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Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
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Penelope Rayas

Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA

Verified by Psychology Today Verified by Psychology Today
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Let's Connect (408) 872-8957
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Welcome to my website! I am so glad you stopped by! Has life become overwhelming? I can help! 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, empathetic and openminded and my practice is based on connection, body and mind awareness, empathy, deep understanding and compassion. My practice is body centered and body positive.
I use an eclectic mix of psychotherapy. I am a very seasoned psychotherapist. I have been helping clients for 30 years. I am trained in Jungian, dream analysis and modern methods including DBT, Maudsley, Body positivity, social justice, trauma informed therapy, intuitive eating, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I can help you live a more meaningful life.
I view therapy as a sacred healing process built on trust, acceptance, and deep understanding. My style is creative, warm, non-judgmental, empathetic, engaging, compassionate and honest. I combine a nurturing, and supportive approach with the practical skills I have gained in 34 years of training and experience.
Take the first step to help. Call or Penelope Rayas now - (408) 872-8957

My Practice at a Glance

Available online only

Penny Rayas LMFT

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(408) 872-8957

Penny Rayas LMFT

Antelope, CA 95843

I am only offering online services, I have some availability evenings and weekends
I specialize in Trauma and PTSD, Body Positivity and Eating Disorders 
$180 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals, couples and families  
Let's Connect (408) 872-8957
Photo of Penelope Rayas, LMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist

My Practice at a Glance

Available online only

Penny Rayas LMFT

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(408) 872-8957

Penny Rayas LMFT

Antelope, CA 95843

I am only offering online services, I have some availability evenings and weekends
I specialize in Trauma and PTSD, Body Positivity and Eating Disorders 
$180 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals, couples and families  

Finances

Fees

  • Individual Sessions $180
  • Couple Sessions $200
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible
  • Pay by ACH Bank transfer, American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Paypal, Venmo, Visa, Zelle

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem | Elevance
  • Beacon Health Options | Carelon
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • Cigna and Evernorth
  • MHN | Health Net
  • Optum
  • UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
  • Out of Network
"
I try my hardest to bill your insurance but in case of non-payment from your insurance we can negotiate payment. I am in network with most insurance companies including, Anthem Blue Cross, Carelon Santa Cruz County, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Shield and I am in network with Kaiser though Headway
or call with questions - (408) 872-8957
Photo of Penelope Rayas, LMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist
Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
"
I try my hardest to bill your insurance but in case of non-payment from your insurance we can negotiate payment. I am in network with most insurance companies including, Anthem Blue Cross, Carelon Santa Cruz County, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Shield and I am in network with Kaiser though Headway
or call with questions - (408) 872-8957
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Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA

Qualifications

  • Verified by Psychology Today Licensed by State of California / 49734 Penelope Rayas
  • In Practice for 16 Years
  • Certificate from Registered Addiction Specialist-Masters Level 1994
  • Certificate from FBT therapy for Anorexia ( The Maudsley Method) Standford / 2014
  • Attended California Institute of Integral Studies
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I have over 30 years of experience helping teens, adults and families live better lives. I am licensed in CA and I have special training in eating disorders and trauma treatment.
or call with questions - (408) 872-8957
Photo of Penelope Rayas, LMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist
Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
"
I have over 30 years of experience helping teens, adults and families live better lives. I am licensed in CA and I have special training in eating disorders and trauma treatment.
or call with questions - (408) 872-8957
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Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA

Specialties and Expertise

Top Specialties

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Body Positivity
  • Eating Disorders

Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Bisexual
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Lesbian
  • LGBTQ+
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
  • Transgender
  • Women's Issues
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I work with clients who may be struggling with depression, anxiety and eating disorders. During our initial sessions. we will get to know you deeply and delve into the issues at hand and create a plan for addressing them. Most of my clients see an improvement of their symptoms within a couple of months.
or call with questions - (408) 872-8957
Photo of Penelope Rayas, LMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist
Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
"
I work with clients who may be struggling with depression, anxiety and eating disorders. During our initial sessions. we will get to know you deeply and delve into the issues at hand and create a plan for addressing them. Most of my clients see an improvement of their symptoms within a couple of months.
or call with questions - (408) 872-8957
Photo of Penelope Rayas, LMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist
Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA

Client Focus

Age

Teen
Adults

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother
Transgender Allied

Ethnicity

Other Racial or Ethnic Background

I also speak

Greek
Spanish

Age

Teen
Adults

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother
Transgender Allied

Ethnicity

Other Racial or Ethnic Background

I also speak

Greek
Spanish

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Gestalt
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal
  • Jungian
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Person-Centered
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Somatic
  • Transpersonal
  • Trauma Focused
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I use several different types of therapy depending on the diagnosis and situation. I often use a combination of Cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing, Jungian and holistic. When treating eating disorders, I use body positive therapy and CBT-E.
or call with questions - (408) 872-8957
Photo of Penelope Rayas, LMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist
Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
"
I use several different types of therapy depending on the diagnosis and situation. I often use a combination of Cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing, Jungian and holistic. When treating eating disorders, I use body positive therapy and CBT-E.
or call with questions - (408) 872-8957
Photo of Penelope Rayas, LMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist
Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA

Location

Primary Location

Penny Rayas LMFT

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(408) 872-8957

Additional Location

Penny Rayas LMFT

Antelope, CA 95843

(408) 872-8957
"
I am only offering online services, I have some availability evenings and weekends
Take the first step to help. Call now - (408) 872-8957
Photo of Penelope Rayas, LMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist
Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
"
I am only offering online services, I have some availability evenings and weekends
Take the first step to help. Call now - (408) 872-8957
Photo of Penelope Rayas, LMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist
Penelope Rayas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA