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Ms. Kristine J. Schwarz

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Executive Director

New Beginnings Counseling Center
324 East Carrillo Street Suite C
Santa Barbara , California 93101
United States

Company Description: New Beginnings Counseling Center creates a psychologically healthy community. We provide quality, affordable counseling services, life skills and outreach programs....   more

Employment History

  • Associate Director of Institutional Advancement
    Antioch University Santa Barbara
  • MACP Clinical Training Director
    Antioch University Santa Barbara
  • Central Coast Chair of the Leadership Collaborative
    Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Executive Director
  • Psychotherapist and Consultant In Psychology and the Media
    Santa Barbara Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapist In Private Practice
    Santa Barbara Psychotherapy
  • Central Coast Chair of the Leadership Collaborative
  • MACP Clinical Training Director and Founder and Chair

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair of Steering Committee
    Antioch's Alumni Association


  • MA
    Antioch University Santa Barbara
  • undergraduate degree , Marketing and Advertising
    S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University
16 Total References
Web References
New Beginnings Counseling Center - Santa Barbara, CA - About Us, 3 Jan 2015 [cached]
Kristine J. Schwarz, MA, MFT Executive Director
Kristine Schwarz, MA, MFT is a seasoned executive and psychotherapist who brings extensive experience building organizations and managing multi-faceted projects in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and considerable experience as an educator and clinician. Kristine is also a former entertainment industry executive with 13 years of experience developing film and television projects internationally. She received her MA from Antioch University Santa Barbara and has worked locally as a therapist at Domestic Violence Solutions, the COPE program at Cottage Hospital, Full Spectrum Recovery, Goleta Valley Union School District, and Working Alternatives. She maintains her psychotherapy private practice, Santa Barbara Psychotherapy.
Prior to joining New Beginnings, Kristine was Associate Director of Institutional Advancement at Antioch University Santa Barbara. She also served as Core Faculty and Clinical Director of Antioch's Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program where she founded the MFT Consortium of the Central Coast Region, and served as the Central Coast Chair of the MFT Leadership Collaborative and Chair of Antioch's Alumni Association Steering Committee.
Kristine began her career as a media buyer in Washington, D.C., working with clients such as the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, before moving to Los Angeles in 1987, when she joined the Walt Disney Studios. She received her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Advertising from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
About Santa Barbara Psychotherapy, 19 July 2014 [cached]
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
Kristine provides therapeutic services to clients struggling with the challenges of interpersonal relationships and the stresses of every day life. Kristine 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. Kristine remains current on all aspects of mental health treatment by constantly engaging in continuing education.
Kristine 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. She continues her 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.
Laughter is often a defense mechanism ..., 21 April 2014 [cached]
Laughter is often a defense mechanism used to lighten and defuse a tense or sad situation," shared New Beginnings' Executive Director Kristine Schwarz.
Kristine Schwarz, MFT, LPCC ..., 13 July 2014 [cached]
Kristine Schwarz, MFT, LPCC is the executive director of New Beginnings Counseling Center and a psychotherapist in private practice at Santa Barbara Psychotherapy®.
Kristine Schwarz New ..., 26 Sept 2010 [cached]
Kristine Schwarz New Associate Director At Antioch
University President Names Alumna Associate Director of Institutional Advancemen
Kristine Schwarz has been named the Associate Director of Institutional Advancement at Antioch University Santa Barbara, announced Dr. Nancy Leffert, president of AUSB.
Kristine Schwarz
Kristine Schwarz
As Associate Director of Institutional Advancement, Ms. Schwarz, who is an alumna of the Antioch University Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program and a Marriage and Family Therapist, is responsible for development and fundraising activities, grants, alumni relations, board relations, and public relations for the Santa Barbara campus. She will report directly to Dr. Leffert.
"Antioch Santa Barbara is healthy and thriving and excited about a promising future serving its students and the community with our current programs that already meet community needs, as well as developing new programs that are responsive to the needs of students in this 21st century," noted Ms. Schwarz. With Ms. Schwarz's new position, AUSB hopes to increase its community involvement, explore community and corporate collaborations, broaden Antioch's profile in the tri-county region, and reach out to alumni.
Ms. Schwarz previously served as AUSB Core Faculty and MACP Clinical Training Director and Founder and Chair of the MFT Consortium of the Central Coast Region, which is hosted by Antioch. Her experience includes working in various non-profit settings, such as Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County and the COPE Program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and fundraising that spans organizations and events such as the American Cancer Society's Cancer Ball, the Committee to Reelect Barbara Boxer, as well as numerous entertainment charities. Through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant, Ms. Schwarz also trained first responders in Mississippi during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Prior to pursuing a career in higher education and psychotherapy, Ms. Schwarz worked for 15 years as a producer and executive in the entertainment industry at the Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Studios, and Warner Bros. Studios, among others.
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