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.