Angela Wurtzel MA, LMFT, CEDS-S, Marriage & Family Therapy in Santa Barbara, California, 93101

Angela Wurtzel


Angela Wurtzel


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 33686
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Accepting New Clients
Evening Availability


27 East Victoria Street
Rear Cottage
Santa Barbara, California 93101

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My Approach to Helping

I have been in private practice for 20 years specializing in the treatment for eating disorders, self injury, compulsive shopping and prenatal and postpartum concerns. My clinical approach encourages and guides each person I work with to understand and examine their personal thoughts and feelings about their lives. Believing that symptoms are a result of behaviors gone awry, I help illuminate the purpose of one's symptoms and how to sustain behavioral change over time. My psychotherapeutic approach is specifically designed for each person I work with so that personal growth and insight about one's story sheds light on conflicts, hopes and needs.

My approach is based on psychodynamic principles and is typically long term, acknowledging that the therapy relationship and process are the central tenet for change and development. Because psychotherapy is a complex process that includes the collaboration between myself and each individual person, I provide 1-3 assessment appointments at the outset of treatment to discuss with each new patient their current problems and how and if therapy with me could be helpful. Additionally, the initial assessment sets the course for specialized therapy, understanding that each person has needs psychologically, emotionally, practically and financially.

More Info About My Practice

I specialize in both individual psychotherapy and group psychotherapy for women and men throughout their lifespan. With a focus on eating disorders, self injury, compulsive shopping and prenatalpostpartum concerns, I am adept at providing therapy for women and men 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 (2007) 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. I am also an Approved iaedp Supervisor providing individual and group supervisor for licensed clinicians seeking iaedp certification designation.

Additionally, I have completed the Postpartum Support International Mental Health Training (2017) and the Los Institute and Society of Psychoanalytic Studies 6 month psychodynamic psychotherapy certification (2009).

I provide Prenatal and Postpartum Group Psychotherapy.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, have been the focus of my psychotherapy practice, education and professional development. I also help people who self injure and compulsively shop.
Prenatal and postpartum concerns are also part of my clinical work.

I believe that psychotherapy can enrich lives and help people become more emotionally mature, stabile and aware. Living an examined life can be more painful at times while also extremely rewarding and containing.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I am an iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorder Specialists) Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Approved Supervisor for over 17 years.

    From a Pea to a Pumpkin... And Beyond: A Postpartum Psychotherapy Group for Mothers & Their Babies

Client Concerns I Treat

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

Types of Therapy

  • Psychodynamic
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