Dr. Barbara Christine Lutz MFT, PhD, LMFT

(she, her)

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant

EMDR Trainer

Online Therapy

About Me

I graduated in social work in Germany in 1992, received my MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, in 1997, and became a licensed California Marriage and Family Therapist in 2001. Then I obtained my doctorate in international psychology with trauma focus from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have developed the curriculum and instructed the course “Global Mental Health and Human Rights” for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. As adjunct faculty I also teach psychology to a rural and predominantly Hispanic student population at Hartnell College in California. I have provided EMDR therapy in English, Spanish, and German to a wide spectrum of client populations throughout Santa Cruz County, California: children in foster care, probation youths, patients suffering from HIV/AIDS, and immigrant families. My work experience, my own immigration history, and my marriage to a Mexican metal artist have sparked my interest in possibilities created by our communalities and our differences that affect our mental and physical wellbeing worldwide.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association), Trainer, consultant, EMDR institute facilitator ICP (International Council of Psychologists) IGTP (Internationale Gesellschaft fuer Tiefen Psychology and International Society for Depth Psychology) CAMFT (California Marriage & Family Therapists) CAPACITAR

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Immigrants
  • Juvenile Correctional Facility
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved


  • English
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Does Not Accept Insurance
  • Sliding Scale