Karen Tyrrell, MA, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara
Hello. With 30 years of experience, I have found creating a safe space and a trusting empathic relationship is key. If you are looking to be heard, validated, accepted, challenged to grow and be empowered I will be a good fit for you. In counseling, you will learn practical solutions for growth and change. You will get an opportunity to learn about yourself, and learn how to manage your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.so that you can reach your goals and create meaningful/vibrant relationships. I work with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents, ages 14 and up.
I am passionate about building meaningful vibrant healthy relationships. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. I also help people explore their alcohol and substance misuse, using moderation, harm reduction, or abstinence counseling.
I use an evidence-based integrative treatment approach, based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am a Listener, Relationship Guide, Purpose Identifier, Coach, Encourager, and Flashlight Holder. I look forward to talking to you or meeting you soon.
Call or Email Karen Tyrrell for a free phone consultation now - (805) 288-6443


  • Years in Practice: 6 Years
  • School: Western Seminary
  • Year Graduated: 2009
  • License No. and State: MFC53705 California


  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • UnitedHealthcare
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Western Seminary / Addiction Studies Certificate
  • Certificate Date: 2009

Karen Tyrrell's Groups

Co-Dependency and Cultivating Healthy Relationship

For more information or pre- group interview contact: Karen Tyrrell, LMFT karentyrrell AT gmail.com The Group is limited to 10 participants.

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Smart Recovery Group

SANTA BARBARA 'SMART RECOVERY GROUP "Discover the Power of Choice!"(tm) SMART Recovery's 4-Point ProgramŽ helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities. SMART is an acronym for Self Management and Recovery Training. Based on researched and proven cognitive behavioral methods, this program focuses on 4 key areas: Enhancing and sustaining motivation to change Coping with cravings and urges Problem solving and managing difficult thoughts and emotions Creating a balanced lifestyle.

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Drink Moderation Group

A free 30 minutes assessment is given to see if you are a good fit for this small group.

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  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction


  • ADHD
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Loneliness
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Moderate Drinking
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders

Client Focus

Religious Orientation: Christian


  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • EMDR
  • Existential
  • Family / Marital
  • Gestalt
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018
Karen Tyrrell, MA, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara

Karen Tyrrell

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT