Santa Barbara counseling services
Lisa J. Moore, MA, LMFT

Update 2016: I'm continuing on sabbatical and will possibly be available for only private pay sessions around October of 2016. I will no longer be taking insurance. Please check back. Thank you very much for inquiring.

Welcome to my Santa Barbara counseling services website, and my private practice. I've been providing therapy for 17 years.

Learn here about how I work with clients, and how you and I can get started.

I hope this site answers all of your questions about counseling, and gives you other helpful ideas.

But first, I have a question for you.

Have you seen a therapist before, or maybe you're brand new to the idea? Either way, I take some (but not all...) of the mystery out of counseling.

My name is Lisa Moore, licensed marriage family therapist, webmaster of this site, and devoted to helping clients benefit from counseling.

Get answers here about...

  • What happens in counseling
  • Why go
  • Does it work?
  • What does it cost and how to pay for it
  • What common problems do clients struggle with
  • How to tell if you have a mental health diagnosis
  • If you don't have a diagnosis, can you still get counseling?
  • Misinformation about counseling
  • How to start

As you look through my Santa Barbara counseling services website, you'll find research on how well therapy works, medications (this is a hot topic), and descriptions of common diagnoses. 

I know it's tempting, but try not to diagnose your family and friends with mental health disorders. In fact, please don't diagnose yourself without seeing a professional. Why? Because some symptoms are shared with more than one diagnosis, or even indicate a medical issue. Criteria also have to be met regarding number of symptoms, severity, and length of time, so it can get tricky.

Interested in becoming my client?

Common issues my clients bring are relationship problems, family problems, trouble managing food, drug or alcohol use, anger, loss, stress from life changes, parenting concerns, job stress, depression, anxiety, and questions about where life is headed.

Multiple issues are often present, such as depression symptoms and relationship problems.

My goal is for us to work well together, and help you find solutions to your problems.

My office is located in a wonderful historic building in downtown Santa Barbara, with parking right across the street.

Please take a look around the site. Let me know if you have questions.

See you in session.

Lisa J. Moore, MA, LMFT

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Counseling cost.
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starting counseling
starting counseling
Santa Barbara counseling contact page for Lisa J. Moore, LMFT. I'm here to help.
Santa Barbara counseling contact information. Lisa J. Moore, LMFT
Therapist Credentials for Lisa J. Moore, LMFT
Therapist credentials for Lisa J. Moore, LMFT
Counseling FAQs.
Counseling FAQs answered here! Want to know more about counseling? Marriage and Family Therapist, Lisa J Moore, LMFT, answers your questions.
About Counseling
Lisa J. Moore, LMFT tells you all about counseling.
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes for compelling psychological reasons.
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes for compelling psychological reasons.
Counseling benefits
Counseling benefits and why you should go.
Premarital Counseling
Premarital Counseling with therapist, Lisa J. Moore, LMFT. Protect your marriage!
Santa Barbara marriage counseling
Santa Barbara marriage counseling. Relationship problems? I'm here to help you.
Parental Alienation Syndrome affects the mental health of children.
Learn about Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), and what you can do about it.
Depression medication
Depression medication limitations and benefits discussed here.
Mental Health Diagnosis
Santa Barbara therapist Lisa J. Moore, LMFT, cautions against relying too heavily on medical mental health diagnosis.