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1 . resultDr. Bruce Alan Abt PHD
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Specializes in Psychology

820 Bay Avenue
Capitola, CA
(831) 247-0638

(rated an average of 4.6 in 5 ratings)

Clinical interests: Cognitive/Behavioral, Existential Psychotherapy, Focusing, Gestalt, Humanistic, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Abt specializes in psychology and practices in Sunnyvale, CA and Capitola, CA. His clinical interests include anger management, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and attachment disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Abt is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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2 . resultEllen Adams LMFT, MS
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Specializes in Family Therapy, Psychology

5905 Soquel Drive; Suite 600
Soquel, CA
(831) 460-1160; (831) 613-1230

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Family support for severe mental illness, ... (Read more)

Ms. Ellen Adams specializes in family therapy and psychology and practices in Soquel, CA. Her areas of expertise include interpersonal psychotherapy, coping skills, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Ms. Adams is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Blue Shield insurance. She is accepting new patients.

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3 . resultDr. Jon Eric Girvetz PHD
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Specializes in Psychology

550 Water Street; Suite F-3
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 425-0272

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Dr. Jon Girvetz is a psychologist. Dr. Girvetz is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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4 . resultMs. Sylvia L (Knott) Yee LMFT
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Specializes in Family Therapy, Psychology

1663 Dominican Way; #110B
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 479-1276; (831) 531-2596

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Clinical interests: Bipolar Disorder, Elderly Persons Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Mood Disorders, Attachment, ... (Read more)

Ms. Sylvia Yee practices family therapy and psychology. Her clinical interests include impulse control disorders, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and gestalt therapy. She takes MultiPlan, Health Net, and Magellan Health Services, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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5 . resultMr. (Dr.) Donald Joseph Seldeen PhD
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Specializes in Psychology, Group Therapy, Counseling, Family Therapy

740 Front Street; Suite 250
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 621-5214; (831) 423-4605

Clinical interests: Relationship Issues, Depression, Personality Disorders, Individual Therapy & Counseling, Marriage, ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald Seldeen's specialties are family therapy, counseling, and group therapy. He practices in Santa Cruz, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Seldeen include individual therapy, borderline personality disorder (BPD), and interpersonal psychotherapy. Dr. Seldeen is in-network for Medicare insurance. He has an open panel.

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6 . resultDr. Gitty Katie Dashtban PSYD, MA
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Specializes in Psychology

820 Bay Avenue; Suite 248
Capitola, CA
(831) 621-1150; (831) 272-4908

Clinical interests: Sleep or Insomnia, Substance Abuse, Bipolar Disorder, Impulse Control Disorders, Mood Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. G. Dashtban works as a psychologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Dashtban include impulse control disorders, weight loss, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Dashtban is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Out of Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Persian.

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7 . resultMs. Marianna (Marianne) Jane Gabriel (J Gabriel) Mejia MFT, MA, LMFT
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Specializes in Psychology

Santa Cruz Relationship Counseling Psychotherapy
Soquel, CA
(831) 477-2818; (831) 531-2407

Clinical interests: Dissociative Disorders, Elderly Persons Disorders, EMDR, Eclectic Therapy, Family/Marital Therapy, ... (Read more)

Ms. Marianna Mejia's specialty is psychology. Areas of expertise for Ms. Mejia include anger management, dissociative disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She accepts the following insurance: Health Net and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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8 . resultDr. Helen R Resneck-Sannes PHD
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Specializes in Psychology

216 Suburbia Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 426-2768; (831) 216-5071

Clinical interests: Adoption, Alzheimer's, Borderline Personality, Chronic Pain or Illness, Coping Skills, Divorce, ... (Read more)

Dr. Helen Resneck-Sannes practices psychology. Her areas of expertise include the following: borderline personality disorder (BPD), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and coping skills. She accepts Health Net insurance.

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9 . resultDr. Bret Kale Johnson PHD
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Specializes in Psychology

Suite F2 550 Water ST F-2
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 426-8901; (831) 613-1075

Clinical interests: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Depression, Impulse Control Disorders, Thinking ... (Read more)

Dr. Bret Johnson works as a psychologist in Santa Cruz, CA and Santa Clara, CA. These areas are among Dr. Johnson's clinical interests: impulse control disorders, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and relationship issues. He honors Medicare insurance.

