Ciara  Murray-Young

Ciara Murray-Young


Psychologist, PsyD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Santa Barbara Accepting In-person
Updated May 5, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Stress management
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Ciara Murray-Young is a Licensed Psychologist located in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Ciara has over 20 years of experience supporting clients across a wide range of mental health needs. Many of her clients seek therapy as a way of working their way through a conflict, whether that’s at work, in a relationship, or within themselves. Other clients want to escape the negative impacts of their mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and more. Dr. Ciara supports clients of all ages to improve their mental health so they can better navigate moments of distress.

Dr. Ciara's approach to therapy begins with building strong rapport with each client. During the first several sessions, clients share their stories with Dr. Ciara, who offers a perspective with them that they might not have heard before. She generally works from a psychodynamic perspective and uses the strong therapeutic alliance that she builds with the client to shed light on the other relationships in the clients’ lives. She is passionate about providing trauma-informed therapy services, creating a calm, secure atmosphere for all clients as they talk about painful memories, abusive relationships, or deep fears.

Dr. Ciara previously practiced in many community mental health settings, including many years practicing as a psychologist in Ireland. She empowers clients to learn more about themselves and to explore parts of themselves that they haven’t previously accessed, all in a warm, collaborative therapeutic space.

Message to clients

You are much more than the trauma, the grief, the struggle you are engaging with. You are much more than any diagnosis or label. Much of my work as a psychologist centers around the question, “How is your relationship with yourself?”  When we begin to look at our relationship with ourselves, we often find that we are only in touch with only a small part of the totality of who we are. Unfortunately, we often loose contact with who we really are, with our deeper selves. I view therapy as an opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with who we really are, an opportunity to grow in consciousness.

I find great hope in knowing the possibilities for raising levels of consciousness, individually, and hence collectively through engaging in psychological work. If my approach to therapy resonates with you, I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Optum
  • UMR

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $210 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $275 (80min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Santa Barbara practice
21 E. Canon Perdido Street., 213, Santa Barbara, California 93101
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2022 - Present
New Beginnings Counseling Center, Veteran's Treatment Court Provider, 2018 - 2020
New Beginnings Counseling Center, Intake Coordinator, 2017 - 2019
New Beginnings Counseling Center, Life Skills and Anger Management group facilitator, 2010 - 2017
Daughter's of Charity Family Services, Dublin, Ireland, Senior Psychologist, 2000 - 2007
South Easter Health Board, Ireland, Community Care Psychologist, 1993 - 2000

Pacifica Graduate Institute, Psy.D , 2019
University College Dublin, MA Counseling Psychology, 1992


California: 33406