Santa Barbara Psychotherapy®

A Safe Place for Big Feelings.

Therapeutic Services

Psychotherapy & Counseling:

Appointments available for Individuals, Couples, Families and Young Adults

Career & Vocational Counseling:

Assistance in setting professional and career goals and managing life transitions

Clinical & Organizational Consultation:

Consultation on enhancing both individual and group organizational performance

Santa Barbara Psychotherapy can help.

Are you struggling or overwhelmed with depression, anxiety or issues with anger?

Is your relationship troublesome or even falling apart?

Are you having difficulties at work?

Has something happened recently or in your past that you need to talk to somebody about?

Do you turn to drugs, prescription medication or alcohol to calm your nerves or escape from the everyday stress and challenges in your life?

Do you want to make changes in your life but don’t know how?

We’d Love to Help

Kristine J. Schwarz, MA, 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.

Our Philosophy

Santa Barbara Psychotherapy

An Ethical Philosophy of Practice

It is wise for every professional to have a philosophy of practice made up of principles and values that help guide their services. The marriage and family therapy professional code of ethics helps define the principles and values of this practice. The following is a list of such principles gathered from a variety of sources and experiences by Dean H. Hepworth and Jo Ann Larsen (1986) that this practice also subscribes to.

  1. People are capable of making their own choices and decisions.  Although controlled to some extent by their environment, they are able to direct their lives more than they realize.  They always have freedom and responsibility to exercise in shaping their own lives.
  2. Helping persons have a responsibility to assist people to achieve maximal independence.  Clients grow in strength as therapists promote independent action.

Get In Touch

Contact Us

Preferred Way of Contact

Call Santa Barbara Psychotherapy® for a free phone consultation.

(805) 452-4054


21 E. Canon Perdido Street Suite 213
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


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