Christian Counseling Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

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Men's Issues - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
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
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The Mindful Lemon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness and fitness or any combination of the above.
(831) 276-0279
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Dr. Thomas Lucking, PhD
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Change and growth are hard but regressive change is ultimately harder. My approach to change is integrative: mind, body, spirit, social. My decades of experience enable me to bring objectivity, knowledge, and compassion to our task of uncovering your truth and your path to individual and relational health. As a psychology professor I stay current with new research. I use a diverse set of tools to help you achieve your goals: IFS, CBT, EFT, EMDR, trauma-informed therapy, and Neurofeedback. I am a communications expert who uses powerful tools to implement research-backed processes to help your relationships thrive.
(831) 337-4228
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Bridgett Ballisty
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Life and relationships can be difficult to navigate. I have found it is always easier to know someone is rooting for you to win, to know you have a coach in your corner, a confidant at your side. I see my role as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the same way; a source for receiving encouragement, guidance, and growth. We are all in different stages of the growing process and sometimes it becomes difficult to face it alone. Witnessing clients prevail with hope, growth, and healing through talk therapy reinforces my belief in the practice.
(408) 665-7456
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Lacy Elizabeth Warne
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT-I
Verified
Verified
Anxiety is awful: the constant worries, feelings of fear and discomfort in your body, and the continual striving for peace of mind that seems just out of your grasp. Telling yourself to just "calm down" doesn't help. For many sufferers, the behavioral effects and consequences of anxiety; including poor relationships, hair pulling or skin picking, low self esteem, shame, and/or obsessive tendencies can be devastating.
(408) 606-9895
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Diana Karpavage LPCC
Counselor, MA, LPCC, EMDR Cr
Verified
Verified
I'm an experienced therapist of over 25 years having spent thousands of counseling hours with individuals, couples and groups. Women's issues such as sexual abuse, miscarriage, abortion, traumatic events, marital/relationship issues, depression, anxiety, grief and PTSD - are my specialty. I have counseled hundreds of couples to improve communication, intimacy/connection issues, trust; and to heal from infidelity, addictions and wounds that threaten the relationship. Issues of teens and young adults are important to address early in life: school, career, sexuality, relationships, traumas. Better to get help sooner than later!
(410) 670-4607
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Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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Leslie French, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
It's only by renewing our minds that we can transform into being the people that we want to be. We can have the lives that we want. By becoming friends with ourselves and creating a positive internal dialogue you can change your entire life. Right now you are absolutely perfect and loving at your core and always have been. No longer do you have to be confined by your misinterpretations and misperceptions from your past. This takes awareness and time but absolutely can be done with me as your guide. I'd love to work with you!
(831) 621-5206
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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David B. Ruso
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Entering into the right therapeutic relationship is the first step toward healing and change. Working collaboratively we will explore the origins of any problems or pain you have be struggling with, at a pace that is safe and comfortable for you. As mental and emotional material is explored, the ability to experience greater freedom and enjoyment in your relationships, work, and family life will become more readily accessible and tangible in daily life.
(831) 920-3683
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Lorrine Ruth Carrara-Costello
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
In our busy lives we often don't have the opportunity or permission to express our deepest fears, the paralyzing effects of shame, disappointments, regrets and confusion. I am a firm believer in creating optimism by encouraging and gently challenging clients to reach for their goals; always looking at possibilities and opportunities.
(831) 708-0445
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Not accepting new clients
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Ariana Rice O’Day
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My practice centers on promoting change through love, compassion and acceptance. You may have a sense that something isn't right in your life but aren't sure what it is. Or you may know what it is but have no idea how to change it. You hope that if you just try harder or stay busy your situation will change and, when that doesn't work, you beat yourself up. Neither forcing change nor avoiding problems work because we must first feel accepted. Whether you have anxiety, troubles setting boundaries, difficulties cultivating healthy relationships or are struggling with the aftermath of a traumatic experience, I am here to help.
(510) 674-1244
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
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Janene Forsyth, LMFT, Telehealth throughout CA
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a challenging transition, loss, trauma, or relationship issues, call me for a free 20 minute psychotherapy consultation. Along with being a licensed marriage family therapist, I am also a certified hypnotherapist. I am compassionate, and skilled to help you move through your path of healing. My sessions are through HIPPA compliant "TeleMentalHealth" technology or online therapy, so I'm as close as your phone or computer.
(831) 278-4126
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Alexandra Pappas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
My professional experiences have been with children, teens, adults, couples, and families seeking to overcome trauma, attachment disruptions, relational dissatisfaction, and other mental health concerns impacting their functioning. I have worked for various non-profits and community agencies relating to the foster care system and adoption. I am consistently honored by the privilege to witness vulnerability in the lives of my clients as they pursue healing and wholeness.
