About Us

Santa Barbara Behavioral Health is an affiliation of psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists who have served Santa Barbara County for over 25 years.

We provide behavioral health services, including consultations, psychiatric treatment with medications, psychotherapy, couples therapy, and family therapy.  In order to make high quality behavioral health care available to as many people as possible, we have contracted with most of the insurance companies covering behavioral health care in the Santa Barbara area.

We developed administrative practices to relieve patients of the burden of clarifying insurance eligibility, benefits and out of pocket costs, enabling patients to get excellent service quickly and affordably, while being responsible only for their co-payments and insurance deductibles.

Clinicians at SBBH have been recognized for helping patients achieve high levels of improvement, based on outcomes research results by behavioral health insurance companies.

Major local employee groups covered include UCSB, Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara City College, Sansum Clinic, City of Santa Barbara, Union Bank, Deckers, many school districts, and others.

We accept most insurance plans, including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Beacon, College Health IPA (CHIPA), Blue Shield MHSA, ComPsych, Covered CA, Holman Group/CenCal, Humana Behavioral Health, HealthNet/Managed Health Network (MHN), LifeSynch, Magellan, most “Medicare Advantage” plans, Optum, PacificCare Behavioral Health (PBH), United Behavioral Health (UBH), Value Options, and other plans, as well as patients paying privately. We cannot see patients with “regular Medicare,” but can often help with referral.