Tanya is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#117973) and is supervised by Dr. Thomas Lucking. Tanya has a Carl Rogerian approach to therapy. Her style of relating to others is warm, caring, and collaborative. She offers a therapy experience grounded in respect, truth, and compassion.
Her experience includes working with pre-teens and teens, college students, adults, and couples. Her goal as a therapist is to help reveal to people their higher purpose in life, guide people through difficult transitions, help manage depression, work through addiction issues, diminish family conflict, and address relational and parental concerns.
Tanya’s specialties include working with adults, couples, pre-teens and teens on behavioral issues, support with navigating the challenges of parenthood, help to repair and strengthen relationships, build coping skills, and work through trauma and PTSD. Some evidence-based practices she uses are CBT, DBT, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), and more.
Tanya is a native of the Bay Area who moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains as a young adult. She began a professional life and started a family as a young adult and weathered balancing a demanding career with family life. Needing an artistic outlet, Tanya turned to her love of music and became a professional singer, children’s music teacher and vocal coach. She successfully helped others to grow past their fears and find authentic expression.
She received a degree at University of California at Santa Cruz in feminist studies which validated for her a sense of equality and justice she desired for humanity. Realizing she was committed to guiding others to a better life, she received a degree in counseling psychology at John F. Kennedy University (2013), with a specialization in holistic studies, yoga, meditation, and art therapy.
Tanya’s therapy modalities include expressive arts therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and developing a mindful awareness. When we face life’s difficulties, Tanya believes it is possible to find new perspectives and cultivate hope. Moving forward together, we can make a plan for change and recovery based on your goals. “Moving forward together, we can make a plan for change and recovery based on your goals.”
Clients: Pre-adolescents, adolescents, adults, couples, families, parents, Veterans
- Client Centered Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Grounding and Mindfulness Techniques
- Narrative Therapy
- Telehealth (video / audio)
- Santa Cruz
Practice Areas & Issues Treated
- Family Conflict
- Child development
- Parental concerns
- Life transitions
- Communication Skills
- Trauma & PTSD
- Anger management
- Marriage and Relationship Issues