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Elizabeth A Willems, PsyD
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Elizabeth A Willems, PsyD, Psychologist in Santa Barbara, CA


From infancy and early childhood, we develop an attachment style to our primary care providers that usually continues throughout our lives. This attachment style has a significant effect on how we develop emotionally as well as the way we related with others in adulthood. Researchers have identified methods to identify our attachment style. Once identified, we can begin to notice patterns in the ways in which we related to friends, members of our family of origin, our children, and our romantic/sexual partners. The most frequent attachment styles are Secure, Anxious-Ambivalent, Dismissive-Avoidant, Fearful-Avoidant. Once you have identified your attachment style (within the therepeutic process), you can begin to understand and improve the ways in which you related to others.
I take an integrative approach to the work I do with individual clients experiencing romantic relationship or sexual problems. Integrative therapy is comprised of a combination of various psychological theories. One of these is called psychodynamic therapy. I also include EMDR and aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in my work with clients. Finally, in all my work I incorporate a social psychological approach.
If you are unsure of what type of support you need, feel confused about what steps you would next like to take in life, feel uncomfortable or "just down," we can talk about ways to help you feel better. I am available to speak for a 15-minute consultation/orientation without cost or to hold a full 45 to 50-minute session.
Elizabeth A is also listed in Best Marriage Therapists in Santa Barbara


Elizabeth A Willems received a bachelor’s degree from the University Wisconsin Milwaukee and completed her PsyD from the Alliant International University.

Licensing & Certifications:

  • Licensed
  • License State: California
  • License Number: 30594, received 2018
  • EMDR Trained Clinician


  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Trauma and PTSD

Types of Therapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy

Services Provided Via:

  • Phone
  • Internet meeting

Works With:

  • Individual

Working With Marriages for:

  • 11 Year(s)

Free Phone Consultations?

  • Yes

Hourly Fees Range:

  • $150 - $200

Accepts Insurance?

  • Yes

Language(s) Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

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