“Give light and people will find the way.”
— Ella Baker

Deb Abbott, MA, LMFT

Licensed Psychotherapist, #MFT27643

Offices in Santa Cruz and Soquel

(831) 345-1925

I enjoy working with people of all identities and backgrounds who are seeking a comfortable, collaborative space to transition, come out, grow, heal, and increase happiness.

Activist Issues | Anxiety & Stress | Coming Out Queer | Communication Skills |Climate Anxiety | Depression | Disability, Deafness, lllness | Gender Transitions | Grief, Loss, Aging | Managing Microaggressions | Parenting | Substance Recovery | Surviving University Culture | Trauma & Abuse | Vegan/Vegetarian Identities | Work-Life Balance

Deb Abbott Psychotherapy
TransLove Support Group Santa Cruz

Antonia Amore-Broccoli, MSW, LCSW

Licensed clinical Social Work 

720-D Capitola Ave
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 566-4409

Off Bay/Porter Street ample parking and on bus line. Close to Gayles Bakery and Capitola & Soquel Village.

Anxiety & Stress, Academic and Career Coaching, Aging and Life Transitions,Communication and Relationship Skills, Depression, Grief, Loss, Bereavement, Trauma and PTSD

Inquire about Zoom and Tele Health sessions from the convenience of your home, office or travel.

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do.
— Mother Teresa

Health, Medical and Disabilities, Parenting/Co Parenting,  Lesbian/Feminist and Women's' Specific Issues, Queer Youth / FTM Gender Transitions, Marijuana Addiction and Recovery

Mindfulness, Meditation, Spirituality, Gentle Yoga and Breath Work, EMDR and Expressive Art/Soul Collage

Private Pay, Out of Network, Contact Provider for Medicare, Central Coast Alliance for Health (Beacon). Blue Shield/Blue Cross and Cigna and Victim Witness. OUT of Network and Private Pay. 


Connie Batten


340 Soquel Avenue, Suite 215
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

 (831) 425-4432

My particular strengths are in helping clients access sources of vitality and creative self expression as a foundation for finding inner balance, building healthy relationships, processing grief, and growing through life transitions. Member of the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team. License #MFT 36050.

Melissa S. Bernstein, MA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #52524

740 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

(831) 713-7876

Focus:  Anxiety, Communication Skills, Coming Out, Creativity, Depression, Family Therapy, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Trans, Gender Expansion,  Life Transitions, Mindfulness Skills, Parenting Skills, Self-Esteem/Personal Growth, Social Isolation, Step/Blended Families, Stress Management

Client Population: Tweens, Adolescents, and Adults

Treatment Mode: Individuals, Couples, Family

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral, Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Experiential

Keeping things simple  :-)


DST Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #MFC 28926
AASECT Certified Diplomate of Sex Therapy & Supervisor
Gender & Sexual Abuse Specialist. Sacred Tantra Educator

Intimacy, Sexuality, and Gender Center of Monterey

494 Alvarado Street, Suite A, Monterey, CA 93940 Monterey
(831) 375-7553


Monterey Transitional Support Group is the only professionally led psychotherapy group on the central coast. Facilitated by Stephen Braveman and co-facilitated by Wanda Braveman.  A safe and confidential group addressing the needs of Trans Women, Trans Men, Gender Queer, Gender Non-Conforming and Intersex people. Pre-op, Post-op and Non-op warmly welcomed! Call for intake. This group Meets WPATH Standards of Care.

Randolph F. Brock, Psy.D.


3121 Park Avenue, Suite 1
Soquel, CA 95073

(954) 647-8077

Committed to delivering high quality and individualized therapy in a warm and caring setting. I provide therapy for: Adults in Transition, Anxiety/Stress Management, Conflict resolution, Divorce, Family Issues, Gender-Identity Concerns, Relationship Counseling, Singles Issues, Substance Abuse , Women's issues and Work related Issues. I work with Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Adjustment issues, Substance Abuse, Medically related Concerns and Work related Issues.

There is nothing I can give you which you have not. But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take
— Fra Giovanni Giocondo 1513


Counseling and Therapy Services

(831) 757-7915 (ask for Kristina)

Serving the Monterey County LGBT and HIV+ communities. Safe, supportive place to talk confidentially with therapeutic staff. Affordable sliding scale.  MediCal accepted.

Jen "Harper" Cheaney, MA, LMFT

725 Front Street, Suite 200
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 471-7143

Providing a safe, non-judgmental space for kids, teens, families, and adults to uncover their unique truths and live more authentically. Gender expansive and LGBTQIA+ clients welcome!


Lauren Crux, MFT

Psychotherapy and Counseling

740 Front Street, Suite 378
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 425-8700

I enjoy working with anyone who feels motivated to change and who wants to end unnecessary suffering. I have over 40 years of experience and I'll work carefully with you to heal old hurts, unburden what's not working, and help you move into a full, meaningful and happy life. I am influenced by IFS (Internal Family Systems therapy), Buddhist psychology, mindfulness studies, existential psychotherapy and relational psychoanalysis.

