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Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Larisa A. Traga, LCSW, CCDS, MAC
Santa Barbara County
United States

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About Me

Larisa is a California-licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), master addiction counselor (MAC), with a co-occurring disorders specialization (CCDS), providing training, consultation and therapy to the Santa Barbara county community.  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 Consultant and a Member 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.  She has also worked countywide with the County of Santa Barbara Behavioral Wellness Department since 2009 with individuals with co-occurring disorders, PTSD, Transitional Age Youth and adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, drug court involved teens and adults and individuals experiencing crisis.  Larisa currently has a private practice specializing in culturally sensitive individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults using an eclectic approach, including EMDR, CBT, MI, and mindfulness techniques. She treats a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, physical/sexual abuse, PTSD, self-esteem issues, workplace harassment, and more. In addition, Larisa conducts training on Evidence Based Practices, such as Motivational Interviewing, NIATx process improvement, MATRIX model, and more currently consultations and technical assistance on use of EMDR, and crisis debriefings using A-tip.


Trainer Statement

I have provided MI introductory and advanced lectures, 2-3 day trainings, and MI technical assistance and coaching for  addiction counselors, clinicians, nurses, peers, social workers, law enforcement agencies, prevention counselors, lay counselors and others. I am also trained in SBIRT, EMDR, Matrix Model, DBT,  NIATx which utilize MI strategies to create movement and change around behavioral health and process improvement on a macro level. 

Training Interests
Behavior change in integrated settings, substance use and alcohol disorders & SBIRT, teachers/tutors and parents, brief MI for healthcare providers, MI applied to stages of change and crisis de-escalation and intervention using A tip.
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