Therapist Profile

Joan A. Porter, M.A.
Professional Title:
2020 Alameda Padre Serra Suite 211 Santa Barbara, CA 93103 UNITED STATES
(805) 540-8555
License Number
Practicing Since:
Additional Licenses:
LMFT #46392

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Do you want to be happier, more satisfied, or feel better? As a therapist with over 20 years of experience, I have supported clients in healing through change and personal growth. I offer a safe, confidential environment to explore emotional patterns that may be preventing clients from living up to their fullest potential. I enjoy helping couples and families maintain lasting relationships using a research-based approach: (CERTIFIED GOTTMAN COUPLES THERAPIST & REFERRAL NETWORK APPROVED MEMBER, Emotion Focused Therapy, and the Developmental Model). Experienced Rover Therapist at the Art & Science of Love Workshops facilitated by Doctors John and Julie Gottman where hundreds of couples attend regularly. I have worked on staff at Cottage Hospital and in a variety of settings including inpatient facilities, outpatient programs, schools, and dual diagnosis treatment centers for addiction recovery. Although I have been trained in cognitive behavioral, emotional focused, somatic, transpersonal, and family systems therapy, my orientation is psychodynamic. This method involves the transformation of often-unconscious beliefs and patterns about the self and others that can get in the way of forming satisfying relationships and functioning effectively in life. I offer new resources to clients to deepen levels of meaning, connection, and vitality through insight, experience, and evidence-based practice. If you are dealing with past trauma, present pain, or current life changes help is available. I would be honored to accompany you on a deeply satisfying counseling journey.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Available Monday-Friday: sessions scheduled by appointment.
Individual, couples, family and group therapy.
Blue Shield, Blue Shield of CA, Cigna, Medi-Cal, Magellan, Private Pay, Superbill provided, Sliding Scale, United Behavioral Health
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy
Online, Phone


M.A. Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA B.A. Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA A.A. Fine Art, College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA

Area of Specialty

Anger Management
Assertiveness Training
Attachment Therapy
Avoidant Personality
Career Stress and Changes
Critical Incident Stress Management
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Crisis Intervention
Depression/Clinical Depression
Employment Issues
Ethnicity/Multi-Cultural Relationships
Group Therapy
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Interracial Couples
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Religious/Spiritual Orientation
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Single Parents
Step/Blended Families
Telephone/Online Therapy
Women's Issues


Theoretical Orientation
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Emotion Focused Therapy
Family Systems
Imago Therapy
Certified Gottman Couples Therapist Ph.D. Clinical Psychology training, (no degree received) - Seattle Pacific University, WA
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)


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