Melissa Fritchle, LMFT, Sex Therapist

Holistic Psychotherapy for Individuals & Couples

Capitola, CA 95010

(831) 471-5797

I believe sexuality is an important and vibrant part of everyone's life. I want people to be able to define for themselves what their sexuality is and how they will express it. I want couples, or other relationship units, to be able to work together to create a sex life that inspires and feeds them throughout the changing course of their relationship. My therapy approach is holistic bringing all parts of self and identity and health into the discussion.


Vivian "Finn" Gratton, LMFT, LPCC

Somatic Therapy

725 Front Street, Suite 200
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 429-7899

Supporting youth &  adults in being who they are and want to be, specializing in trauma, neurodiversity, trans*, LGBTIQA,  trauma, and in heartful, playful growth.


Shane Hill, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist & Mindfulness Teacher

PO Box 573
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0573

(831) 423-0849

I provide awareness-centered therapy and life coaching for adults and couples who want to know themselves more deeply, experience less personal suffering or live a more authentic life. I specialize in mindfulness principles, psychological and spiritual self-evolvement, GLBT, and advanced couples therapy training.

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Acacia Counseling and Wellness

740 Front Street, Suite 220

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Gender affirming, Sex Positive, Kink Aware, and LGBTQ+ competent QTPOC therapist with a person-centered, multicultural, trauma-informed, and strengths based approach. Self-pay with sliding scale available.

(831) 824-5157


Compassionate  psychotherapy and hypnotherapy; pain/illness Issues, GLBT, highly sensitive people, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, bipolar, sexuality, aging, trauma.  Support groups and individual therapy.

Beila Krow, LMFT

Soquel  (831) 477-1232

The Lotus Collaborative

Eating Disorder Recovery Center

701 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 600-7103

At TLC we have culturally sensitive certified therapists that understand how sexual orientation and gender identity are often key issues in the recovery process.

Sarah McKnight PhD,LMFT

The Branciforte Plaza

555 Soquel Ave. (Suite 260)

Santa Cruz, CA 95062 USA

(831) 345-2235

I seek to be witness and ally to your own personal dynamic process of creating connection and coherence between the greater world (past, present, future) and your individual self (personal story) in this evolving Earth community we all collectively share. C.G. Jung states, “Every advance; even the smallest, along the path of conscious realization adds that much to the world”. I have been fortunate to work with varied and diverse age groups and communities. I look forward to helping you recognize and claim the change you seek, the emergence of a stronger personal sense of Self in this world.


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Jessica Merring, MFT

4113 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite 104
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

(831) 252-0008

Providing individuals and families with compassionate, client-centered therapy for 20 years. Issues including; anxiety, OCD, depression, GLBTQ issues, parenting, and behavioral issues in children. Many insurances accepted.


ride the wave recovery

Radical recovery for the Santa Cruz community

104 Walnut Avenue
Suite 200
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 275-5481

RtW provides outpatient psychotherapy to clients of all genders recovering from eating disorders, addictions, codependency, and trauma. We offer a number of therapy groups, including our Radical Recovery Group, for those in recovery who identify as queer, gender expansive, poly, kinky, and/or otherwise subverting hegemonic "norms" who wish to align their recovery journeys with their larger lives and beliefs. This group is particularly interested in addressing the interplay of power, authority, and recovery as well as how to incorporate Radical Acceptance into an activist or otherwise counter (dominant) cultural life. Together, it's possible!

Greg Rowe-Pasos -- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Working with the LGBT community since 1992

500 Chestnut Street, Suite 175A
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 708-8381

Helping men and couples break through stuckness to find more ease and intimacy in your life.
Call for a free phone consultation.


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Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team

PO Box 573
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0573

(831) 454-8270

The SC Trans* Therapist Team is committed to supporting trans*/transgender people and their families.  For therapy support, call or visit the website below.



Senechal Consulting

Professor BioPsychology & Behavior Analyst/Therapist

Senechal Consulting
Santa Cruz Wellness Center
501 Mission Street #103
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(650) 866-1499

Empowering your Diversity, Creativity, and Life! I am, respect, and support a diverse identity: LBGTQIA+, Queer, GenderQueer, Non-Binary, as well as Autism/Asperger's communities.

Shine a Light Counseling Center

A non-profit counseling center

550 Water Street
Building C, Suite 3
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 996-1222

We are a non-profit counseling center in Santa Cruz & Monterey counties. Our goal is to provide high quality yet affordable psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. We provide services on a sliding scale, meaning that our fees are based upon your income.

Canon J. Western, Marriage and Family Therapist

Psychotherapy for Healing and Growth

147 River Street South, Suite 204
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 454-9155

Working with you to make your relationship work -- Specializing in couples therapy; individuals welcome also. Supporting health in the LGBTQ community for over 25 years.