Cindy Mayer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, MS Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
Together we will identify the best approach to address your unique needs, which may incorporate mindfulness, CBT, somatic work, motivational interviewing, Gestalt, family systems, and other modalities.
Life can be challenging and there are many reasons you may be seeking support, 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.
(805) 335-6828
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
Together we will identify the best approach to address your unique needs, which may incorporate mindfulness, CBT, somatic work, motivational interviewing, Gestalt, family systems, and other modalities.
Life can be challenging and there are many reasons you may be seeking support, 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.
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Andrew Smyth
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
I use a variety of trauma-informed techniques most notably, EMDR, Hakomi, TF-CBT, DBT, and Internal Family Systems.
Every human being has a similar wish at their core: to heal our relationship with our partner/s, family, community and ultimately ourselves. My purpose as a therapist, is to help guide you in finding new paths towards healing in order to re-claim the love and connection you deserve. Through our work together, we aim to transcend past wounds and limiting beliefs in order to relieve pain and build new patterns of relating to the world.
(805) 232-7968
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
I use a variety of trauma-informed techniques most notably, EMDR, Hakomi, TF-CBT, DBT, and Internal Family Systems.
Every human being has a similar wish at their core: to heal our relationship with our partner/s, family, community and ultimately ourselves. My purpose as a therapist, is to help guide you in finding new paths towards healing in order to re-claim the love and connection you deserve. Through our work together, we aim to transcend past wounds and limiting beliefs in order to relieve pain and build new patterns of relating to the world.
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Tara Elise Schlener
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Offers online therapy
Every person is unique, and what one needs to heal and feel whole is also unique. I see each of my clients as the individuals that they are, and work with them using the method and process best for their healing and personal growth. Therapy is a process where alchemy can occur; together we can allow for this process, and the healing begins here. I use a Client Centered approach and integrate Family Systems, Dreamwork, EMDR, play therapy, and some astrology if the client requests this.
(805) 774-1574
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Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Offers online therapy
Every person is unique, and what one needs to heal and feel whole is also unique. I see each of my clients as the individuals that they are, and work with them using the method and process best for their healing and personal growth. Therapy is a process where alchemy can occur; together we can allow for this process, and the healing begins here. I use a Client Centered approach and integrate Family Systems, Dreamwork, EMDR, play therapy, and some astrology if the client requests this.
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Suzie C Kirkland
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I also work with Family Systems Model as it is often the "System" struggling rather than just the individual.
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!
(805) 876-9235
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I also work with Family Systems Model as it is often the "System" struggling rather than just the individual.
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!
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Couples Therapy Institute
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
Trained in trauma, resilience, and attachment theory: CBT, EFT, somatic, transpersonal, family systems therapy.
CERTIFIED FIRST RESPONDER COUNSELOR-DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH. Crisis Response to mass critical incidents. Do you want to be happier, more satisfied, or feel better? As a therapist with over 23 years experience, I have supported clients in healing through change and personal growth. I offer a safe, confidential environment to explore emotional patterns that may be preventing clients from living up to their fullest potential. CERTIFIED GOTTMAN COUPLES THERAPIST. Experienced Rover Therapist at the Art & Science of Love Workshops facilitated by Doctors John and Julie Gottman. COMPREHENSIVE COUPLES ASSESSMENTS - ONLINE THERAPY AVAILABLE.
(805) 883-6199
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
Trained in trauma, resilience, and attachment theory: CBT, EFT, somatic, transpersonal, family systems therapy.
CERTIFIED FIRST RESPONDER COUNSELOR-DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH. Crisis Response to mass critical incidents. Do you want to be happier, more satisfied, or feel better? As a therapist with over 23 years experience, I have supported clients in healing through change and personal growth. I offer a safe, confidential environment to explore emotional patterns that may be preventing clients from living up to their fullest potential. CERTIFIED GOTTMAN COUPLES THERAPIST. Experienced Rover Therapist at the Art & Science of Love Workshops facilitated by Doctors John and Julie Gottman. COMPREHENSIVE COUPLES ASSESSMENTS - ONLINE THERAPY AVAILABLE.
