Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Apple Valley, California

Find a therapist in Apple Valley, California that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Apple Valley to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.


Andrea Gialanella

LCSW
20 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working as therapist and family counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure, with a special focus on social skills and academics. My counseling style friendly and encouraging. I believe that deep down, we all know what we crave and need emotionally, and my work focuses on helping others understand... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working as therapist and family counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure, with a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Maryam Aziz

LCSW
11 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I realize that seeking help may not be easy, whether you are just beginning or continuing your therapeutic journey. Nonetheless, seeking help is a powerful and courageous step to take and my goal is to provide a safe, comfortable and nonjudgmental place for you to express yourself. Throughout my clinical career, I have had the privilege of working with multiple populations from children, adolescents, adults, couples and... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I realize that seeking help may not be easy, whether you are just beginning or continuing your therapeutic journey. Nonetheless, seeking help is a powerful and courageous step to take and my... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Markroel Solte

LCSW94351
5 years experience
I'm a prior service combat veteran who has transitioned into the field of social work. My life experiences and desire to help others brought me into the working profession. I am currently a licensed clinical social worker and I have been managing an outpatient substance abuse facility for the last three years. My experiences included working with both adults and transitional aged youth experiencing substance abuse addictions as well as mental health issues. ... Read More
I'm a prior service combat veteran who has transitioned into the field of social work. My life experiences and desire to help others brought me into the working profession. I am currently a licensed clinical social worker and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Nadja Zapasov

MA,LMFT
18 years experience
Nadja Zapasov (MA, LMFT) ABOUT ME Welcome! I salute you on your choice to get help in moving forward in your life. Once you have made that decision, your own positive energy will support you and guide you to the next level. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” William Hutchison Murray The energy of one’s thoughts has the power to create an extraordinary life (or not). Directing your... Read More
Nadja Zapasov (MA, LMFT) ABOUT ME Welcome! I salute you on your choice to get help in moving forward in your life. Once you have made that decision, your own positive energy will support you and guide you to the next level. Whatever you... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 years

Shawnnell Pugh

LCSW,MSW,BS
13 years experience
Welcome! I am a licensed psychotherapist with 14 years plus experience providing therapy, counseling and guidance services to Individuals, Couples, Young and aging adults and families. I received my Master of Social Degree with an emphasis in Public Child Welfare from the University of Southern California in 2007. I specialize in various areas such as: Women issues, Depression, Anxiety, Anger issues, Behavioral, Addiction, Spirituality issues, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Sexual/Intimacy Issues, Trauma, and... Read More
Welcome! I am a licensed psychotherapist with 14 years plus experience providing therapy, counseling and guidance services to Individuals, Couples, Young and aging adults and families. I received my Master of Social Degree with an emphasis in Public Child... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Alfred Carter

LMFT
16 years experience
Do you want to overcome the obstacles preventing you from being your best self? My name is Alfred Renard Carter and I'm a Licensed Psychotherapist. My clinical experience and specializations are Depression, Anxiety, Stress management and relationship dynamics (couple/marriage/family). I take a strength-based approach to empower you to overcome the psychological and emotional distress you're experiencing. I'm eclectic from a theoretical standpoint. However, I lean towards Cognitive Behavioral and Humanistic Existential theories as a... Read More
Do you want to overcome the obstacles preventing you from being your best self? My name is Alfred Renard Carter and I'm a Licensed Psychotherapist. My clinical experience and specializations are Depression, Anxiety, Stress management and relationship dynamics (couple/marriage/family). I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Leslie Campbell

LCSW
25 years experience
I've worked as a social worker since the mid 1990s, first as an MSW degreed social worker, then as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past nearly 10 years. I earned my Master in Social Work from San Diego State University, and proceeded to work as a social worker with the County of San Diego in Child Welfare. Much of my tenure as a protective services worker within CPS was spent working with severely emotionally... Read More
I've worked as a social worker since the mid 1990s, first as an MSW degreed social worker, then as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past nearly 10 years. I earned my Master in Social Work from San Diego State... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Celia Garcia

LMFT
4 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working with clients for the past 4 years. I have aid clients when in crisis, I provide clients with case management services when resources are needed (i.e housing, educational, financial and parenting). I help clients manage some of the daily barriers that can cause destress on a person and those around them. My sessions are usually tailored to the client and their individual needs.... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working with clients for the past 4 years. I have aid clients when in crisis, I provide clients with case management services when resources are needed (i.e housing, educational,... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:4 years

