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"My current work focuses on Individuals, Couples, Families, Groups, Active and Retired First Responders and Military facing Crisis Situations, Relationship Issues, Trauma and Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Personal Growth and Self Exploration, Severe Mental Illness, Dual Diagnosis, Addiction & Recovery. I utilize approaches including but not limited to CBT, Systems, Somatic and other models. While I will use pieces from the above mentioned models and theories each individual client will require a different mix of psychotherapy approaches. Individual treatment plans and various interventions will be used to assist each specific client."
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"My current work focuses on Individuals, Couples, Families, Groups, Active and Retired First Responders and Military facing Crisis Situations, Relationship Issues, Trauma and Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Personal Growth and Self Exploration, Severe Mental Illness, Dual Diagnosis, Addiction & Recovery. I utilize approaches including but not limited to CBT, Systems, Somatic and other models. While I will use pieces from the above mentioned models and theories each individual client will require a different mix of psychotherapy approaches. Individual treatment plans and various interventions will be used to assist each specific client."
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"*I currently have openings for online sessions* To everyone around you, it looks like you've "got it together." But deep inside, you feel like an impostor. Even though your life looks great on the surface, you feel chronically anxious, as if it could all fall apart at any moment. You'd like to be more authentic, but you worry about what would happen if other people knew the "real" you. Sometimes, you wonder if you've spent so much time faking it that you've lost sight of your true self altogether."
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"*I currently have openings for online sessions* To everyone around you, it looks like you've "got it together." But deep inside, you feel like an impostor. Even though your life looks great on the surface, you feel chronically anxious, as if it could all fall apart at any moment. You'd like to be more authentic, but you worry about what would happen if other people knew the "real" you. Sometimes, you wonder if you've spent so much time faking it that you've lost sight of your true self altogether."
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"Maybe NOW is the right time. Maybe I am the person. Do you need support and strategies to help you through a difficult time or address a particular problem? Let me help. It is an honor to connect with you and work together to help you overcome obstacles, adjust to transitions, and help you become the person, couple, or family that you want to become. Benefit from my 18+ years of experience, as well as my lifelong active and vital pursuit of knowledge and well-being. Compassionate, effective, intelligent and holistic. Let me help and support you in moving forward."
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"Maybe NOW is the right time. Maybe I am the person. Do you need support and strategies to help you through a difficult time or address a particular problem? Let me help. It is an honor to connect with you and work together to help you overcome obstacles, adjust to transitions, and help you become the person, couple, or family that you want to become. Benefit from my 18+ years of experience, as well as my lifelong active and vital pursuit of knowledge and well-being. Compassionate, effective, intelligent and holistic. Let me help and support you in moving forward."
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"There comes a time for many of us when we need to seek additional help, even when we have a strong, loving support network. Therapy is different than other types of support. It is goal-directed, and aimed toward self-discovery and accessing your own internal abilities. It is a collaboration between you, the expert on yourself, and a skilled therapist who can assist you in navigating through difficult situations and healing painful parts of yourself. I treat individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship challenges, and difficult life transitions."
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"There comes a time for many of us when we need to seek additional help, even when we have a strong, loving support network. Therapy is different than other types of support. It is goal-directed, and aimed toward self-discovery and accessing your own internal abilities. It is a collaboration between you, the expert on yourself, and a skilled therapist who can assist you in navigating through difficult situations and healing painful parts of yourself. I treat individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship challenges, and difficult life transitions."
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"Prior to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, I worked as an Intensive Care Nurse and Educator. I have witnessed the importance of integrating mind, body and spirit in the role of healing. In my work I utilize techniques from a variety of theories in an attempt to identify and resolve issues you are facing. To achieve your goals, I employ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, Guided Imagery, Expressive Arts and Sandtray. I help clients reclaim parts of self eclipsed by childhood woundedness. My focus is to empower you to find your authentic voice and inner wisdom."
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"Prior to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, I worked as an Intensive Care Nurse and Educator. I have witnessed the importance of integrating mind, body and spirit in the role of healing. In my work I utilize techniques from a variety of theories in an attempt to identify and resolve issues you are facing. To achieve your goals, I employ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, Guided Imagery, Expressive Arts and Sandtray. I help clients reclaim parts of self eclipsed by childhood woundedness. My focus is to empower you to find your authentic voice and inner wisdom."
