Skip Purper is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and maintains a private practice in Santa Maria California. Skip's treatment approach is cognitive-behavioral, one that has been deemed most effective in many research trials. Through CBT, as it is called, we assist the client in blocking unwanted, negative or intrusive thought while at the same time teaching new healthy behaviors for coping with life stresses.
Skip has over 26 years experience as a marriage and family therapist and is a graduate of Antioch University, Santa Barbara California. His training is in all facets of family therapy including children, adolescents and couples. He is particularly interested in working with children exhibiting behavioral problems associated with ADHD and pervasive developmental disorder, especially Asperger's and high functioning Autism. We try to keep a balance in our practice by working with adult clients and couples and treat individuals with anxiety and depression.
We are very proud of our office, which is spacious and beautifully decorated, located in one of Santa Maria-Orcutt's most desireable and safest neighborhoods. We also pride ourselves on being easily accessible by phone, answering our calls in person when possible, or getting back to clients within the same day.
Our hours are by appointment only, Monday through Friday, and we offer evening appointments Monday throughThursday (if available), to allow for working adults and school-age children.
Master of Arts, Antioch University, Santa Barbara California
License, Certifications & Awards
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, LMFT#29408, since February 1992
CAMFT Certified Supervisor
Voted Best Counselor/Therapist, Santa Maria Valley, in 2010 Santa Maria SUN readers poll
Voted Best Counselor/Therapist * Runner-Up, Santa Maria Valley, 2018 SUN readers poll
Professional Activities and Memberships
CAMFT (California Assoc. of MFT) member since October 1998