Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"I have been a psychotherapist in Santa Barbara, CA since 1974. My style is varied, incorporating Gestalt therapy, active listening, inner child work, assertiveness training, and guided imagery. Licensed since 1980 as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I enjoy working with couples, regarding issues of healthy sexuality, intimacy, and communication. Individual women and men,working on their sexual self esteem, are some of my favorite clients. For over fifteen years, I have also been leading groups for Adults Molested as Children, as well as their partners. Focus on breath and body is integral to my way of working in session."
Family / Marital
(805) 317-4878
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"I have been a psychotherapist in Santa Barbara, CA since 1974. My style is varied, incorporating Gestalt therapy, active listening, inner child work, assertiveness training, and guided imagery. Licensed since 1980 as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I enjoy working with couples, regarding issues of healthy sexuality, intimacy, and communication. Individual women and men,working on their sexual self esteem, are some of my favorite clients. For over fifteen years, I have also been leading groups for Adults Molested as Children, as well as their partners. Focus on breath and body is integral to my way of working in session."
Marjorie Schuman, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93108
"Psychotherapy is an ongoing intimate conversation which allows you to get more deeply in touch with your personal truth. It provides a safe space in which you can acknowledge and work with difficult feelings and issues such as addictive and compulsive behavior; identity issues; anxiety and panic; depression and despair. As a therapist, my role is to listen from an empathic perspective which helps you understand your unique subjective experience. With mindful awareness in the here and now of the therapeutic relationship, you will develop the ability to listen deeply to yourself."
Family / Marital
(805) 319-6697
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93108
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Family / Marital
"Psychotherapy is an ongoing intimate conversation which allows you to get more deeply in touch with your personal truth. It provides a safe space in which you can acknowledge and work with difficult feelings and issues such as addictive and compulsive behavior; identity issues; anxiety and panic; depression and despair. As a therapist, my role is to listen from an empathic perspective which helps you understand your unique subjective experience. With mindful awareness in the here and now of the therapeutic relationship, you will develop the ability to listen deeply to yourself."
Danah A. Williams, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"Are you ready for a positive change? Tired of doing the same thing and expecting different results? While we cannot change our past, or our genetic predispositions, we can learn to change the way we respond and react to our emotions and triggers; in order to give them less power and control in our lives. Learning about your unique experiences, needs and goals, and responding with caring and empathy, I will walk with you in exploring the barriers that you feel are hindering you, and provide therapeutic support, counseling and tools to help you acheive your goals."
Family / Marital
(805) 409-3558
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"Are you ready for a positive change? Tired of doing the same thing and expecting different results? While we cannot change our past, or our genetic predispositions, we can learn to change the way we respond and react to our emotions and triggers; in order to give them less power and control in our lives. Learning about your unique experiences, needs and goals, and responding with caring and empathy, I will walk with you in exploring the barriers that you feel are hindering you, and provide therapeutic support, counseling and tools to help you acheive your goals."
Suzie C Kirkland, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"If you are reading this, you have already begun the journey toward healing and self-discovery! My goal is to support your growth towards the person you desire to be, heal hurts from the past, and find peace in a sometimes chaotic and stress-filled world. I strive to make a safe space to listen and provide you with gentle guidance, professional interventions that may contribute to wellness, and empathy in a non-judgmental and supportive manner. Life is so short, aren't you worth the journey towards wellness and happiness?! I believe you are!"
Family / Marital
(805) 876-9235
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"If you are reading this, you have already begun the journey toward healing and self-discovery! My goal is to support your growth towards the person you desire to be, heal hurts from the past, and find peace in a sometimes chaotic and stress-filled world. I strive to make a safe space to listen and provide you with gentle guidance, professional interventions that may contribute to wellness, and empathy in a non-judgmental and supportive manner. Life is so short, aren't you worth the journey towards wellness and happiness?! I believe you are!"
Cindy Mayer, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, MS
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"Life can be challenging, and there are many reasons you may be seeking help, either for yourself or with a partner or family members. It may be that you or a loved one is experiencing depression or anxiety. Stress may be piling up as you try to balance the challenges of life, relationship, career, or family. Perhaps you are just not finding happiness. You may be caregiving for a parent, struggling with grief, or asking "Is this all there is?" As a therapist, I tap into your strengths and creativity so that you can create positive change in your life."
Family / Marital
(805) 335-6828 x108
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"Life can be challenging, and there are many reasons you may be seeking help, either for yourself or with a partner or family members. It may be that you or a loved one is experiencing depression or anxiety. Stress may be piling up as you try to balance the challenges of life, relationship, career, or family. Perhaps you are just not finding happiness. You may be caregiving for a parent, struggling with grief, or asking "Is this all there is?" As a therapist, I tap into your strengths and creativity so that you can create positive change in your life."
Romi Cumes, Transformative Healing Arts, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CMT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"The intention of my work is to support clients to identify, explore, and ultimately transform stuck patterns that create challenges and physical or emotional distress. My clinical work is somatic and relational (supports body-mind-spirit connection). I treat a variety of issues and concerns including but not limited to: anxiety, stress, depression, teen/young adult support, trauma, PTSD, co-occurring disorders, grief/loss/bereavement, substance abuse, relationship issues, chronic pain/illness, spirituality, sexuality, and life- purpose. Hablo Espanol y puedo hacer la orientacion en Espanol, pero no soy un hablante nativo. "
Family / Marital
(805) 335-6814
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"The intention of my work is to support clients to identify, explore, and ultimately transform stuck patterns that create challenges and physical or emotional distress. My clinical work is somatic and relational (supports body-mind-spirit connection). I treat a variety of issues and concerns including but not limited to: anxiety, stress, depression, teen/young adult support, trauma, PTSD, co-occurring disorders, grief/loss/bereavement, substance abuse, relationship issues, chronic pain/illness, spirituality, sexuality, and life- purpose. Hablo Espanol y puedo hacer la orientacion en Espanol, pero no soy un hablante nativo. "
Beth Pratt, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"I work with people who are feeling off track or stuck and ready to make a change. Sometimes patterns keep repeating themselves and it's not clear why or habits become hard to change. If circumstances have you feeling troubled or confused, or your relationships have become a source of frustration or distress, what and how to change may not come easy. I help people sort out what no longer works and find the way forward."
Family / Marital
(805) 845-5212
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"I work with people who are feeling off track or stuck and ready to make a change. Sometimes patterns keep repeating themselves and it's not clear why or habits become hard to change. If circumstances have you feeling troubled or confused, or your relationships have become a source of frustration or distress, what and how to change may not come easy. I help people sort out what no longer works and find the way forward."
Stephanie Pawlowicz, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RPT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"A person comes to therapy when their present ways of being in relationship, or in the world, no longer seem to hold the meaning they once did. My aim is to support you in creating a new foundation of hope, purpose, and meaning in your life. I help people seek wholeness through the integration of mind, body, and soul, thus expanding their current level of understanding, and in so doing, creating the capacity to live more meaningfully. "
Family / Marital
(805) 324-6675
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"A person comes to therapy when their present ways of being in relationship, or in the world, no longer seem to hold the meaning they once did. My aim is to support you in creating a new foundation of hope, purpose, and meaning in your life. I help people seek wholeness through the integration of mind, body, and soul, thus expanding their current level of understanding, and in so doing, creating the capacity to live more meaningfully. "
Eric Nelson, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93108
"Life can be incredibly painful, and at times we can find ourselves confused, lost, anxious, and seemingly alone. We cannot have a pain-free life, but there are ways of managing the issues in our lives that help us be more present, connected to our values, and fulfilled in that which we do. Whether it is anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or trauma, there are ways to respond to these so that we can move back toward the lives that we want to lead. "
Family / Marital
(805) 330-3658
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93108
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Family / Marital
"Life can be incredibly painful, and at times we can find ourselves confused, lost, anxious, and seemingly alone. We cannot have a pain-free life, but there are ways of managing the issues in our lives that help us be more present, connected to our values, and fulfilled in that which we do. Whether it is anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or trauma, there are ways to respond to these so that we can move back toward the lives that we want to lead. "
Licensed Psychoanalyst, PhD, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"I've been an educator for over 20 years, at Dartmouth College and now at UCSB. I know many young adults facing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, while juggling school, jobs, and relationships. Their experience inspired me to start clinical training in 2005 at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in LA, where I am now also a faculty member. My approach to psychoanalysis is interdisciplinary; I'm affiliated with the Neuroscience Institute at UCSB and a clinical member of THRIVE Infant-Family Program in LA. My current research focuses on psychosomatics; I specialize in infant/family therapy, young adults, and seniors."
Family / Marital
(805) 250-4027
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"I've been an educator for over 20 years, at Dartmouth College and now at UCSB. I know many young adults facing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, while juggling school, jobs, and relationships. Their experience inspired me to start clinical training in 2005 at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in LA, where I am now also a faculty member. My approach to psychoanalysis is interdisciplinary; I'm affiliated with the Neuroscience Institute at UCSB and a clinical member of THRIVE Infant-Family Program in LA. My current research focuses on psychosomatics; I specialize in infant/family therapy, young adults, and seniors."
