Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"I want to reflect your wholeness right now, even with patterns and feelings of stuckness and pain- the resolutions and answers are held within you. I am passionate about being a helper to guide you to connect with this wisdom within. Through supporting the wisdom of your body-mind-spirit, it is possible to move beyond "managing" painful symptoms and stuck patterns that often emerge from past overwhelming life experiences and trauma, to true healing, authentic vitality and engagement with life. Healing is possible."
Obesity
(831) 740-8325
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"I want to reflect your wholeness right now, even with patterns and feelings of stuckness and pain- the resolutions and answers are held within you. I am passionate about being a helper to guide you to connect with this wisdom within. Through supporting the wisdom of your body-mind-spirit, it is possible to move beyond "managing" painful symptoms and stuck patterns that often emerge from past overwhelming life experiences and trauma, to true healing, authentic vitality and engagement with life. Healing is possible."
Mark F. Schwartz, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, Sc, D
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"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."
Obesity
(831) 706-4795
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"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."
Monika Martynska, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Congratulations for taking a step towards creating change. Finding a therapist can be challenging and it is important to find one who is right for you. I offer a free introductory session which we use to get to know each other. Clients often come into my office feeling hopeless or nervous, but usually leave feeling more hopeful and relaxed. I love to see people grow and thrive with the support of therapy. My style is warm, empathic, and collaborative. In our work together we draw on your strengths and wisdom and my goal is to empower you to create a more joyful and fulfilling life."
Obesity
(831) 539-0596
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"Congratulations for taking a step towards creating change. Finding a therapist can be challenging and it is important to find one who is right for you. I offer a free introductory session which we use to get to know each other. Clients often come into my office feeling hopeless or nervous, but usually leave feeling more hopeful and relaxed. I love to see people grow and thrive with the support of therapy. My style is warm, empathic, and collaborative. In our work together we draw on your strengths and wisdom and my goal is to empower you to create a more joyful and fulfilling life."
Jack Geballe, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, APCC
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"I have 10 years of experience within mental health treatment settings. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma & PTSD, and have worked closely with transgender and gender diverse clients. I approach therapy from a gender affirmative perspective, meaning I am committed to supporting you and/or your loved one, and I will offer guidance and resources as gender identity is explored. I am trauma-informed and experiential in the work I do with clients, incorporating psychodrama, & sensorimotor somatic techniques. I provide gender assessments, approval letters, and collaborate with other professionals."
Obesity
(669) 221-6077
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"I have 10 years of experience within mental health treatment settings. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma & PTSD, and have worked closely with transgender and gender diverse clients. I approach therapy from a gender affirmative perspective, meaning I am committed to supporting you and/or your loved one, and I will offer guidance and resources as gender identity is explored. I am trauma-informed and experiential in the work I do with clients, incorporating psychodrama, & sensorimotor somatic techniques. I provide gender assessments, approval letters, and collaborate with other professionals."
Elaine Kates, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95062
"I try to individually tailor treatment to each patient by providing a balance of symptom relief to alleviate current discomfort and analysis of primary causal factors for long-term resolution."
Obesity
(831) 269-5047
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95062
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Obesity
"I try to individually tailor treatment to each patient by providing a balance of symptom relief to alleviate current discomfort and analysis of primary causal factors for long-term resolution."
Jillian Chesley, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"With a passion for inspiring individuals to claim their own personal excellence, my expertise is in understanding interpersonal dynamics, and successfully coaching individuals, couples, families and groups into reaching their highest self. My background includes a degree in Organizational Communication, a ten year career as a Technical/Corporate Instructor, and six years providing coaching with a Master of Arts in MFT. Along with my private practice, I teach psychology and management classes for University Of Phoenix and am completing a book, Mental Health For Consumers. I look forward to our meeting and the potential of becoming part of your journey."
Obesity
(831) 216-6826
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"With a passion for inspiring individuals to claim their own personal excellence, my expertise is in understanding interpersonal dynamics, and successfully coaching individuals, couples, families and groups into reaching their highest self. My background includes a degree in Organizational Communication, a ten year career as a Technical/Corporate Instructor, and six years providing coaching with a Master of Arts in MFT. Along with my private practice, I teach psychology and management classes for University Of Phoenix and am completing a book, Mental Health For Consumers. I look forward to our meeting and the potential of becoming part of your journey."
Annabelle Niebel Drda, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"As I see it, the primary role of a counselor is to serve as a mirror to help reveal what the client hasn't yet been able to see-especially those patterns of relating to self, others, and the environment that might be causing suffering. At the same time, the counselor is there to reflect, affirm, and strengthen the client's unique gifts and talents.One of the biggest impediments to healing, growth, and creativity is shame. To help clients move through this debilitating emotion, I use a combination of mindfulness, body awareness, and other healing modalities."
