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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. 


Jane T. Fortuna, M.A., is a Registered Marriage and Fanily Therapist Intern, Registration #69078, and a graduate of Chapman University, working under the supervision of Kristine Schwarz. Jane has been providing mental health and addiction recovery counseling, education, teaching, and case management with adults, children, families, and couples in multiple therapeutic settings throughout Southern, Central, and Northern California for nearly 17 years.

Jane utilizes her compassionate nature and professional experience to foster hope through empowering others to develop life-enriching skills as keys to break free from stagnation, mental illness, chemical dependency, and suffering in their lives.

By utilizing the power of gentle humor, Jane is able to engage the most timid of clients in the therapeutic process. Jane believes that every individual has the potential to develop new perspectives, take positive action, and learn how to cope with and/or overcome painfaul circumstances.

Jane has a special affinity for working with individuals, couples, and families in the treatment and management of chronic mental illness. Jane has training and experience working in a wide range of life issues including addiction, co-dependency, grief and loss, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, depression, parenting, relationship issues, life transition, domestic violence, and women's issues. Jane uses an eclectic approach to therapy, tailored to each individual.

Jane has had Domestic Violence Counselor Training provided by Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County, and she is a Certified Parent Educator for P.A., Inc. She is a member of both the national and local chapters of CAMFT. Jane plans to become licensed and certified in EMDR.

Jane can be reached at 805-451-3364.


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.



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


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