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Your Emotional

In our high paced and stressful daily lives, it is easy to feel anxious and uncertain. These feelings can be magnified during transitional periods in our lives, limiting us, and impeding our growth. Psychotherapy can help empower us to move forward with concrete strategies to meet daily challenges, navigate transitions, and grow to feel happy and more confident.



Dr. Winifred Lender is a licensed psychologist specializing in adolescent and adult psychotherapy in Santa Barbara, California. She also provides telehealth therapy to clients in the state of California.


Her orientation is cognitive-behavioral with a focus on health and positive psychology. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It works to reorganize thinking and behavior patterns that negatively impact emotional health and physical well-being.  CBT is an extensively researched and well-documented modality of therapy that has proven to be effective for a large variety of presenting issues. More information about the efficacy of CBT can be found on the "What is CBT?" page.


The CBT approach that Dr. Lender adopts focuses on maximizing functioning in the present and enhancing growth in the future. While the past is viewed as useful as it relates to how patterns of thought and behavior develop and are maintained, most of the work in therapy is directed toward the present and future. 


Dr. Lender’s goal is to provide clients with concrete tools to maximize their full potential and live the life they want. She believes in supporting individuals to identify and work towards their goals using cognitive and behavioral tools, education, and support.


Dr. Lender's areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, sleep issues, relationship concerns, parenting issues, personal empowerment, and navigating life transitions.


Dr. Lender provides cognitive-behavioral therapy in her Santa Barbara office. Sessions range in length from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. 


Dr. Lender provides therapy via HIPPA compliant software that allows clients to engage in therapy outside of the therapy office. This can facilitate therapy for clients who are unable to leave their home, are traveling or are living in other parts of the state of California. This option can make it easier to commit to therapy given daily demands.




Dr. Lender consults with organizations and groups around policies related to technology balance and social-emotional programming to enhance development. 

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