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Welcome to my Santa Barbara counseling website, servicing Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Montecito,  Thousand Oaks, Ojai & San Luis Obispo.   There is a wealth of information on this site, ranging from information on mental health issues, to how to find the right therapist for you, to my own personal bookstore.  This store is located under the header “Therapy” and offers books that I feel to be particularly helpful, which can be purchased directly from that page.

Connect

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If you would like to keep abreast of updates about different mental health issues (eating disorders, depression, defenses, etc) please join me on Facebook and Twitter.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/santabarbarapsychotherapy?ref=ts

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Appointments & Forms

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21-06-10 Cause I´d Rather Pretend I´ll Still Be There At The End ~ Explored #1Appointments are available Monday through Friday.  You may schedule an appointment by calling me directly at (818) 518-6775 or by using the form under Contact, which will be sent to my email.
Fees are due at the time of session, unless another arrangement has been previously made.
The only insurance companies that I am contracted with are Anthem Blue Cross and Cottage Hospital.  If you would like to use insurance, please refer to the FAQ section located under Therapy to determine whether or not I am in your specific plan, if you have a deductible, and if you have a co-payment.

In order to maximize your initial session with me, please take the time to download and complete the forms below.  They may either be emailed to me at amcgarrma@yahoo.com or brought to your initial session.

Patient history

Patient Brief Info

Authorization for Medical Records

HIPAA-Patient-Agreement

Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information

Press

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Excessive Carbohydrate Consumption may lead to Addictive Eating binge eating disorder

Juli- Hayes-Nadler, dietician, is starting a group for those with Anorexia, which will include eating a nutritious, well balanced  meal, while processing feelings and thoughts that arise as a result.

Take The Quiz

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Please feel free to copy and paste the quiz below, circle the appropriate response, and send it to amcgarrma@yahoo.com

If you answer yes to any of the questions below, therapy may be right for you

Do you suffer from feeling “blue” or “down in the dumps”?  yes  no
Do you experience mood swings?      yes  no
Do you experience lasting periods of significantly elevated moods?  yes  no
Does your concern over your weight interfere with your life?   yes  no
Are you experiencing conflict with someone or something in your life?  yes  no
Are you under a lot of stress?       yes  no
Is your anxiety difficult to manage?      yes  no
Does your fear of being judged interfere with your life?    yes  no
Are there obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors that you cannot control? yes  no
Are you frustrated with your place in life?     yes  no
Are you unhappy with your body image?     yes  no
Do you cause harm to yourself? (e.g cutting, burning, etc)   yes  no
Is your life ruled by fear?       yes  no
Do you let what others think determine your actions?    yes  no
Have you been betrayed/hurt by someone and are having trouble moving on? yes  no
Have you ever been abused?       yes  no
Have you experienced trauma?       yes  no
Do you have a problem with drugs or alcohol?     yes  no

The list above is not exhaustive, but offers common problems/issues that people face, which therapy may help.

Emotions

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Emotions cannot be permanent.  That’s why they are called “emotions”–the word comes from “motion,” movement.  They move; hence, they are “emotions”.  From one to another you continually change.

                                                                                                                                                                               -Osho

Excessive Carbohydrate Consumption may lead to Addictive Eating binge eating disorder

Intense emotions have been likened to an ocean wave.   They crash over you and may knock you off your feet,  however, just like a wave, they always recede.  Learning to ride these waves of emotion without “acting out” is a necessary life skill.

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Self-Harm

Self-harm Self-harm

Self-injury (self-inflicted violence, self-injurious behavior or self-mutilation) can be defined as deliberate, intentional injury to one’s own body that causes damage to the skin and/or underlying tissue.  This behavior is usually engaged in to cope with overwhelming and distressing feelings and situations, where the physical pain acts to release... [Read more of this review]


Cutting Cutting

Cutting is the most common form of self-injury.  It involves making cuts or scratches on one’s body with any sharp object, such as knives, needles, blades, scissors, etc.  If no such object is available, individuals will often resort to using their own fingernails.  Common places on the body to cut include the arms, legs, and front of the torso.                      Read More →


Burning Burning

Burning can occur via an actual flame to the skin or by heating something metal and pressing it to the skin (branding).  Burning can also be done with a cigarette or other similar object.  A friction burn occurs by rubbing something, such as a pencil eraser, on one’s skin.                      Read More →


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