Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Santa Barbara, California

Find a therapist in Santa Barbara, California that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Santa Barbara to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.


Gina Marquardt

LMFT
8 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2011, and I have been working as a therapist since that time. I work with clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, career concerns, substance abuse, LGBT issues, family and relationship issues, and coping with chronic illnesses. I utilize various types of therapy in my practice, such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2011, and I have been working as a therapist since that time. I work with clients who are... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Stefanie Greenfield

LCSW
5 years experience
I am a licensed clinical social worker in California with over 5 years of experiencing providing counseling services. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my Master of Social Work from USC. I have experience working with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, career challenges, life adjustments, stress, relationship issues, ADHD and health-related problems. My approach to counseling is to partner with you to make lifestyle or cognitive adjustments to overall improve... Read More
I am a licensed clinical social worker in California with over 5 years of experiencing providing counseling services. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my Master of Social Work from USC. I have experience working with a wide... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Luis Resendez

LMFT
9 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 86942) having received a Master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. I have over eleven years of experience in the mental health field working with adults, children, and families. Many clients I have worked with have endured disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and family conflict. I have been trained in several modalities and evidenced based practices including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 86942) having received a Master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. I have over eleven years of experience in the mental health field working with adults, children, and families. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 9 years

Dr. Jeannie DeArmond

Psy.D., MS
8 years experience
There comes a time for many of us when we need to seek additional help, even if we have a strong, loving support network. Counseling is different than other types of support. It is aimed toward self-discovery and accessing your own internal abilities to achieve your utmost potential. 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... Read More
There comes a time for many of us when we need to seek additional help, even if we have a strong, loving support network. Counseling is different than other types of support. It is aimed toward self-discovery and accessing your... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Jennifer Marsh

MS, LMFT
13 years experience
Welcome! I first want to use a minute to tell you that I appreciate the fact you have taken the first steps in seeking counseling support. I can help! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I plan to support you. I have a master's degree in Counseling (2006) and am a Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist in California. I have spent time throughout my 13 year career working with individuals, families... Read More
Welcome! I first want to use a minute to tell you that I appreciate the fact you have taken the first steps in seeking counseling support. I can help! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Emily Schwimmer

M.A., LMFT
17 years experience
Hello! Good for you reaching out for support today. You are taking a big, worthwhile step! I've been practicing for over 18 years in Sunny Southern California working with adult individuals and couples. My experience is working with mild to moderate issues around stress, anxiety, feelings of sadness or depression, life transitions, grief and relationship issues. I provide a safe space to explore and process the feelings and issues you are experiencing. It's not... Read More
Hello! Good for you reaching out for support today. You are taking a big, worthwhile step! I've been practicing for over 18 years in Sunny Southern California working with adult individuals and couples. My experience is working with mild to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Crystal Stokes

MACP, AMFT, ACE, CTI coach, Enneagram Coach
8 years experience
Counseling individuals, couples and families since 2011. Focusing on blending holistic aspects of health, mindfulness, meaning, connection and purpose to relieve pain and optimize life satisfaction. Direct and solutions focused therapy to increase levels of functioning and performance. Utilization of behavioral modalities: ACT, ERP, CBT. Jungian, Transpersonal and Nature-Based Psychology oriented. Enneagram Personality Typology specialist. Read More
Counseling individuals, couples and families since 2011. Focusing on blending holistic aspects of health, mindfulness, meaning, connection and purpose to relieve pain and optimize life satisfaction. Direct and solutions focused therapy to increase levels of functioning and performance. Utilization of behavioral modalities: ACT, ERP, CBT. Jungian, Transpersonal and Nature-Based Psychology oriented. Enneagram Personality Typology specialist. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Santa Barbara, California

The thriving west coast city of Santa Barbara is home to over 90,000 residents, multiple universities and a healthy economy. A poverty rate of approximately 13.9 percent makes it equal to the national average. Santa Barbara has a growing and diverse economy and a median age of about 38. This idyllic Californian mid-sized city is also home to many individuals who are struggling with mental illness. Whether you’re suffering from a mental illness or have a friend or family member who is, discover how you can find help with this overview of mental health in Santa Barbara.

Mental Health Concerns in Santa Barbara, California

A major mental health concern in Santa Barbara County is depression. The overall percent of individuals who are dealing with a depressive disorder is 18.3. This is significantly higher than the average of all of California, which is 13.3. Depression rates in the county are higher for females than males, and affect individuals with some college education more than residents that didn’t attend college.

There are a number of other mental health concerns in the county, including:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Phobias

Santa Barbara County also experiences high rates of excessive drinking. Often linked to depression and other mental illnesses, excessive drinking is a strong indicator of mental illness. 19.2 percent of Santa Barbara County adults reported drinking excessively in 2017. Another strong indicator is violent crimes 333 were reported for every 100,000 people throughout the county.

Throughout the county, about 31 percent of homeless individuals are suffering from mental illness, while 51 percent are abusing alcohol. Homelessness may not seem like a problem in the robust economy of Santa Barbara, and the number is decreasing every year. In 2017, however, 790 people reported experiencing homelessness in a survey of the city of Santa Barbara. These individuals often suffer from mental illness, so it’s critical that anyone experiencing homelessness have access to mental health professionals.

Addiction and self-medication are strongly linked with mental illness. Santa Barbara County has a high rate of opioid addiction and overdose. In 2015, 75 people died from drug and alcohol abuse in the county. Whether it’s self-medicating with alcohol or abusing pain medication, these addictions are extremely dangerous. Some individuals abuse drugs in order to self medicate, while others begin experiencing depressive episodes and other mental illness challenges after becoming addiction to a substance. If you know anyone who may be addicted to any medication or alcohol, don’t wait to help them get the treatment they need.

Divorce Rates in California

Santa Barbara has one of the lowest divorce rates in the state. At 9.01 percent, this is lower than the rest of the state. California enjoys lower divorce rates than many other states. However, divorce can still happen in California and it can be both a sign and a cause of mental illnesses like depression and panic disorder. Talk to your loved ones or anyone you know who may be affected by divorce. If you are going through a divorce, seek help with a licensed therapist in your area. You don’t have to suffer alone, whether you directly experienced a divorce or have friends or family members who have gone through a divorce.

Discover Local Therapists with E-Counseling

Don’t wait to contact a licensed therapist if you’re suffering from mental illness. Thankfully, Santa Barbara also has a large number of professionals who are highly trained and ready to work with individuals who are experiencing mental illness. There are 443 mental health professionals per 100,000 living in the county.

In the United States, only 35 percent of people seek treatment for a mental illness, but 90 percent of those who seek treatment recover. Whether you’re seeking treatment for you or a loved one, find the resources you need through the E-Counseling directory. You’ll find all the information you need to visit local, qualified mental health professionals in your area. Whether you’re dealing with depression, anxiety or relationship issues, find a therapist that can help. Read reviews and learn more about how to cope with any strong, negative feelings you may be experiencing. Enjoy the sun and the sand in Santa Barbara, and take the first step to reclaiming your life.