Kimberly A Fouche', Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93102
"The changes in the world today can be unbalancing and having a guide to help one find ways to re-balance is important to one's well-being. I Have had life experience in dealing with trauma which guided me to become engaged in the study of psychology. I saw the need for more understanding of the mind and the human experience. Anxiety and depression affect the whole person: psycho-spiritually, physically, mentally, and physiologically. The signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression will manifest at every level. Imagine working together to find your own therapeutic tune to your life song…"
Family / Marital
(805) 742-4577
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93102
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Family / Marital
"The changes in the world today can be unbalancing and having a guide to help one find ways to re-balance is important to one's well-being. I Have had life experience in dealing with trauma which guided me to become engaged in the study of psychology. I saw the need for more understanding of the mind and the human experience. Anxiety and depression affect the whole person: psycho-spiritually, physically, mentally, and physiologically. The signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression will manifest at every level. Imagine working together to find your own therapeutic tune to your life song…"
Marilyn J Owen, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"Many of my clients are those who tend to give too much, disconnect from their own needs and desires, feel depressed and anxious, and/or experience chronic pain. They are often highly sensitive and imaginative, helpers and healers, with literary, artistic, or philosophical leanings. They are all seeking to heal inner conflicts and relationship problems rooted in early attachment wounds or traumatic experiences. Most importantly, my clients have come to recognize it's time to do their inner work in order to create the outer life they want, and they continue to grow and deepen into their innate wisdom long after therapy has ended."
Family / Marital
(805) 413-4895
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"Many of my clients are those who tend to give too much, disconnect from their own needs and desires, feel depressed and anxious, and/or experience chronic pain. They are often highly sensitive and imaginative, helpers and healers, with literary, artistic, or philosophical leanings. They are all seeking to heal inner conflicts and relationship problems rooted in early attachment wounds or traumatic experiences. Most importantly, my clients have come to recognize it's time to do their inner work in order to create the outer life they want, and they continue to grow and deepen into their innate wisdom long after therapy has ended."
Curtis Knecht, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"You want to have a positive impact in your relationships, work and personal life... and something isn't working - you are blocked, stuck in self-defeating patterns, wounded by life's inevitable pain... you need support to break free and move forward on the path of your heart. How do you choose the support that's right for you?"
Family / Marital
(323) 772-5918
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"You want to have a positive impact in your relationships, work and personal life... and something isn't working - you are blocked, stuck in self-defeating patterns, wounded by life's inevitable pain... you need support to break free and move forward on the path of your heart. How do you choose the support that's right for you?"
Erin Bunnell, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, Online, Video, Therapy
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93108
"Although we cannot change people, places, or things there are positive ways to grow stronger through adversity. My expertise, experience, and modern approach will help you overcome challenges and address situations that are not working in your life. With a strong therapeutic relationship and understanding of your goals, I will support, challenge and inspire you to move forward. Let us work together and find solutions. With 20 years of experience, and the online tools I offer to stay connected, I am very accessible, responsive and eager to be an online support in your life!"
Family / Marital
(805) 870-8916
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93108
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Family / Marital
"Although we cannot change people, places, or things there are positive ways to grow stronger through adversity. My expertise, experience, and modern approach will help you overcome challenges and address situations that are not working in your life. With a strong therapeutic relationship and understanding of your goals, I will support, challenge and inspire you to move forward. Let us work together and find solutions. With 20 years of experience, and the online tools I offer to stay connected, I am very accessible, responsive and eager to be an online support in your life!"
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"Perhaps you are seeking therapy for yourself due to issues related to anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, or self-esteem. Perhaps you are seeking therapy for your child because they don't listen, have social difficulties, are anxious, or angry. Or perhaps you are a couple needing help with communication. I am here to help. I strive to understand your experience and create a safe space for you to explore whatever may come up. I take an active approach by working with you to identify your areas of concern, create a treatment plan and work in a collaborative way to help you make meaningful changes. "
Family / Marital
(805) 883-6253
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"Perhaps you are seeking therapy for yourself due to issues related to anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, or self-esteem. Perhaps you are seeking therapy for your child because they don't listen, have social difficulties, are anxious, or angry. Or perhaps you are a couple needing help with communication. I am here to help. I strive to understand your experience and create a safe space for you to explore whatever may come up. I take an active approach by working with you to identify your areas of concern, create a treatment plan and work in a collaborative way to help you make meaningful changes. "
Aaron Nash, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"I have a background in a number of disciplines and have successfully treated clients using Hypnotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Voice Dialogue and Art Therapy. I also incorporate the basic principles of Zen-Buddhism, which I have studied and practiced for a number of years. Being an ex-addict, I'm comfortable with the addictive personality and I have a comprehensive knowledge of the 12-step programs. I have experience coordinating with social workers and psychiatrists. While interning I worked at an adolescent group home which proves useful in children and adolescents."
