Introducing…Gizelle Mendoza, LCSW!

I am thrilled to announce that Gizelle Mendoza, LCSW has started her own independent private practice career!  Gizelle and I used to work together at the county of Santa Barbara.  While working together, I saw that she is an excellent therapist, mom and person–she has this warm and steady personality that is always so inviting.  Santa Maria is so lucky to have her and I am thrilled to help promote her as she launches out on her own!

Gizelle and I share a lot of similarities in our ethics, training and love for organization, but she has a couple of things I lack.  First, she is bilingual!  Second, she has evening appointments available.  And lastly, she has immediate openings!  This last attribute is not likely to last long, so contact me and I’ll help put you in touch with her.  Read below to learn more about Gizelle.

Gizelle Mendoza, MSW, LCSW

Individual and Family Therapist

Billingual, specializing in trauma, addictions and co-occurring disorders 

Treatment Philosophy

I believe that we can recover and heal from anything.  I would be honored to help you on your journey towards health and well-being through a holistic approach, that is, treating you as a whole person; mind, body, ad spirit.  It would be a pleasure for me to support you with healing the past, living the present, and dreaming the future.  You are worth it!

 Education and License

Cal State Dominguez Hills  Bachelor of Arts, Human Services

Cal State Long Beach  Master of Social Work

License with the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) since May 2016, LCSW 71156.


I have over 15 years serving others in this profession.  I have provided individual and group therapy, case management services, and crisis support services.

Therapist Experience (individual, family, couples, and group therapy):

Santa Maria Wisdom Center – serving older adults

San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services – serving children, youth and families

Family Care Network, Inc. – serving foster families and children in the foster care system

Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness – serving adults with Co-Occurring disorders (mental health and substance use disorders)

Other Skills and Experiences

I am bilingual; I speak, read, and write English and Spanish fluently.

I am available and qualified to provide Clinical Supervision for post-graduates.

I am certified in the following:

Rational Living Therapy (RLT) – a short-term cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy that emphasized long-term results.

Seeking Safety for Adults – an integrative treatment approach developed specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse.

Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) – used to teach coping skills to minimize and help reduce the anxiety felt within the body.


I live in Santa Maria where I was born and raised and I am grateful to be in a profession in which I can offer support to those in my community.  I am married and I have two young children.  I enjoy reading, running, travelling and learning.