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Michelle Trudeau LeBeau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
I work in a way that incorporates attachment focused EMDR, CBT, mindfulness, social justice, and family systems to help create positive identity, resolve conflicts, and increase happiness.
Finding the right therapist is important. I approach therapy in a warm and relational way, and believe confidentiality and non-judgmental responses are crucial to creating a safe and trusting space. I know it can be hard to open up and start the process, so I make sure my client's feel comfortable to talk about the hard things and share about themselves authentically. Many of the situations I help people with involve experiencing depression or anxiety, processing recent or past trauma, important life or identity transitions, adolescent struggles, relationship concerns, and wanting personal growth and healing.
(805) 323-9271
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
I work in a way that incorporates attachment focused EMDR, CBT, mindfulness, social justice, and family systems to help create positive identity, resolve conflicts, and increase happiness.
Finding the right therapist is important. I approach therapy in a warm and relational way, and believe confidentiality and non-judgmental responses are crucial to creating a safe and trusting space. I know it can be hard to open up and start the process, so I make sure my client's feel comfortable to talk about the hard things and share about themselves authentically. Many of the situations I help people with involve experiencing depression or anxiety, processing recent or past trauma, important life or identity transitions, adolescent struggles, relationship concerns, and wanting personal growth and healing.
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Judith E Rubenstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, JD, LMFT Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Offers online therapy
I bring that knowledge of family systems and conflict resolution to my work with couples, business partners, family businesses, and sibling conflicts.
I believe that each of us need love and close intimate relationships to reach our highest evolution as a human being. I create a safe, loving environment for individuals or couples to do their work to reach their highest potential. My focus is on helping you experience your feelings, physical sensations, thoughts and images, in the moment. As you claim new parts to yourself, you gradually come to accept and love a fuller and more actualized self.
(805) 288-6441
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Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Offers online therapy
I bring that knowledge of family systems and conflict resolution to my work with couples, business partners, family businesses, and sibling conflicts.
I believe that each of us need love and close intimate relationships to reach our highest evolution as a human being. I create a safe, loving environment for individuals or couples to do their work to reach their highest potential. My focus is on helping you experience your feelings, physical sensations, thoughts and images, in the moment. As you claim new parts to yourself, you gradually come to accept and love a fuller and more actualized self.
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Debbie Allen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Not accepting new clients
I am a warm & interactive systemic therapist who is interested in your heart & soul, focusing on strengths in an atmosphere of mutual respect & discovery. I join you or your family in a collaborative journey to explore barriers to change, discover inner resources, develop coping skills, reduce stress & experience authentic communication with the people closest in your life. My integrative and evidence based approach aims to reduce stress, heal trauma & includes family systems interventions to break through to greater purpose and joy. Curiously humble, gender affirming, and respectful of disabilities whether visible or invisible.
(805) 467-7311 x103
Verified
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Not accepting new clients
I am a warm & interactive systemic therapist who is interested in your heart & soul, focusing on strengths in an atmosphere of mutual respect & discovery. I join you or your family in a collaborative journey to explore barriers to change, discover inner resources, develop coping skills, reduce stress & experience authentic communication with the people closest in your life. My integrative and evidence based approach aims to reduce stress, heal trauma & includes family systems interventions to break through to greater purpose and joy. Curiously humble, gender affirming, and respectful of disabilities whether visible or invisible.
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Holly Pentland
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
My treatment approach draws upon techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Family Systems Theory.
To schedule your first visit with me, please use this online scheduling link - (https://portal.geneticforesight.com/book) --- I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families. I have experience working in a church counseling center, local schools, various outpatient programs, and have worked with clients struggling with mild to severe mental health challenges and substance use disorders.
(805) 303-3066
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
My treatment approach draws upon techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Family Systems Theory.
