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.


Joshua Siskin

LMFT,BA,MS
13 years experience
My success is based on your feeling better at the end of our session than at the beginning and by your progress in addressing the challenges you face from one session to the next. I have been a counselor and psychotherapy practitioner since 2007 and have met with a wide spectrum of clients in all age groups, from teenagers to octogenarians. My approach is to elicit and reinforce your positive attributes and competencies and to... Read More
My success is based on your feeling better at the end of our session than at the beginning and by your progress in addressing the challenges you face from one session to the next. I have been a counselor and psychotherapy... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Hebrew
  • Experience:13 years

Maggie Hank

LCSW
6 years experience
Welcome to BetterHelp! I am Maggie, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of California and Hawaii. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Hawaii Manoa and my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change from San Diego State University. I have 6 years of experience providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, and family settings.... Read More
Welcome to BetterHelp! I am Maggie, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of California and Hawaii. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Hawaii Manoa and my Bachelor of Science degree in... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

JENNIFER DAWN

LCSW,PPSC
3 years experience
It is so great you have reached out to start on the path of growth and self-improvement. Truly one of the hardest steps in this journey is reaching out for support. I’m excited to connect and discuss your needs and supports I might provide. Let me give you some of my background. I went to graduate school at UC Berkeley and graduated in 2004. I became a California Licensed Clinical Social... Read More
It is so great you have reached out to start on the path of growth and self-improvement. Truly one of the hardest steps in this journey is reaching out for support. I’m excited to connect and discuss your... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Jessica Baird

MA,LMFT
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 15 years experience working with children, adults, couples, and families in various settings. I am a military veteran and have worked with individuals from various backgrounds and varying acculturation levels as well as provided supervision of interns. I graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Psychology with Marriage and Family Therapy and completed a certification training to supervise the Functional Family Therapy team... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 15 years experience working with children, adults, couples, and families in various settings. I am a military veteran and have worked with individuals from various backgrounds and varying acculturation... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:15 years

Shira Mehrnia

LMFT
10 years experience
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Los Angeles, CA with extensive experience in many areas of mental health. My goal is to help my clients expand their capacity for trust and intimacy in relationships and improve their overall quality of life. I help people struggling with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues and women suffering from prepartum and postpartum depression. I have significant experience in the treatment of eating disorders... Read More
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Los Angeles, CA with extensive experience in many areas of mental health. My goal is to help my clients expand their capacity for trust and intimacy in relationships and improve... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Ellen Suski

LCSW
4 years experience
Hello. I am a licensed social worker in California. I began practicing in the mental health/behavioral health field in 2011. I originally was licensed in Maryland in 2015 but then returned to California in 2016. Since starting in the field, I have worked with individuals ranging in age from 4 years old to 52 years old; most experience working with individuals between the ages of 10 and 35. I have experience working with individuals experiencing... Read More
Hello. I am a licensed social worker in California. I began practicing in the mental health/behavioral health field in 2011. I originally was licensed in Maryland in 2015 but then returned to California in 2016. Since starting in the field,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Tim Whetzel

LMFT,MA
18 years experience
Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process. To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along the journey of our life I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path." This sentence encapsulates the feelings many clients bring to therapy, the... Read More
Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process. To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 years

Cynthia Tatum

MA,LMFT
6 years experience
I am a family and marriage therapist licensed in California with over 6 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and substance abuse issues. I also helped those who have experienced sexual issues and physical trauma or emotional abuse. I have worked with residential and outpatient clients. My counseling style is warm, interactive, and non-judgmental. ... Read More
I am a family and marriage therapist licensed in California with over 6 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and substance abuse issues.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Dr. Sue Pollington

PhD,LCSW,LAC
33 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The states I am licensed in include; Montana, Nevada, and California. I am also nationally certified in CBT, DBT, CCDC, DVC III, CJCC and am a Diplomat in Psychotherapy. I have been practicing as a clinician for 33 years. I enjoy working with clients and I look forward to client sessions. My therapy focus is client centered. I come from a perspective... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The states I am licensed in include; Montana, Nevada, and California. I am also nationally certified in CBT, DBT, CCDC, DVC III, CJCC and am a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:33 years

Estela Isla

LMFT
6 years experience
Some of us experience difficult times in our lives and we can feel alone. We may feel hopeless, disoriented, or challenged. Imagine a space where you can share your feelings, your concerns, and your thoughts with a professional. A space where you feel comfortable to share and to discuss difficult issues in your life. I am here to help. I have been working in the mental health field for 12 years and have been working... Read More
Some of us experience difficult times in our lives and we can feel alone. We may feel hopeless, disoriented, or challenged. Imagine a space where you can share your feelings, your concerns, and your thoughts with a professional. A space... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:6 years

Crystal Stokes

MACP, AMFT, ACE
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.

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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.

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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.