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Mental Health Clinician
updated: Jun 03, 2014, 7:56 PM

I think my teen daughter is having trouble with body image, stress, possibly depression and/or anxiety. We saw some concerning texts of hers recently and want to get her some professional help (and some direction for us as parents). The problem is that I can't seem to find a provider that is accepting new patients. I have called at least 2 dozen clinicians in the past 2 days and have been turned away because they are swamped seeing people affected by the IV shootings or not taking new clients. If anyone knows of a clinician who is taking new patients and good with teens please post their contact info. FWIW, we are on wait lists at several practices but have no prospects sooner than 4 weeks out.

 COMMENT 524954 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 08:09 PM

Noah's Anchorage has a referral program/ counseling program for teens. Good Luck to you...


 COMMENT 524961 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 08:29 PM

959 doesn't have a clue, op ignore that comment. People of any age can need mental health services, and it is because the parent has a clue that s/he is seeking referrals. I applaud you for recognizing that a professional is needed. Call Noah's A, they are highly qualified to offer a sound referral if needed, and know of all of the service providers in town. They have a 24 hour line you can call. (still shaking my head at 959)


 COMMENT 524964 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 08:33 PM

Vickie Gonzalez, LMFT she is great with teenagers. I worked with Junior high and High School students, I asked her to come and to talk to them during my Teen Health Advocate Trainings..the teens loved her!!!


 COMMENT 524969 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 08:57 PM

Family Therapy Institute. They will work with you, your husband and your daughter. Ask for either Beth Weinberg or Deb Manchester. They are specialist in family / teen issues. Good luck.


 COMMENT 524971P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 09:08 PM

Good for you for picking up on this. Talk to your daughter's pediatrician -- that's where I got the best referral when my own daughter was going through this several years ago.


 COMMENT 524976P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 09:23 PM

Keep trying. Best to you & your family, good job, parent!
(Jordan Witt, but he's probably full up with learning disability patients)


 COMMENT 524982 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 10:35 PM

I had some of the same issues with my daughter starting in 6th grade. We went to the Family Therapy Institute. Our family saw one of the Interns for about two years. Some sessions our daughter would go alone, and the Therapist would follow up with us, some we went as a family, some just my husband and I. I would say that if you are able to see any of the Therapists there, You will probably be happy. Our therapist recommended the Academy of Healing Arts for our daughter. The teens have to be going into/in High School. My daughter has been going for a year now, absolutely one of the best programs ever!


 COMMENT 525001 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 07:07 AM

Claire Mecurio


 COMMENT 525002 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 07:20 AM

Be very very careful. Your child's entire future is at stake, and a misstep may do significant harm. Be sure to be included in some sessions. One therapist had my child believing there was a second persona telling him to do the things he shouldn't. A complete fabrication on the therapists part for a basically normal kid(pre-teen)with minor issues. We ran as soon as we found out. There are more than one or two incompetent and unskilled therapists out there from a personal and anecdotal experience. Creating issues where none exist or dismissing as unimportant the issues that you want addressed. Referrals are not always reliable even from trusted sources. Style and method of addressing the problem must match the personality. If you don't feel comfortable, move on to another. Use your intuition and stay involved. You will do what's in your child's best interest.

No one knows your child better than you do!


 COMMENT 525004 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 07:37 AM

Here in Arroyo Grande, a year before any IV shootings, we found it very difficult to locate a teen therapist that ( a) took our insurance and (b) had an opening. Teen therapist would be a good line if work to be in.


 COMMENT 525010 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 07:54 AM

I'd suggest contacting Chantal Wunderlich (805 455 8704), email her at: Chantal@ChantalWunderlich.com. www.ChantalWunderlich.com.

She is kind, compassionate and works with both teens and eating disorders.


 COMMENT 525022 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 08:40 AM

Call Pacifica Graduate School (Carpinteria) they have several psychologists and psychiatrists on staff, they need to treat people while employed. Their number is in the phone book.


 COMMENT 525027P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 08:53 AM

Good luck to you, and kudos for wanting to help your daughter. If you look on the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA) website, you'll find psychologists' profiles by specialty, neighborhood, and insurance plan.


 COMMENT 525031 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 08:57 AM

Your daughter's doctor is certainly a good place to start for a recommendation, and any psychological evaluation should be preceded by a thorough medical exam to rule out underlying physical aberrations (hormone levels, blood pressure etc.). The doctor should meet with your daughter privately to allow her to express any concerns without parental influence. Also, be sure to ask about support groups for teens. Sometimes they have more openings than individual sessions with therapists. Good luck! Your daughter probably feels better knowing you take her problems seriously.


 COMMENT 525032 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 09:05 AM

Juliet Betita Velarde has extensive experience with teens, and has worked with at risk youth though probation and other county programs. I don't know what your insurance coverage is like, but her prices weren't that bad if you had to pay out of pocket.

Highly recommended.


 COMMENT 525037 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 09:14 AM

Call Galen Garbarino-Wilson MFT 805-705-2139. She has such a great way of connecting with this population. Caring, practical and specializes in working with these issues. She is at Full Spectrum Recovery and Counseling. Stay with it, your daughter deserves real help.


 COMMENT 525039 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 09:28 AM

Important free resources for families, for education and referrals, and to help them understand mental illness may be found at the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden Street. A family advocate counsels and refers; support groups in English and Spanish are available, and the NAMI organization offers free 12 week education and support sessions.

Being informed parents is key to empowerment and to maintaining your family member's trust. Maintaining a trusting relationship is key to helping her recover. Call MWC at 884-8440. Ask for family advocate Carol Hawkes.


 COMMENT 525041P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 09:32 AM

Miranda Field, MFT

She's fantastic, warm, welcoming, and comes highly recommended by other professionals in her field.



 COMMENT 525129P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 01:29 PM

Jennifer Larsen MFT - also an EMDR practitioner. Has really helped a couple of different individuals and families I know personally.

18 W Micheltorena St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 961-2061


 WOODRUFF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-04 04:24 PM

Based on personal and ghastly experience, I would recommend *great* caution regarding Pacifica and children with problems.




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