Santa Barbara Therapist and Author

Dr. Rachel B. Aarons LCSW

Dr. Rachel B. Aarons LCSW

Client comments:
"You taught me what it's like to have someone really be there for me."

"You talk to me like a person, not a patient."

 "I really enjoy being able to share and cherish my joys with you and not just focus on the bad stuff."

From both a professional and personal perspective, this book promises to deepen and expand both your empathy and your understanding of pain.

My Approach:

I specialize in helping people move out of stuck places, heal past traumatic experiences, and change destructive behavior patterns. 

Perhaps you can remember  times when you decided to make changes in your life only to find out that you quickly fell back into old patterns. The failed diet? Falling back into addictions? The unsuccessful efforts to overcome your fear or anger?  

That may be because you are working with the conscious mind whereas these patterns are rooted in the unconscious mind. In effect, one part of your mind may be working against the other. I have been a trained hypnotherapist for over 20 years and a certified EMDR therapist since 2004. I work on the level of the unconscious mind to bring about deep lasting change. You will be amazed at how fast and effective these methods are. 

You don't need to spend a long time in therapy to make critical changes in your life. Why put it off any longer?  Together we can realize your dreams.

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If you are depressed, anxious, in pain, overwhelmed, frustrated with a relationship or lonely without one, I can help. I work with:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • fears and phobias
  • relationship issues
  • couples counselling
  • parenting problems
  • women's issues
  • pregnancy and childbirth
  • addictions
  • trauma
  • physical, sexual & emotional abuse
  • chronic pain
  • stress and worry
  • weight control
  • eating disorders
  • changing negative habit patterns
  • procrastination
  • lack of motivation
  • grief and loss
  • gaining confidence & self-esteem

Journey to Home

Lightning Speed

You deserve to have a therapist who will not only listen to you but will be actively engaged in helping you achieve your goals.

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Welcome!


You have just taken an important first step to helping yourself. You are looking for a therapist and you have come to the right place. 

I have been a therapist for 40+ years and I have been a practising therapist in Santa Barbara since 1996. I worked for ten years for the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara, a well known and well respected community resource in Santa Barbara, and then went into private practice where I continue to work today.

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An in-depth look at how EMDR, a revolutionary new therapeutic approach, helps clients transform their lives more rapidly than was ever thought possible. 

About Pain

Journey to Home unlocks the mystery of what goes on behind the closed doors of therapists' offices. It is at once theoretical and personal, poetic and practical.