Angela R. Wurtzel, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Angela R. Wurtzel, MA, LMFT, CEDS

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 33686
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 01837
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Office 1
27 East Victoria Street
Rear Cottage
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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Office 2
1115 Toro Street
Suite H
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
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I have been in private practice for 20 years providing an empathic environment for each person to find their words while understanding their own personal thoughts and feelings about their lives. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, self injury and compulsive shopping. Believing that these symptoms are a result of behaviors gone awry, I help facilitate the understanding and purpose of these symptoms and how to sustain change over time. These concerns are typically related to early attachment dynamics and the resulting sense of self which gives each of us our purpose in life. With these significant ideas in mind, my psychotherapeutic approach is designed for each person I work with understanding that each person has a story to know and to tell, bringing to light conflicts, hopes and needs.

My approach is based on psychodynamic principles and is typically long term, acknowledging that the therapy relationship and process is the central tenet for change and development. Because psychotherapy is a complex process that includes the collaboration between myself and each individual person, I hold a 75 minute initial assessment at the outset of treatment to discuss with each new patient their current problems and how therapy with me could be helpful. Additionally, the initial assessment sets the course for specialized therapy, understanding that each person has personal needs psychologically, emotionally, practically and financially.

Email or Call Angela R. Wurtzel, MA, LMFT, CEDS at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 01837

More Info About My Practice

I specialize in both individual psychotherapy and group psychotherapy for women throughout their lifespan. With a focus on eating disorders, self injury, compulsive shopping and prenatal/postpartum concerns, I am adept at providing therapy for women at different stages of their lives and address the anxieties and other mood disturbances that may surface during the sometimes difficult path of transitions.

I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals which is a designation earned through a concentrated focus on experiential, testing and supervision of private practice work treating those who struggle with eating disorders.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

The purpose of psychotherapy is to discover and deepen one's core values, sense of self, and determination as an individual while understanding and gaining insight into early attachment and how this blueprint continues to impact a person's life.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Angela R. Wurtzel, MA, MFT, specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, self injury and compulsive shopping. Angela R. Wurtzel, MA, MFT, is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

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Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Self-Harm

Types of Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic

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