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Santa Barbara Music Therapists

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Coaching by Nina Rubin
from 10 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alan S.
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Nina Rubin is a great life coach for people who want practical advice and are uncomfortable with the idea of conventional therapy or coaching. She has training in Gestalt and marriage and family therapy, so what she teaches comes from a credible knowledge base, and she makes an effort to check in and make sure her clients are getting what they want from the experience. Coaching is typically from her home or other location (like a beach) she feels is appropriate for the client, and sessions are typically an hour long, though there is some flexibility, again, depending on the client. Her strongest traits are her compassion and the fact that Nina is a "buddy" type. That is to say, while typically people are apprehensive about opening up to a professional coach or therapist, Nina is such a down-to-earth person, speaking with her and getting advice feels as though you are just chatting with a close friend. As a younger person, she is ideal for people in the 20's and 30's age group, though her advice is applicable across the board. Most importantly, because Nina comes from a therapeutic background, she has connections that allow her to refer clients out if she feels that their issues require more than she can provide, and she is extremely ethical and compassionate, so will indeed refer if needed. My only criticism of Nina is that because she is younger, she does not always pick up quickly on one's issue, but as long as the client is willing to be candid and give her as much information as possible, she is open to being directed to where the client wants to go. Again, I strongly recommend her for younger people and those who are uncomfortable with the idea of life coaching or traditional therapy. Prices are reasonable, and the sessions are worth it.

Santa Barbara Bodyworks
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy K.
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Tom Sorg truly has healing hands. I have had bodywork done by a number of therapists over the years, but I knew after 1 session with Tom he is passionate, knowledgeable and excellent at what he does. After developing a pain in the arch of my foot, I sought help from a podiatrist. My instructions were rest, drugs, ice, self-massage, orthotics, physical therapy, (stretching, ultra-sound, electric stimulation) then finally cortisone shots. After months of these treatments and no success, it was Tom who finally was able to free me from the pain. My only regret is that I didn’t see him sooner. That is only 1 example. He now works on the rest of my family and we have referred him to many friends as well. He will listen and with his awareness of the body, promote healing from within. Cindy K

Easy Relax
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Marcia B.
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On the first Saturday of every month, Sevina Altanova comes to the Center for Spiritual Living Pleasant Valley, at 221 Daily Drive, Suite 1, Camarillo, CA, from 11 AM to 12 PM. Sevina has created a program based on Easy Relax which is a system that combines Dancing, Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PRM) and Meditation. One of the things I like the most, is that when I come to the class, Sevina is already there and everything is setup, from the music to the incense. This morning Sevina started the class with stretches and some mat work. Then she put on dancing music to get us moving. Sevina came up to each of us and danced with us individually. Once we had danced, Sevina then lead us in tension relaxation movements. She helps us learn to identify tense muscles and then she leads us in relaxing those muscles. In this way, she is guiding each of us to learn to identify when muscles in our bodies are tense. She then shows us that we can relax and let go of those tense muscles on our own. Sevina ended the class with a guided meditation, which was very calming. It was a wonderful class. Sevina's enthusiasm and encouragement helped me keep moving. She cares about each student. She helped me get the most from each section of the class. I'm appreciate Sevina and the opportunity she gives me to relax and feel better about myself. --- Marcia B.

Natural Healing Consultants
from 3 reviews
  • 19 years in business
Yasmin A.
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Working with khabir was a tremendous and brilliant experience. During the first session he told me that I’m a vata dosha type. His holistic approach to healing is stunning. I have never had a sound sleep and I didn’t eat properly. He supplied me with natural remedies, and gave me some guidance. Now, my life has changed in so many ways. Thank you very much for your advice and assistance. I have no hesitation in highly recommending khabir services to anyone requiring health support.

  • 20 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack

I can Sense energy very will can feel blocks in body and aura. And help remove them. I help people. Clear out ground and center. Into a better self. I teach self help techniques. And much more Helping feel better. Mentally , physically and emotionally.


Services offered: - Frame drum workshops - Yoga of rhythm workshops - Sound of yoga workshops - Healing sound workshops and circles - Performances / prayerformances - Healing sound meditations - Crescent moon kirtan


I counsel couples, families and individuals from a family systems perspective. I work from a family-friendly, problem-solving, non-blaming stance. I also do pre-marital counseling. I do not have appointments on Saturday. I take several insurance plans as well as cash payments. i will ba glad to answer your questions prior to the first appointment.


We offer the following services: * Holistic Health Practices * Feel at home no matter where you are * Massage, MyoFascial Release, and Cranial Sacral Therapy * Homeopathic Flower Essences


I offer advanced craniosacral therapy. I am a Reiki master and teacher. I provide clinical hypnotherapy. I am a master NLP. Services include massage, spiritual teaching, and intuitive readings.


I'm a student massage therapist recommended by all of my clients! I offer student discount -- that is, $63/hour or $250 for five -- used for you or a friend! I provide a free massage for every referral! The price includes travel fee.


