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Santa Cruz Marriage Counselors

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  • 25 years in business
  • 231 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
David S.
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Dr. J Konrad maid our wedding vows happen at just a two day notice! Dr. J was early and after his arrival the best part was he new me and my wife witch made everything a lot more at ease. He did a great job and I would highly recommend that if you are getting married this is definitely the person you want to get your marriage started! Dr. J Konrad thank you so much and may God bless you for the great services you are providing.

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The Sacred Adventure
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Whitney S.
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When my fiancee and I were in search of a pre-marital counselor, we didn't know what to expect. We just knew it was best practice to do pre-marital counseling, so we did. The minute we met with Kim for an intro session, she was a kind, comforting presence that was able to get both me and my partner to easily share - something rare for my partner. Throughout our time working with Kim, she helped us hone in on issues within our relationship while discovering things about ourselves - individually - that we didn't realize were negatively affecting us. What we loved most about Kim was that she didn't just talk us through every problem we were working to solve but provided us with tools that we will be able to use for years to come. In our sessions, Kim provided great counseling with a sincere intention to set our marriage off on a strong foundation of self-awareness and clear communication to build our relationship upon. Thank you, Kim, for all of your guidance and support!

Enhance My Life Now
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Adam H.
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An unexpected death in the family upended a number of things in my life. I needed some guidance to get back on track to run my business and tackle the new personal challenges I was facing. I was working with another counselor for a few months but did not find much value in my sessions. My wife found Karim so I decided to try one session. Needless to say, I really enjoyed Karim's approach. Karim has acted like a guide to help me identify, process and work on my challenges. I enjoyed his help so much that I also paid to attend a couple of the workshops he hosts outside of regular hours from time to time. I highly recommend talking to Karim at least once and see how you feel. Chances are, you will want to work with him.

Anxiety Gone
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Sara A.
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When I started working with Shannon I was struggling with deep unhappiness and uncertainty about my life, as well as my relationships with the people in my life. I was skeptical of talking to anyone because of several prior bad experiences with counselors and psychiatrists. But I called anyway out of desperation and I'm very glad in retrospect that I did. Shannon helped me consciously identify things that are important to me and things I wanted to change. With Shannon I learned to proactively become aware of and eliminate negative, harmful, or just plain not useful patterns of thinking and instead treat myself using positive reinforcement. These changes seems small and simple but their impact is deep. I also benefited from her wise perspective on managing relationships with others. By using what I've worked on with Shannon, I feel more clear, capable, reflective, and self-aware. This in turn has helped me focus, enjoy my work, and improve how I view my relationships with my family and coworkers. I'm all around much happier and proud of myself. In working with Shannon, I was impressed by her kindness, her breadth of understanding, her proactive approach, and her focus on ensuring her clients improve in a quantifiable, verifiable way. I would and do recommend her to anyone looking for guidance through rough times, especially if you're looking for quick and concrete practices to implement to improve your life immediately.

  • 11 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Coreen C.
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We decided to try Connect2 Marriage as an engagement encounter and we've loved it. We would strongly recommend them.

  • New on Thumbtack
Bonnie B.
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I met Judy 19 years ago attending an intensive for Hand Analysis. Of all the people in our group Judy displayed the characteristics of a reader I would go to...kindness, humbleness, intuitiveness, and highly intelligent. It is no surprise that she has continued to share her gifts of reading hands and teaching it to others. If you want an in-depth analysis of your delicious dilemma (what you keep stubbing your toes on), Judy will lead you to a better understanding of the contrast's that create those same scenarios. I highly recommend Judy even if you have no dilemmas in your life. You may walk away discovering gifts you did know you possessed! Bonnie

Samantha Greenlee, LMFT
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tony R.
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Listen really good about our problems. And gives good advice on how to moved forward in life about our marriage.

Living the Sacred
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Micah And Monique C.
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Illana is a true blessing. My wife and I in were fortunate enough to have Illana join us in marriage in Lake Tahoe, CA. We had several meetings with Illana prior to the date, and each time she delved into the root of what marriage and togetherness meant to us. She incorporated our values, beliefs, and spirituality into the service, in a way we feel no one else could have. Illana was consistent, punctual, and professional in her planning and coordinating. She took the extra time to help us with the layout at the venue and did a wonderful job delegating at the rehearsal (which is not always an easy task, especially with young children). Illana has a constant smile, and is able communicate with people in a special way. We had so many people at our wedding that specifically complimented the ceremony. We feel this was greatly due to Illana's creativity and vision. Thank you Illana.

Pastor Ama Zenya
5.0
from 8 reviews
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Geoff H.
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She really cared about us and our marriage. Ama spent the time to understand our relationship and our goals, and created a program and service that were uniquely ours.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
James S.
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A great experience. We recommend Krista to anyone who's looking for Marriage and Family Therapy services.

Risso Counseling
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda G.
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I have known Melissa a long time and she is one of the best therapists that I have worked with. She is patient, understanding, and is a great listener. Melissa is highly skilled and has been able to help me work through a variety of issues. She has a clear passion for her career and truly cares about each of her clients. If you are looking for a therapist, look no further. I absolutely recommend giving her a call!

Bay Area Body and Mind
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Shannon D.
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Alison is amazing! The most important things I look for in a counselor is someone who is well educated, practices what they teach and is compassionate with their clients. Alison is all of the above, she really knows her stuff, I feel safe and well attended to when she works with me and she gives me undivided attention which I always appreciate. She has an amazing way of working on emotional issues that could be holding you back from making progress in your life. She has a deep understanding of what it takes to heal and clear old material that is no longer relevant to living your best life and she guides you in a way that is kind, loving and safe. I honor her so much and feel so grateful to have her in my life!

