Borderline Personality (BPD) Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

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Michael James Miceli
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Co-Founder of A New Hope Family Counseling & Consulting Inc. (A New Hope). I have an extensive history of service to the mental health community, specializing in treatment of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Borderline Personality Disorder. My work is informed by CBT, DBT, Narrative, and Solution-Focused modalities. I look forward to working with you!
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Co-Founder of A New Hope Family Counseling & Consulting Inc. (A New Hope). I have an extensive history of service to the mental health community, specializing in treatment of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Borderline Personality Disorder. My work is informed by CBT, DBT, Narrative, and Solution-Focused modalities. I look forward to working with you!
(831) 201-1993 View (831) 201-1993
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Kat Zwick
Counselor, MA, LPCC, LCPC, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062  (Online Only)
Availability for new full fee clients in Spring 2024! I provide ADHD solutions-focused therapy to gender expansive, queer, and neurodivergent adult clients. This work is skills-based, fun, sometimes hilarious, compassionate, non-judgmental and meant to help clients reach their goals with executive functioning, distress tolerance, behavior change, task completion, short-term blocks or hurdles, and long-term planning, organization, and emotion regulation. I also offer short-term DBT 'tune-up' individual therapy for those who already have DBT skills training and are seeking some short-term assistance with a particular challenge.
Availability for new full fee clients in Spring 2024! I provide ADHD solutions-focused therapy to gender expansive, queer, and neurodivergent adult clients. This work is skills-based, fun, sometimes hilarious, compassionate, non-judgmental and meant to help clients reach their goals with executive functioning, distress tolerance, behavior change, task completion, short-term blocks or hurdles, and long-term planning, organization, and emotion regulation. I also offer short-term DBT 'tune-up' individual therapy for those who already have DBT skills training and are seeking some short-term assistance with a particular challenge.
(831) 740-8296 View (831) 740-8296
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Charese Allen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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.
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 View (510) 876-4191
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Ride The Wave Recovery
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC, LCPC, LPC, LMHC, CGP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062  (Online Only)
NOW assessing for the 23-week DBT Mindfulness & Skills Group Series! Also accepting a limited number of new full fee clients or ADHD/Executive Functioning solutions-oriented therapy! Ride The Wave Recovery can serve clients in greater Santa Cruz, CA; Seattle/Tacoma, WA; and Chicago, IL. RtW offers solutions-oriented group and individual therapy to clients of all genders and sexualities living with ADHD and AuDHD with executive functioning support needs! RtW also provides social justice-oriented and neurodivergent-affirming DBT groups. All via Telehealth.
NOW assessing for the 23-week DBT Mindfulness & Skills Group Series! Also accepting a limited number of new full fee clients or ADHD/Executive Functioning solutions-oriented therapy! Ride The Wave Recovery can serve clients in greater Santa Cruz, CA; Seattle/Tacoma, WA; and Chicago, IL. RtW offers solutions-oriented group and individual therapy to clients of all genders and sexualities living with ADHD and AuDHD with executive functioning support needs! RtW also provides social justice-oriented and neurodivergent-affirming DBT groups. All via Telehealth.
(831) 703-9309 View (831) 703-9309
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Lisa Blevins
Psychologist, PhD, CHT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
I look forward to meeting you and discovering how we can work together to improve your experience of life! I see therapy as one way to prioritize yourself, try something different, and take a risk to address patterns that have not been working for you. My belief is that when you find someone with whom you can trust and who sincerely cares about you, you can then take the steps necessary to create the life you really want. I hope to be that person for you.
I look forward to meeting you and discovering how we can work together to improve your experience of life! I see therapy as one way to prioritize yourself, try something different, and take a risk to address patterns that have not been working for you. My belief is that when you find someone with whom you can trust and who sincerely cares about you, you can then take the steps necessary to create the life you really want. I hope to be that person for you.
(408) 675-0943 View (408) 675-0943
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Erika Abrahamian
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MFA, MA
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome. Finding a therapist is not always an easy process; I am glad you've found your way here. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or have experienced trauma and adversity, I offer a safe and supportive space where you can find some relief. I specialize in treating complex trauma and PTSD, depression and anxiety. My clients include adolescents, adults and couples, with a special interest in working with immigrants and children of immigrants. Working with couples navigating life transitions is also a passion of mine.
Welcome. Finding a therapist is not always an easy process; I am glad you've found your way here. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or have experienced trauma and adversity, I offer a safe and supportive space where you can find some relief. I specialize in treating complex trauma and PTSD, depression and anxiety. My clients include adolescents, adults and couples, with a special interest in working with immigrants and children of immigrants. Working with couples navigating life transitions is also a passion of mine.
(831) 292-4699 View (831) 292-4699
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Heidi Poteet Marini
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ALPCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Life can be hard but I'm guessing you already knew that.  All the hard stuff can leave us feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or sad. Sometimes life's challenges become too difficult to overcome alone. Finding a safe and collaborative place to explore and address what is troubling you is the first step toward healing.  Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, or challenges within a relationship. While there are no guarantees of what you will experience in therapy, research shows that therapy helps people. It works. Psychotherapy can elevate feelings of self worth, purpose, and improve your overall quality of life.
Life can be hard but I'm guessing you already knew that.  All the hard stuff can leave us feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or sad. Sometimes life's challenges become too difficult to overcome alone. Finding a safe and collaborative place to explore and address what is troubling you is the first step toward healing.  Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, or challenges within a relationship. While there are no guarantees of what you will experience in therapy, research shows that therapy helps people. It works. Psychotherapy can elevate feelings of self worth, purpose, and improve your overall quality of life.
(831) 232-9638 View (831) 232-9638
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Malinda Thompson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The most important person in the therapy session is you. The most mysterious person in the therapy session is you. And the most powerful insight will eventually come from you. You may feel stuck, angry, lonely, confused, hopeless or numb. Maybe you feel too much? Perhaps you're losing hours on tik tok or porn sites? you dissociate, sleep too much; can't sleep. It's okay to reach out. Everyone wants connection, everyone needs connection. Therapy can help you find ways to connect.
The most important person in the therapy session is you. The most mysterious person in the therapy session is you. And the most powerful insight will eventually come from you. You may feel stuck, angry, lonely, confused, hopeless or numb. Maybe you feel too much? Perhaps you're losing hours on tik tok or porn sites? you dissociate, sleep too much; can't sleep. It's okay to reach out. Everyone wants connection, everyone needs connection. Therapy can help you find ways to connect.
(831) 888-9112 View (831) 888-9112
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Shawn Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CADCII, PCI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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.
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 View (831) 623-5151
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Shira Stone
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
