Chronic Pain Therapists in Watsonville, CA

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Margaret Putnam-Pite
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you or someone you love dealing with a life-threatening illness? Whether newly diagnosed, in active treatment or nearing end-of-life, the uncertainty and fear can be overwhelming. I offer counseling to help you find peace and fulfillment in this experience, to enable you to give and receive love in ways that might previously have seemed impossible. We can explore the impact illness is having on your life and develop strategies for managing the challenges you are facing. I work with families to improve communication and I offer guidance and support to caregivers, enabling them to provide the best care possible.
Are you or someone you love dealing with a life-threatening illness? Whether newly diagnosed, in active treatment or nearing end-of-life, the uncertainty and fear can be overwhelming. I offer counseling to help you find peace and fulfillment in this experience, to enable you to give and receive love in ways that might previously have seemed impossible. We can explore the impact illness is having on your life and develop strategies for managing the challenges you are facing. I work with families to improve communication and I offer guidance and support to caregivers, enabling them to provide the best care possible.
(831) 777-4720 View (831) 777-4720
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Michelle Moses LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
Do you find yourself up at night worrying? Do you cry in the shower, feel all alone or “not yourself?” My clients tell me they feel supported and safe to process out stress w/ spot focused attention-- this allows for quick relief from physical and/or emotional pain and creates space and energy for creative problem solving and creating your life in alignment!.
Pandemic. War. Existential shock; we can feel lack in our joy and our vitality; we feel overwhelm in body, mind and spirit. We can’t sleep, our relationships don’t feel right and we feel lost in the huge and scary waves of fear and worry about the past, the future and our survival...there is hope! we partner in practices to find compassion and radical acceptance; we dedicate space to cultivate and nourish the growth mindset and ourselves deeply— I hold sacred and safe spaces for womxn who feel stuck in fear and overwhelm so they can reboot and reconnect with their body wisdom and become the best version of themselves. regardless.
Do you find yourself up at night worrying? Do you cry in the shower, feel all alone or “not yourself?” My clients tell me they feel supported and safe to process out stress w/ spot focused attention-- this allows for quick relief from physical and/or emotional pain and creates space and energy for creative problem solving and creating your life in alignment!.
Pandemic. War. Existential shock; we can feel lack in our joy and our vitality; we feel overwhelm in body, mind and spirit. We can’t sleep, our relationships don’t feel right and we feel lost in the huge and scary waves of fear and worry about the past, the future and our survival...there is hope! we partner in practices to find compassion and radical acceptance; we dedicate space to cultivate and nourish the growth mindset and ourselves deeply— I hold sacred and safe spaces for womxn who feel stuck in fear and overwhelm so they can reboot and reconnect with their body wisdom and become the best version of themselves. regardless.
(831) 888-1594 View (831) 888-1594
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Shohreh White
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
Hello! My name is Shohreh but I go by Sho for short. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who has a passion to help others achieve their best life. Sometimes life can leave one feeling lost or powerless, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. I would be honored to help you navigate and walk with you in your journey to finding and reclaiming your true self.
Hello! My name is Shohreh but I go by Sho for short. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who has a passion to help others achieve their best life. Sometimes life can leave one feeling lost or powerless, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. I would be honored to help you navigate and walk with you in your journey to finding and reclaiming your true self.
(831) 208-3411 View (831) 208-3411
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Sheri Sohriakoff
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Watsonville, CA 95076
Waitlist for new clients
Your experience makes sense, there is nothing wrong with you, and healing is possible. I see therapy as a supportive space where you can find your inner voice and practice living in alignment with your authentic self. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, or other mental health issues, therapy will be a collaborative process. Our sessions will support you in developing skills, learning how to manage your emotions and feeling a greater sense of calm within yourself and in relationships.
Your experience makes sense, there is nothing wrong with you, and healing is possible. I see therapy as a supportive space where you can find your inner voice and practice living in alignment with your authentic self. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, or other mental health issues, therapy will be a collaborative process. Our sessions will support you in developing skills, learning how to manage your emotions and feeling a greater sense of calm within yourself and in relationships.
(408) 769-5731 View (408) 769-5731
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Julie Herzog
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076  (Online Only)
I am a holistic psychotherapist and will work to help you integrate mind, body and spirit. I believe we all have the propensity for health and wellness. Together we can work with your acute crisis or your desire to explore a deeper connection to self. Helping individuals (children, teens, adults), couples and families throughout the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area....I look forward to meeting you, working with you and assisting you in achieving better mental health.
I am a holistic psychotherapist and will work to help you integrate mind, body and spirit. I believe we all have the propensity for health and wellness. Together we can work with your acute crisis or your desire to explore a deeper connection to self. Helping individuals (children, teens, adults), couples and families throughout the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area....I look forward to meeting you, working with you and assisting you in achieving better mental health.
(831) 219-4109 View (831) 219-4109
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Xander Abrams
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, Coach
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076  (Online Only)
Having studying Mindfulness for the past 30+ years I have created evidence based Cognitive Behavioral / Mindfulness tools that help people face life crises by recognizing their own wisdom, resources, and the ability to exercise choice. This mind/body approach to health utilizes relaxation and focus tools that you can learn easily and use anywhere, anytime. You focus on what you can control to achieve your goals. These programs compliment the best medical treatment.
Having studying Mindfulness for the past 30+ years I have created evidence based Cognitive Behavioral / Mindfulness tools that help people face life crises by recognizing their own wisdom, resources, and the ability to exercise choice. This mind/body approach to health utilizes relaxation and focus tools that you can learn easily and use anywhere, anytime. You focus on what you can control to achieve your goals. These programs compliment the best medical treatment.
(831) 703-8969 View (831) 703-8969
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Jennifer Kozlay Stallings
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Watsonville, CA 95076
(650) 582-3125 View (650) 582-3125

