Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dara Goldyne, Ph.D.

Therapy for stress and anxiety in young adults

Modern, relatable psychotherapy for college students, young professionals, & new parents
Online or in-person in Santa Barbara, CA


College-age and early career

Lacking confidence and self-esteem, stress, anxiety and panic attacks, conflicts with family, relationship concerns, trauma and post-traumatic stress, body image and eating disorders, academic pressures, gender identity, work-related stress and burnout, imposter syndrome


and new parenthood

Fertility struggles, anxiety during pregnancy, pregnancy loss, new-parent anxiety, postpartum blues and depression, motherhood ambivalence, stay-at-home vs. work decisions, parent-infant attachment and bonding


Parents with young children

Relationship issues in light of young children, disagreements about parenting style, parenthood work-life balance, self-care strategies, management of child behavioral concerns, helping children through the Covid-19 pandemic, parenting burnout


Individual adults and couples

Depression, generalized anxiety, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, , relationship concerns, loss and grief, sexuality

My Practice

Are you tired of feeling stressed and anxious?

Anxiety is exhausting. Perhaps your life looks good from the outside, but inside you're overwhelmed and sad. Your head can’t stop spinning about everything you need to accomplish today or about events that may happen.  You're always worrying.


The anxiety feels like tightness in your chest, a tight jaw, and your body feels constricted all the time. Maybe you find yourself getting 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 are a young adult who wants 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. 

About me

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

Getting 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.


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Perinatal and Postpartum








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