About Tim Hartnett, PhD

I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. When I graduated from college, I moved to the west coast. I received a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in 1986, and became licensed as a marriage and family therapist. After building a home in Santa Cruz and starting a family, I completed my doctorate in psychology and wrote a dissertation on counseling families through divorce.

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Call 831-222-0111

735 Chestnut St. Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

I have worked in private practice in Santa Cruz since 1990, offering individual and couple counseling for a wide variety of issues. I have also led men’s groups for twenty years, and taught group process on the faculty of John F. Kennedy University.

In my personal and professional life I have also been a lifelong student of group dynamics and decision-making. This past year I completed a book,Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making (New Society Publishers, 2011). The book is available through my author website: ConsensusBook.com. My group facilitation website has more information about my work as a trainer and meeting facilitator: GroupFacilitation.net.

Through my years as a therapist I have been honored by the trust my clients have placed in me. Their honest self-reflection, and the growth and healing they have experienced, has continually inspired me to maintain my own practice of personal growth and self-discovery. Along with my clients, I continue to strive to live life with greater mindfulness and grace.

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Fees & Insurance

Please email me for my current fee schedule.

I am no longer a preferred provider for any insurance plans.

The following brochures published by the California Coalition for Mental Health have useful information about accessing insurance coverage for mental health:

Understanding Your Insurance Coverage

If you have set up a telehealth session with me you may use the following link for a doxy.me teleconference:

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