Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

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Lisa Marie Howe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My job as a therapist or a coach is to act as a mirror, reflecting your inner wisdom.
Do you feel like there must be more to life? Do you feel stuck, frustrated, detached, or uninspired? Work, caregiving, or other life stressors have you feeling burnout? Somehow, despite the persistent demands on you and your time, you feel bored. You feel drained and exhausted but can’t sleep. You are working so hard but feel increasingly cynical about the impact of your efforts. Maybe you can identify the kinds of things you'd like to do, that next professional step you’d like to take or that healthy habit you know will make you feel better, but are having trouble acting on those desires.
(831) 661-9336
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Rosalie Bruning
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My approach is based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy ( ACT ), combining mindfulness and behavioral techniques with a contextual perspective, honoring the human capacity for self-direction and change.
I am currently accepting new clients for video sessions only. If you're feeling stuck or lost, or you're needing some guidance or a new perspective, I'm here to help. When you feel overwhelmed or swept by the currents, this can be an opportunity to get in touch with your values, clear away old debris, find direction, and regenerate your life. Using a strengths-based approach, we will work together to discover the resources within and around you to help you move forward.
(831) 856-5081
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Jasmeen Miah
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ) and incorporate Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
We all have a variety of emotions, and that's normal! It's when they interfere with functioning or turn into a long-lasting mood that we could use some help. Perhaps you feel anxious and depressed, or dissatisfied and upset in your relationships. Maybe you need support as you weather a storm in your life, or someone to help you get back on track with your normal functioning. The bottom line is you don't want your mood to derail your goals, your relationships, and your life.
(831) 709-9318
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Katrina Tattenham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My approach varies for each individual or family, but is always rooted in compassion and acceptance .
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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Lisa Black
Psychologist, PsyD, BCN, BCB
Verified
Verified
Dr. Black specializes in trauma, TBI/concussion, insomnia/sleep issues, anxiety, depression, and coping with chronic illness. The therapies Dr. Black specializes in are neurofeedback, biofeedback, ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP), acceptance and commitment therapy ( ACT ), existential therapy, motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I).
(858) 205-6896
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Tim Desmond
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
“A longtime meditator and skilled clinician, Tim Desmond offers exceptionally clear, accessible, and insightful guidance in how to facilitate deep transformation while addressing the spectrum of emotional suffering” — Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance  and True Refuge
(831) 201-5636
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Senechal Consulting
MA, BCBA, PhD
I provide a supportive/safe place for growth/empowerment through education, training, and therapy as clients gain perspective, skills, and self- acceptance and -efficacy to improve their lives. I welcome people with learning, social, gender/sex/sexuality, neuro-diverse or medical concerns. I honor APA/WPATH standards of care for Trans/Queer/Non Binary/Expansive/Agender people. A professor of Biological Psychology, Somatic Psychology/Sexuality, & Mental Health with focus in gender/endocrinology/pharmacology, and 10/22 completing a PhD in CIIS, SF I offer a broad integrated approach to empower clients authenticity and adaptivity.
(650) 866-1499
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Charese Allen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I believe the purpose of therapy is to create a safe and validating environment where people can focus on creating a "life worth living". I help facilitate this journey by focusing on both acceptance and change in a warm, interactive and thoughtful fashion. If you are someone who is struggling to manage your emotions and behaviors because of anxiety, depression, or trauma we can work together to define the life you want and overcome the obstacles to it.
(510) 876-4191
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Not accepting new clients
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Patricia S Dolan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Art Therapy.
I specialize in helping people who know what changes need to be made, but who struggle with knowing how to make them: whether it is with food, relationships, self-harm or addictions. My method is primarily skills based: I accept what you bring in, and then we work together toward change. I am experienced with mood, anxiety and thought disorders. I'm passionate about working with eating disorders, body image and LGBTQ+ issues. I work well with adults, adolescents and groups. I strongly believe that developing a solid and collaborative therapeutic relationship is crucial to healing.
(408) 637-7577
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
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Elisabeth Powell
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
My approach to therapy draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ), Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
People generally seek therapy when something in their life isn’t the way they want it to be, whether it be uncomfortable feelings, difficult relationships, challenging transitions, problematic behaviors, etc.. Our task is a process of understanding the factors that have led to this place (i.e. early relationships, impactful experiences, traumas; whatever factors contribute to how one sees themselves), which then allows for looking clearly at the present, and looking intentionally towards the future, in identifying what is most important for you in your life, connecting with your authentic values, and aligning with those values.
(831) 273-7897
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Amanda A. Hendricks
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, ATR-BC, MFA, RYT®200, CTHP
Verified
Verified
My approach to counseling integrates evidence-based treatments (EMDR, DBT), mindfulness-awareness skills (MBCT, ACT ) and person-centered counseling with art therapy theories and practices. In our sessions, I will work with you to increase wellness, improve your sense of self-compassion, build on your creativity and identify personal strengths. I will work with you to achieve the changes you seek in your unique journey of healing, growth, balance and sustained mental health in life.
(669) 271-8628
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Thomas Siggins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ACSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I draw from various approaches such as CBT, DBT, ACT , and IFS.
