Dr. Merilee Lovejoy

Licensed Psychologist (California PSY 25918)

Dr. Merilee Lovejoy

Licensed Psychologist (California PSY 25918)

Telehealth Available
Professions: Life Coach, Psychologist, Counsellor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 25918
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Out of Network Provider
Fees: My standard rate is between $150 to $200 per session.

Sliding scale discounts are available for those experiencing financial hardship.

We can provide superbills to clients with PPO insurance plans.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Playa Vista, California 90066
5266 Hollister Ave.
Suite # 332
Santa Barbara, California 93111

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My Approach to Helping

As an inner bonding specialist, I help women who are feeling stuck, stressed, and distressed due to challenges in their relationships, family of origin issues, and other past wounds.

My style of therapy is supportive and compassionate. I’ll walk along-side you as you share about your journey, allowing me to see the world through your eyes.

My approach to therapy is integrative and grounded in research. I draw from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family therapy approaches.

My goal is to work with you to provide you relief from your stress and distress. My intention is to provide you with some excellent tools that will enable you to feel much more at peace and empowered no matter what you face in life going forward.

I guide women and others to get in touch with their true selves, to feel empowered in their lives, and take the steps needed to achieve their goals.

My Approach to Marriage Counseling

I help couples learn to improve their relationships and resolve conflicts. In our time together, you’ll learn more about yourself and your partner, and you’ll make thoughtful decisions about how best to strengthen your relationship.

My Approach to Christian Counseling

For those seeking a Christian therapist, I help individuals connect with their Inner Self, and God. I also help them heal emotionally at deep levels through guiding them through inner healing processes. Together, we can discuss your faith and utilize prayer as a tool for healing and personal growth.

More Info About My Practice

California Women's Therapy is a team of female psychologists helping women and couples to heal, grow, get unstuck, and move forward.

Virtual services are always available.

For more information, visit our website at www.CaliforniaWomensTherapy.com.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Choosing the right therapist is an important part of your journey of healing and self-growth.

At California Women's Therapy, we conduct initial screenings to help match you with the psychologist or therapist who is the best fit for you.

Following the initial screening, you'll be able to conduct a free initial consultation before determining whether you'd like to move forward with one of our providers.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I provide therapy to individuals from all backgrounds and faith traditions, or those who adhere to no faith tradition. One of my areas of expertise is the integration of psychology and spirituality. I enjoy working with individuals who are open to accessing their spirituality in their therapeutic work with me. I often walk clients through deep emotional healing processes that bring them much relief. After these deep inner healing experiences my clients often feel more free, and empowered to be, do, and have all that they are designed to be, do, and have. I enjoy working with individuals who are interested in identifying their (often subconscious) false beliefs, and changing them to beliefs that align with the truth of who they are, and what is possible for them. I often help individuals develop new ways of thinking (and feeling) that help them move from a more resistant state of being to a state of allowing, so that it becomes much easier for them to manifest their dreams.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Borderline
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
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