Sharon Vargas, LCSW

Sharon Vargas, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LIC NO. 97975

Santa Barbara, CA


I am originally from Taos NM and have an MSW in clinical social work from NM Highlands University, a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts & an extensive arts background. I love spending time in nature, being creative and am passionate about my career in mental health. My approach is based on who you are and what is relevant for you in order to be your best self. I collaboratively work with clients in re-connecting with their innate strength and resilience in their journey to face change and heal unresolved issues. I use a variety of modalities that support a clients ability to reconnect with their inner-self and identify ways in which they want to make positive changes. I treat a number of issues including unresolved complex trauma, addiction, co-occurring disorders, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, Adult Children of Alcoholics, impact & insight into historical trauma, and sexual abuse. I am warm, empathetic and supportive but not afraid to challenge clients when necessary. I utilize evidence based and creative approaches such as CBT, Strength-Based approach, Trauma Informed CBT, Family Systems, DBT, Jungian art based skills and concepts, Assertive communication skills, and Mindfulness Based. I currently hold active LCSW licenses in both California and New Mexico.


Dual Diagnosis
Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Adjustment Disorder