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I accept family court referrals and have expereince in that arena. Additionally, I accept Blue Shilld and United Healthcare Insurance

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I have gained a variety of experience working with a wide variety of issues, from ages 5 to 65. I have also gained a significant amount of experience in the corporate world and understand the challenges that today's Individual, Couple faces when addressed with pressure of work and when it carries over to the home relationships and vice versa

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I have a wide range of experience. One of the specialities I have is working with those who particularly seek to integrate their Christian faith with their therapy work.

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I am specializing in therapy for trauma, depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, relationships, life directions, and spiritual issues. I utilize psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavior, and E.M.D.R. You can find me on Psychology Today.

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I offer one-on-one career transition/outplacement counseling including the following: * Asset analysis/career and goals assessment * Resume writing and editing * One-on-one counseling * Personal marketing strategies * Job search work flow and process training * Career and personal networking training * Communications and self-presentation evaluations and enhancement coaching (interview coaching and preparation) * Follow-up and support throughout I have spent over 15 years as a senior executive recruiter in the Silicon Valley where I have counseled and coached literally thousands of candidates and executive-level clients through their own career challenges. My own career has taken me from blue collar in the early '80s to white collar sales and consulting in the late '80s, moving into business management in the early '90s, and business ownership in the late '90s. The latter part of my career has seen me transition from sales manager to managing partner to V.P. to C.O.O, and even co-found a company and ownership, where I have been a vendor to a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Wells Fargo, etc. Every stage is wrought with unknown factors which can be scary, but if you replace fear and uncertainty with enthusiasm about the possibilities, times of transition can be acknowledged as the greatest opportunities for growth, and forward progress on your own career. I now work with both individuals and corporate clients alike as a career transition counselor, helping others to move in a positive direction towards the next phase of their own careers. Call me, and let's work together to prepare you for the opportunities that lay before you. Mark Fort

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Your marriage or premarital counseling experience can expand your understanding of yourself, your partner and the patterns of interaction between you. Our work together will give you tools to use these new insights to break out of ineffective, hurtful patterns, and create constructive, healing ways of restoring your intimacy and joy.

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I work with people who are in crisis, women, men, adolescents, and children struggling against anxieties, panics, and/or self harm. I also work with people regarding parenting issues and family communication. I help people with healing through life adjustment struggles such as grieving the passing of a loved one, adjusting to the arrival of a newborn, and transitions into a new life path. I have over 20 years of specific experience in working with young adults.

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Scott Tucker provides individual and couples' counseling, focusing on relational and emotional difficulties. Group therapy services are available for adult children of dysfunctional backgrounds. There are also relational and developmental focus groups for men. Scott Tucker has experienced background and Christian setting. He has flexible hours, reasonable rates, comfortable and friendly style and easy to locate office.

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Deep within each one of us is a vast intelligence that moves us toward wholeness. I am continually in awe of how effectively this guides the healing and awakening process once we learn how to listen to the dreams, feelings, body sensations, and life challenges that give clues as to where the healing wants to go next. My work as a therapist is to create a safe, supportive space for clients to open up, experience life as it is right now, and explore whatever is calling out for attention from within ourselves or from outer challenges. Often, we may need to make detours into past traumas that prevent a full surrender into the present. As old griefs, traumas, hurts, and losses are embraced and healed, inevitably, clients drop into the deepest grief of all: the abandonment of oneself. As this is grieved, then the unique expression of the essence of that person can be freed up to participate fully in life, to blossom like a flower. As French author Anais Nin wrote, “The day will come when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." This work is empowering to my clients as they connect with a flow of healing and transformation from within themselves, and learn new tools for living more fully: tools that they can carry into their lives long after our time together has passed. I have been a psychotherapist for over 35 years. During that time, I have helped clients with a wide range of issues. I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client's individual needs; my clients and I work together to address their goals and concerns, whether they are current life challenges or longstanding issues. I specialize in working with grief. Over a lifetime, we will experience many losses, not just the loss of loved ones, but the loss of a marriage, health, a job, our dreams, or a child when he or she goes off to college. Each one of us will be called on at different times to face losses, but will we embrace it or shrink from it? Most of us shrink from a loss, thinking that if we just keep busy, we can close our hearts a little to protect ourselves from loss. However, it is ungrieved loss that takes a toll on our hearts and deadens us to life. We pay a price in terms of our vitality, happiness and health. I offer unique and effective strategies for grieving fully without feeling overwhelmed. This includes experiential exercises for exploring the ongoing inner relationship with a deceased loved one. I have a masters degree in counseling psychology from the University of Santa Clara and a license in the state of California (since 1976) as a marriage and family therapist. I am the author of two books on grief: Losing a Parent and The Infinite Thread: Healing Relationships Beyond Loss. I have taught at University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and John F. Kennedy University. I have trained in the following: * Grief work with Stephen Levine * Family therapy with Virginia Satir and John Krop * Art therapy with Janie Rhyne * Dream work with James Hillman, Alice Howell and Charles Ponce * Women's sexuality with Lonnie Barbach * Bioenergetics with Michael Conant and others at the Northern California Bioenergetic Institute My 35-year meditation practice (mostly Buddhist) has enriched and deepened my approach to psychotherapy; this has enabled me to bring compassion, humor, patience, spaciousness, and balance into the therapeutic relationship. My teachers include Stephen Levine, Jack Kornfield, Goenka, Ruth Denison, among many others. I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with clients in this journey of healing, transformation and self-discovery. What rich resources for coming into our wholeness lie within each one of us, just waiting to be tapped!

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