Emily Pyle Eccles
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Emily Pyle Eccles


Psychologist, PhD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Santa Barbara Accepting In-person
Updated October 31, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Identity development
  • Trauma
  • Emotion regulation
  • Life purpose & meaning
  • Climate anxiety

Professional statement

Dr. Emily Eccles is a clinical psychologist (CA#PSY33571) located in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Eccles’ goal is to support clients as they grow their resilience in the face of difficult life situations, including trauma. Many clients turn to Dr. Eccles when they are overwhelmed or in times of transition. Dr. Eccles also works with clients who experience anxiety and depression and feel that they aren’t living the life that they want because their mental health gets in their way.

Dr. Eccles is a down-to-earth therapist. She believes that the therapist-client relationship is a critical piece of the therapy process and builds trust with her clients at the beginning of their journey together. Clients learn ways to practice self-compassion and to effectively address self-critical thoughts and difficult emotions. Dr. Eccles practices Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), helping clients to unhook from unhelpful patterns. Clients leave therapy with tools to help them build greater emotional resilience and to improve their relationships outside of the therapy room. Dr. Eccles also enjoys bringing experiential and mindfulness exercises into sessions.

Dr. Eccles earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She has experience working with a wide range of ages and issues and training in the treatment of severe mental illness and substance abuse. She has worked with children and families who have faced various forms of trauma. Her internship focused on the treatment of anxiety and trauma in college-age and young adult populations at Central Washington University.

She currently works with teenagers and adults to improve their mental health. Sessions with Dr. Eccles are trauma-informed, meaning that there’s no pressure on clients to delve into topics that might be harmful. Dr. Eccles creates a calm, compassionate atmosphere for talking about what’s going on in clients’ lives.

Message to clients

Welcome! I am a licensed clinical psychologist (CA#PSY33571) based in Santa Barbara, California. I am seeing clients in person or via video calls. In therapy, my goal is to support you to live more fully by identifying existing patterns, finding new ways to relate to yourself, others, and your environment, and learning new ways to approach your emotions. I have training in multiple evidence-based approaches and experience treating diverse concerns that teens and adults experience. I work collaboratively, and will often utilize experiential exercises, including mindfulness and guided visualizations in therapy.

I specialize in helping people to develop new relationships with their emotions and responding to emotions in effective ways. This is integral in improving relationships and helping clients live with greater intention and meaning. I take an integrative approach, applying my training in practices of acceptance and mindfulness to reach your goals. My clients report increased confidence to experience intense emotions and to respond to themselves and others with greater effectiveness and compassion.

I am offering free 10-minute phone consultations to begin creating a treatment plan and to see if I am the right fit for you. I will listen carefully to support you to begin the process. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.


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

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

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

Emotion regulation - Learning how to effectively manage the ups and downs of intense emotions; developing coping skills to use in a variety of settings to calm oneself and to give an appropriate amount of space to emotions

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits

Climate anxiety - Coping with the unique stress created by climate change, including managing any overwhelming feelings of impending disaster and finding outlets for advocacy


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


  • Aetna
  • MHN/Health Net
  • Medicare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $250 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $250

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
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


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 Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Santa Barbara practice
1515 State Street, Suite 22, 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 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

Emily Eccles, PhD Private Practice, Private Practice, 2022 - Present
Steve Smith, PhD Private Practice, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020 - 2022
California Counseling Clinics, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020 - 2021
Central Washington University, Doctoral Intern, 2019 - 2020
Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM), Doctoral Extern, 2017 - 2018
Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara, Doctoral Extern, 2016 - 2017

Fielding Graduate University , PhD Clinical Psychology, 2020
Fielding Graduate University , Master of Arts- Clinical Psychology, 2017


California: 33571