To schedule your first visit with me, please use this online scheduling link - (https://portal.geneticforesight.com/book) --- I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families. I have experience working in a church counseling center, local schools, various outpatient programs, and have worked with clients struggling with mild to severe mental health challenges and substance use disorders.
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Adrienne Oxton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Offers online therapy
From a psychodynamic and family systems approach, I meet each client where they are, providing a safe space of non-judgement.
In-person and telehealth available. I work with adolescents, adults and couples. We all experience anxiety, depression, anger, stress and sometimes the trauma that can occur in our families, our relationships, our friendships, our workplaces and our everyday lives. Some of these stressors are triggered when we break-up, begin a new relationship, start a new job, start at a new school. Some individuals need to be sat with and have a space held for them, some are looking for collaborative support and guidance on their life's struggles.
(805) 219-7878
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Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Offers online therapy
From a psychodynamic and family systems approach, I meet each client where they are, providing a safe space of non-judgement.
In-person and telehealth available. I work with adolescents, adults and couples. We all experience anxiety, depression, anger, stress and sometimes the trauma that can occur in our families, our relationships, our friendships, our workplaces and our everyday lives. Some of these stressors are triggered when we break-up, begin a new relationship, start a new job, start at a new school. Some individuals need to be sat with and have a space held for them, some are looking for collaborative support and guidance on their life's struggles.
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Tracy Gillette
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Offers online therapy
, childhood abuse and neglect, interpersonal violence), couples work, and family systems.
Personal suffering is often a call to look deeper into ourselves so that we can bring to light who we truly are. Diving into the depths of your pain takes courage, but it is there where your most authentic self can be discovered. The world we live in is very difficult for humans. I have a non-judgmental compassionate approach to all the different ways that life can be challenging. I am a Licensed Psychologist with 15 years of experience assisting individuals, couples, and families.
(612) 662-8337
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Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Offers online therapy
, childhood abuse and neglect, interpersonal violence), couples work, and family systems.
Personal suffering is often a call to look deeper into ourselves so that we can bring to light who we truly are. Diving into the depths of your pain takes courage, but it is there where your most authentic self can be discovered. The world we live in is very difficult for humans. I have a non-judgmental compassionate approach to all the different ways that life can be challenging. I am a Licensed Psychologist with 15 years of experience assisting individuals, couples, and families.
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Tara A Burnley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Not accepting new clients
My practice encompasses a Jungian psychodynamic approach with mindfulness, family systems, play therapy, as well as Cognitive Behavioral skills.
Hello, thank you for finding me on Psychology Today. Much of my work is with children, adolescents, families (parenting) and adult individuals. I have experience working with trauma, abuse, grief, loss, long term illness, anxiety, depression, ADHD and other childhood emotional disorders. I view my clients in a holistic sense, taking into consideration their symptoms, life stressors, emotional/physical developmental changes/stages, past/recent trauma(s), family dynamics, parenting styles from childhood -past/present, as well as coping skills and interpersonal relationships and support systems.
(805) 669-9578
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Office is near:
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Not accepting new clients
My practice encompasses a Jungian psychodynamic approach with mindfulness, family systems, play therapy, as well as Cognitive Behavioral skills.
Hello, thank you for finding me on Psychology Today. Much of my work is with children, adolescents, families (parenting) and adult individuals. I have experience working with trauma, abuse, grief, loss, long term illness, anxiety, depression, ADHD and other childhood emotional disorders. I view my clients in a holistic sense, taking into consideration their symptoms, life stressors, emotional/physical developmental changes/stages, past/recent trauma(s), family dynamics, parenting styles from childhood -past/present, as well as coping skills and interpersonal relationships and support systems.
Kara Petersen
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
Hi! I am a warm and humorous therapist that meets my clients where they are at and helps them get where they want to be. My goal is to help clients deepen their understanding of and create meaning in their lives to affect personal change. I work with a feminist, existential-humanistic, psychodynamic, attachment-based, social justice, and trauma-informed lens and integrate modalities like Jungian Therapy, Play Therapy, Somatics, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems.
