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.
Cara Behan, M.A. is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern #97045, working under the supervision
of Kristine Schwarz. A graduate of Antioch University Santa Barbara, Cara has been providing mental health and counseling
services to the Santa Barbara community for 5 years. She is a case manager at Cottage Hospital’s Psychiatric Nursing
and Chemical Dependency Unit (5 East), with extensive experience in severe depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD and mental
believes in a holistic and integrative approach to psychotherapy, to help clients feel balanced in mind, body and spirit.
Each client is unique and Cara helps her clients discover what they need to lead authentic and fulfilling lives. Cara
utilizes DBT, Internal Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, the Oaklander model of play therapy for children and somatic
psychotherapies, among others. She counsels adults and young adults, children and their families. She particularly enjoys
working with children to help strengthen the bonds of family communication and healthy emotional expression. She is also passionate
about working with young women as they navigate independence, relationships and self-identity.
a certified yoga teacher, Cara uses yoga & meditation practices help bring positive change to clients' mental and emotional
health. She has taught therapeutic yoga for addiction recovery, trauma, anxiety and PTSD in Santa Barbara
at Cottage Residential Center, Cottage Hospital and the Mental Wellness Center. She has also completed clinical training at
CALM Santa Barbara, Crescend Health, and Central Coast Treatment Centers, where she treated clients with a history of child
abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders and severe mental illness.
She has certifications in Therapeutic yoga,
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, and Suicide Prevention. She is currently enrolled in the Internal Family Systems Level 1
Training in Los Angeles and will be a certified IFS practitioner in January 2018.Cara can be reached at 805-364-3182 or at