(831) 273-5380
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Gregory Donihoo
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Caseload currently Full. I specialize in men’s issues. I've always felt pushed to be a "lone-wolf" and culture told me to "be a man" or "get over it" when it came to my emotions. As men, when we have a problem we deal with it on our own, often by using pornography, drinking, playing video games, or searching elsewhere for affection. We lie, we defend, we run. We constantly look for peace and acceptance, even if it’s temporary or fake. It can feel hard to trust those closest to us and we may think, “No one cares about my needs but me” or "if they really knew me, they wouldn't love me."
(972) 787-1629
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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Lisa Call
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT-CA, LPCC-CA, MFT-HI
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Are you experiencing any of the following in your marriage: trust issues, infidelity, feeling more like roommates than romantic partners, trauma/addiction issues, frequent arguments that never get resolved, or just feeling lonely in your relationship? When you try to talk things out, it just makes everything worse and you feel stuck. You know you need help but don't know what to do to get back those feelings of intimacy and closeness that you used to have together. Instead of growing apart, you are longing for help to get your relationship back on track so that you can restore love, passion and trust once again.
(510) 800-6108
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Dennis A Patton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, ABD
Verified
Verified
Seasons of life can be anxiety inducing, frustrating, depressive and confusing. This negatively affects our important relationships and even our work life. Other times it is our relationships, especially with our significant other, or the lack thereof, that makes us feel so bad. Sometimes there doesn't feel like there is an end or that there is no way out. Then we may find ourselves unhealthily coping and that just makes things worse. You just want to feel better and have a better sense of control over your emotions and stability in your life and relationships. After all, that is what you originally set out to do.
(831) 888-9135
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Felton, CA 95018
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Waitlist for new clients
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Patrick Joseph Purcell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
This is my passion and my clients feel at ease with me quickly with my empathy and humor. I help people with relationship stress, anger, anxiety, PTSD, child abuse, depression, grief, transitions, in recovery, finding their true self and passion. I use client-centered Rogers, Kohut, EMDR, Beck and Ellis CBT, DBT. ACT, Jung... I am a Christian and I also respect people with other faiths or no faith. I help therapists, interns...I am 68 years old and I have been married for 44 years to my beautiful wife singer Christina Purcell and we did individual and couple therapy too. We write songs such as the songs on her CD "Love's Calling."
(831) 219-2362
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Soquel, CA 95073
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Waitlist for new clients
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Daniel Robert Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
***Online Therapy Available*** Life may be difficult... but when we accept this reality, our lives can change dramatically for the better. Our fear, sadness, and anger are often what keep us from facing the vital facts of our lives that need to be addressed to create the changes we want most. Fortunately, the more effective you become at soothing yourself, the more courageous you become. This is because it is often overwhelming pain and trauma that paralyzes us or leads us to mindlessly react in ways that sabotage our peace and happiness. I can teach you how to calm yourself and effectively solve the problems you face.
(408) 335-4536
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Aptos, CA 95003
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Dr. Kathryn Keithly, Pediatric Psychologist
Psychologist, LEP, MA, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Kathryn (Katy) Keithly holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Educational Psychology and a State certification in School Psychology. She is a licensed Educational Psychologist (#3485) and a Board Certified Sport Psychologist. Katy got her start in Psychology at Cal State Monterey Bay were she graduated with a B.A and was the captain of CSUMB’s women’s golf team for four years. Katy also has been riding horses since she was five and competed throughout the United States.
(831) 269-5705
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Aptos, CA 95003
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Online Therapists

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Mina Mehmet Millen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
I help couples unveil values, expectations and personality differences in order to establish clarity and confidence for building a new future together. Learn how to repair from rupture and get back to a joyful connection. These are vital keys for a long-term relationship. Come and courageously see each other through compassion and strength. I also do individual HeartSync sessions based on Father Andrew Miller’s Christian counseling .
(408) 217-1508
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San Jose, CA 95124
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John K Ojewole
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
You have come to this page for a purpose. I want to welcome you on your exploration of resources for supports. Life is full of challenges. The pandemic also brings emotional distress. When we are unable to handle the situation of life, it is alright to reach out to someone who could be helpful. I can provide that support. I enjoy working with Couples, Families, and adult individuals who strive to address their hurts, distress, and struggles. If you are troubled, struggling, and overwhelmed with emotions, I have listening ears and an empathetic posture to provide you the needed support. I offer Christian counseling also.
(925) 369-7489
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Antioch, CA 94509
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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.