Obesity
(831) 732-4009
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"As I see it, the primary role of a counselor is to serve as a mirror to help reveal what the client hasn't yet been able to see-especially those patterns of relating to self, others, and the environment that might be causing suffering. At the same time, the counselor is there to reflect, affirm, and strengthen the client's unique gifts and talents.One of the biggest impediments to healing, growth, and creativity is shame. To help clients move through this debilitating emotion, I use a combination of mindfulness, body awareness, and other healing modalities."
Nancy Jackson, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Authentic change happens from the inside out. It can't be veneered onto one's surface. Painful life experiences create a complex web inside that shapes a person's world. This web can limit one's ability to find joy and meaning in life. Psychotherapy offers a way to access deep emotional experience. As therapy proceeds connections will start to appear between past & current life experience. Problematic internal patterns will become visible and open to reevaluation and change. As internal stress decreases, clarity, joy and meaning will have the chance to emerge."
Obesity
(925) 965-7599
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"Authentic change happens from the inside out. It can't be veneered onto one's surface. Painful life experiences create a complex web inside that shapes a person's world. This web can limit one's ability to find joy and meaning in life. Psychotherapy offers a way to access deep emotional experience. As therapy proceeds connections will start to appear between past & current life experience. Problematic internal patterns will become visible and open to reevaluation and change. As internal stress decreases, clarity, joy and meaning will have the chance to emerge."
Penelope Rayas-Moore, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
" Please note that I am currently, not accepting new clients who have any type of insurance. I only have one spot for a private pay Client. Life can be more rewarding with empathetic support and gentle guidance. I became a therapist to help others live a fuller, happier life. My years as Marriage and Family Therapist, help me provide you with the skills you need to ease your emotional pain, build better relationships and change your life for the better. I am spiritual and my practice is based on empathy, deep understanding and compassion. I can also provide you with the coping skills to live a better happier life."
Obesity
(408) 872-8957
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
" Please note that I am currently, not accepting new clients who have any type of insurance. I only have one spot for a private pay Client. Life can be more rewarding with empathetic support and gentle guidance. I became a therapist to help others live a fuller, happier life. My years as Marriage and Family Therapist, help me provide you with the skills you need to ease your emotional pain, build better relationships and change your life for the better. I am spiritual and my practice is based on empathy, deep understanding and compassion. I can also provide you with the coping skills to live a better happier life."
Ann Marie Speno, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Are you feeling consumed by self-consciousness, body hatred, and thoughts of food and weight? Do you find yourself trapped in a cycle of undereating and/or overeating, trying to live by rigid dietary rules? I want you to know that you are not alone. I specialize in treating eating and body image issues. I can help you to explore the emotions that underly your relationship to food and your body, enhance your awareness of the many ways our culture creates eating problems, and help you to locate healthier ways to cope with the stress of life."
Obesity
(831) 272-4937
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"Are you feeling consumed by self-consciousness, body hatred, and thoughts of food and weight? Do you find yourself trapped in a cycle of undereating and/or overeating, trying to live by rigid dietary rules? I want you to know that you are not alone. I specialize in treating eating and body image issues. I can help you to explore the emotions that underly your relationship to food and your body, enhance your awareness of the many ways our culture creates eating problems, and help you to locate healthier ways to cope with the stress of life."
G. Katie Dashtban, Psychologist
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"If you notice that several of your physical and psychological symptoms are turning to chronic and stubborn conditions, and traditional medical or psychological treatments are ineffective, I can help you. Depressed mood, low self-esteem, anxiety, irritability, troubled relationships, and a tendency to self-medicate are sometimes paired with cravings for sugar, wheat, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine. If your physical symptoms include chronic inflammation and pain, stubborn gastrointestinal symptoms, sexual dysfunction and trouble conceiving, headaches, trouble sleeping, and dry or flaky skin, I can help."
Obesity
(510) 808-6167
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"If you notice that several of your physical and psychological symptoms are turning to chronic and stubborn conditions, and traditional medical or psychological treatments are ineffective, I can help you. Depressed mood, low self-esteem, anxiety, irritability, troubled relationships, and a tendency to self-medicate are sometimes paired with cravings for sugar, wheat, dairy, alcohol, and caffeine. If your physical symptoms include chronic inflammation and pain, stubborn gastrointestinal symptoms, sexual dysfunction and trouble conceiving, headaches, trouble sleeping, and dry or flaky skin, I can help."
