Mission Harbor is a trusted mental health outpatient clinic in Santa Barbara with locations throughout Southern California, and we’re a dedicated asset to the community. Our treatment team utilizes advanced technology and therapy types to treat complex mental health issues. The care provided is uniquely crafted to each individual’s needs and scenario. Everyone deserves a second chance and everyone recovers differently.  At Mission Harbor, our commitment is to save and protect the residents of Santa Barbara from a life of mental health struggles. Treatment options, therapy types, and an exceptionally well-credentialed staff create an environment that promotes long-lasting recovery and wellness.

Personalized Treatment Models


Treating mental health requires a team capable of treating the underlying issues. Our licensed health care professionals are trained to guide the patient, and occasionally their loved ones, to a healthier mindset through a structured recovery program.


Alcoholism and substance use disorders not only affect the individual, but often the family and friends of someone struggling with addiction. The negative impact on personal health and quality of life as a result of substance abuse requires a thoughtful, and often urgent, approach to recovery.


While not often as newsworthy as the opioid crisis, process addictions have a substantial effect on quality of life. Impulse control issues related to sex, gambling, and other compulsive behavior can dramatically disrupt your life and the lives of others.

We pride ourselves on treating for not only substance abuse disorders but the underlying mental health issues associated with addiction and other disorders. Some of the issues we treat include:


Attention Deficit Disorder is a chronic condition by which it’s afflicted are continually inattentive, hyperactive, and occasionally impulsive. ADHD starts in childhood and often lingers into adulthood. As many as 2 out of every 3 children affected by ADHD continue to have symptoms well into adulthood. This includes inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity – which are the key behaviors of those with ADHD.

Anger Management

Anger management is dealing with the inability to cope with stressful situations, controlling one’s anger, attitude, and ability to deal with situation productively and responsibly under a calm duress. Suppressed anger can also be an underlying cause of anxiety and depression. Doctors suggest deep breathing and positive self-talk as the first steps in helping manage anger.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are a cluster of mental disorders marked by feelings of anxiety or loathing. Anxiety is a worry about the future and loathing is a reaction to current happenings. These feelings could manifest in physical forms, such as a faster heart rate or trembling. Disorders in this category include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.

Body Image Issues

Body image issues are when an individual sees themselves in an extreme negative light. It could stem from mental and verbal abuse from any age and typically attacks the psyche by focusing on what the sufferer perceives as a flaw.  Researchers have noted that people with body image issues have difficulties with visual processing.

Crisis Management

Often characterized by a mental breakdown, crisis management is dealing with extreme situation in an effective manner. People who suffer from this typically are incapable of thinking of practical solutions and will negate the issue at hand. The patient suffering from crisis management tends to need help very early on in the process. This means reaching out to family/friends and contacting a doctor or mental health provider.

Chronic Pain Issues

People with issues resulting from medicating chronic pain issues require a specialized healing that can come in numerous forms and must be discovered individually with guidance from a trained professional. Chronic pain is often defined as any pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain is very different. Chronic pain persists—often for months and sometimes even longer and may be complicated by issues associated with prescription medication.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a collective of mental disorders that force the individual into unusual and unhealthy eating habits. They range from Anorexia Nervosa to Bulimia Nervosa, from Binge-Eating to Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.

Family Issues

Issues pertaining to family are treated with the help of clinicians who know how to break down communication barriers in relationships in order to fix the problems at hand. Conflicts are a part of family life. A lot of different issues can lead to conflict, including illness, disability, addiction, job loss, school problems, and marital issues. Listening to one other and actively working to resolve conflicts are key to reinforcing the family.

Grief and Loss

After loss, some individuals have a difficult time returning to their lives before and require special attention and help. The grieving process is very individualized; there is no actual timetable for it to end. Grief encompasses shock and disbelief, sadness, guilt, anger, and fear.

Impulse Control Disorders

Controlling feelings or actions that are immediate and often reactionary. These individuals needs assistance in finding a new psychology in dealing with their intense immediacy and needs.  Scientists are still researching the cause of these types of disorders but many think that there are a good handful of factors including physical or biological, psychological or emotional, and cultural or societal issues.

Mood Disorders

Mood disorders is in reference to a plethora of swinging, bipolar, or mood control disorders. These disorders often ruin relationships and take control of the individuals free will. About 20% of the U.S. population reports at least one depressive symptom in a given month, and 12% report two or more in a year. Depression is a common feature of mental illness, whatever its nature and origin. People are more easily demoralized by depression and slower to recover if they are withdrawn and unreasonably self-critical or irritable, impulsive, and hypersensitive to loss.

Parenting issues

Parenting issues are problems in maintaining the parent-child relationship in keeping respect or authority in the hands of the adult. Aggression in the child can lead to issues – just as tantrums do too. Children often take up habits that can make parents feel like they’re being manipulated.

Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are disorders in which a person may forget who they are or become another person they think they are. It causes major disruptions in their daily lives and relationships. Symptoms of each personality disorder differ and can be either mild or severe. People with personality disorders often have trouble identifying that they have a problem; they believe their thoughts are normal and that it is other people who are to blame. Treatment usually includes talk therapy and sometimes medicine.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Caused from a moment or moments of extremely stressful situations, environments and individuals. This disorder can cause the afflicted to avoid people, places or activities in fear and completely disrupt their personal and professional lives. Not every traumatized person develops ongoing (chronic) or even short-term (acute) PTSD. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some experiences, like the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one, can also cause PTSD.

Relational Trauma

Trauma caused from a personal experience with another individual. Often characterized by mental, verbal, and physical abuse inflicted on the sufferer.  Women experience remarkably high rates of relational trauma including child abuse and neglect and intimate partner violence (IPV) during adulthood, and the childbearing years are no exception.

Relationship Issues

Problems between loved ones typically stemming from communication breakdowns and inability to compromise or change to make the other person happy. These issues can arise from a couple spending too little – or even too much – time together. They can stem from fighting over the same issues, from insecurities over your future to feeling misunderstood. Money is also a common root of relationship issues.

Stress Management

Dealing with stress and stressful situation with calm, level headed intentions and charisma. Physical symptoms of stress range from low energy and headaches to chest pain and dry mouth. If left unchecked, ongoing stress can cause serious health issues including depression, cardiovascular disease, obesity, sexual dysfunction and gastrointestinal problems.

Substance Use Disorders

Abuse, consistent use, or addiction characterizes the plight of substance use disorders. The substance could be interfering with the person’s personal or professional life or even life-threatening. Common Substance Use disorders include Alcohol Use Disorder, Tobacco Use Disorder, and Cannabis Use Disorder. Regardless of the substance, many of the same behaviors are prevalent and course of treatment required.

Sleep Disorders

Trouble sleeping or getting deep rejuvenating sleep on a regular basis. Often times a deeper seated issue is at hand and must be uncovered. Insomnia comes in many forms, including Acute Insomnia, Chronic Insomnia, Comorbid Insomnia, Onset Insomnia, and Maintenance Insomnia.

Sexual Disorders

Sexual disorders are involving sex, perversion, or acts that have nothing to do with sex in the standard definition but have been fetishized and cause a disruption in the individual or societies regular agenda. Psychotherapy is a common treatment for desire disorders. Treatment focuses on bringing awareness to any unresolved conflicts and how they impact the patient’s life. While improvement is possible, the sexual dysfunction often becomes autonomous and persists, requiring additional techniques. Various hormones have also been studied for the treatment of sexual desire disorders.

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