Joan Porter MFT, Founder-Clinical Director
Certified since 2017

Joan Porter MFT, Founder-Clinical Director

COUPLES INSTITUTE OF SANTA BARBARA

2020 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 211 Santa Barbara, CA  93103 United States of America
(805) 540-8555(805) 540-8555
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Languages

English

Availability

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Insurance Accepted

Yes

Blue Shield, Cigna, Magellan, CenCal-Holman, Optum

Payment Policies
Credit cards accepted

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Qualifications
  • Degree: MA
  • Field: Clinical Psychology
  • Year graduated: 2004
  • Practice since: 1999
  • License states: California
About

Do you want to be happier, more satisfied, or feel better? As a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 19 years of experience I have supported children, teens, and adults in healing through change and personal growth. I offer a safe, confidential environment to explore emotional patterns that may be preventing clients from living up to their fullest potential. I enjoy working with couples and families to help them maintain secure bonds and lasting relationships. I use Gottman method couples counseling which is a research based approach to treatment (CERTIFIED GOTTMAN COUPLES THERAPIST-REFERRAL NETWORK APPROVED MEMBER). I have worked on staff at Cottage Hospital and in a variety of settings including inpatient facilities, outpatient programs, schools, and dual diagnosis treatment centers for mental health and addiction recovery. Although I have been trained in cognitive behavioral, emotional focused, somatic, transpersonal, and family systems therapy, my orientation is psychodynamic. This method involves the transformation of often-unconscious beliefs and patterns about the self and others that can get in the way of forming satisfying relationships and functioning effectively in life. I offer new resources to clients to deepen levels of meaning, connection, and vitality through insight, experience, and evidence-based practice. If you are dealing with past trauma, present pain, or current life changes help is available. I would be honored to accompany you on a deeply satisfying counseling journey.

Services
  • Individual
  • Couples
Specialties
  • Affairs
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Infertility
  • LGBTQ
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Pre Marital
  • PTSD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Social Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse
Specialized Ages
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders