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Elizabeth A. Wood, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #126337

Registered Expressive Arts Therapist #2019
PhD Student

Thank you for visiting my website! I use a relational psychoanalytic approach, integrating art therapies into my practice. I enjoy working with folks navigating grief, depression, anxiety, and stress related to life transitions and relationships. 

I have a private psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice in Santa Cruz, California. I'm also currently a PhD Student at Pacifica Graduate Institute researching the efficacy of psychoanalytic treatment for depression and suicidality in young adults.


In the fall of 2021, I was selected to train with the Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PAPPTP) Two-Year Program at the Stanford University Psychiatry Building. As part of this certificate program, I have been undergoing weekly consultations with psychoanalysts, Drs. Schneider and Birkhofer. In the spring of 2021, I completed training with the PAPPTP- Fellowship Year. 


I previously worked as a Senior Therapist with the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) and for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in their Emergency Department. After earning my master's in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, I spent several years working in a crisis stabilization unit and psychiatric hospital in Santa Cruz while completing my hours for licensure. 

Outside of my practice and analytic training I often surf, hike, make art, and spend time in nature and in conversation with my family and friends. 

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