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"**Please note - during the mandatory Shelter in Place order in Santa Cruz County, I am extending my virtual psychotherapy services and schedule. Video, phone, email and text support available** Welcome! I'm so glad you're here! So...you're thinking about speaking with a therapist, or suggesting therapy to someone you care about. Maybe you're not sure how you should be feeling. Wherever you may be in the process, I'm here to support you. One of the most daunting journeys we face is discovering who we are, what we need, what we want, what we deserve - and how to get there. Change is never easy, but it's always possible. I can help. "
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"**Please note - during the mandatory Shelter in Place order in Santa Cruz County, I am extending my virtual psychotherapy services and schedule. Video, phone, email and text support available** Welcome! I'm so glad you're here! So...you're thinking about speaking with a therapist, or suggesting therapy to someone you care about. Maybe you're not sure how you should be feeling. Wherever you may be in the process, I'm here to support you. One of the most daunting journeys we face is discovering who we are, what we need, what we want, what we deserve - and how to get there. Change is never easy, but it's always possible. I can help. "
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"I provide a safe, supportive and empathetic environment where you can process your personal challenges. I want to help you better understand yourself, develop coping skills for daily living, and achieve a greater sense of inner peace. I use holistic techniques to support you in finding self-awareness and self-compassion, both of which are keys in the healing process. I am trained in EMDR which is a technique used to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. I will draw from my knowledge and experience to assist you in meeting your goals and will adapt my approach to meet your individual and relational needs."
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"I provide a safe, supportive and empathetic environment where you can process your personal challenges. I want to help you better understand yourself, develop coping skills for daily living, and achieve a greater sense of inner peace. I use holistic techniques to support you in finding self-awareness and self-compassion, both of which are keys in the healing process. I am trained in EMDR which is a technique used to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. I will draw from my knowledge and experience to assist you in meeting your goals and will adapt my approach to meet your individual and relational needs."
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"Scotts Valley Counseling Center is a non-profit agency dedicated to bringing high-quality therapy to the communities of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. We offer compassionate, judgment-free counseling for individuals, adults, teens, and children, as well as couples, families, and groups. We also provide free counseling and life skills groups to children in Scotts Valley schools. Our therapists are available to provide help with a variety of life challenges within a relationship context."
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"Scotts Valley Counseling Center is a non-profit agency dedicated to bringing high-quality therapy to the communities of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. We offer compassionate, judgment-free counseling for individuals, adults, teens, and children, as well as couples, families, and groups. We also provide free counseling and life skills groups to children in Scotts Valley schools. Our therapists are available to provide help with a variety of life challenges within a relationship context."
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"By now, we’re all well aware of the important steps to take to protect our own and others’ physical health in the face of the COVID19/Coronavirus pandemic. In the face of the adjustments, stressors, and challenges we all face now, it’s also important that we continue to tend to the quality of our relationships and our mental health – when strong, these will help us weather the ordeal, but they can both become vulnerable under stress if neglected!"
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Gottman Method
"By now, we’re all well aware of the important steps to take to protect our own and others’ physical health in the face of the COVID19/Coronavirus pandemic. In the face of the adjustments, stressors, and challenges we all face now, it’s also important that we continue to tend to the quality of our relationships and our mental health – when strong, these will help us weather the ordeal, but they can both become vulnerable under stress if neglected!"
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Are you stuck in patterns of fears, confusion, or indecision? This stuckness and suffering hinders 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."
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"Are you stuck in patterns of fears, confusion, or indecision? This stuckness and suffering hinders 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."
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"With more than 30 years experience and a degree in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Schwartz specializes in working with 1) couples, marriage, and intimacy disorders; 2) family difficulties; 3) eating disorders, 4) PTSD, addiction, and 5) sexual difficulties, sexual dysfunction, sexual addiction. His national recognition afforded him the experience of lecturing to over 50,000 therapists nationally, as well as editing three books. He specializes also in working with deeper issues from childhood. He is extremely compassionate and forms exceptional connection with his clients. Oftentimes, Typically, he works with female co-therapist Lori Galperin when working with couples."
