Santa Barbara Life in Balance Therapy

Therapy and Counseling for Individuals, Couples and Families (805) 319-0304

  • Are you feeling extra stressed?
  • Is your self esteem more unstable than usual?
  • Do you have a lack of confidence?
  • Do you have thoughts of worthlessness, helplessness or hopelessness?
  • Are you feeling more fearful?
  • Are you having difficulty changing problemmatic behavior?
  • Are you struggling with relationships?

At different times of our lives, we might struggle with various levels of distress and confusion.  Psychotherapy can help shift these experiences to explore the opportunities that are available by examining patterns and obstacles that prevent us from realizing our potential and getting the most out of life.

I have over 30 years experience dealing with severe and persistent mental illness as well as counseling people with transitional crisis and PTSD issues.  If you are suffering from  persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness or helplessness, therapy can be of benefit to you.  In addition, counseling can help change undesired habits by examining what needs are supporting these habits and finding more effective ways of addressing them.

In working with couples, I focus on helping with communication skills, clarifying expectations and increase problem solving. Marriage therapy can help prevent reoccurring conflicts and open new doors for communication with your parnter.

If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I welcome the opportunity to work with you to assist you in achieving your goals.

Tibetan and Crystal Healing Bowls: Finding Psychological Balance through Energetic Healing

Given that the mind and body are intrinsically inter-connected, balancing the electro-magnetic energy of the body can be of great psychological benefit.  By using the Eastern practices originating in Tibet and India, this energy can be shifted through the use of Tibetan healing bowls and crystal healing bowls.   Physical and emotional blockages can be released to provide a more free flowing energy to help the body heal more efficiently.  In addition, Tibetan bowls can be used to help people achieve states of relaxation through helping people transition into the para-sympathetic nervous system.  The vibrations created by these instruments can be very soothing and can relieve distress from anxiety and ptsd.


Neil Friedman, Santa Barbara Therapist

Neil Friedman, LCSW

I have an eclectic, holistic approach in working with people. I believe in helping people recognize and utilize their strengths to overcome any challenge they might face. In this process, we can explore any unconscious blocks that might be interfering with connecting with others and their environment to make the most of each moment. I believe that the “here and now” is where we experience life to the fullest. Along these lines, I try to help people find the balance between their emotional and reasonable minds to effectively problem solve issues to be addressed.

Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.

Neil Friedman, LCSW
629 State St #104
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 319-0304 
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Santa Barbara CAMFT Member

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