About Leonard

Who is Leonard Cuff, Therapist?

I speak with a faint Canadian accent and know a lot about how to heal. As a therapist, I can be funny, smart and friendly but most of all I SHOW UP: I’m present.

I wasn’t always a therapist: that came later. I’ve seen other sides of life too.

I was a software engineer for both large, medium and start-up companies. Now that’s definitely worlds away from therapy. I learned what it’s like to be caught up in the daily grind of 9 to 5, dealing with colleagues and bosses and employees and team members and workplace conflicts and other issues that can spill over and affect your out-of-the-office life, whether you like it or not.

As a partner, I’ve lived the pain and upheaval of divorce and moving. And I also know the joys (and occasional rough spots!) of being happily married for 30 years.

My longing to heal my wounds led me to my own therapy: I got very comfortable in the client’s chair in many therapists’ offices.

As a Canadian I was raised to be very polite and defer to others, to be a people-pleaser. My experience in therapy and in the working world taught me to come closer to my real self, and to speak and live what’s true for me, no matter my background, upbringing or childhood experiences.

That’s the path I can help you walk too.


The formal part (credentials and the like)

I’ve been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2003.

My BA is in computer science from the University of Redlands. Then I completed a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Pacific Graduate Institute here in Santa Barbara.

Some professionals stop their own growth work once they have a license. But I’d always been curious and hungry to discover more of my real self. There was no way I’d settle for half measures in making changes in my own life and psyche. I studied many experiential forms of personal growth: Gestalt, Psychodrama, Transformational Psychology (including dreamwork), psycho-spiritual growth processes and Somatic Experiencing.

I can pick and choose from this palette of tools to find the one that best helps you gain insights in your situation and improve your life.

And outside the office…

I sing, play guitar, write songs and perform. For 9 years I’ve mentored a Hispanic child. I’m now learning Spanish. I study Kundalini yoga and you may see me riding my bike around Santa Barbara.

Is Leonard the right therapist for you?

Honestly? The only way to know is to have a conversation and get a sense of each other. But first take a look through this site. If you like what you read, then get in touch to book time for a short 10-minute talk. Then you can come in for a full session. If you feel after the session that it’s not a fit, you won’t pay anything.