From my past experiences in athletics, I have seen the power that the right guidance can have on achieving goals. As a therapist, I aim to be that guide for my clients. Starting with practical tools to relieve stress and then digging deeper to develop greater insight makes long-lasting, meaningful change possible. I especially enjoy working with young adults transitioning into the professional realm who would like to build confidence, develop healthy relationships, cultivate a work/life balance, achieve performance goals, heal past trauma, and navigate stressful “adulting.”
(310) 935-0443
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Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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Jonah Ray Berger
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CADC-II
Verified
Verified
Have you struggled to connect with yourself and your goals, the people in your life, or maybe feel disconnected from your own spiritual growth and motivation? Through examining the past we can identify why and how we get stuck in patterns that no longer serve us. Learning how to set healthy boundaries while accepting ourselves and others is the beginning of true growth. I have been coaching people for 15 years, utilizing a myriad of different approaches from mind, body, spirit modality, to looking at the shadows that inhabit our psyche's which cause our shame and doubt, clouding our purpose of being here together, and soul work.
(408) 916-5558
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Erin Liana Johnson
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Do your sensitivities to the world and relationships sometimes feel like more of a burden than a blessing? Do you want to get into better relationship with yourself and your body? Maybe you are experiencing a difficult life transition or wrestling with pain, fear, or despair at the state of your life or the world. Perhaps you want to explore parts of yourself that have previously been held silent by anxieties or conditioning. If so, I would be a great fit for you!
(831) 215-4138
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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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Lisa Navarra
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
**PLEASE READ: PRIVATE PAY only and no insurances or superbills. Sliding scale waitlist for gender diverse folx** Hi there, I'm Lisa - my pronouns are they/them. I believe you have everything you need inside of you; I support you seeing this. I'm a coach and therapist. I've been a mental health worker for over six years in adult residential center, school-based, and community-based, as a behavior coach, and individual/family therapist. My approach is warm, direct, strengths- and mindfulness-based. I work primarily with teens and young adults, which may also include family. My work is neurodiversity affirming and LGTBQIA+ affirming.
(831) 273-2952
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Sean Neesley
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
How do we regain balance after losing our footing? Whether through anxiety, anger, depression, fear, guilt or shame, it is normal for our lives to present challenges that throw us seemingly off course. At the same time, life’s greatest challenges can also present opportunities for growth, deep healing and the reintegration of lost parts of ourselves. In my work with clients, I provide a safe and supportive environment to express and explore challenging emotions, thoughts and beliefs and help them discover new vistas and vantage points from which to enjoy and appreciate themselves, their lives, and their relationships again.
(831) 208-3531
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Acacia Counseling And Wellness Santa Cruz
Psychologist, LCSW, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Acacia Counseling and Wellness is a leading provider of outpatient, university mental health support. We provide individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as psychiatry and medication management. We specialize in providing high-quality mental health services to university students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater community. Our office is conveniently located near UCSC, and our therapists are trained across a variety of issues and modalities. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment and a positive therapeutic experience.
(831) 777-4391
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Teresa Locascio
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
In a fast-paced world full of distractions, it's easy to become overwhelmed and run-down. When this happens, it's important to slow down and take care of yourself. Mental and emotional health is just as important as physical, and therapy can be a way for you to learn tools to regain stability and overcome obstacles you may be facing. People sometimes find themselves uncertain about starting therapy. My goal as your therapist is to create a safe space where you feel supported and heard as we work together to navigate challenges that come your way.
(831) 278-4802
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Amy Schmidt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I help clients who struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, or other mental health challenges. I use my knowledge and experience combined with empathy and compassion to support your therapeutic journey. I want to help you better understand yourself, develop coping skills for improved daily living and healthier relationships, and achieve a greater sense of inner peace. I use holistic techniques and client-centered therapy to support you in finding self-awareness, self-compassion, and balance, all of which are keys to the growth and healing process.
(831) 607-1957 x588
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists

Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy evidence-based?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of many approaches within the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidence-based treatment framework that has been shown to be effective in treating many mental health conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and OCD.

What is the difference between Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Despite being part of the CBT family of therapies, ACT differs from other approaches within this field in several important ways: First, it emphasizes acceptance over change; second, it focuses on present moment experiences rather than past experiences or future events; third it focuses on what clients can do rather than what they cannot do; and fourth it emphasizes values rather than symptoms as targets for change.

What credentials will a certified Acceptance and Commitment therapist have?

A certified Acceptance and Commitment therapist in Santa Cruz will have completed specialized training in this approach at a university accredited by The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

How long does ACT typically take?

ACT is a relatively short-term therapy that focuses on helping you accept the things you can't change and commit to the things you can. It typically takes about eight weeks of weekly sessions with a therapist to complete the entire process. You may need to see your therapist weekly or biweekly, depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation.