Counselor / Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA

Preferred Member

Penny Rayas, LMFT

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I am here to help you live the best life you can.
30 years of experience with children and adults.
Yo hablo Espanol. I offer a sliding scale! Are you struggling with life and wondering what to do? Depressed? Are you feeling stack? Do you wake up feeling sad, stressed, lost, anxious or discouraged? Are your relationships or job causing your stress? I can help. Usted está luchando con la vida y se pregunta qué hacer? Está su niño fuera de control? Deprimido? Él se niega a hacer su tarea? Se niega a escuchar? Se despierta sintiéndose triste, estresado, ansioso o desanimado? Sus relaciones o trabajo que causan el estrés? Llámame para una consulta. Precios bajos.

I became a therapist to help others live a fuller, happier life. As a certified Positive Parenting Program Counselor, and a trained Marriage and Family Therapist, I will provide you with the skills you need to ease your emotional pain, build better relationships and change your life for the better. I have extensive experience with children and teenagers.

I view therapy as a sacred healing process built on trust, acceptance, and deep understanding. My style is warm, non-judgmental, empathetic, engaging, direct and honest. I combine a nurturing, spiritual and supportive approach with the practical skills I have gained in 20 years of training and experience. I accept most insurances.

Mrs. Penelope Rayas-Moore offers a free phone consultation

To arrange a time, send an email to Mrs. Penelope Rayas-Moore.

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation:
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Family/Marital Therapy
Forensic Psychology
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Play Therapy
I am from Athens Greece, and live in San Jose for 30 years. I am married and have children and grandchildren. I enjoy travelling, reading hiking and learning about different cultures.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Divorce  Marriage Counseling
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Domestic Violence  Men's Issues
 Adolescents  Eating Disorders  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Adoption  Educational Therapy  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Anger Management  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pet Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Play Therapy
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Gifted / Talented Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Asperger's Syndrome  Grief and Loss  Premarital Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Group Therapy  Problem Gambling
 Bicultural Difficulties  Herpes and STD Counseling  Psychoanalysis
 Body Image Issues  Hypnotherapy  Relationship Issues
 Caregiver Issues  Learning Disabilities  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Life and Wellness Coaching  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Life Transitions  Stress Management
 Couples Therapy  Loneliness  Trauma and PTSD
 Depression  Marriage & Family Therapy  Work and Career Issues
 Certified Family Therapist  Certified Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapist
 Certified Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor (MFCC)  Licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)  Licensed Mental Health Counselor (State)
 Licensed Psychoanalyst (State)  Psychotherapy (MA)
I graduated from San Jose State with a BA in Psychology and got my masters from CIIS. I worked for San Francsico General as a dual diagnosis counselor for over 7 years. I served the GLBT community youth. I have also worked with the County of Santa Cruz Children's Dept working with children with emotional and learning disabilities. I provided individual, family and couples therapy. In my private practice I have worked extensively with individuals who have eating disorders, anxiety, depression and relationship problems
Other Languages
Spanish, Greek
Payments Accepted
Cash checks, I accept most insurance plans
Hours:evennings weekends
LT. 4/27/2011
Ms. Penny Rayas is an excellent therapist. I have known her for over four years, and would definitely recommend her as a therapist. She has helped me with relationship issues, anxiety and depression. She has also helped me get through the grieving process from the loss of a loved one, and has been instrumental in helping me find direction in my life.
JM. 4/25/2011
Ms. Rayas was very helpful by reinforcing my parenting skills as a single father. She is warm, but firm with my children. The kids improved their school performance and started doing more chores around the house. I would definitely recommend her as a family therapist. Fortunately she also accepts all major health insurance too.
MG. 4/25/2011
Great therapist, very compassionate. I highly recommend to everyone. She made a difference in my life.