Connie Batten
















Formal Background

MA in Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
BA in English Literature, San Jose State University
Marriage and Family Therapist, License #36050
Private Practice, Santa Cruz, California since 1999

Associations and Memberships

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Santa Cruz Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Professional Experience

  • Instructor in Buddhist Psychology Emphasis (2008-2013), School of Holistic Studies, JFK University, Campbell, California Campus
  • Executive Director and Clinical Supervisor (1998-2005), WomenCARE, providing free support services to women and their families whose lives have been touched by cancer.  Santa Cruz, California
  • Clinical Consultant (1998-2002) Suicide Prevention Service, Santa Cruz, California
  • Project Developer and Coordinator (1998-1999) Children’s Bereavement Program, Hospice Caring Project, Santa Cruz, California
  • Project Coordinator (1996-1998) Schools Project for Alternative Responses to Conflict, a program of the Conflict Resolution Center, Santa Cruz, California
  • Workshop Facilitator (1991-1997) Children’s Creative Response to Conflict, Santa Cruz, California

Interests and Training

My approach to psychotherapy is influenced by relational principles developed at The Stone Center at Wellesley College, by somatic and mindfulness based theories—particularly Re-Creation of the Self—and by my personal experience through many years of Zen sitting practice. I live on a ridge top in the Santa Cruz mountains where I spend lots of time in the woods, and draw vitality from the changes of light through the seasons.

The Latin root for “emotion” is the verb “motere - to move.”  It is in being in touch with our own feelings—and with our own hearts—that we touch the hearts of others and both people grow. —Judith Jordan


You are welcome to call me at 831-425-4432 if you would like further information.

I offer a free half-hour phone consultation.