(805) 303-2809
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Office is near:
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
Hi! I am a warm and humorous therapist that meets my clients where they are at and helps them get where they want to be. My goal is to help clients deepen their understanding of and create meaning in their lives to affect personal change. I work with a feminist, existential-humanistic, psychodynamic, attachment-based, social justice, and trauma-informed lens and integrate modalities like Jungian Therapy, Play Therapy, Somatics, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems.
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Catherine MacGillivray
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, PhD, AMFT Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Offers online therapy
My approach in this pursuit is informed by psychoanalysis, family systems theory, and compassionate care.
You may be an artist. You may be an academic. You may be an activist. I have been all three of these, and I speak their languages: of creativity, intellectual enlivenment, and social justice. And right now, in this time of upheaval and unrest, you may be hurting--feeling lost, adrift, burned out, under- or over-stimulated, or simply sad. I am here to connect with you. To listen compassionately. To make space for you to better hear yourself, and to encourage linkages, mentalizations, and trauma metabolizations that will allow you to better listen to the rhythms of your body and use your own mind. I offer you my mind in this pursuit.
(510) 650-0372
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Office is near:
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Offers online therapy
My approach in this pursuit is informed by psychoanalysis, family systems theory, and compassionate care.
You may be an artist. You may be an academic. You may be an activist. I have been all three of these, and I speak their languages: of creativity, intellectual enlivenment, and social justice. And right now, in this time of upheaval and unrest, you may be hurting--feeling lost, adrift, burned out, under- or over-stimulated, or simply sad. I am here to connect with you. To listen compassionately. To make space for you to better hear yourself, and to encourage linkages, mentalizations, and trauma metabolizations that will allow you to better listen to the rhythms of your body and use your own mind. I offer you my mind in this pursuit.
Rebecca Ching
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CDWF+C, CEDS+S Verified
Office is near:
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Offers online therapy
I am a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator+Consultant, Certified EMDR Therapist, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist+Supervisor.
I work with motivated individuals who are making a big impact in their work, home, community, and world. Established professionals, entrepreneurs, creatives, business owners, ministry leaders, and mom's in midlife receive specialized support so you can achieve your desired changes in life personally + professionally. Perfectionism, overwhelm, fear of failure, frustrations and shame around recurring struggle keep getting in the way of you feeling connected to what matters most - your work, your family, your health. It can get loud btw your ears, especially after failed attempts of trying to figure things out on your own.
(619) 344-8261
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Office is near:
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Offers online therapy
I am a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator+Consultant, Certified EMDR Therapist, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist+Supervisor.
I work with motivated individuals who are making a big impact in their work, home, community, and world. Established professionals, entrepreneurs, creatives, business owners, ministry leaders, and mom's in midlife receive specialized support so you can achieve your desired changes in life personally + professionally. Perfectionism, overwhelm, fear of failure, frustrations and shame around recurring struggle keep getting in the way of you feeling connected to what matters most - your work, your family, your health. It can get loud btw your ears, especially after failed attempts of trying to figure things out on your own.
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Janus Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are" C.G. Jung. Life is about relationship and they can sometimes be complicated to navigate. If you are experiencing personal conflict, trauma, or have experienced significant changes in your life; I am available to help you through challenges. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and currently finishing my Doctorate in Depth-Psychology at PGI. My emphasis is Psychoanalysis/Jungian Psychology, and I am a practitioner of EMDR. In addition I hold a board certification as a PTSD-Clinician and certified in Psychological First-Aid (PFA).
(805) 728-1619
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Santa Barbara, CA 93105
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are" C.G. Jung. Life is about relationship and they can sometimes be complicated to navigate. If you are experiencing personal conflict, trauma, or have experienced significant changes in your life; I am available to help you through challenges. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and currently finishing my Doctorate in Depth-Psychology at PGI. My emphasis is Psychoanalysis/Jungian Psychology, and I am a practitioner of EMDR. In addition I hold a board certification as a PTSD-Clinician and certified in Psychological First-Aid (PFA).
