Therapist Profile

Name:
Claudia D. Crawford
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
28 W. Arrellaga Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101-6514
Phone:
(895) 259-5825
Website:
License Number
LMFT39946
Practicing Since:
2000
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
“The truth is that every time a door closes behind us, the rest of the world opens up in front of us. All we need to do is stop pounding on the door that now is closed, turn, and see the largeness of life that lies open to our soul.” Anonymous

I moved into the formal practice of psychotherapy having journeyed through a number of prior professions including: education-teacher and school principle; executive search-partner in a small firm; international development-leading projects in the Middle East and the Balkans. I have lived and/or worked in the Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Israel, the West Bank, Pakistan, Croatia, Macedonia, and Bosnia. Living in different cultures from my own, taught me how to value difference without fear of giving up my own beliefs. The gifts of my life, my experience, inform my work with my clients.

I specialize in counseling individuals, couples and families in relationships: couples, parent/child, siblings, extended family, friends, workplace dynamics and most importantly, your relationship with yourself---as this is what creates the base from which you move in the world, in relationship to others. Areas of focus include:
• life transitions and the impact they have on us and our relationships;
• navigating depression, emotional disregulation, Schizophrenia, various life style choices, professional and employment challenges, anxiety, and other struggles challenging one’s ability to realize their potential;
• developing strong communication skills and making the accompanying shift from looking at the world around us for reason to taking responsibility for self.
• Working with couples from a developmental framework to achieve empathic communication, deepening emotional intimacy and relationship satisfaction
• Life transitions and the impact they have on us and our relationships;
• Navigating depression, disordered eating, various life style choices, anxiety, and other struggles challenging one’s ability to realize their potential.
• Developing strong communication skills and making the accompanying shift from looking outside ourselves for explanation to taking responsibility for Self.

About My Practice

Office Hours
By appointment, including Saturday appointments
Services
Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families DBT individual and group services Couples: Developmental/attachment approach to couples' work
Insurance
Blue Shield, Blue Shield of CA, MHN, Out-of-Network coverage, Private Pay, Sliding Scale, United Behavioral Health
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
MA, Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, 2001 Professional Diploma Educational Leadership, Bankstreet College of Education, NYC 1981 MSEd Education, Bankstreet College of Education, NYC, 1079

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Anger Management
Anxiety
Attachment Therapy
Bi-Polar
Career Stress and Changes
Combat/Military Related Trauma
Communication Skills
Couples
Depression/Clinical Depression
Divorce/Dissolution
Elder/Geriatrics/Gerontology
Employment Issues
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Mediation
Pain Management
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Supervision
Women's Issues

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Developmental/Depth
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Family Systems
Humanistic/Existential
Object Relations
Psychodynamic
Certifications
Mediator DBT Funtamentals (dialectical behavior therapy)
Languages Spoken
Arabic, English, French
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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