Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, Clinical Social Work in Santa Barbara, California, 93109

Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson

Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson

Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - LCS21855

Offices

Santa Barbara, California 93109

My Approach to Helping

I am supportive, interactive and direct while I am here to listen and learn what is happening for you and what you want to accomplish. You are likely here, because whatever you have tried is not working and, you are wise to seek an objective, trained professional who might help identify alternatives and solutions in a safe atmosphere. My process while listening carefully, is to integrate and apply the various approaches in which I am trained. Though in clinical practice many years, I have no set formulas or predetermined approaches because you and your situation are unique. My focus is to fully understand, without judgement or pre-conceptions, what you are experiencing now, and what might be getting in the way of what you want. These are the paths towards solution finding, which we will do together at whatever pace seems right for you. Experience and advanced degrees are important qualifications and these give me the needed and best tools to help. Your unique situation, calls for those approaches which will work best for you at this time towards that purpose.

When choosing a therapist, you want to know something about their experience. I have been in clinical practice for over thirty years and I also teach and mentor other psychotherapists in my role as professor and consultant. My approach to theory is integrative as is my approach to who you are; a being consisting of mind, body and spirit with a wellspring of potential who is also connected to, and influenced by, other beings and the larger environment.

When we meet, I will be listening carefully to understand your struggles, strengths and goals and offering feedback based on what I learn. Together we will find a way to discover and live the life you seek, however that is or, will be defined by you.

More Info About My Practice

Years of experience, advanced training, knowledge, and skill as a psychotherapist are among the things I bring to my practice and to working with you. I am also a teacher of and mentor to other psychotherapists. To know how to help you is to know what you uniquely bring to the situation and what you are wanting to realize in your life.
I hope we will meet either in person (or through tele-therapy) as that is the best way to get a sense of how we will do this.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English
  • Hebrew

Groups I Work With

    Couples, Creatives, Mid-life and other transition, work-life balance,

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Body Talk System
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Coherence Therapy / Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Drama Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Hakomi
  • Healing Touch
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integral Psychotherapy (IP)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Lifespan Integration (LI)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Shamanic Journeying / Psycho Shamanic
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Voice Therapy
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