Family / Marital
(805) 317-4758
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"I have a background in a number of disciplines and have successfully treated clients using Hypnotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Voice Dialogue and Art Therapy. I also incorporate the basic principles of Zen-Buddhism, which I have studied and practiced for a number of years. Being an ex-addict, I'm comfortable with the addictive personality and I have a comprehensive knowledge of the 12-step programs. I have experience coordinating with social workers and psychiatrists. While interning I worked at an adolescent group home which proves useful in children and adolescents."
Clinton Doyle Hollister, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93109
"Whenever people come to see me, I am always impressed by their courage. No matter what the problems are, most everyone enters therapy from a confused and vulnerable space. To do so takes courage. In knowing this, I work to honor their vulnerability and courage. I know that by providing a grounded, attentive, and focused presence to those I work with, trust will occur between us, and we can all be more free to address whatever the pain may be. Without this foundation of trust, I will not be able to effectively help at all."
Family / Marital
(805) 214-6563
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93109
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Family / Marital
"Whenever people come to see me, I am always impressed by their courage. No matter what the problems are, most everyone enters therapy from a confused and vulnerable space. To do so takes courage. In knowing this, I work to honor their vulnerability and courage. I know that by providing a grounded, attentive, and focused presence to those I work with, trust will occur between us, and we can all be more free to address whatever the pain may be. Without this foundation of trust, I will not be able to effectively help at all."
Maria Stave, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93117
"If you are facing difficulty in life (as we all have) I believe in getting the support and care you deserve. I have extensive knowledge in anxiety/depression, relationship issues, addiction/recovery, couples work and Alzheimer's disease / dementia. I also love working with children and teens (and even have two of my own)! I look at the issues we face in a whole-person approach and believe in exploring all aspects of a client's health including mindfulness, nutrition, and exercise."
Family / Marital
(805) 214-6674
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93117
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Family / Marital
"If you are facing difficulty in life (as we all have) I believe in getting the support and care you deserve. I have extensive knowledge in anxiety/depression, relationship issues, addiction/recovery, couples work and Alzheimer's disease / dementia. I also love working with children and teens (and even have two of my own)! I look at the issues we face in a whole-person approach and believe in exploring all aspects of a client's health including mindfulness, nutrition, and exercise."
Susan Butler, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA-MFT, LMFT, LPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93109
"Are you struggling with losing weight? Have you tried and failed many times? Are your frustrated with dieting and could use someone to walk beside you on your weight loss journey? I have struggled with weight my whole life and have lost over 200 pounds. I know your pain. We can work together to discover what is blocking your success and help you find the path to a healthier life. My passion is for helping clients discover what strengths they already possess, and to help them discover tools to cope with life and gain hope towards the future."
Family / Marital
(503) 967-0236
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93109
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Family / Marital
"Are you struggling with losing weight? Have you tried and failed many times? Are your frustrated with dieting and could use someone to walk beside you on your weight loss journey? I have struggled with weight my whole life and have lost over 200 pounds. I know your pain. We can work together to discover what is blocking your success and help you find the path to a healthier life. My passion is for helping clients discover what strengths they already possess, and to help them discover tools to cope with life and gain hope towards the future."
Jennifer Weeks, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Barbara, California 93101
"My area of expertise is in chemical dependency, co-dependency and mood disorders. For over 18 years I have worked with addicts, alcoholics and affected familes. "
Family / Marital
(805) 335-8901
Verified
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Family / Marital
"My area of expertise is in chemical dependency, co-dependency and mood disorders. For over 18 years I have worked with addicts, alcoholics and affected familes. "

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Family / Marital Therapists
Therapists in Santa Barbara using the techniques of 'family therapy' work with families or couples both together and individually to help them improve their communication skills, build on the positive aspects of their relationships, and repair harmful or negative dynamics.

As an approach to therapy, 'family therapy' (also referred to as family systems therapy, marital therapy, marriage therapy, marriage and family therapy, marital therapy and family counseling) views change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members or couples.

Family relationships often affect psychological well-being and, regardless of the origin of an issue, or whether it may be the "individual" or "family" who is presenting it, involving the family in the solution can be of great benefit. Families participate directly in sessions during which the family therapist helps conversations in a way that draws upon and builds the strengths, wisdom and support of the wider family unit.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in Santa Barbara are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Santa Barbara you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Santa Barbara and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Santa Barbara or family therapy in Santa Barbara.