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Mesa Psychotherapy, P.C. // Dara Goldyne, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

with anxiety.

Online or in-person, on the Mesa in Santa Barbara, CA

Therapy for young adults


College-age + early career

Building confidence

Dealing with stress + anxiety

Panic attacks

Improving relationships

Trauma and PTSD

Body image + eating disorders

Academic pressures

Work-related stress + burnout

Imposter syndrome


+ new parenthood

Fertility struggles

Anxiety during pregnancy

Pregnancy loss

New-parent anxiety

Postpartum mood disorders

Parenting overwhelm

Self-abandonment + self-care


Parents with young children

Parenting disagreements

Parenthood work-life struggle

Managing child behaviors

Strategies for peaceful parenting

Burnout at home

Sibling relationships

Improving your marriage

Dynamics with extended family


Individual adults + couples


Generalized anxiety

Specific phobias

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Dating + relationships

Life transitions

Grief and loss

Caring for aging parents

Therapy Sessions
Welcome to my practice.

Are you tired of feeling anxious? Anxiety is exhausting. Maybe your life looks good from the outside, but inside you're overwhelmed and on edge. Your mind is spinning about everything you need to accomplish today or about events that may happen in the future. You're always worrying.


The anxiety feels like tightness in your chest, a tense jaw, and your body feels constricted all the time. You find yourself impatient and angry with the people you love the most. You have persistent thoughts that bully you, tell you you're not good enough and you can't get relief from this mental chatter. You’re struggling to hold it all together.


You want to feel calm, content, understood by those around you, and excited about life again. You want to be at peace, make decisions more easily, and feel confident. You want to learn how to finally put yourself first without feeling guilty or selfish. You are ready to quiet the inner critic so that you can feel more carefree and enjoy life.


I offer tools so you know what to do when you feel sad, anxious and overwhelmed. We can work on how to respond to your busy, anxious mind and negative thoughts. There is a way out of suffering.

I strive to utilize the best research evidence to address your unique and specific needs. I draw upon Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), as well as somatic techniques to address the connection between the body and mind. 

What always underlies my work is warmth, compassion and acceptance. I help my clients to foster self-compassion, to shift away from beliefs about being deficient or broken. I help people to see their inherent goodness.

Hi, I'm Dr. Goldyne.

I'm a licensed clinical psychologist in California (PSY28343) and a long-time Santa Barbara resident. I have trained since 2005 at several local agencies, non-profits, a university counseling center, and in the private practice setting. Since 2016, I've been licensed and practicing independently. I have specialties in parent-infant mental health, child development, and the college/university population.

How to get help:

I offer a complimentary 15-minute initial phone consultation to determine if we might be a good fit to work together. You can complete the form below, email me at, or call (805) 699-6382.


Office waiting room


College-age +



Pregnancy + new 



Therapy room


Parents with

young children


Individual adults

+ couples

What you resist not only persists but will grow in size.
-Carl Jung
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