Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dara Goldyne, Ph.D.

Therapy for stress and anxiety in young adults

Modern, relatable psychotherapy for teens, college students, young professionals, & new parents


Teens and University students

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, sexuality


and new parenthood

Fertility struggles, anxiety during pregnancy, pregnancy loss, new-parent anxiety and depression, parenting after loss, stay-at-home parent vs. work decisions, conflicts with extended family over parenting decisions


Families with young children

Relationship issues in light of young children, disagreements about parenting style, parenthood work-life balance, self-care strategies, mourning a loss of one's pre-baby identity, parent strategies for better 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, work-related stress and burnout, relationship concerns, loss and grief

My Practice

Are you tired of feeling stressed and anxious? 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 do today or about events that may happen in the coming week. You're always worrying. The anxiety feels like tightness in your chest, a pounding heart, and your body feels uneasy 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 with your past, 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.


There is a way out of suffering. 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.


I know it takes courage to ask for help so I try to make it easy to get started. During Covid-19, I am offering video sessions through my secure client portal, which makes it possible to safely fit therapy into your busy life.

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), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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