Welcome to Santa Cruz Psychotherapy

Licia Ginne, Psy.D., MFT a Santa Cruz Psychotherapist & Psychoanalyst

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” Muhammad Ali


When life feels impossible and we feel alone, reaching out for support is one of the hardest things to do. What I have learned from the world of sports is that it takes a team of support for people to be successful. Muhammad Ali had a support team, he trained with Angelo Dundee, had sparing partners and was in the gym working on and honing his craft. For me being a psychotherapist is helping to create or joining that team of support. It is in this partnership of psychotherapist and client that helps us learn about ourselves, the stumbling blocks we have come across and the views and beliefs we have about the world and ourselves. Knowing our feelings, wants and goals is what many of us have understood to be called self-esteem and we get this from experiences with other people and how they treat us, how they reflect their impressions of who they think we are and how we come to think of ourselves. I have personally and professionally  found psychotherapy to be helpful in coming out of isolation and making changes. It is why I became a psychotherapist and I maintain a psychotherapy practice in Santa Cruz, CA.

Much of our self-understanding is built in childhood where we learned about ourselves from our parents, caretakers, school, society and often the messages we received about us were not positive or were more often about the other person and their struggles instead of reflections of who we are. Like the diagram below it shows how our view of the world impacts our perceptions, emotions, relationships and thoughts. I see my job as helping tease out what is my belief and experience from what has been told to me, it is not about blaming but accountability. I know reaching out to anyone, especially making that call to a therapist can be very frightening and it can also be the first step on a very rewarding journey.

There are many articles here you may find helpful and please feel free to call or write me with any questions. My name is Licia Ginne, I maintain a psychotherapy practice in Santa Cruz, CA. I am licensed in the State of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist and have been for 30 years. Through my years of experience I have worked with so many different issues and concerns and these are some of my areas of expertise; addiction treatment, drug & alcohol abuse, sex addiction and eating disorders, relapse and relapse prevention, co- dependency, adults with childhood trauma and abuse, adult children of alcoholics, depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, contemporary psychoanalysis, relationship issues, infidelity, marital and couples counseling, pre-marital counseling, those single and wanting a relationship and people who are seeking to make a change in their life. 

So please make yourself comfortable, enjoy, feel free to roam around and comeback as I keep adding information.

Warmest Regards,
Licia Ginne, LMFT, Psy.D
831 471-8647