Self Discovery Jungian Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95062
"I think therapy is always a good idea. Crisis, however, is often what leads us into therapy, and I believe that it is a call and an opportunity to look deeply, not only into our "problems" but, into ourselves. My approach is non-pathologizing, relational, and grounded in Jungian theory. I work with a variety of concerns with a special interest in spirituality, identity discovery, developmental and transitional adjustments, grief, loss, depression, chronic and palliative illness. I believe that every person has an innate capacity for healing and I am interested in helping people find theirs."
Obesity
(831) 217-6014
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95062
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Obesity
"I think therapy is always a good idea. Crisis, however, is often what leads us into therapy, and I believe that it is a call and an opportunity to look deeply, not only into our "problems" but, into ourselves. My approach is non-pathologizing, relational, and grounded in Jungian theory. I work with a variety of concerns with a special interest in spirituality, identity discovery, developmental and transitional adjustments, grief, loss, depression, chronic and palliative illness. I believe that every person has an innate capacity for healing and I am interested in helping people find theirs."
Lauren Jones, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"You are uncomfortable - Something is bothering you. You need resolution about an issue, event, experience or relationship. I work in a collaborative/relational model with people who have had experiences that they have not fully integrated yet. I use talk therapy, imagery, metaphor, hypnosis, EMDR, Positive Psychology, and Sensorimotor. Often clients report being disinterested in a formerly distressing topic after treatment. I'm comfortable working many types of issues including trauma, PTSD, ACA, sexual abuse, panic attacks or phobias, anxiety or depression, losses or relationship breakups, people with mysterious physical ailments."
Obesity
(831) 824-4945
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"You are uncomfortable - Something is bothering you. You need resolution about an issue, event, experience or relationship. I work in a collaborative/relational model with people who have had experiences that they have not fully integrated yet. I use talk therapy, imagery, metaphor, hypnosis, EMDR, Positive Psychology, and Sensorimotor. Often clients report being disinterested in a formerly distressing topic after treatment. I'm comfortable working many types of issues including trauma, PTSD, ACA, sexual abuse, panic attacks or phobias, anxiety or depression, losses or relationship breakups, people with mysterious physical ailments."
Marsea Marcus, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Santa Cruz, California 95062
"Hello. I have been a therapist for over 25 years and to this day I absolutely love meeting people, hearing their stories and helping them make peace with their past. I work to help people to increase their emotional health and become more effective in their current lives. I specialize in helping people with depression, anxiety and all types of food, weight and body image issues. I work primarily with adults and young adults. I also help parents to understand their kid's eating disorder and give them tools for dealing more effectively with their kids."
Obesity
(831) 665-6757
Verified
Office is near:
Santa Cruz, California 95062
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Obesity
"Hello. I have been a therapist for over 25 years and to this day I absolutely love meeting people, hearing their stories and helping them make peace with their past. I work to help people to increase their emotional health and become more effective in their current lives. I specialize in helping people with depression, anxiety and all types of food, weight and body image issues. I work primarily with adults and young adults. I also help parents to understand their kid's eating disorder and give them tools for dealing more effectively with their kids."
Diana Elwyn, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95062
"I have spent the past 25 years of my career learning about and treating men, women and adolescents with disordered eating. Research shows that early and aggressive treatment of eating disorders provides the best chance for a full recovery. I am therefore very passionate about early intervention. I have done extensive training in evidence based therapies, such as Family Based "Maudsley" Therapy , Therapeutic Meal Support Groups, Enhanced CBT, DBT, and Intuitive Eating/Health at Every Size. I am a member of CAMFT, APTED, and IAEDP and am committed to ongoing training, completing twice the required licensing CEU's annually."
Obesity
(831) 440-8351
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95062
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Obesity
"I have spent the past 25 years of my career learning about and treating men, women and adolescents with disordered eating. Research shows that early and aggressive treatment of eating disorders provides the best chance for a full recovery. I am therefore very passionate about early intervention. I have done extensive training in evidence based therapies, such as Family Based "Maudsley" Therapy , Therapeutic Meal Support Groups, Enhanced CBT, DBT, and Intuitive Eating/Health at Every Size. I am a member of CAMFT, APTED, and IAEDP and am committed to ongoing training, completing twice the required licensing CEU's annually."
Carol Cochrane Bass, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Initiating therapy can be a daunting and challenging process, and that begins with selecting a therapist around whom you will feel comfortable, safe and respected. To help you with that process, I'll start by sharing a few things about myself. I became a therapist because I discovered that it was a large part of who I am. Even at an early age, I found that I was often the person others felt safe to let their guard down with - to share what was happening below the surface, and to seek out my advice."
Obesity
(831) 425-2277
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"Initiating therapy can be a daunting and challenging process, and that begins with selecting a therapist around whom you will feel comfortable, safe and respected. To help you with that process, I'll start by sharing a few things about myself. I became a therapist because I discovered that it was a large part of who I am. Even at an early age, I found that I was often the person others felt safe to let their guard down with - to share what was happening below the surface, and to seek out my advice."