I have thirty years experience helping people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, relationship conflict, stress, and many other issues that take away from quality of life. My approach goes beyond plain talk therapy. My goal is to help you release old wounds, connect with your true inner self, and find your power. Whether you are completely new to therapy or have had many therapists and are discouraged with a lack of results, I am dedicated to listening and finding the right approach for you, the unique human that you are. I want to empower you to achieve your goals and live the fulfilling life that you deserve.
I have thirty years experience helping people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, relationship conflict, stress, and many other issues that take away from quality of life. My approach goes beyond plain talk therapy. My goal is to help you release old wounds, connect with your true inner self, and find your power. Whether you are completely new to therapy or have had many therapists and are discouraged with a lack of results, I am dedicated to listening and finding the right approach for you, the unique human that you are. I want to empower you to achieve your goals and live the fulfilling life that you deserve.
(831) 684-7487 View (831) 684-7487
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(831) 744-7224 View (831) 744-7224
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Corinne Seymour
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Corinne (she/her) is a California Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 132500). Corinne is supervised by Kate Williams, LMFT 122818. Corinne combines EMDR framework and attachment-based perspectives to evaluate how childhood relational patterns impact your mental health today. Corinne is a gender-affirming therapist.
Corinne (she/her) is a California Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 132500). Corinne is supervised by Kate Williams, LMFT 122818. Corinne combines EMDR framework and attachment-based perspectives to evaluate how childhood relational patterns impact your mental health today. Corinne is a gender-affirming therapist.
(831) 603-0881 View (831) 603-0881
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Sarah McKnight
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Welcome! May I walk beside you as you continue to uncover, untangle, embody and enliven your life's purpose? I seek to be witness and ally to your own personal life's journey. C.G. Jung states, "Every advance; even the smallest, along the path of conscious realization adds that much to the world".
Welcome! May I walk beside you as you continue to uncover, untangle, embody and enliven your life's purpose? I seek to be witness and ally to your own personal life's journey. C.G. Jung states, "Every advance; even the smallest, along the path of conscious realization adds that much to the world".
(831) 406-5946 View (831) 406-5946
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Colette McCreary
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
My name is Colette McCreary. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based out of Pasadena, California. I offer telehealth services. I specialize in anxiety, as well as life transitions which involve dealing with unexpected and expected changes that occur throughout life for both adults and adolescents. I am also well-versed in grief/loss, personality disorders, and the area of self-worth (care, identity, esteem). I use various orientations, depending on the client and symptoms, including Person-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
My name is Colette McCreary. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based out of Pasadena, California. I offer telehealth services. I specialize in anxiety, as well as life transitions which involve dealing with unexpected and expected changes that occur throughout life for both adults and adolescents. I am also well-versed in grief/loss, personality disorders, and the area of self-worth (care, identity, esteem). I use various orientations, depending on the client and symptoms, including Person-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
(831) 603-1844 View (831) 603-1844
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Men's Issues - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Welcome to my practice. I have been in practice since 2007 and have been featured on ABC, NBC, and KCAL 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.
Welcome to my practice. I have been in practice since 2007 and have been featured on ABC, NBC, and KCAL 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 View (831) 208-3271
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Sylvie Stein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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 eight 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.
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 eight 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 View (408) 766-2985
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Jolene Odile Jensen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060  (Online Only)
Hi. My name is Jolene Jensen. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA. I am from New Mexico and have over 20 years of experience in the mental health profession, serving a diverse range of clients. I specialize in individual adults with trauma, life transitions, chronic illness/pain, infertility issues, relational challenges and supporting the GLBT+ community. I also serve college age population who are underserved by the University.
Hi. My name is Jolene Jensen. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA. I am from New Mexico and have over 20 years of experience in the mental health profession, serving a diverse range of clients. I specialize in individual adults with trauma, life transitions, chronic illness/pain, infertility issues, relational challenges and supporting the GLBT+ community. I also serve college age population who are underserved by the University.
(831) 661-8920 View (831) 661-8920
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Lisa Ann Herendeen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Are your seeking a more peaceful and harmonious life?  One that can hold both the challenges and the goodness?  Therapy can help. My style is warm, empathic, and collaborative.  I use evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and brain science. I would like to help you tackle what is impeding you and open up new options so that you can make good decisions and create more happiness for you and your loved ones.
Are your seeking a more peaceful and harmonious life?  One that can hold both the challenges and the goodness?  Therapy can help. My style is warm, empathic, and collaborative.  I use evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and brain science. I would like to help you tackle what is impeding you and open up new options so that you can make good decisions and create more happiness for you and your loved ones.
(650) 334-1549 View (650) 334-1549
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Luann Peitz
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW, SUDC-IV, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Are you feeling isolated? Are you lacking true connection with others? Do you often have behaviors that negatively impact you and your loved ones? With over a decade of experience as a Substance Use Disorder counselor, I have witnessed the connection between trauma and destructive behaviors, like drug use. I have found that tailoring therapy to a client's needs is crucial for healing to happen, and I will always invite you to show up as your authentic self. As a lifelong learner, I see great value in teaching a new skill or tool at each session that can be applied in your everyday life.
Are you feeling isolated? Are you lacking true connection with others? Do you often have behaviors that negatively impact you and your loved ones? With over a decade of experience as a Substance Use Disorder counselor, I have witnessed the connection between trauma and destructive behaviors, like drug use. I have found that tailoring therapy to a client's needs is crucial for healing to happen, and I will always invite you to show up as your authentic self. As a lifelong learner, I see great value in teaching a new skill or tool at each session that can be applied in your everyday life.
(831) 480-9390 View (831) 480-9390
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Chelsey Suttaby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Asking for help can be a monumental decision that requires a lot of courage. Finding the right therapist can be an equally difficult task. A therapeutic relationship needs to feel safe and collaborative, as it can serve as a foundation for healing. My goal is to assist you in accessing your internal strengths, exploring obstacles and working to overcome your challenges. Understanding what style or type of therapy you need can feel confusing. I will work with you to create a plan for treatment that is aligned with your needs and personality.
Asking for help can be a monumental decision that requires a lot of courage. Finding the right therapist can be an equally difficult task. A therapeutic relationship needs to feel safe and collaborative, as it can serve as a foundation for healing. My goal is to assist you in accessing your internal strengths, exploring obstacles and working to overcome your challenges. Understanding what style or type of therapy you need can feel confusing. I will work with you to create a plan for treatment that is aligned with your needs and personality.
(831) 216-0214 View (831) 216-0214
Borderline Personality (BPD) Therapists

What is the most successful approach to treating borderline personality disorder?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is considered the gold standard of treatment for borderline personality disorder. An evidence-based treatment, it addresses the extreme emotional reactivity, the relationship difficulties, and the acts of self-harm that create so much distress for BPD patients. DBT is a comprehensive program that includes both regular individual psychotherapy sessions and weekly group sessions of skills training.

What happens in treatment of borderline personality disorder?

Treatment typically consists of weekly individual therapy sessions that last an hour and group skill-focused instructional sessions that may last up to two hours. Patients are typically given homework “assignments” in which they are asked to practice in their daily life the skills they acquire in therapy. Patients also keep a diary tracking their emotions and impulses as a way to know which situations are most problematic and to help them gain control over their own behavior. Difficult situations and feelings are typically reviewed in therapy sessions and more constructive solutions found.

What kinds of problems does BPD treatment help with?

DBT was initially developed to dampen the self-destructive impulses of chronically suicidal patients. It is now the treatment of choice for borderline personality disorder, a serious condition marked by extreme emotional reactivity, relationship instability, and self-injurious behaviors. Treatment of BPD helps patients tolerate the flux of emotions without acting on them, often with a specific focus on tolerating negative emotions. DBT addresses the core problems of BPD—fear of abandonment, low self-esteem, and impulsivity.

What is the goal of treatment in borderline personality disorder?

The goal of treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD) is to relieve the extreme emotional distress that patients experience—to curb their emotional reactivity, to minimize their inclination to self-harm, and to reduce their impulsivity. Toward these ends, patients are not only taught an array of new coping skills and techniques for emotional regulation, they are given opportunities to practice them. Another major goal of treatment is interpersonal effectiveness; patients learn and problem-solve ways to effectively communicate in relationships, especially how to ask for what they need as a way to minimize hurt feelings.