Emily Pyle Eccles
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 is currently a postgraduate fellow who 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.
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
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Years of Experience: 5 years
Emily Eccles, PhD, 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