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"With more than 30 years experience and a degree in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Schwartz specializes in working with 1) couples, marriage, and intimacy disorders; 2) family difficulties; 3) eating disorders, 4) PTSD, addiction, and 5) sexual difficulties, sexual dysfunction, sexual addiction. His national recognition afforded him the experience of lecturing to over 50,000 therapists nationally, as well as editing three books. He specializes also in working with deeper issues from childhood. He is extremely compassionate and forms exceptional connection with his clients. Oftentimes, Typically, he works with female co-therapist Lori Galperin when working with couples."
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"We are a non-profit counseling agency with locations in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, & Monterey. We provide high quality, affordable psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Our fees are set on a sliding scale, based upon your income. Our services are provided by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Master's level Interns and Trainees who are under the supervision of a licensed therapist. We would love to answer any questions you may have, or schedule an appointment to meet with you. Simply call or send us an email today!"
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"We are a non-profit counseling agency with locations in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, & Monterey. We provide high quality, affordable psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Our fees are set on a sliding scale, based upon your income. Our services are provided by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Master's level Interns and Trainees who are under the supervision of a licensed therapist. We would love to answer any questions you may have, or schedule an appointment to meet with you. Simply call or send us an email today!"
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"We all have a need for connection, love and support. When we share our stories, we can form a new standpoint and choose different pathways to walk in this life. When we face life’s difficulties, I believe it is possible to find new perspectives and cultivate hope. Moving forward together, we can make a plan for change and recovery based on your goals. My style of relating to others is warm, caring, and collaborative. I offer a therapy experience grounded in respect, truth, objective reality, and compassion. I love to find the humor in everyday life, as humor can help us to withstand hardships. "
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"We all have a need for connection, love and support. When we share our stories, we can form a new standpoint and choose different pathways to walk in this life. When we face life’s difficulties, I believe it is possible to find new perspectives and cultivate hope. Moving forward together, we can make a plan for change and recovery based on your goals. My style of relating to others is warm, caring, and collaborative. I offer a therapy experience grounded in respect, truth, objective reality, and compassion. I love to find the humor in everyday life, as humor can help us to withstand hardships. "
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"Having relationship issues? I am here to help! I am Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Certified. Let me evaluate your communication and share effective tools that will help your relationship to thrive!"
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"Having relationship issues? I am here to help! I am Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Certified. Let me evaluate your communication and share effective tools that will help your relationship to thrive!"
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"When deeply traumatic things happen, people often get stuck in patterns of deep depression, chronic anxiety, pain, panic, or even self-harm and addiction. Maybe we are aware of the painful event that has impacted our lives, or maybe the injury is complex, reaching back for years. Sometimes the pain seems too great, and the symptoms too stuck, to be understood or healed. Our best life stays out of reach and we have no idea what to do. There is an exciting wave of research and understanding surrounding the complex situation of psychological trauma. Scientists now understand how psychological injury affects us physically, emotionally and mentally causing the symptoms of distress that we label anxiety, depression, and PTSD. There are now measurable, proven, tools and practices that can bring you relief and able you to get back to your best self."
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"When deeply traumatic things happen, people often get stuck in patterns of deep depression, chronic anxiety, pain, panic, or even self-harm and addiction. Maybe we are aware of the painful event that has impacted our lives, or maybe the injury is complex, reaching back for years. Sometimes the pain seems too great, and the symptoms too stuck, to be understood or healed. Our best life stays out of reach and we have no idea what to do. There is an exciting wave of research and understanding surrounding the complex situation of psychological trauma. Scientists now understand how psychological injury affects us physically, emotionally and mentally causing the symptoms of distress that we label anxiety, depression, and PTSD. There are now measurable, proven, tools and practices that can bring you relief and able you to get back to your best self."
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Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Life is complicated. It's full of twists and turns and sometimes we lose our way. My passion is to support you along this path and honor your courage to start a process of self-discovery. I can assist you in emerging from a life perspective where you feel stuck into an understanding of your choices that will help you heal, have more fulfilling relationships. A good therapist can help! My life experiences have taught me a lesson: that it's hard to be human and as such, my clients will always deserve all my empathy and attention."
