Psychoanalytic 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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Elizabeth A. Wood
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, REAT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I use a relational psychoanalytic approach, integrating threads of Gestalt, Somatic, and Art therapies.
I provide individual psychotherapy to folks who are curious about the growth potential within this realm of treatment. If you are interested in exploring the curative elements of this work, I hope to generate positive change and wellness with you. I have a master's in psychology from CIIS in San Francisco, CA, and am a Fellowship Year Graduate from the Palo Alto Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy Training Program. I am now in their Two-Year certificate Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at Stanford University.
(628) 237-3733
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Kathy Gusewelle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I have advanced training in the study of symbolism and dreams at the San Francisco Jungian Institute and particpated in Psychoanalytic consultation and training for the past 25 years .
Good therapy experiences are enlivening, collaborative and honest. I have over 25 years experience as a Depth Psychotherapist helping people gain greater self-awareness about what triggers negative emotional reactivity and self sabotaging patterns. Identifying and integrating unconscious beliefs, trauma and self defeating responses can help develop emotional resilience, greater self acceptance and happiness. When we feel truly heard, seen and understood a transformative power ignites and we can risk being different and more open. Hidden in the darkest places can be found the riches treasures such as creativity, passion, purpose and being present.
(831) 621-5310
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Cheryl Jacques
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I offer psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for individuals, teens and couples. I work collaboratively with you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, resolve personal and interpersonal conflicts, and improve your mood and behavior in a private, respectful setting. I help you to heal from traumatic and abusive situations. My family work includes child therapy, families in transitions, parenting and child development, parent-teen dyads, and couples therapy.
(510) 653-0678
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Senechal Consulting
PhD, MA
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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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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Rory Valentine Diller
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Hello, I'm Rory. I am nonjudgemental, down to Earth, kind-hearted, and supportive. Have you survived something awful and need help healing and moving on? Does the past haunt you and block you from success and healthy relationships? Do you feel frustrated with yourself and want to change your patterns? Are you going through back to back crises and just need help navigating through the stress and uncertainty?
(925) 259-3996
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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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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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Lisa Ann Herendeen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MEd
Verified
Verified
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
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Alia Griese
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Yielding to a culture of immediacy, a relationship to oneself may be difficult to prioritize. Perhaps we’re still piecing our story together. Clues may be arriving in unconscious cycles— we’ve been here before and how we got back feels, for now, like a mystery. We’re not blind to our truth. We bend, accommodate, bury, and mourn parts of ourselves lost to a world that tells us, in one way or another, that our whole self isn’t welcome. Circumstances may have reached a painful point. The therapeutic experience can provide a container of time and space to hold what’s been left behind and imagine into our fullest self.
(831) 228-4236
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Nina Kelly
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Having relationship issues? I am here to help! I am Level 2 Gottman Method Couples Certified. Let me evaluate your communication and share effective tools that will help your relationship to thrive!
(415) 702-2489
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Megan Hernandez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Megan leads with hope and curiosity to empower her clients to grow into their best selves. She works collaboratively with clients in order to understand them as a whole person, not just their problems. Megan believes patience, authenticity, and transparency are essential to build trust and safety in the therapeutic relationship. Megan specializes in working with adults and youth who identify as neurodivergent and/or on the autism spectrum, as well as LGBTQ+ individuals. Megan works with clients who are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and relationship struggles.
(831) 249-0198
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Sarah McKnight
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
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
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Terri Drake
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Verified
I want you to have a better life. Maybe you're lonely or sad. Maybe you're struggling in your relationships. Together, we'll get to the root of your pain. We'll uncover the patterns and wounds that get in the way of having the life you want. My caring presence provides a place where you can revitalize your life and fill it with new meaning.
(831) 272-4975
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Erin S. Phillips
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
I work with those who long for a deeper understanding of and intimacy with themselves and others. Especially those who are ready to embrace the undertaking of becoming oneself. Among the issues that people bring into therapy are grief and bereavement, navigating challenging transitions, relationship issues, educational and vocational questions, and support in following their dreams in the search for meaning. "Only what is truly oneself has the power to heal." C.G. Jung
(831) 219-2707
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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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Elaine Kates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I try to individually tailor treatment to each patient by providing a balance of symptom relief to alleviate current discomfort and analysis of primary causal factors for long-term resolution.
(831) 269-5047
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Karen Nelsen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Counseling may take different forms depending on whether you’re dealing with a significant life transition, loss, or have been struggling with symptoms of depression or anxiety. As a strengths-based counselor, I believe we have an inner compass that can guide us, with support, toward positive change. Bringing years of coaching experience to counseling, I hold a safe place for you to explore your internal life as well as your natural ability to shine in activities and relationships. Positive connection with others is how we discover---or rediscover---a place of safety and wholeness in our lives.
(831) 777-2660
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Tierney Long
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I offer nature walk therapy and online therapy to teens and adults. For in person therapy, rather than sitting in an office we meet at a local hiking trail and walk during our session. Being immersed in nature and moving the body while talking provides many additional benefits to the therapeutic process. I include effective therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal and Family Therapy in my sessions. I am especially passionate about helping single mothers navigate through difficult realities and emotions as I understand the experience first hand.
(831) 263-0246
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Psychoanalytic Therapists
Psychoanalysis is an in-depth form of therapy. The client learns what conscious and unconscious wishes drive their patterns of thinking and behavior on the theory that, by making the unconscious conscious, they will make more educated choices over how they think and act.