Taryn  Lawrence

Taryn Lawrence


Marriage and Family Therapist, MFT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Santa Barbara Accepting In-person
Updated January 20, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Aging related concerns
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Isolation

Professional statement

Taryn Lawrence is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, located in Santa Barbara, California. She welcomes both individuals and couples who find themselves grappling with painful emotions and confusing relationships with family, friends or co-workers. Many of her clients seek therapy when it all starts to unravel and symptoms of depression or anxiety start to show up. This just isn’t the way they want to live. Taryn is particularly committed to helping people who have been hurt in relationships, past and present.

Taryn has been in practice for over 25 years and has advanced training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). AEDP is deeply attuned to the relationship between therapist and client. IFS utilizes a compassionate, open and nonpathologizing approach to working with symptoms and behaviors. When clients hear that their especially confusing behaviors are only a part of them and not who they really are, the relief is palpable. Taryn guides and helps her clients learn and understand the positive and protective intent behind confusing behaviors or symptoms. In addition, underneath the confusion are parts that hold emotional pain. Taryn supports and guides her clients in healing emotional pain with self-compassion, curiosity and calm, with an emphasis on the therapeutic role of providing emotional safety.

Taryn grounds the psychotherapy with her clients in the body story, as well as the cognitive and emotional stories. She promotes and practices anti-racism and cultural competency.

Taryn has attended numerous conferences, trainings, and immersion courses on attachment theory, domestic violence, sexual assault, AEDP and IFS. In her free time, she enjoys hiking mountains locally and all over the world.

Message to clients

In seeking out therapy, you have made the courageous decision to give yourself the gift of growth and healing. Your bold hope for change in your life, your relationships and interior world, can be the bridge that guides you to understand yourself and alleviate confusion and pain. I believe that what might feel broken can become stronger. Our openness and curiosity, yours and mine, to whatever comes up in our sessions, can lead to a renewed vitality and strength in your most tender places.

What I know is that entering therapy is your life force come to your aid. What has hurt you in the past or in the present can be healed, enlivening you with courage and energy. Sad parts, depressed parts, anxious parts, vulnerable parts, angry parts are all welcomed by me with respect, compassion and curiosity. I do not judge any of your parts.

I also know that navigating this internal journey with a caring and supportive therapist can be quite helpful. I would be honored to be that therapist.

I see people face to face in my office or by Zoom.


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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Aging related concerns - Coping with memory loss, loss of independence, and other physical and/or mental impacts of aging. May include support for family or caregivers and resource planning for changes in living situation.

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

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

Isolation - Developing an understanding of the impact that isolation has had on one’s life; processing through the emotions that come with isolation and making a plan to reintegrate into a social life


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)


Taryn Lawrence 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: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $165 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (50min)

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
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • 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 11 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 8 am - 1 pm
  • Wed 9 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 12 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8 am - 1 pm
  • Sat Not Available
  • Sun Not Available

Santa Barbara practice
Ben Lomond Drive, Santa Barbara, California 93105
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 am - 6 pm
  • Tue 8 am - 1 pm
  • Wed 9 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 11 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8 am - 12 pm
  • Sat not open
  • Sun not open

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 29 years

Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2006 - Present
Antioch University, Santa Barbara, Adjunct Faculty, 2008 - 2010
St. Vincent's Residential Campus Community, Staff Therapist , 2006 - 2009
Antioch University, Santa Barbara, Core Associate Faculty, 2004 - 2008
Community Counseling Center, Staff Therapist Intern, 1999 - 2003
Court Appointed Special Advocates, Program Supervisor, 2000 - 2002
Domestic Violence Solutions, Staff Therapist Intern, 1998 - 1999
Rape Crisis Center, Staff Therapist Intern, 1996 - 1998

Internal Family Systems (IFS), One Year Somatic IFS, 2023
Internal Family Systems (IFS), Six Month Theory Immersion Course, 2022
Internal Family Systems (IFS), Five Day Intensive Immersion Course, 2018
Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, ABD, 2017
Fielding Graduate University, Fellowship, 2010
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) , Five Full Day Immersion Course, 2005
Domestic Violence Solutions, Six Week Crisis Training, 1998
Rape Crisis Center, Santa Barbara, Six Week Crisis Training, 1996
CSUS, M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy , 1995
UCLA, B.A. Political Science, 1983


California: 40976