Dr. Sue Pollington

PhD,LCSW,LAC
33 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The states I am licensed in include; Montana, Nevada, and California. I am also nationally certified in CBT, DBT, CCDC, DVC III, CJCC and am a Diplomat in Psychotherapy. I have been practicing as a clinician for 33 years. I enjoy working with clients and I look forward to client sessions. My therapy focus is client centered. I come from a perspective... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The states I am licensed in include; Montana, Nevada, and California. I am also nationally certified in CBT, DBT, CCDC, DVC III, CJCC and am a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:33 years

Bianca Martinez

MA,LMFT
3 years experience
Welcome! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; who received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. I enjoy working alongside individuals, couples and families on their unique journey of self-discovery and healing. By creating a warm and non-judgmental environment, I allow clients to safely explore their innermost... Read More
Welcome! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; who received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Apple Valley, California

Apple Valley sounds like a place out of a fairy tale or, more precisely, out of Candyland. However, as residents and visitors very well know, the name is deceiving. Instead of the groves of apple trees and lush green lawns that you might expect from a placed dubbed Apple Valley, the valley is characterized by dirt and tumbleweeds. Its dreary landscape is just the tip of the iceberg.

Apple Valley rates terribly in terms of cost of living, crime, education, employment and housing, earning Ds and Fs in all five categories. The only two areas in which it ranked well were amenities and weather. Amenities have little impact on one’s mental health, while the other six categories have a profound impact on mental wellbeing.

Apple Valley’s Economy

Apple Valley’s economy, like its landscape, is far from ideal. The area has a population of 71,455 individuals, the majority of which are aged 36.3 years. The number of employees in the valley is less than half that, at 24,449. This means that either many of the residents are without jobs or they must commute to get to work. The average household income is $47,433, a number that is significantly lower than California’s median household income of $63,783 and slightly lower than the nation’s median household income of $55,322. Apple Valley has the lowest median household income of all surrounding areas.

Considering the cost of living in California and the median household income in the valley, it is no surprise that 19.8 percent of the city’s residents live in poverty. Apple Valley’s overall score for cost of living is an astounding 114. To rent anything larger than a one-bedroom apartment, residents can expect to pay between $1,000 and $2,000. Assuming that the average resident brings home approximately $23,000, rent alone can amount to half to more than all of a person’s income. Then there are utilities, transportation, food, healthcare and other costs of living to consider.

Factors That May Contribute to Poor Mental Health

Apple Valley’s data indicates that there are a number of factors that may contribute to mental illness. Poverty in and of itself is a major contributing factor of mental illness. In many cases, poverty is the result of mental illness, but it is not unheard of for poverty to cause it. For instance, those living in poverty are more inclined to turn to crime, which can perpetuate fear and anxiety. They are also likely to indulge in dangerous vices such as excessive drinking, smoking and drug use. Reliance on substances can cause depression, anxiety and overall poor general health.

Additionally, individuals who live in poverty are less likely to take education seriously or to look after their health. They are less likely to exercise, which can mean increased rates of obesity, depression and other health concerns. Poverty and mental health create a vicious cycle, one that many individuals find it very difficult from which to escape.

In addition to poverty, Apple Valley has other factors working against it. Some factors are as follows:

  • Obesity: San Bernardino’s obesity rates are far higher than most other counties in the state, at 27.3 percent. Obesity can lead to low self-esteem, social isolation and depression.
  • HIV Diagnoses: Though the number of HIV diagnoses per 100,000 individuals is lower than several other California counties at 208.4, it is higher than many other counties across the nation. An HIV diagnosis can result in fear, anxiety, depression and even thoughts of suicide.
  • Chlamydia Diagnoses: San Bernardino healthcare centers reported 514.9 chlamydia diagnoses in 2014. A chlamydia or other STD diagnosis can lead to embarrassment, fear, anxiety and depression.
  • Violent Crime: The violent crime rates in Apple Valley are high, as its D grade indicates. AreaVibes reported that there were 5.5 murders per 100,000 individuals, which is higher than the nation or California’s rates. Crime causes fear and anxiety and perpetuates poverty.

Where Desert Residents Can Turn to For Help

San Bernardino County ranked 42 out of 57 California counties in terms of overall mental wellness. This is in large part due to the lack of programs in the area that target behavioral changes. Though the county does recognize that it needs to change many things in order to see a boost in rankings, individuals who live with behavioral disorders need help now. Fortunately, E-Counseling’s directory is available now. If you or a loved one lives with a mental condition, search for a therapist near you via E-Counseling’s directory. It’s quick, discreet, convenient and available when you need help the most.