Counseling Clinic

New Beginnings Counseling Clinic, Santa BarbaraThe Donald J. Willfong
Community Counseling Clinic

At New Beginnings, we offer confidential therapeutic counseling and psychological testing and assessment to more than 600 at-risk individuals and families in the greater Santa Barbara area each year. Experienced counselors are here to help clients explore life transitions, relationship issues, and a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, abuse, compulsive behaviors, substance use, job loss and stress, aging, isolation, and anger management. Many clients experience a 15% reduction in overall distress after only eight sessions.

The clinic offers confidential individual, couples, family, and group counseling services in both English and Spanish with masters and doctoral-level interns gaining hours for clinical licensure. We have trained hundreds of our community’s seasoned clinicians and provide a research-informed, best-practice approach to preparing tomorrow’s psychotherapists and psychologists in the field of mental health.

We are able to meet with you on a personal, confidential basis and offer a sliding-fee scale. We maintain a commitment to serve, reflecting the individual’s ability to pay for services.

Would you like to speak to someone about a counseling matter?

Counselors are ready and able to serve you. We will match your needs with the education and experience of our clinicians to find the best person to assist you.

To schedule a counseling appointment, please call the clinic at 805.963.7777 and dial extension 124 to leave a message for our intake coordinators, Ciara Murray-Young and Cyndi Sierra, who will contact you to schedule your first appointment.

Administrative Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Clinic Appointment Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Appointments are also available Saturday and Sunday based on counselor availability. For more information about becoming a counselor or supervisor at New Beginnings, please visit our internships page

If you have general questions about the counseling clinic at New Beginnings, please contact:

Crystal Ramirez, PhD, MFT
Clinical Director
cramirez@sbnbcc.org
805-963-7777 x125