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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. 


Would you like help living in the digital world; engaging the second half of life; or developing an authentic relationship with your masculine energy?

Are you navigating anxiety, loneliness, depression, anger or one of life’s other detours?

Whatever it is that brought you here will be listened to and heard. 

One of the ways depth psychology can help you is through individuation, an example of which is the hero’s journey. Individuation is a process of discovering and realizing who you are on a very deep level and learning to enjoy and live as that person. You become more whole, harmonious and stable and your libido life force flows more freely.

Individuation is not an easy thing to do under the best of circumstances and this digital age into which we are still plummeting adds a new layer of complexity.

Do you wonder about the time you spend with your digital devices?  How is it helping or hindering you? What does it say about you?

I believe that your digital experiences and worlds are now a factor in your mental health and that who you are in social media, games and other digital worlds is in some ways as psychologically real as who you are in this traditional world.

Counseling is about relationships and I want to make sure that we explicitly include digital devices and experiences when we explore yours.

To whatever extent you are a digital denizen, I want to help you develop an understanding of digital technology as a psychological force.


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.





Who are you in the digital workplace; the online games you play; and your profiles and activities on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media sites?  How do you form attachments and relate to yourself and other people? What kinds of things do you do there? What makes you feel good?

If you are in the second half of life, I would like to help you navigate your way through old and new careers, free time, health issues, renewed and new loves, grandparenting, mortality and the rest of that terrain. Baby Boomers have changed everything they have encountered, and aging will be no different.

The Me-Too Movement calls us to reimagine masculinity.  If you identify as a man, I want to help you develop healthy and satisfying ways to be in an intimate romantic relationship, with friends, out in the world and with yourself.

Computer programming has been a big part of my life ever since I was a teenager. I have also worked in business and been a stay at home father.

I began thinking about the digital world as a psychological space while in school studying to become a therapist.  I thought a lot about my own experiences and wrote my thesis about Depth and Digital in Conversation

The life forces that can be awakened by aging became very real for me after I went through a series of events that, among other results, caused me to change careers from computer programming to therapy.

I have two adult children, two adult cats and like to cycle.

I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#101219) and am supervised by Kristine Schwarz LMFT.

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


Call or e-mail Santa Barbara Psychotherapy® today for a confidential consultation: 805.452.4054 or