Your Journey Begins!

LorrineCarraraMy name is Lorrine Carrara and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My approach to therapy has developed and evolved over a lifetime, drawing from my own life experiences both positive and negative, my personal experience with therapy, and through years of ongoing education and training in a multitude of settings. In working with clients, I utilize a client centered, collaborative, strengths based approach. I draw from a number of theoretical orientations, including solution focused therapy, attachment theory, and cognitive behavioral therapy. My goal is to support my clients in reaching their personal goals by tailoring the sessions to each individual and their personal needs.


What I Believe

In our busy lives we often don’t have the opportunity and permission to share our deepest fears, the paralyzing effects of shame, disappointments, regrets and  confusion with a listener. Coming from a strengths-based and faith-based background, I am a firm believer in creating optimism by encouraging and gently challenging clients to reach for their goals; always looking at possibilities and opportunities.

The greatest reward as a psychotherapist is helping clients discover ways to impart the kind of positive change that will offer the greatest hope and enthusiasm for life. It’s one of my beliefs that we all need someone to listen without judgement.

My Specialties

Include Christian counseling, issues with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, and couples where one or both are challenged with ADD/ADHD.

About Me

My Journey

I spent years as an executive administrative assistant in Silicon Valley making a high salary but not feeling satisfied. Then at the age of 40, I went back to school and discovered my calling to be a therapist. I know what it’s like to struggle with finances, and housing concerns in the bay area, divorce, dating, dealing with relationship issues, landlord issues… student concerns….family and aging parents.

Early in life I had my own struggles with depression and alcohol and have chosen to live a sober lifestyle for the last 15 years. I feel this uniquely qualifies me to help people in their own struggles with addiction and depression.

I live with my husband in Watsonville, CA and enjoy gardening, spending time with my dogs, and reading books.

I am a member of Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, CA.

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Rates and Insurance


$125.00 for 50 minute sessions and $175.00 for 70 minute sessions.


I take Anthem Medi-Cal and Beacon Medi-Cal, Holman Group, Optum, and Magellan (Blue Shield). Many other insurance plans cover psychotherapy. I’m happy to provide a super-bill for “out of network” insurances. Please remember to bring your insurance card with you to the first session.

I’d recommend asking these questions to your insurance provider to help determine your benefits:

  • Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?
  • Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
  • Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?
  • Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?

I offer a few spots at a sliding scale, based on income, for those in need. Please contact me to inquire about availability.


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Cancellation Policy

If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

Any Other Questions

Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!



Our First Session

Our first session will allow us to get acquainted and determine if we are a good match to proceed together in your journey.

What to bring to your first session:

  1. Please download and complete this pdf document and bring it with you to our first session.   Informed Consent-Final
  2. notice-of-privacy-practices  (please just bring the last page, signed)
  3. Your insurance card (if you’re planning to use insurance)