Joe Sousa, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Hi. I am Joe Sousa, a licensed psychotherapist in the State of CA. I've been providing counseling services in the Santa Cruz area in one form or another since 1993. Here's the issues I work with in therapy: Relationship enhancement, improve communication, sexual intimacy; handling difficulties, such as breakups and divorce; discovering life purpose and build self-esteem; issues relating to school, careers, money, a child or an elderly parent; dealing with powerful emotions, like anger, anxiety, depression, fear, grief, loss, and panic; addictive or compulsive behavior, with regard to alcohol, drugs, food, sex and/or porn."
Obesity
(831) 219-4797
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"Hi. I am Joe Sousa, a licensed psychotherapist in the State of CA. I've been providing counseling services in the Santa Cruz area in one form or another since 1993. Here's the issues I work with in therapy: Relationship enhancement, improve communication, sexual intimacy; handling difficulties, such as breakups and divorce; discovering life purpose and build self-esteem; issues relating to school, careers, money, a child or an elderly parent; dealing with powerful emotions, like anger, anxiety, depression, fear, grief, loss, and panic; addictive or compulsive behavior, with regard to alcohol, drugs, food, sex and/or porn."
Erik Barnes, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"In my work with individuals, couples, children, teens and families I strive to create a warm, nurturing and compassionate environment for personal exploration and healing. In this space all parts of you are welcome. I see therapy as a collaboration where you and I partner to create an achievable plan to improve your relationships, increase your sense of vitality, and work towards your personal goals. In my work, I have witnessed how life's challenges can create emotional scars that then consciously or unconscious run our lives. These scars can manifest as a variety of mental health and relational issues."
Obesity
(831) 288-5528
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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Obesity
"In my work with individuals, couples, children, teens and families I strive to create a warm, nurturing and compassionate environment for personal exploration and healing. In this space all parts of you are welcome. I see therapy as a collaboration where you and I partner to create an achievable plan to improve your relationships, increase your sense of vitality, and work towards your personal goals. In my work, I have witnessed how life's challenges can create emotional scars that then consciously or unconscious run our lives. These scars can manifest as a variety of mental health and relational issues."
Karin Leonard,
CHT, NLP, Coach
Santa Cruz, California 95062
"Are you ready for your next level ? Yet you feel stuck in old patterns? Feel like there must be more to life? Ready to live fully and express your potential - personally, professionally, in relationship? Be happy, self-confident and fulfilled, and live a life you LOVE? I am here for you. In working with clients for almost 30 years, I have developed a highly effective approach for you to overcome issues and live your life and potential to the fullest. It is my joy and privilege to be your guide, facilitator and confidant on this journey, whether it is for a few sessions, a few months or a lifetime."
Obesity
(831) 498-1775
Santa Cruz, California 95062
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Obesity
"Are you ready for your next level ? Yet you feel stuck in old patterns? Feel like there must be more to life? Ready to live fully and express your potential - personally, professionally, in relationship? Be happy, self-confident and fulfilled, and live a life you LOVE? I am here for you. In working with clients for almost 30 years, I have developed a highly effective approach for you to overcome issues and live your life and potential to the fullest. It is my joy and privilege to be your guide, facilitator and confidant on this journey, whether it is for a few sessions, a few months or a lifetime."
Lauren Reppy, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, California 95060
"Some people pursue therapy because they love personal growth and self-exploration, but many of us come to therapy as a last resort or because our current experience is no longer tolerable. Even when we're suffering however, change can feel intimidating or unattainable. It can feel safer to remain in the discomfort of habitual patterns and experiences than to take a leap of faith into the unknown. It takes courage to pursue change, but if you are reading this, even if you are scared or doubtful, you have the courage required to heal and I am here to help."
Obesity
(831) 600-7103
Verified
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Obesity
"Some people pursue therapy because they love personal growth and self-exploration, but many of us come to therapy as a last resort or because our current experience is no longer tolerable. Even when we're suffering however, change can feel intimidating or unattainable. It can feel safer to remain in the discomfort of habitual patterns and experiences than to take a leap of faith into the unknown. It takes courage to pursue change, but if you are reading this, even if you are scared or doubtful, you have the courage required to heal and I am here to help."

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Obesity Therapists
Obesity is characterized by excess body weight. Being obese significantly increases your risk of hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and other conditions. If you're looking for help with obesity in Santa Cruz or for someone who you may think is obese in Santa Cruz these therapists provide help with weight issues or obesity counseling in Santa Cruz and weight loss advice. They can refer you to obesity clinics in Santa Cruz or near Santa Cruz, or to obesity psychologists in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz obesity therapists and obesity counselors.

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.