Flexible appointment times and locations


Theresa L. Barreras welcomes teens, adults, and couples to her practice where she roots her counseling and therapy in the proven methods and techniques of motivational interviewing and strengths-based counseling. She believes in her client’s inherent strength and emphasizes self-determination and resolve to develop a clearer sense of what they would like to change in their lives. Theresa approaches counseling by assuming her clients are resourceful and resilient in the face of adversity and provides a welcoming atmosphere to all diversities of religion, culture and sexual identity. She focuses on future outcomes that her clients can work towards in their journey to resolve their problems or crisis.

From an anticipated inherent motivation within her clients, she is able to explore the issues of ambivalence that plague many seeking counseling. From the gray doldrums of indecision, uncertainty, and doubt, Theresa holds the core belief that all clients have strengths and resources to build upon.


Counseling services are billed based on a sliding scale according to income. Medi-Cal and Central Coast Alliance patients from both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties are welcome. Private insurance is not accepted at this time. Theresa offers a flexible calendar including as-needed Saturday appointments. Call today to schedule an appointment.
Theresa is currently accepting clients seeking initial assessment or office-setting counseling. Clients seeking counseling due to sexual abuse, molestation, or severe mental illness, are welcome.

Additional Specialties Include:

  • Abuse (Sexual, Physical, Verbal), Domestic violence
  • Anger issues
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Codependency
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Depression
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Guilt/Shame
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessions/Compulsions
  • Personality Disorders
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Personality Disorders
  • Sexual and Gender Issues, LGBT
  • Solutions Focused Brief Therapy
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Work Issues


If I ever lose my way in life again, and can't find my way, I want someone like Theresa there, to help guide me back on course.


D. Pope, Shelter Lead II/ Case Manager