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Alia Aizenstat
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
I help individuals, couples, families and youth deepen and grow in their relationships to thrive emotionally, physically and mentally. I have specialized and work with anxiety, depression, EMDR, internet addiction, relationships, dream work, body image, mindfulness and improving self-esteem. l design a therapy program to meet your wellness goals. I’m passionate about my work and strive to help clients achieve greater peace, satisfaction, and connection in their relationships and lives.
(805) 324-6026
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Offers online therapy
I help individuals, couples, families and youth deepen and grow in their relationships to thrive emotionally, physically and mentally. I have specialized and work with anxiety, depression, EMDR, internet addiction, relationships, dream work, body image, mindfulness and improving self-esteem. l design a therapy program to meet your wellness goals. I’m passionate about my work and strive to help clients achieve greater peace, satisfaction, and connection in their relationships and lives.
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Thery Jenkins
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
To be happy and free of suffering ... this is the experience of effective therapy. When we're witnessed, deeply understood and guided to our true self, the challenges of being human can become magical. Blending multiple clinical orientations I work with the client's whole being - mind, body & spirit - to discover his/her own unique truths and capacities. Because so much of who we are is a function of our relationships, I gravitate toward couples, families and groups, teaching people how to relate to themselves and each other with refreshing honesty and authenticity.
(805) 335-1223 x203
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
To be happy and free of suffering ... this is the experience of effective therapy. When we're witnessed, deeply understood and guided to our true self, the challenges of being human can become magical. Blending multiple clinical orientations I work with the client's whole being - mind, body & spirit - to discover his/her own unique truths and capacities. Because so much of who we are is a function of our relationships, I gravitate toward couples, families and groups, teaching people how to relate to themselves and each other with refreshing honesty and authenticity.
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Jacquelyn Toth
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Offers online therapy
Are you feeling anxious or stressed and find it hard to get out of your head? Do you feel consumed with worry? Perhaps you feel stuck in a sad place from a past loss or a present difficulty or feel little hope for the future. These feelings can cause us to isolate and feel misunderstood by others. Many times, people feel beaten down by the world and end up turning their experiences inward, feeding a harsh self-critic who makes us doubt or judge ourselves, taking us away from the power of our inner resources. When we feel disconnected to ourselves, it is harder to build trust to connect to others and the larger world.
(805) 296-7072
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Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Offers online therapy
Are you feeling anxious or stressed and find it hard to get out of your head? Do you feel consumed with worry? Perhaps you feel stuck in a sad place from a past loss or a present difficulty or feel little hope for the future. These feelings can cause us to isolate and feel misunderstood by others. Many times, people feel beaten down by the world and end up turning their experiences inward, feeding a harsh self-critic who makes us doubt or judge ourselves, taking us away from the power of our inner resources. When we feel disconnected to ourselves, it is harder to build trust to connect to others and the larger world.
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Johni Hull
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I work primarily with children, teens, young adults, and families in crisis. My goal is to help teens and young adults better manage the growing pains associated with life transitions and avoid the pitfalls of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm, and other unhealthy coping skills.
(805) 243-3616
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I work primarily with children, teens, young adults, and families in crisis. My goal is to help teens and young adults better manage the growing pains associated with life transitions and avoid the pitfalls of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm, and other unhealthy coping skills.

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Family Systems Therapists
Family Systems therapists in Santa Barbara view problems within the family as the result not of particular members' behaviors, but of the family's group dynamic. The family is seen as a complex system having its own language, roles, rules, beliefs, needs and patterns. The therapist helps each individual member understand how their childhood family operated, their role in that system, and how that experience has shaped their role in the current family. Therapists with the MFT credential are usually trained in Family Systems therapy.