Joan Porter MFT, Founder-Clinical Director
Certified since 2017

Joan Porter MFT, Founder-Clinical Director


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

Insurance Accepted


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

Payment Policies
Credit cards accepted

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

Do you want to be happier, more satisfied, or feel better? As a therapist with over 20 years of experience, I have supported clients 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 helping couples and families maintain lasting relationships using a research-based approach: (CERTIFIED GOTTMAN COUPLES THERAPIST & REFERRAL NETWORK APPROVED MEMBER, Emotion Focused Therapy, and the Developmental Model). Experienced Rover Therapist at the Art & Science of Love Workshops facilitated by Doctors John and Julie Gottman where hundreds of couples attend regularly. 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.

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