Nestled in the heart of Santa Cruz County is a counseling office that is very special. With over 60 years of combined experience these two licensed therapists are each highly trained and qualified in their respective fields. Both Elizabeth and Tricia have worked with hundreds of satisfied clients over the years to assist them in changing their lives and cultivating coping skills that translate into feelings of wholeness and well being.


We are here to meet your individual needs and support you in creating the unique life that fits who you are today and at the same time provide you with the necessary tools and skills to continue growing and changing as you move along your own life journey! 

In our professional experience we have each learned that although there can be many different therapeutic approaches, each approach ultimately leads to an overall sense of freedom, empowerment and wholeness. Our mutual expertise allows us to discern and develop with each client over the first few sessions a working therapeutic plan utilizing various proven counseling approaches that will bring about the most effective and expedient change while at the same time respectfully and sensitively considering each client’s unique needs, history and background. Counseling and life changes require a mutual relationship of trust, caring and respect between each therapist and individual client. Capitola Counseling was envisioned and created by both therapists as a place to guarantee this level of safety and confidentiality while at the same time offering a beautiful and serene setting for clients to begin to explore and remove the inner blocks that prevent them from becoming and living their fullest potential.

You will find our approach to be eclectic, practical and results-oriented with an emphasis on identifying core issues. Through our many years of experience, each of us has become adept at helping each client to identify and gently navigate their way through the myriad opportunities that life presents for personal growth and change. Oftentimes this process involves deep spiritual and personal growth that is reflected in the very fabric of each client’s life, work and relationships. At Capitola Counseling we are definitely experienced agents of growth and change. Welcome to our practice.

We help clients create thriving relationships with themselves and those they love.
There is no single counseling approach that works for all situations. We believe that it is important to meet clients where they are and honor each client’s place along the path as well as their desired pace along the path.

Is my relationship going to last?  How do I express my needs without risking the loss of my relationship? How can we learn to communicate so that we really listen and hear one another? What do I do with all the rage and resentment bottled up inside me?  I feel like I’m losing it! Why do I feel so trapped in my relationship?  Why do I feel so overwhelmed and stuck in my life?  How come I feel so sad and overwhelmed by grief ? Why do I have so much trouble sleeping?  How can I cope with my depression and anxiety?  I feel like I have no control over my life! Who am I meant to be in this world? What is my purpose in life? What do I need to do to lose weight?

If you have asked yourself one or all of these questions, Capitola Counseling will help you find the answers. We are each very experienced and  highly trained therapists. Elizabeth is a licenced marriage and family therapist and Tricia is a board certified clinical hypnotherapist. They each understand that personal wellness is a necessity for couples and individuals desiring to live a healthier and more joyful life.

Both Elizabeth and Tricia represent a Humanistic approach in their work with clients utilizing techniques that draw from Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Jungian, Gestalt, Depth Oriented, Transpersonal, Inner Child and NLP,(Neuro Lingusitic Programming) in each of their respective psychotherapy and hypnotherapy practices.

Our approach is “result driven”, empowering you with the tools and skills necessary to have a healthy and balanced life, to develop spiritually and have a positive and happy outlook.

Most of us encounter constant stresses on a daily basis in a myriad of settings including our families and places of work and just the general wear and tear of dealing with our own changing self over time and the impact that has on all of our personal and family relationships; over time coping with life’s continual challenges can cause a serious and unexpected shift in our emotional well being. We feel overwhelmed, burned out, stuck, exhausted, anxious and depleted. Oftentimes, these feelings can lead to a “paralysis of being” resulting in fear, panic and not knowing where to turn for help.

We are here to help! We can provide the practical help you need sorting through, dealing with and resolving the relationship, personal and behavioral issues that are blocking your growth and ability to move through and successfully transition to the next stage of your life.

The therapists at Capitola Counseling have years of experience and expertise in dealing with the emotional conflicts that often cause and/or result from this feeling of being stuck or paralysed in your own life. This conflict often presents as relationship issues, marriage conflict, divorce, parenting issues, step-family issues, feelings of resentment and being misunderstood, poor communication skills, inability to express and/or receive love, loss and grief issues, spiritual issues, lack of self confidence, compulsive eating and weight gain, addiction to alcohol, smoking and/or drugs and use of substances and behaviors for self-medication.

Healing emotional conflict is a natural process, and it goes most smoothly when your body, mind and spirit work together as a team. Our promise to you is to support you in creating the balance you need to move forward in your life as well as provide you with the “evidence based” approaches that allow you to create the changes in your life you desire and deserve. We also insure that you tap into your own internal resources in order to make those changes permanent.

Each session takes place in a restful setting where your mind,
body and spirit all work in harmony as you work with your therapist towards creating  a healthier and happier life. Regardless of your current situation,  
the problem solving and cognitive/behavioral changes
resulting after each session will translate into a life
where you are thriving! 

Meet our professional and Caring therapists

Elizabeth Kovacevich, MFT, Licensed Marriage, Family, Child Therapist

Located in Santa Cruz County, Elizabeth brings extensive counseling experience in private practice, workshop, and support groups. She specializes in couples counseling, adult life transitions, crisis intervention and management, family and child therapy, women’s issues, men’s issues, sexual abuse issues, childhood trauma, grief and loss issues, depression and anxiety as well as self esteem and personal growth and development.

I enjoy a full practice helping people who are wrestling with life’s big questions and oftentimes find themselves in a relationship that is in crisis. I enjoy the challenge of helping clients identify the core issues blocking them and developing a plan together that will target those issues and move each client toward the changes they desire and the life and relationships they deserve!

Gain the insight and tools you need to identify the issues you feel overwhelmed about in your life. Elizabeth is an expert in her field with over 35 years experience providing couple and individual counseling. She has helped many people living in and around Santa Cruz. With her extensive knowledge and deep insight into the human heart and psyche, her caring and holistic philosophy make her one of the top rated Marriage and Family Therapists in the county.

Tricia Hancock cht, Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Located in Santa Cruz County, Tricia is a master at Hypnosis and  Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Although I help people who are stuck in other areas of their live, I find 75% of my practice revolves around helping individuals with addictive behaviors and compulsive eating disorders. Like many other behavioral therapists,it is painfully clear that t diets don’t work; I have created an  approach that moves my clients into a pro active role of “self management”, supporting them in identifying, dealing with and re-patterning the issues that drive the behavior in the first place. Most of my clients are professional dieters and have successfully lost weight many times only to put it back on over and over again Together we create a personalized approach to reclaiming their authentic self so that food no longer is a issue in their life.

With your commitment to your own personal growth and  well being I will help you to bring workable, livable weight loss solutions into your life…together we cultivate the lifestyle changes that translate into radiant health and balanced living. It is truly liberating!. 

Tricia’s approach has evolved over many years and reflects the very wise teachers that she has been blessed to study under as well as the hundreds of people who have walked into her office before you and  have successfully created healthy bodies and the lasting change in their lives they desire.

Tricia is the author of “Reclaiming Self” (result driven steps to weight loss). Throughout her lengthy career as a licensed hypnotherapist, she has created an extensive series of self hypnosis CDs which can be purchased or downloaded online.

Therapy sessions are held by appointment only in our private practice offices, by telephone or online. To arrange for an online or private session with our therapists please click on the contact us page.