and life. I also work with individuals who are experiencing perinatal mood disorders, stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or those who come from dysfunctional family systems.
(415) 635-0479 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
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Veronica Foster, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Welcome. We cannot solve life's problems except by solving them. My practice philosophy focuses on assisting every client find balance, peace, and happiness as defined by you. When we live in balance, we are better equipped to handle the storms of life, which can include relationship issues, being stuck in the past, worrying about the future, or struggling with traumatic life experiences. I begin by working with the client to establish an honest and open relationship characterized by mutual trust and support. I believe in an integrative approach, which cultivates courage, emotional resilience, and mindful awareness.
(408) 872-9475 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
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Molly Meadows
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
I have loved working with children, adolescents, and their families since my first job as a swim teacher. Since becoming a clinician, I have been drawn to working with clients whom are interested in re-discovering their root sense of resiliency. Within all of us there is a spark to which gives our life meaning, this may come from our culture, spirituality, or our unique assets and values. Wherever that spark lies for you, I am excited to embark on a journey of discovery with you.
(831) 201-1388 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Offers online therapy
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Liz Walker
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MFT
Verified
Are you feeling the pressure of parenting expectations which have quadrupled, upled, upled recently? Feeling trapped or like not a "good enough" parent? Maybe there is some guilt mixed in with questions around difficult relationships, money and a lack of care received? Being MOM is hard. I understand and want to help you to feel strong, capable, and relaxed. I am dedicated to helping Moms provide care for their children and take care of themselves. I will explain some of the "Whys" and provide a safe place to work on difficulties that are not meant to be solved alone. I can help you feel safe and get on better with your family.
(707) 926-2893 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
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River Ornellas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Welcome! As a therapist I am passionate about providing gender-affirming care to individual adults who are transgender, non-binary, gender-expansive, or gender-questioning. I also support individuals with experiences of queer sexualities and have specialized training in grief and loss. My priority is to create a supportive and safe space to help you discover the path toward living your authentic life in a safe way. Whether that means exploring gender or sexuality in an affirming space, finding the right resources, developing tools for coping with difficult experiences, or healing from past emotional wounds, I am here to help.
(831) 291-3074 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
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Hannah Idalia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CMT
Verified
Your healing can start today. In addition to being an LMFT, my training extends beyond talk therapy to include holistic/integrative methods. I help individuals get to the root of their problems and free themselves from the blocks that keep them stuck. Every session is customized and may include transpersonal hypnotherapy, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, neurofeedback, Hakomi, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, prenatal and perinatal therapy, and mindfulness based therapy for stress and pain reduction.
(831) 621-5362 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
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Riitta de Los Santos
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I help adults who struggle with complex trauma (personal / cultural / inherited legacy trauma), anxiety, or depression, to heal emotional wounds, transform self-defeating patterns into positive actions, and attain a sense of control, connection, and harmony. My approach is mind-body focused, warm, and compassionate with a bit of humor mixed in. We will go beyond quick fixes and explore parts of you that carry burdens from the past, get to know them, and learn to understand how they developed and why, so they can be healed.
(831) 278-4608 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
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Selene Kumin Vega
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
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 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Not accepting new clients
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Joe Sousa
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Hi. I am Joe Sousa, a licensed psychotherapist in the State of CA. I've been providing counseling services in the Santa Cruz area in one form or another since 1993. Here's the issues I work with in therapy: Relationship enhancement, improve communication, sexual intimacy; handling difficulties, such as breakups and divorce; discovering life purpose and build self-esteem; issues relating to school, careers, money, a child or an elderly parent; dealing with powerful emotions, like anger, anxiety, depression, fear, grief, loss, and panic; addictive or compulsive behavior, with regard to alcohol, drugs, food, sex and/or porn.
(831) 219-4797 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy


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What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Santa Cruz are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.

Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Santa Cruz then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.

Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.

How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Santa Cruz, or Child Psychologists in Santa Cruz.

Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Santa Cruz psychologists specializing in EMDR.

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. Psychologists in Santa Cruz specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. 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?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.