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Asha Wilkus-Stone, Psy. D.

Psychological Assistant # PSB94024077

I earned my masters and doctorate in clinical psychology from APA-accredited California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant University in San Francisco, and have a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from California Institute of the Arts. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at APA-accredited UCSB’s Counseling and Psychological Services, and am a post-doctoral fellow accruing the required hours toward licensure in California. 

I pursued psychology as a second career. I am an artist, a world traveler, and married mother of two children. I have practiced meditation for 25 years, and was a volunteer in hospice for almost five years prior to graduate school. A consequence of my interest in contemplative practices, my training includes a study of mindfulness used in psychotherapy, Buddhist psychology, and my dissertation research was on intersections of existentialism and mindfulness to confront personal mortality. In addition, I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, somatic and attachment based therapy for trauma recovery, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and substance abuse recovery models. In addition to my dissertation, my research and publications focus on trauma informed care for children and adolescence, involuntary hospitalization, and dynamic interventions for therapeutic suicide assessment.


We all have our own perspectives on life and on our problems. We are inherently situated within context and tethered to our social, interpersonal, historical and cultural experiences. Through our interaction, the therapy that emerges with each client is truly unique. A piece of the expertise I bring to our emergent process is my access to multiple theoretical approaches and therapeutic modalities. My experience both within and outside of my field helps me to be especially knowledgeable, present with, and supportive of my clients’ needs and goals. The relationship that we develop is central and important to me. This experience of the relationship and the unfolding process of growth and healing drives therapy, and forms the basis for our genuine rapport. 

In my practice, I welcome adults, couples and families, and emerging adults in adolescence and the college years. My specializations include work with:

-  Trauma-informed care for recovery from adverse childhood events (ACE’s) and interpersonal
-  Mood disorders in pregnancy and postpartum
-  Meditation in psychotherapy
-  Crisis, chronic distress and dialectical behavior therapy

-  Emerging adults in adolescence and college    
-  Death anxiety - 

ln addition to the areas above, a reserve a portion of my practice for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in pregnancy and postpartum for mothers and partners.

I offer:

Individual psychotherapy and home
     visits when indicated
-   Group psychotherapy – Prenatal and
     postpartum groups starting in 2019.
     Please contact to be added to the
-   Prenatal prevention intensives – for
    both first-time parents and
    subsequent children. Partners and/or
    support persons are encouraged to
    attend. This 2-hour prenatal intensive
    includes education, assessment,
    process and discussion. Clients leave
    with a customized plan to prevent and
    reduce symptoms of depression,
    anxiety, obsessions, and compulsive urges. Works well as a complement to birth classes!
    Contact for multi-family group options and discounted rates.
-   Research – Contact if you are interested in being involved in research into the treatment of
    perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

I am undergoing certification in perinatal mental health through Postpartum Support International (PSI). I am a member of LaLeche League and graduate of Postpartum Action Institute. PSI recommends screening of all clients for mood and anxiety symptoms throughout pregnancy. I am available for consultation and training with affiliate providers. Please contact me to schedule a training.

Client Information for Asha Wilkus-Stone, Psy.D.


I charge $150/hour for individual therapy, and I reserve a portion of my practice for reduced-fee clients. 


 As a psychological assistant, it is unlikely that insurance companies will reimburse for services. If you would like to attempt reimbursement through your plan, I will provide monthly statements.


If you complete the office paperwork before your first session, it will be more convenient and save time.  Clicking on the following links will provide you with forms that can be printed, filled out at home, and brought to your initial session.

The most important form is the Informed Consent Form, which describes how my practice functions. Next I will need the Client Database Form which records demographic information and some brief historical material.  Finally, I am required by law to provide you with a copy of the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices; please sign a brief Acknowledgment Form stating that you have read the HIPAA form.  Those clients wishing me to discuss their treatment with other doctors or significant others will also have to fill out the Client Release Form.


351 S. Hitchcock Way B-110, Santa Barbara, CA 93105  •   (805) 563-2820   • 
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