Ms. Larisa A Traga, LCSW, CCDS, MAC


EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant

EMDR Trainer

Online Therapy

About Me

Larisa Traga is a California-licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), master addiction counselor (MAC), with a Co-occurring disorders specialization (CCDS), providing training, supervision, consultation and therapy to the Santa Barbara county community and beyond. Larisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY, Binghamton and a Master's in Social Work from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) approved EMDR Certified therapist, Consultant and a Certified Trainer of International Network of Trainers for Motivational Interviewing (MINT). Larisa has been an adjunct psychology and human services instructor at Allan Hancock College since 2015, teaching courses such as Psychology, Basic Counseling Skills, Crisis Intervention and Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction. She has also worked countywide with the County of Santa Barbara Behavioral Wellness Department since 2009 with individuals with co-occurring disorders, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Transitional Age Youth and adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, drug court involved teens and adults and individuals experiencing crisis. Throughout her tenure at the County of Santa Barbara, as a Practitioner and Team Supervisor, she provided numerous trainings on Process Improvement using NIATx, Motivational Interviewing, Team Building and was a lead change agent participating in system wide changes initiated by the Board of Supervisors in 2013. In her private practice Larisa specializes in culturally sensitive individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults using an eclectic approach, including EMDR, CBT, MI (Motivational Interviewing), TRM and mindfulness techniques. She also offers extended sessions for current clients, as well as intensive sessions for new patients interested in expediting their healing process. Larisa treats a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, physical/sexual abuse, PTSD, self-esteem issues, workplace harassment, and more. In addition, Larisa provides high quality supervision and consultation services to MSW/MFT trainees working towards their Licensure, as well as EMDR Certification with EMDRIA. Finally, Larisa is a trainer and conducts public and private training on Evidence Based Practices, such as EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, NIATx process improvement, MATRIX model, and consultations and technical assistance on use of EMDR, and crisis debriefings using A-tip and CID (Critical Incident Desensitization).

Education & Experience

EDUCATION: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 09/2001- 05/2003 Master in Clinical Social Work Binghamton University, State University of New York 09/1997- 05/2001 Baccalaureate Arts in Psychology CERTIFICATION: Licensed Clinician Social Worker (LCSW); EMDR certified; Co-Occurring Disorders Specialist; Certified in Addiction Prevention; School Social Work Certified; EXPERIENCE: SB County, Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Svs, Lompoc, CA Transitional Age Youth Practitioner - Provide individual, group and family therapy to TAY individuals (ages 16-24) - Provide biopsychosocial assessments, treatment planning, case management and crisis intervention services to clients

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Certified Trainer of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers MINT Professional Development Committee EMDRIA Pancreatic Cancer Action Network St Jude's Cause Santa Maria Women's Network Member Chamber of Commerce Member

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Couples
  • Families
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved
  • Veterans/Military


  • Russian


  • Medicare
  • Sliding Scale

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