Founder and Owner ofSanta Barbara Psychotherapy ®, Kristine J. Schwarz, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, License # MFC 44909; and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, License # LPCC 994.
Kristine J. Schwarz, M.A., MFT, LPCC
provides therapeutic services to clients struggling with the challenges of interpersonal relationships and the stresses of every day life.
has worked with adults, youth, couples, and families in various therapeutic settings including: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
, Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County, Goleta Valley Union School District
, Working Alternatives Federal Prisoner Reentry Program, and Full Spectrum Recovery.
As well, she
recently served as Core
Faculty and the MACP Clinical Training Director at Antioch University Santa Barbara
In addition to more than ten years of intensive education and training in numerous areas of mental health treatment such as trauma, anger management and chemical dependency, Kristine's professional certifications include: Psychological First Aid for Survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita provided by The Boston Center for Trauma Psychology; School and Community Based Post Traumatic Stress Management provided by The Boston Center for Trauma Psychology; and Domestic Violence Counselor Training provided by Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County.
remains current on all aspects of mental health treatment by constantly engaging in continuing education.
has presented at conferences nationally, including: Buddin Praed Foundation
, Northwestern University's
CANS Conference; Child Welfare League of America's
Finding Better Ways Conference; Terrorism and Psychosocial Preparedness: Impact on Children and Families Consortium Meeting; and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children's 12th Annual Colloquium
Prior to pursuing psychotherapy, Kristine worked for 15 years as a producer/executive in the entertainment industry and therefore has a unique ability to understand issues that creative talent encounter.
passion for the creative arts by working with artists of all kinds.
In addition to private practice, Kristine is also the Executive Director of New Beginnings Counseling Center, where she oversees more than 50 counselors and case managers who work with those most vulnerable in the community.