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Jennifer McKay
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prunedale, CA 93907
I have worked with many professionals in law enforcement, first responders, families who either battle addiction, mental illness or are going through the heartbreak of watching a loved one battle addiction and or mental illness.
Welcome! I want to commend you on taking the first step toward getting to a healthier you. I look forward to working together in a safe place free from judgment, life's busyness, isolation, past trauma, and overall stress. Do you want to work with someone who really gets you and where you are coming from? I know that is very important to me as I feel one is able to open up with the right person. Ultimately, the goal is to help you get past life's past hurts, hang ups and negative habits. I look forward to helping you find more joy in your life!
I have worked with many professionals in law enforcement, first responders, families who either battle addiction, mental illness or are going through the heartbreak of watching a loved one battle addiction and or mental illness.
Welcome! I want to commend you on taking the first step toward getting to a healthier you. I look forward to working together in a safe place free from judgment, life's busyness, isolation, past trauma, and overall stress. Do you want to work with someone who really gets you and where you are coming from? I know that is very important to me as I feel one is able to open up with the right person. Ultimately, the goal is to help you get past life's past hurts, hang ups and negative habits. I look forward to helping you find more joy in your life!
(831) 246-9228 View (831) 246-9228
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Terri Lyn Zucker
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Not accepting new clients
Medicare clients accepted for teletherapy (telephone, Facetime, Zoom) . I treat trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. We carefully work through crises and both short and long term issues by using skillful means and tapping into your inner resources.
Medicare clients accepted for teletherapy (telephone, Facetime, Zoom) . I treat trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. We carefully work through crises and both short and long term issues by using skillful means and tapping into your inner resources.
(650) 489-0765 View (650) 489-0765
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Cheryl Jacques
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Waitlist for new clients
My background and training is psychoanalytic psychotherapy, relational psychoanalysis and attachment theory. Most recently I am a certified Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapist (KAP) for individuals and small groups. The integration of deep work and psychedelic medicine offers new paths toward healing. Our compassionate collaboration builds trust and judicious trust in others. My goal is to help you heal from trauma, abuse, persecution and racialized experience. Together we build the pathways of peace, calm, confidence, equanimity, and increased capacity to love yourself and the ones you love.
My background and training is psychoanalytic psychotherapy, relational psychoanalysis and attachment theory. Most recently I am a certified Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapist (KAP) for individuals and small groups. The integration of deep work and psychedelic medicine offers new paths toward healing. Our compassionate collaboration builds trust and judicious trust in others. My goal is to help you heal from trauma, abuse, persecution and racialized experience. Together we build the pathways of peace, calm, confidence, equanimity, and increased capacity to love yourself and the ones you love.
(510) 653-0678 View (510) 653-0678
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Pia Litz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003  (Online Only)
Imagine; you are able to shift harsh self criticism, insecurity, people pleasing, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, codependency, & feeling “stuck” in one or more areas of life. You can finally experience self love and acceptance, fulfilling intimacy, great health, & the ability to enjoy your achievements. You unapologetically set limits &boundaries that are in support of your needs & desires, & let yourself rise into a life where you actually have everything you want because you know in your bones just how worthy you are.
Imagine; you are able to shift harsh self criticism, insecurity, people pleasing, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, codependency, & feeling “stuck” in one or more areas of life. You can finally experience self love and acceptance, fulfilling intimacy, great health, & the ability to enjoy your achievements. You unapologetically set limits &boundaries that are in support of your needs & desires, & let yourself rise into a life where you actually have everything you want because you know in your bones just how worthy you are.
(408) 317-4773 View (408) 317-4773
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Karen Ouse
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SEP, NARM
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
Waitlist for new clients
Are you suffering from the effects of trauma in your life? Are you finding that talk therapy alone is not shifting patterns of mood and behavior? I am a holistic psychotherapist with specialized training in Somatic Experiencing and the Neuro-Affective Relational Model. You may feel as though you don't know who you are any more, that life has become burdensome, or maybe you have the sense that you were never really your authentic self to begin with. Perhaps you experience physiological and behavioral symptoms such as addiction, overwhelm, and isolation. This loss of connection to self/other is indicative of trauma. I can help you.
Are you suffering from the effects of trauma in your life? Are you finding that talk therapy alone is not shifting patterns of mood and behavior? I am a holistic psychotherapist with specialized training in Somatic Experiencing and the Neuro-Affective Relational Model. You may feel as though you don't know who you are any more, that life has become burdensome, or maybe you have the sense that you were never really your authentic self to begin with. Perhaps you experience physiological and behavioral symptoms such as addiction, overwhelm, and isolation. This loss of connection to self/other is indicative of trauma. I can help you.
(831) 216-5398 View (831) 216-5398
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Richard Litvak
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
After 25 years of hearing from clients that I help them to grow, change and solve the problems that bring them into therapy, I take pride in being a caring, compassionate and skilled therapist. Research has demonstrated that successful therapy depends upon the relationship between the therapist and the client. You can trust me to respect you, understand you and guide you in a collaborative therapeutic process. You can safely bring your frustrations, sadness, anxiety, shame or other feelings into therapy as we work through them in ways that improve your happiness and sense of well being.
After 25 years of hearing from clients that I help them to grow, change and solve the problems that bring them into therapy, I take pride in being a caring, compassionate and skilled therapist. Research has demonstrated that successful therapy depends upon the relationship between the therapist and the client. You can trust me to respect you, understand you and guide you in a collaborative therapeutic process. You can safely bring your frustrations, sadness, anxiety, shame or other feelings into therapy as we work through them in ways that improve your happiness and sense of well being.
(831) 216-0350 View (831) 216-0350
Photo of Claire Wilkinson Girczyc, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Claire Wilkinson Girczyc