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10 . resultDr. Pamela Elizabeth Kangas PhD
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Specializes in Psychology

1406 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 462-0341

Clinical interests: Existential Psychotherapy, Geriatric Consultation, Gestalt, Humanistic, Long-Term, Psychodynamic, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pamela Kangas' specialty is psychology. Dr. Kangas's areas of expertise include the following: gestalt therapy, aging, and existential psychotherapy. She takes First Health, Coventry, and Medicare insurance. Her practice is open to new patients.

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11 . resultDr. Joseph (Jospeh) Ronald Giallo EDD
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Specializes in Psychology, Neuropsychology

820 Bay Avenue; 208a
Capitola, CA
(831) 475-1323

Dr. Joseph Giallo is a psychologist and neuropsychologist. Dr. Giallo is professionally affiliated with Dominican Hospital. He takes Medicare insurance.

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12 . resultDr. Leah Louanne Ellison Cole PH D, PhD
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Specializes in Counseling, Psychology, Group Therapy

5905 Soquel Drive; 600
Soquel, CA
(831) 479-9690

Clinical interests: Addiction, Adoption, Chronic Pain or Illness, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leah Ellison works as a counselor, group therapist, and psychologist in Soquel, CA and Los Altos, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ellison include humanistic psychotherapy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eclectic therapy. Dr. Ellison accepts the following insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Medicare.

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13 . resultDr. Karen Ingrid Michaels PHD
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Specializes in Child Psychology, Counseling, Group Therapy

5905 Soquel Drive; Suite 550
Soquel, CA
(831) 234-0314; (831) 531-8778

Clinical interests: Bipolar Disorder, Elderly Persons Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Mood Disorders, Thinking ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen Michaels' specialties are counseling, group therapy, and child psychology. She practices in Soquel, CA and San Jose, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Michaels include impulse control disorders, interpersonal psychotherapy, and eating disorders. Dr. Michaels takes Magellan Health Services, TriWest, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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14 . resultFern A Selzer PHD, CP
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Specializes in Psychology

519 Capitola Avenue; Suite C
Capitola, CA
(831) 475-9091

Dr. Fern Selzer practices psychology. Dr. Selzer takes Medicare insurance.

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15 . resultDr. Richard L Alloy PHD
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Specializes in Psychology, Neuropsychology

9099 Soquel Drive; Suite 12
Aptos, CA
(831) 688-5010

Clinical interests: Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Alloy works as a psychologist and neuropsychologist in Aptos, CA. He is professionally affiliated with Dominican Hospital. Dr. Alloy is in-network for Medicare insurance. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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16 . resultMr. Donald B Dufford PHD, LCP
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Specializes in Psychology, Counseling

5905 Soquel Drive; Suite 400
Soquel,

Clinical interests: EMDR, Behavioral Therapy, Biofeedback, CBT, Cognitive Therapy, Existential Therapy, Exposure ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald Dufford practices counseling and psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dufford include individual therapy, impulse control disorders, and interpersonal psychotherapy. Dr. Dufford takes Medicare insurance.

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What is Psychology?

Psychologists are not medical doctors, but they are important workers in the mental health field. A psychologist studies the way people feel and think, as well as how thoughts and feelings change the way people act. When psychologists work with patients directly to help them feel better, they practice clinical psychology. Clinical psychologists diagnose mental health disorders and provide treatment in the form of therapy.

A clinical psychologist might work with individuals, families, groups, or organizations. They may see people who are struggling to work through difficult circumstances, trying to overcome bad habits or patterns in their lives, recovering from a brain injury, or suffering from mental illness such as depression.

Clinical psychologists are skilled assessors. Through talking to their patients they can: (1) identify which thoughts or feelings are causing the problems in their patient’s life, (2) help their patient acknowledge what emotional strengths they bring to face those problems, and (3) make plans for treatment.

Treatment varies widely depending on the patient’s problems and the psychologist’s areas of expertise. There hundreds of recognized modes of therapy; in addition, a patient may need to see a psychiatrist (medical doctor) for medication treatment. Whichever therapies a psychologist uses, the goal is to help patients see areas in their life where their thoughts or feelings are holding them back and causing distress. Through therapy, psychologists can encourage their patients to develop new ways to adapt so that they can lead happier lives.

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