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In the fight against rising drug abuse problems, many different government agencies are working closely with other establishments such as Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help provide the necessary support to the people of Santa Barbara California. The latest development involves the expansion of the Family Treatment Drug Court (FTDC), which helps to ensure services for those affected by drug abuse are well coordinated. Under the umbrella of providing additional, help for the Santa Barbara California “Drug Problems”, new financial support of up to $6 million was budgeted to help create more substance abuse services and other helpful support services. About 10 different agencies are expected to benefit from the $6 million additional budget, and the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Santa Barbara California will receive $200 000 as an initial extra support funding. With 4,455 marijuana users followed closely by almost 2,000 prescription drug abusers and 730 cocaine addicts, the Santa Barbara California “Drug Rehab” centers have their work cut out for them.

If you have a loved one who desperately needs help, overcoming a drug abuse condition, there is help out there and the first step is to make a commitment to seek that help.
Claudia Crawford
Claudia Crawford
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I specialize in counseling individuals, couples and families: couples—straight and lesbian/gay; parents/children; middle age children and their aging parents; individual men and women. My approach is multi-faceted so as to address individual needs, particular issues, and ways of being in the world. I offer treatment for relationship issues, depression, anxiety, divorce, loss, parenting, trauma/PTSD, mood and thought disorders. I offer Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) where appropriate, specifically when dealing with emotional dis-regulation. At the core of how I work, is the belief that we all have deeply ingrained emotional patterns—which if not part of our self-awareness, run us, as if we were on automatic pilot. With awareness, we can develop a new relationship with the patterns—honoring how they protected us in the past, and learning when in our adult lives, they no longer serve us.


2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it's to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or perhaps problems with anxiety or depression, trauma, grief, relationship struggles, or family conflict. Other times, it's in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the support of a therapist as they embark on a journey of personal exploration and self discovery. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for managing all types of life’s challenges.  Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in accessing their best Self, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.


3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, teach problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that the therapeutic process can be a tremendous asset for managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the struggles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problems and help you discover what’s going on underneath, moving toward healing and change. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to recognize and manage triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.


4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

In addition to my training and experience as a therapist, the gifts of my life experience inform my work as a psychotherapist/MFT. I moved into the formal practice of psychotherapy having journeyed through a number of prior professions including: education-teacher and school principal; executive search-partner in a small firm; international development-leading projects in the Middle East and the Balkans. I have lived and/or worked in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Israel, the West Bank, Pakistan, Croatia, Macedonia, and Bosnia. Living in different cultures taught me to embrace difference, rather than to feel threatened by it. I integrate complementary methodologies and interventions to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. I am warm, compassionate, understanding, and I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth to which they are committed. 


5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

There is a strong correlation between mental health issues and substance abuse. Often, individuals experience mental health symptoms-- depression, anxiety, mania, audio hallucinations, etc.-- and to avoid having to feel these uncomfortable states, people will turn to substances, alcohol and/or drugs, to self sooth.  The other significant correlation is that individuals can experience a substance-induced psychosis. As part of my intake process, I include a thorough exploration of the use of any substances including the use of medications.

Claudia is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (805) 259-5825
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Claudia Crawford
430 East Carrillo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Jacqueline Richard
Jacqueline Richard
Santa Barbara, CA 93103


1) What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer psychotherapy for individuals and couples. I am an AASECT certified sex therapist, and my practice specializes in relationships and sexuality.



2) What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

My psychotherapy focus finds its foundation in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and object relations theory.  I am humanistic in my approach.  I couple traditional talk therapy with updated science and theory.


3) When should one seek treatment?

One should seek treatment whenever there are difficulties that are intruding into the quality of a person's life and relationships and he or she is ready to change.  While not everyone needs therapy, it can be enormously helpful for people who are struggling and just don't know what to do or where to turn. While I can't possibly know all the answers for any given person...those are held within the person... I'm quite experienced and skilled at helping people discover their own answers.  I can also help people heal from trauma and from the struggles of past experiences lingering into their present situation and relationships. All these can intrude into a person's experience of gender and sexuality; sexuality occurs in relationship, so often there is a direct link between emotional difficulties and sexual experiences.


4) Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

People should come to my practice if they are dealing with relationship and sexuality concerns and want to heal and improve these areas of their lives.  They should come to my practice if they are looking for a very well qualified, safe, compassionate, and intelligent therapist who will take her time to understand and thoughtfully guide them.  They should come to my practice if they understand that while they would like to be out of their pain right away, a quick fix isn't generally available...change takes work but one doesn't need to work it out alone. I have more than forty years of experience helping people, and bring both medical experience (I'm also an R.N.) and clinical psychology experience to my work.



5) What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

In my view, the relationship between mental health and substance abuse is both clear as well as complex.  Most people who abuse substances and processes such as sexuality, love relationships, pornography, shopping, gambling, and other compulsions are people who are working to manage deeper feelings of anxiety and depression. Nearly always there is deep-seated shame that is associated with the sense of self, which people try to soothe and manage as best they can through their substance abuse or compulsion. While I am not a substance abuse therapist per se, I do have substantial experience with working with people in recovery, and many of my clients are recovering from substance abuse.  In fact, many times sexuality compulsions coexist with drug and alcohol abuse.  My approach is one that deals with the underlying feelings, interpersonal neurobiology, and working to establish and maintain a higher level of functioning in daily life and relationships.  Many times my clients are also in 12 step programs, though not all are.

Jacqueline is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (805) 564-8200.

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Jacqueline Richard
533 E. Micheltorena Street, Suite 102
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Vonda Schaefer
Vonda Schaefer
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Services:  In my practice I offer psychotherapy and Nutritional services- specifically Neuronutrient Therapy, which is balancing the brain back to a healthy place.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

Therapy Modalities:  WHile I use cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic therapy modalities, my incorporation of nutrition and assessing how deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, and neurotransmitters can affect mental health make my practice unique.

When should one seek treatment?

When to seek treatment:  I recommend seeking treatment when any substance use feels like it is taking over more of life than is wanted; when mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety are being felt; or when sleep issues, mood changes, or a feeling of overwhelmedness are a part of life.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

Services I provide:  Someone seeing me in my practice would get a nutritional evalution and recommendations for treatment including supplements, dietary changes and lifestyle changes.  If desired, I incorporate psychotherapy  into treatment as well.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental Health and substance abuse relation:  The biochemical causes of mental health and substance abuse are the same; that is, having low neurotransmitter levels causes mental health symptoms and also causes cravings for substances as a temporary relief from the mental health symptoms.
Vonda is a Marriage and Family Therapist with offices in Santa Barbara and Solvang, California. For more informtaion on her services please contact her at (805) 283-6528. 
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Vonda Schaefer
2020 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 211
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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