Elizabeth  Wolfson

Elizabeth Wolfson

Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, BCD Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Academy of Clinical Social Workers, ACSW Master of Social Work, MSW Licensed Psychotherapist PhD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
West Mesa Accepting In-person
Updated May 8, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW has been a psychotherapist in private practice for over three decades years where she has worked with diverse clients of all ages and backgrounds presenting an array of challenges including, depression, anxiety, life transition, relational, parenting, career, self-esteem, and existential challenges.

Her approach to therapy is trauma informed, compassionate and integrative, delivered through a non-judgmental lens and tailored to the unique needs and goals of each client. With an eye to emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being from a holistic perspective including mind, body, spirit, environment, and community, her training and work is aimed at supporting personal, professional and relational well-being, life transitions, empowerment, and creativity.

Dr. Wolfson’s extensive training includes psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, person-centered, transpersonal, humanistic-existential, Internal Family Systems, Positive Psychology, Solution Focused and other approaches will incorporate somatic practices including Movement, Breath work, Meditation, mindfulness and all aspects of sensory awareness. Most importantly, she is person-centered and flexibly works from a vast toolbox of approaches to respond to your unique challenges and goals. Her style is collaborative, maintaining a deep respect for client autonomy while actively engaging to illuminate new perspectives and offering objective professional input as needed.

In addition to Integrative Somatic Therapy Trauma training, Dr. Wolfson is certified in Ketamine and other Psychedelic assisted therapies. Within her practice, she offers Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (in collaboration with medical providers) and Psychedelic-Supportive Psychotherapy, a model she developed aimed at supporting clients who choose to use medicines outside of therapy and might benefit from therapeutic preparation and integration of these experiences.

Dr. Wolfson welcomes you to her comfortable office located in a serene, discreet Santa Barbara California location or via tele-therapy, weekdays and some evenings by appointment.

Message to clients

Because there is no set formula for finding a solution to you and your unique situation, it is wise to find a therapist who is not wedded to one particular approach or way of doing things and also has substantial experience. As a seasoned psychotherapist with extensive training, I am most interested in who you are in totality (or, from an holistic perspective) including mind, body, and spirit in all of your emotional, spiritual, psychological and relational dimensions. This is about the quality of your life and there is no substitute for working with a trusted, experienced practitioner who sees you and stays focused on you and your goals.

In years of private practice I have worked with diverse individuals, couples, and families seeking help for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, interpersonal, career, and life transitions. While my advanced degrees, extensive training and significant experience are important qualifications, your unique situation calls for prioritizing what's best for you within the context of your life circumstances. I provide active feedback based on my observations, training, knowledge and experience as I stay fully present with your goals in the interest of your well-being as we proceed. I encourage you to meet with me and see how we might together attend to this most important thing; your life matters.


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

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

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

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


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


Elizabeth Wolfson is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $225


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
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West Mesa practice
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

Years of Experience: 29 years

Embodied Lab, Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy, 2021
Ketamine Training Center, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, 2021
California Institute of Integral Studies, Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Research, 2020
New York University, PhD, 1995
Boston University, MA, 1981


California: 21855