Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

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Dylan Jay Brody
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Trainee
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hi, and welcome! I’m glad you’re here. If you’re reading this, it probably means you are looking for a change. While I don’t know what that means for you yet, I would love to find out as we get to know each other over the course of therapy. It can be different for everyone- for you, maybe it means looking inward and finding out more about yourself. Maybe you are looking to learn some new skills and ways of dealing with your problems. Maybe you just want somebody to talk to or are having trouble in your relationship. Maybe, you are dealing with a specific issue such as anxiety, addiction, depression, grief, loss, or low self-esteem.
(831) 603-4211
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Melanie Stern
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My passion and skill set is in creating environments for you to gain greater insight into your strengths, gifts, and those places that contribute to blocking the ability to find joy and healing in your life. Whatever the life challenge that brings you to therapy, you'll find that I create a supportive and accepting space. I am curious, compassionate, appreciate laughter, tears and understand that we all suffer from time to time and believe that these moments are opportunities for deeper insight and growth.
(831) 704-5419
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Annabelle Niebel Drda
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
As I see it, the primary role of a counselor is to serve as a mirror to help reveal what the client hasn't yet been able to see-especially those patterns of relating to self, others, and the environment that might be causing suffering. At the same time, the counselor is there to reflect, affirm, and strengthen the client's unique gifts and talents.One of the biggest impediments to healing, growth, and creativity is shame. To help clients move through this debilitating emotion, I use a combination of mindfulness, body awareness, and other healing modalities.
(831) 732-4009
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Riitta de Los Santos
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I help adults who struggle with complex trauma (personal or intergenerational), anxiety, or depression, to heal emotional wounds, transform self-defeating patterns into positive actions, and attain a sense of control, connection, and harmony. 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
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Yvonne D Vermillion
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Blending conventional and alternative approaches I empower children, adolescents, and adults to reach their therapeutic goals. It is my belief that all children, regardless of age or race, speak their own unique language based on their unique life experiences. This language expresses who they are and what they need in order to live a more functional and productive life. My mission is to interpret that language and offer innovative strategies that foster positive growth and maturity. It is not only a challenge to change, grow, and learn. As a member of the human race, I feel it is an obligation!
(831) 272-4956
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Catherine Cervantes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I trust your capacity for moving toward healing, change and growth, and my holistic approach welcomes all of you: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, sexual, and cultural. My experience and training in working with mindfulness and trauma can allow you to experience a new relationship with yourself and with others so you can feel more at ease. As a holistic psychotherapist, I use a mind-body approach to help you compassionately discover unconscious patterns that keep you from living your life as you would like. Somatic-based therapy can access and support places in you that talk therapy does not reach.
(831) 920-0791
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Not accepting new clients
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Heather Docker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, MBA
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
The decision to pursue therapy is a powerful step towards change and personal growth. Whether you're feeling stuck, overwhelmed by transition, needing to heal past hurts, grieve losses, or learn how to live a more authentic and meaningful life, together we will explore desired areas of change and growth. Even if what needs to change or what is holding you back is unclear, I welcome you to come in and start wherever you are. As your therapist my intention is to help you process life events, increase self-awareness, and discover insights in a safe and supportive environment.
(831) 359-4728
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new clients
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Elena Storer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, PhD
Verified
Verified
Life is to enjoy and a little help can make the difference you never imagined possible. When we reach the tipping point in our lives it's hard to trust that talking to someone might help. But it can. I have more than twenty years experience helping individuals, couples, teens and families improve. Using principles and techniques of Energy Psychology, EMDR, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and my own multidimensional approach which takes into account mind, body and spirit, we can create the change you need.
(650) 669-8291
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
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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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Kristin King
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, CADC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 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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Vanessa U Segovia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My current work focuses on Individuals, Couples, Families, Groups, Active and Retired First Responders and Military facing Crisis Situations, Relationship Issues, Trauma and Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Personal Growth and Self Exploration, Severe Mental Illness, Dual Diagnosis, Addiction & Recovery. I utilize approaches including but not limited to CBT, Systems, Somatic and other models. While I will use pieces from the above mentioned models and theories each individual client will require a different mix of psychotherapy approaches. Individual treatment plans and various interventions will be used to assist each specific client.
