Inquiry For Adina


Are you thriving or surviving your life?


Welcome to my Santa Barbara counseling website, servicing Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Montecito,  Thousand Oaks, Ojai & San Luis Obispo.   My private practice is conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara, CA.  There is a wealth of information on this site ranging from information on specific mental health issues, to my orientation, philosophy and topics I find interesting, and even how to choose the right therapist for you.

My approach to therapy is strongly influenced by interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), which synthesizes a range of sciences to explore what the human mind is and seeks to understand how we can cultivate mental health/well-being in our lives.  Major principles from IPNB that inform my work are that the mind can be used to change the brain itself and that our relationships throughout life change the brain.  These three entities, the mind, the brain and our relationships are  differentiated processes, that intricately link together to create our lived experiences.

I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating), and addiction .  These and other disorders often serve as coping mechanisms and may be unconscious/conscious attempts at avoiding/distracting or trying to regulate (manage) painful and intolerable emotional states.   The more time an individual spends engaging in unhealthy coping mechanisms, the harder it is to stop doing them, as neural pathways in the brain are literally being rewired, which will ultimately reinforce the behavior.   What was once used to regulate the self, gain a sense of control, and/or improve feelings of self-worth becomes a significant source of distress and actually impairs emotional, psychological, physical, and social functioning.

Here are a few reasons you may feel comfortable working with me:

Yes Trusted Reputation
Yes Custom Psychotherapy Treatment
Yes Experienced Professional
Yes Licensed Clinical Psychologist


There are many reasons people choose psychology and psychotherapy services. If you find yourself struggling to deal with one of the issues above, consider seeking therapy.


Adina McGarr-Knabke, PsyD


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