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Penny Rayas, LMFT
I am here to help you live the best life you can.
30 years of experience with children and adults.
501 Mission St   
Santa CruzCA 95060
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3 recommendations
Practice Information:
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
 Addiction / Drug Rehab
 Anger Management
 Anxiety and Panic
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)
 Asperger's Syndrome
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
 Bicultural Difficulties
 Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues
 Children's Counseling
 Chronic Illness
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues
 Couples Therapy
 Domestic Violence
 Eating Disorders
 Educational Therapy
 Gay or Lesbian Issues
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism
 Gifted / Talented Issues
 Grief and Loss
 Group Therapy
 Herpes and STD Counseling
 Learning Disabilities
 Life and Wellness Coaching
 Life Transitions
 Marriage & Family Therapy
 Marriage Counseling
 Men's Issues
 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Pet Therapy
 Play Therapy
 Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Premarital Counseling
 Problem Gambling
 Relationship Issues
 Self Esteem Issues
 Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Stress Management
 Trauma and PTSD
 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
Payments Accepted:
Cash checks, I accept most insurance plans
evennings weekends
LT, Boca Raton
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, San Jose
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, San Jose
Great therapist, very compassionate. I highly recommend to everyone. She made a difference in my life.
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