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
Do you feel stuck, unhappy, and dissatisfied? Having problems in relationships? Does each day feel like too much to handle? Take the first step toward making positive change in your life by calling to schedule an appointment. Working together, we can identify your goals and desires, recognize and capitalize on your strengths, find strategies to relieve your stress and anxiety, improve your mood, reinvigorate your relationships, and increase your life satisfaction. I provide caring, supportive, non-judgmental, confidential therapy for adults, teens, children, and couples online, and in my welcoming, comfortable office.
Do you feel stuck, unhappy, and dissatisfied? Having problems in relationships? Does each day feel like too much to handle? Take the first step toward making positive change in your life by calling to schedule an appointment. Working together, we can identify your goals and desires, recognize and capitalize on your strengths, find strategies to relieve your stress and anxiety, improve your mood, reinvigorate your relationships, and increase your life satisfaction. I provide caring, supportive, non-judgmental, confidential therapy for adults, teens, children, and couples online, and in my welcoming, comfortable office.
(650) 753-6234 View (650) 753-6234
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Eric Olsen
Psychologist, PhD, PsyD
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Not accepting new clients
It’s human to want things to be different but to feel wary of change; that’s how we get stuck. For more than 35 years I’ve helped people – adults, teens, pre-teens and couples - get unstuck. My down-to-earth and non-judgmental style will help you talk freely about your concerns and hopes. Together we’ll help you create a new direction in life that fits your unique circumstances - no "one size fits all" approach here. Whether your problem is with your child, your partner, your boss or yourself, I can help you sort it all out so you feel your life is back on track again.
It’s human to want things to be different but to feel wary of change; that’s how we get stuck. For more than 35 years I’ve helped people – adults, teens, pre-teens and couples - get unstuck. My down-to-earth and non-judgmental style will help you talk freely about your concerns and hopes. Together we’ll help you create a new direction in life that fits your unique circumstances - no "one size fits all" approach here. Whether your problem is with your child, your partner, your boss or yourself, I can help you sort it all out so you feel your life is back on track again.
(408) 641-3466 View (408) 641-3466
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Lauren Labinger
Marriage & Family Therapist, MACP, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95001
Not accepting new clients
Welcome - I'm so glad you’re here! Looking for a therapist can be overwhelming. Sometimes frustrating. A little scary. But you’re here because you’re ready…or you think you might be ready, and you need some support to take the next step. Whether you know that you'd like to find an attachment-based therapist, or you aren't sure exactly what you're looking for, it's ok. I'm here to help.
Welcome - I'm so glad you’re here! Looking for a therapist can be overwhelming. Sometimes frustrating. A little scary. But you’re here because you’re ready…or you think you might be ready, and you need some support to take the next step. Whether you know that you'd like to find an attachment-based therapist, or you aren't sure exactly what you're looking for, it's ok. I'm here to help.
(831) 777-6659 View (831) 777-6659
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Teri L. Virostko
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
Not accepting new clients
We all go through difficult times and it takes courage to reach out for support. You may be wondering how therapy can help you. Perhaps you want support with a challenging issue, to relieve anxiety, recover from trauma or to change patterns that no longer work for you. You may want to improve a relationship or get support with parenting or working through loss. You can make changes, break patterns, and heal. Therapy is a place to get support, to explore new strategies for coping better with life, and to view things from an expanded perspective. Our challenges present us with opportunities to heal as well as grow.
We all go through difficult times and it takes courage to reach out for support. You may be wondering how therapy can help you. Perhaps you want support with a challenging issue, to relieve anxiety, recover from trauma or to change patterns that no longer work for you. You may want to improve a relationship or get support with parenting or working through loss. You can make changes, break patterns, and heal. Therapy is a place to get support, to explore new strategies for coping better with life, and to view things from an expanded perspective. Our challenges present us with opportunities to heal as well as grow.
(831) 888-0390 View (831) 888-0390
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Marlon A Guarino
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CCHT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you stuck in patterns of fears, confusion, indecision, or painful relationships? This stuckness and suffering hinder you from accessing the empowered, expansive, creative, organic self within; this essential part of you wants to express the unique gift that you are, and the gifts you bring to the world. Imagine beyond your struggles or limitations to become who you are truly meant to be, being more authentic, having more fulfilling relationships and manifesting your passions. Whether you are looking for further understanding, or personal tools or deeper change, I am here to support your journey.
Are you stuck in patterns of fears, confusion, indecision, or painful relationships? This stuckness and suffering hinder you from accessing the empowered, expansive, creative, organic self within; this essential part of you wants to express the unique gift that you are, and the gifts you bring to the world. Imagine beyond your struggles or limitations to become who you are truly meant to be, being more authentic, having more fulfilling relationships and manifesting your passions. Whether you are looking for further understanding, or personal tools or deeper change, I am here to support your journey.
(831) 272-0611 View (831) 272-0611
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Sharon Vaughn
MPH, RN, Couples, Coach
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95003
I love helping people realize how good they really are rather than staying stuck in their low self-esteem. To be blunt, I’m a smart, deeply experienced, super kind, caregiving Coach. What I really love to do is help women and men solve their anxieties and recover their joy. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. If you're looking for extra support and help through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
I love helping people realize how good they really are rather than staying stuck in their low self-esteem. To be blunt, I’m a smart, deeply experienced, super kind, caregiving Coach. What I really love to do is help women and men solve their anxieties and recover their joy. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. If you're looking for extra support and help through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
(831) 215-3273 View (831) 215-3273
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Marc L'Ecluse
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Aptos, CA 95001
I support you in remembering yourself and allowing your inner healing intelligence to return you to connection with your wholeness.
I support you in remembering yourself and allowing your inner healing intelligence to return you to connection with your wholeness.
(831) 353-3975 View (831) 353-3975

