Christi Leyva (she/her)

Accepting Clients

Hi, I’m Christi. I hold deep respect for my clients and foster trust through my unwavering care for the brave people that sit in front of me

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Barbara, CA

  • Individual

About My Clients

You might experience a relentless stream of thoughts telling you that you're not good enough. These thoughts make it hard to feel comfortable in your own skin. You second guess everything you say and analyze all of your interactions, looking for flaws. Maybe hard things have happened to you that continue to bother you, things that you haven't opened up about before that make it hard to enjoy your life, to feel connected with others, or to move towards your dreams.

My Background and Approach

I have the training and skills necessary to help you find relief and to cultivate more joy in your life. You don't need to live with that constantly critical voice being in control of your life. You don’t need to stay trapped inside yourself or your past experiences. I am trained in EMDR and use this treatment to help my clients find a new way of being in a deep and lasting way. I know how difficult it can be to live with fear and emotional pain that you try to disguise from the world. I have dedicated my life to helping people overcome their worries, to feel confident in their skin, and to create lives worth living. I became a therapist to help people to feel less alone, to find freedom from their pasts, and to build richer lives. I can support you in finding a kinder and more compassionate way to treat yourself. I want to help you heal from painful past experiences so you can find the confidence and freedom to create the life you want.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe in the profound capacity for growth, transformation, and healing within each of us. Just as you may unknowingly find yourself trapped in repetitive patterns, you also possess the power to break free from them. Therapy serves as a powerful tool to gain insight into these patterns, uncover underlying beliefs, and explore past experiences that might be holding you back. Through this process, I can help you pave the way for new ways of feeling, thinking, and being. In addition to my commitment to personal growth and healing, I am deeply dedicated to the principles of social justice, equality, and inclusivity. I firmly believe that every person, regardless of their background or identity, deserves respect, dignity, and a voice in the world. In our therapeutic journey, we may also explore the broader social and cultural contexts that may impact your well-being.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $150 - 200/session


(213) 444-1521 Email Christi
200 N La Cumbre
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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