(831) 777-4635
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Philip Spradling
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD, MSG
Verified
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
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Lauren Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
You are uncomfortable - Something is bothering you. You need resolution about an issue, event, experience or relationship. I work in a collaborative/relational model with people who have had experiences that they have not fully integrated yet. I use talk therapy, imagery, metaphor, hypnosis, EMDR, Positive Psychology, and Sensorimotor. Often clients report being disinterested in a formerly distressing topic after treatment. I'm comfortable working many types of issues including trauma, PTSD, ACA, sexual abuse, panic attacks or phobias, anxiety or depression, losses or relationship breakups, people with mysterious physical ailments.
(831) 824-4945
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Shawn Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CADCII, PCI
Verified
Verified
I believe that compassion and collaboration are key to a therapuetic relationship. Through the identification of each persons strengths and resources we are all capable of navigating life's challenges and it is my role to assist in the identification and effective utilization of these strengths and resources. If you are suffering from with ADHD, Depression, Conduct Disorder, Parenting issues, Criminal Behavior, adult and adolescent Bi-polar Disorder, addiction, or the effects of trauma, neglect, and abuse please contact me by text, phone or email at 831-588-7063. I have helped many individuals, couples, and families and perhaps I can help you.
(831) 623-5151
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Monika Martynska
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Congratulations for taking a step towards creating change. Finding a therapist can be challenging and it is important to find one who is right for you. I offer a free introductory session which we use to get to know each other. Clients often come into my office feeling hopeless or nervous, but usually leave feeling more hopeful and relaxed. I love to see people grow and thrive with the support of therapy. My style is warm, empathic, and collaborative. In our work together we draw on your strengths and wisdom and my goal is to empower you to create a more joyful and fulfilling life.
(831) 539-0596
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Judy Patton
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA,, AMFT
Verified
Verified
I have seven years of experience working with Teens and Adults. I have supported Teens and Adults through a diverse of emotional and psychological challenges, such as; substance youth, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, body image, friendships, and family difficulties. I provide a trauma informed approach with a mindfulness, strength-based, and CBT emphasis. Please feel free to reach out for a free fifteen minute consultation.
(831) 302-6079
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Santa Cruz, CA 95066
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Barbara Lutz
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Since 1992, I have counseled families, adults and children. I am an EMDR Institute consultant and facilitator, and use EMDR therapy's adaptive information processing to help clients master the challenges encountered in their lives. I received my PhD in international psychology with trauma focus. My specialties include Trauma, Acculturation and Attachment Disorders in clients of all ages. My immigration experience from Germany has prompted the exploration of the crucial part played by our cultural roots in our decision making process and in our lifestyle choices. I speak English, Spanish and German.
(831) 205-0622
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Katrina Tattenham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I offer a safe space for children, adolescents and adults to be understood and held as we learn together what helps increase calm. With specialty training in childhood psychiatric disorders, I use a warm, attachment focused approach. I coordinate with doctors, schools and family members to ensure safety for clients.
(510) 454-8872
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Becca Zalona
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, CATC-IV
Verified
Verified
Anxiety, depression, trauma, drug and alcohol abuse - we all have our challenges. I can partner with you to support you in exploring, addressing, and overcoming these challenges. I provide accountability and structure with a sense of humor and enthusiasm. I empower you to draw from your own inherent strength and support you in overcoming the barriers stopping you from living your most fulfilling dynamic life.
(831) 249-0743
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Tonia Heath
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Hello! First, let me tell you a bit about myself: I have over 20 years experience in the field of mental health, both in community agencies and privately. I have focused on immigration and families most of my career and currently focus on women and trauma. I enjoy meeting you, wherever you are at in your life, with respect and caring. I am authentic and accepting, and provide a safe, confidential space for you to explore your past and what you want for your present and future. In therapy with me, you can turn emotional pain or stress into something lighter, and progress on a path toward greater happiness and health.
(831) 226-8306
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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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, it might be useful to first learn more about therapy types and modalities.
How to find a therapist in Santa Cruz?
When looking to find a therapist, it is certainly important to consider 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.