Chronic Pain Therapists

How does chronic pain therapy work?

Engaging with a psychotherapist to help treat chronic pain does not mean that one’s pain is all in their head. Therapy for chronic-pain patients has been shown to benefit both the mind and the body, targeting physical symptoms and increasing daily functioning. In other words, for many, addressing their emotional health through therapy affects their physical health. A therapist can help a client challenge unhelpful thoughts about pain and develop new ways to respond to it, such as distraction or calming breathing techniques. Studies have found that therapy can be as effective as surgery for certain cases of chronic pain and many doctors recommend trying psychotherapy in advance of considering invasive surgery.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic pain?

Stress, anxiety, depression, catastrophizing, ruminating, lack of activity, and social withdrawal all make chronic pain worse. Addressing these issues, research shows, can help people gain control over their pain symptoms. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and mindfulness-based stress reduction, along with greater pain-management education, have been found to help people reduce fear and disability.

Are there new treatments for chronic pain?

Many cases of chronic pain, particularly those involving back pain, remain medically unexplained. But there is evidence that changes in the brain or nervous system are caused by previous physical ailments such as tissue damage; in such cases, the brain may continue to send out pain signals despite the physical cause having healed. To aid patients under these circumstances, a recently developed treatment known as pain reprocessing therapy (PRT) is designed to help the brain “unlearn” this response. A PRT practitioner helps individuals to reduce the “threat value” of their ongoing pain signals until they can reappraise them as less threatening and fear-inducing. They also help an individual to develop new emotional regulation skills.

How long does therapy for chronic pain take?

There is no set timeline for recovery from chronic pain, especially as there may be a range of physical and psychological causes for any individual’s discomfort, but most patients should expect to see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 sessions. Studies of pain reprocessing therapy found that many individuals’ experience of pain lessened in eight sessions over four weeks.