Michelle provides a positive change for body and mind through therapeutic massage, bodywork and NLP. Being a massage therapist for 10 years, Michelle is able to create a session that fits your needs of pain and stress relief, and as a trained medical massage therapist, I can work to help certain injuries. Life coach session assists you in life's transitions.

  • 5 years in business

I am a professional massage therapist and musician. I combine my vast knowledge of healing modalities and my passion for music into a personal wellness practice that stands apart from the herd. I am trained in many innovative modalities, including integrative breathwork, sound-healing, and movement therapy. I am a certified massage therapist in the state of California and have completed over 600 hours of training, including neuro-structural bodywork. I'm now accepting new clients.


I offer individual and couples therapy to increase awareness and expression of your authentic self. Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief or loss and relationship challenges, therapy can provide an opportunity to learn new tools toward balance.


Active Physical Therapy has two convenient locations in Santa Barbara. Our aquatic therapy and physical rehabilitation practice is located at Vista del Monte Fitness and Aquatic Center. Our second office, located at 3040 State Street, specializes in orthopedic, functional mobility, and manual therapy. Aquatic therapy and geriatric physical therapy are Monica's specialties. Patients that want live a more active lifestyle, welcome Monica's help. Monica has special training and experience in the areas of aquatic therapy, acute and chronic pain management, geriatric care, joint replacement rehabilitation, strength training, and sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. Michael A. Mocny, PT, co-owner of Active Physical Therapy, has expertise in manual therapeutic treatment of orthopedic disorders, acute and chronic pain management, temporomandibular disorders, work injury prevention and rehabilitation, and sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. Involved with clinical education and clinical research, he lectures on topics related to spinal dysfunction, and analysis of muscular pain. His clinical research involves a digital dolorimeter which he patented in 1993. Mr. Mocny received his physical therapy degree from California State University at Northridge and UCLA Hospital and Clinics, and has been a registered physical therapist since 1981. His affiliations include the Arthritis Foundation and American Physical Therapy Association, with membership in the orthopedic and private practice sections.

  • 1 year in business

Therapy Santa Barbara provides personalized counseling and psychotherapy services in Santa Barbara, CA. Therapist Courtney Tracy provides effective counseling for adolescents and young adults, depression, anxiety, education and employment issues, and addiction. I love helping people work through difficult periods in their lives by helping them reconnect with the positive aspects of their self and letting that shine forth.


We offer personalized facials prescripted to your unique needs. We offer hot stone massage with 20 years of experience in Hawaiian, Sweedish, polarity, deep tissue, sports, reiki, and energy work. We also offer phytobiodermie treatments for a non-surgical face and body lift while activating your lympatic system and raising your vital energy, circulation and metabolism. A non-invasive system based on traditional Chinese therapy and ayurvedic philosophies. We also have nutritional counseling and life coaching for life's changes and detours. We also provide waxing, makeup, and travel assistant for international trips and arrangements.

  • 18 years in business

For 20 years I have been supporting clients as a compassionate counselor who listens very deeply in order to get to the heart of the matter. My intuition, experience, education, personal growth and love for people are ways that I excel in the field of psychology. Description of clientele:  As a clinician, I offer therapeutic services for children, adolescents and adults. Employment past includes private practice, contract work for mental health agencies, youth shelters, residential treatment programs,foster care and adoption, schools, hospitals, incarceration units, drug and alcohol facilities, retirement homes and hospice, college instructor and psycho-educational consultant. Areas of facilitation include: individual, couples, family and groups. Specializations in mental health, diagnosis, communication, relationship, bereavement, trauma, behavior, special needs, substance abuse, empowerment, medical issues, geriatrics, the lbgtq community, traumatic brain injury, hearing and visually impaired, foster care and adoption. Description of services: As a counselor, art therapist, supervisor, program manager, advisor, consultant, educator and workshop facilitator, my  theoretical and therapeutic orientations are in education, spirituality, behavioralism, Jungian, Family Systems, Person Centered Therapy, Gestalt, Expressive Arts Therapy, transpersonal therapy, EMDR, EFT, kundalini, meditation, mediation, and Non-Violent Communication. My outlook is founded in wellness & holistic philosophy. I care deeply for my clients. I am always fascinated by their ability to show up and make the needed changes that they want to benefit from. I am in awe at the beauty of their spirit and there ability to create a new reality. Through guidance and perseverance I find that my client's always find a way to move through the obstacles that life presents, which they bring forward to learn from. There is a personal myth that is shared from each client that I get to know. It unfolds in metaphor and because of this I am granted to witness the deeper side of a person whom I honor and appreciate with great reverence. The way one chooses to move through the journey of life is so unique. Sometimes there's an easier route but the difficult path opens the door for one to observe self, knowing there's always a way to walk through life with more ease and grace. Whatever way one chooses to lead their life is the perfect way for them in that moment. May we all learn to take risks and be more of who we want to be.


I have been a licensed clinical psychologist for over 10 years, and do individual, family and couples therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. My specialties include: * anxiety * depression * body image * eating disorders * behavior management * parenting * conflict resolution Please see my website for more details.

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What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

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