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"Life is complicated. It's full of twists and turns and sometimes we lose our way. My passion is to support you along this path and honor your courage to start a process of self-discovery. I can assist you in emerging from a life perspective where you feel stuck into an understanding of your choices that will help you heal, have more fulfilling relationships. A good therapist can help! My life experiences have taught me a lesson: that it's hard to be human and as such, my clients will always deserve all my empathy and attention."
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"For over 20 years, I've successfully treated those suffering with the pain and frustration of depression, anxiety, separation/loss, relationship issues, creative blocks, and life transitions (several of these overlap!). I earned my doctorate at UC Berkeley, and, in addition to my psychotherapy practice, taught clinical psychology at UCSC for many yrs. Psychologists are ethically required to use demonstrated treatments for clients' backgrounds and life difficulties. I'm fortunate to have trained in many effective therapeutic methods, tailored to each client's needs and personality. I'm available locally and via video/phone sessions."
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"For over 20 years, I've successfully treated those suffering with the pain and frustration of depression, anxiety, separation/loss, relationship issues, creative blocks, and life transitions (several of these overlap!). I earned my doctorate at UC Berkeley, and, in addition to my psychotherapy practice, taught clinical psychology at UCSC for many yrs. Psychologists are ethically required to use demonstrated treatments for clients' backgrounds and life difficulties. I'm fortunate to have trained in many effective therapeutic methods, tailored to each client's needs and personality. I'm available locally and via video/phone sessions."
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"Since 1992, I have counseled families, adults and children. I employ creative and traditional approaches with an emphasis on EMDR therapy to help clients master the challenges encountered in their lives. I received my PhD in international psychology with trauma focus. My specialties include Trauma and Attachment Disorders, for which I also offer Clinical Supervision. My immigration experience from Germany has prompted the exploration of the crucial part played by our cultural roots in our decision making process and in our lifestyle choices. I speak English, Spanish and German."
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"Since 1992, I have counseled families, adults and children. I employ creative and traditional approaches with an emphasis on EMDR therapy to help clients master the challenges encountered in their lives. I received my PhD in international psychology with trauma focus. My specialties include Trauma and Attachment Disorders, for which I also offer Clinical Supervision. My immigration experience from Germany has prompted the exploration of the crucial part played by our cultural roots in our decision making process and in our lifestyle choices. I speak English, Spanish and German."
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Santa Cruz, California 95066
"My approach to therapy is to encourage a persons strengths; which, by using their history as a guide, we together, focus on finding practical ways to bring healing and hope to their present challenges. I often work with couples who are wanting to improve communication and closeness, individuals in their teens through mid 50's who are trying to realize their individuality, and children struggling with issues they are unsure how to cope with."
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(831) 234-1814
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"My approach to therapy is to encourage a persons strengths; which, by using their history as a guide, we together, focus on finding practical ways to bring healing and hope to their present challenges. I often work with couples who are wanting to improve communication and closeness, individuals in their teens through mid 50's who are trying to realize their individuality, and children struggling with issues they are unsure how to cope with."
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"Why are you seeking a therapist? Gaining an understanding of your needs is the first step we take together to develop your personal therapy. Yes, you read that right. I encourage my clients to be active participants in the development of their therapy. What is effective for one person is not necessarily effective for another. The strength of my therapeutic approach is in its transparency and my focus on guiding and empowering you, the client, in becoming an agent of change in your own life."
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"Why are you seeking a therapist? Gaining an understanding of your needs is the first step we take together to develop your personal therapy. Yes, you read that right. I encourage my clients to be active participants in the development of their therapy. What is effective for one person is not necessarily effective for another. The strength of my therapeutic approach is in its transparency and my focus on guiding and empowering you, the client, in becoming an agent of change in your own life."

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The Gottman Method For Making Relationships Work shows that to make a relationship last, couples must become better friends, learn to manage conflict, and create ways to support each other's hopes for the future. Drs. John and Julie Gottman have shown how couples can accomplish this by paying attention to what they call the Sound Relationship House, or the seven components of healthy relationships. Find a Gottman therapist in Santa Cruz or Gottman method couples therapist Santa Cruz. Gottman Santa Cruz therapists are trained in the Gottman theory for making relationships work.

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

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