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Founder and Owner of Santa Barbara Psychotherapy®, Kristine J. Schwarz, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, License # MFC 44909; and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, License # LPCC 994.

Kristine J. Schwarz, M.A., MFT, LPCC

Kristine provides therapeutic services to clients struggling with the challenges of interpersonal relationships and the stresses of every day life.  Kristine has worked with adults, youth, couples, and families in various therapeutic settings including:  Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County, Goleta Valley Union School District, Working Alternatives Federal Prisoner Reentry Program, and Full Spectrum Recovery.  As well, she previously served as Core Faculty and the Masters in Clinical Psychology Clinical Training Director at Antioch University Santa Barbara.

In addition to more than ten years of intensive education and training in numerous areas of mental health treatment such as trauma, anger management and chemical dependency, Kristine's professional certifications include: Psychological First Aid for Survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita provided by The Boston Center for Trauma Psychology; School and Community Based Post Traumatic Stress Management provided by The Boston Center for Trauma Psychology; and Domestic Violence Counselor Training provided by Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County.  Kristine remains current on all aspects of mental health treatment by constantly engaging in continuing education. 


Kuldeep Kaur is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#107991) and is supervised by Kristine Schwarz LMFT.

The great feminist poet, writer, activist Audre Lorde asked, “How do I provide myself with the best physical and psychic nourishment to repair past, and minimize future damage to my body?”

The actions of daily living often damage us on a mental, emotional and physical level. This experience leaves us with uncomfortable and unwanted feelings that often keep us from enjoying a complete experience of life. I want to provide a safe and healing space for people to connect and share those feelings in a genuine manner so that they can achieve their full potential. I see therapy as a form of self-care, a way to explore the effect of past experiences, a way to ask how we are doing in the present, and finally a way to explore the possibilities for the future.

In my studies and training I have worked with people dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder, addiction issues, anxiety, depression and disability-related issues. I have found that there is often significant overlap in these conditions. I have also worked with the partners, companions and care givers of individuals experiencing these conditions and I understand that these care givers often need a support system of their own. I want to offer a space where these helpers can get the support they need.

Santa Barbara 

  • To provide a safe place for you to talk about what's going on.
  • To empower you to make change.
  • To facilitate your emotional growth.
  • To work on what's important to you.
  • To help you feel better.

Kristine has presented at conferences nationally, including: Buddin Praed Foundation, Northwestern University’s CANS Conference; Child Welfare League of America’s Finding Better Ways Conference; Terrorism and Psychosocial Preparedness: Impact on Children and Families Consortium Meeting; and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s 12th Annual Colloquium.

Prior to pursuing psychotherapy, Kristine worked for 15 years as a producer/executive in the entertainment industry and therefore has a unique ability to understand issues that creative talent encounter.  She continues her passion for the creative arts by working with artists of all kinds.

In addition to private practice, Kristine is also the Executive Director of New Beginnings Counseling Center, where she oversees more than 50 counselors and case managers who work with those most vulnerable in the community, and multiple community programs such as the Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Safe Parking Programs.















The focus of my graduate work was the issue of micro-aggressions as they impact minority community members, especially women of color. Research is just beginning to uncover the scope and breadth of the damage caused by micro aggressions. One of the goals of my practice is to provide a safe and healing space for individuals who have suffered and are suffering from the trauma and damage caused by micro-aggressions based on their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability status, etc. 

My clinical approach is directed by my study of Depth Psychology. Depth Psychology uses our unconscious processes and symptoms to bring to light the deeper issues that hold us back from seeing our true selves. I believe that the Depth approach takes a more holistic approach to problem solving and allows the unconscious to guide our work in therapy.

I am accepting new clients. I look forward to discussing how I might help you in addressing your goals.



Santa Barbara Psychotherapy®
510 State Street, Suite 270
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(Phone) 805.452.4054
(Fax) 805.564.2486


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