I have lived in Santa Barbara since 1992 and am married with four children. I graduated from BYU in 1989 with a BS and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012 with an MA in Clinical Psychology. I have been licensed by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist and am currently in private practice with an office in Goleta, California. I am also available for telehealth (video conference) counseling services, if appropriate, for those not able to travel to my office. I see couples, individuals, children and families. My preferred model for couples therapy is the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) model. This model is a research and empirically-based therapy shown to have the highest efficacy rate of models that work from a “Systems” perspective. Emotional engagement is central to creating an alliance, rather than building a set of skills. I, likewise, use an attachment model of therapy for individuals which explores how one has bonded to their adult role models as children and how the make up of those relationships plays a part in how they organize themselves in their world today.
Other areas I focus on with my clients are: unresolved grief and loss, premarital issues, depression, anxiety, communication struggles, self esteem/empowerment, phase of life issues, crisis management, trauma, parenting, young adult transitional issues, spiritual confusion, and peer conflicts.
In addition, counseling with a therapist who shares the same religious faith-based practice as their clients can bring peace of mind and ease in communicating religious convictions that can be an important part of the client’s healing process. As the gap widens between the Restored Church and the world’s standards of moral and ethical principles, an LDS therapist can assist clients to know that their religion, and the principles they choose to live by, will not be used against them within the therapeutic relationship.
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Listing Title: Diane Smith