Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Bakersfield, California

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


Sammy Glenn

LCSW
14 years experience
My name is Sammy (Sam) Glenn and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over fourteen years of experience. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Tennessee Technological University in 2004, and then completed a Masters of Social Work (MSW) in 2005 at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. I am fully-licensed in Tennessee, Florida, and California. My philosophy in helping clients is... Read More
My name is Sammy (Sam) Glenn and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over fourteen years of experience. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Tennessee Technological University in 2004, and then... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Crystal Burns

3 years experience
I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California with a sub-concentration in military social work. I am committed to the mental health and well-being of my clients. My role as a therapist is to help guide and support you on your journey of self-discovery and increased self-awareness to help you reach your full potential. I enjoy helping others learn effective strategies to... Read More
I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California with a sub-concentration in military social work. I am committed to the mental health and well-being of my clients.... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 3 years

Rebecca Leal

LMFT
10 years experience
I believe that everyone can restore what is broken in their lives and grow from it with support, empathy and encouragement. As a therapist I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental holding space where you can be you and share your burdens, fears and struggles. I am honored to be able to earn the trust of those that are looking for help, insight and growth. I believe we all have a purpose in life and... Read More
I believe that everyone can restore what is broken in their lives and grow from it with support, empathy and encouragement. As a therapist I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental holding space where you can be you and share... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Jessica Baird

MA, LMFT
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 15 years experience working with children, adults, couples, and families in various settings. I am a military veteran and have worked with individuals from various backgrounds and varying acculturation levels as well as provided supervision of interns. I graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Psychology with Marriage and Family Therapy and completed a certification training to supervise the Functional Family Therapy team... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 15 years experience working with children, adults, couples, and families in various settings. I am a military veteran and have worked with individuals from various backgrounds and varying acculturation... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Kim Jackson

MSW, LICSW, LCSW
20 years experience
Hello and Welcome: Congratulations on taking the first steps toward the enhancement of your better self. This step never more important than this very moment, as we collectively endure the harsh realities of the Coronavirus. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California and the District of Columbia, with over 20 years of counseling and field experience. I specialize in crisis-counseling, Attachment Disorder, emotional trauma, depression, grief & loss work. If you... Read More
Hello and Welcome: Congratulations on taking the first steps toward the enhancement of your better self. This step never more important than this very moment, as we collectively endure the harsh realities of the Coronavirus. I am a Licensed Clinical Social... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Ann Leonard

LCSW
15 years experience
I have been helping individuals to develop healthy relationships with themselves and others for 15 years. My education and training is from University of Southern California School of Social Work. I look forward to helping you work toward your goals. My style is eclectic, meaning that I choose from among different professional skills to meet your specific needs. I am direct and interactive. I enjoy working with individuals... Read More
I have been helping individuals to develop healthy relationships with themselves and others for 15 years. My education and training is from University of Southern California School of Social Work. I look forward to helping you work... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Cynthia Speakman

LCSW
5 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. I began my career providing case management and legal advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and their families. I also ran psycho-educational groups for women experiencing domestic violence, and co-facilitated Batterer's Treatment Groups. I assisted survivors through the legal system, to obtain restraining orders against their perpetrators, as well as filing for divorce and/or child custody. After six years in this role, it... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. I began my career providing case management and legal advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and their families. I also ran psycho-educational groups for women experiencing domestic violence,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Tammy Whitman

LMFT, LPCC
16 years experience
Hello! Thank you for checking out my profile. I am Tammy Whitman, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 16 years of clinical practice experience. I have provided therapy to individuals, couples and families with a wide variety of concerns. I am also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, which included education in career counseling. I also hold both of these licenses (LMFT & LPC) in the State of Arizona. Previous to my Master’s... Read More
Hello! Thank you for checking out my profile. I am Tammy Whitman, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 16 years of clinical practice experience. I have provided therapy to individuals, couples and families with a wide variety... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Lindsay Wroe

MA, LMFT
10 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 10 years of experience working as a therapist and parenting coach. I have worked with clients in a variety of areas including stress, anxiety, family conflicts, issues related to self-esteem and confidence, coping with large changes in life, depression and parenting a special needs child. I also spent some time working with children and families in the foster system, including reunification of biological families as... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 10 years of experience working as a therapist and parenting coach. I have worked with clients in a variety of areas including stress, anxiety, family conflicts, issues related to self-esteem... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Eugenia Foster

LMFT
17 years experience
My goal as a counselor is to always provide a safe environment for my clients to be heard. My hope is that my clients will gain a better understanding of who they are, and ultimately learn how to live through the world’s challenges with faith and come out whole and undiminished. As your counselor, I will listen with empathy and sincerity, and without judgment. Through our time together, you can expect to learn how to... Read More
My goal as a counselor is to always provide a safe environment for my clients to be heard. My hope is that my clients will gain a better understanding of who they are, and ultimately learn how to live through... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Jeanne Moore

LMFT, L.P.C, Ph.D., MA
40 years experience
Years, decades, ago, I was born in Los Angeles. Father worked three jobs and with grandfather we moved to Burbank and I had to leave friends and start over. Did that and in teens moved to ocean view house and raised three children, finishing higher education and working to support children. Earned degrees, licenses, credentials.... Read More
Years, decades, ago, I was born in Los Angeles. Father worked three jobs and with grandfather we moved to Burbank and I had to leave friends and start over. Did that and in teens moved to ocean view house and raised three children, finishing higher education and working to support children. Earned degrees, licenses, credentials.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 40 years

Guide to Finding Mental Health Professionals in Bakersfield, California

The region of Southern California lends itself to a diverse population, very high living costs, and because it also near Hollywood and Los Angeles, there is also a very high emphasis on social status because of the culture that both of those places in the United States. Bakersfield, located in the Southern California area, is a rare exception to this, as the culture of the city seems to be a bit different than most of the Southern California area.

Bakersfield lifestyles and mentalities

Unfortunately, Bakersfield is not exempt to the high living costs that entail most of the Southern California region. While there are very few taxes for a business owner, making Bakersfield much less stressful for a business owner, the costs of living for somebody who does not have a business are only slightly lower than the rest of Southern California. This can create stress for people in Bakersfield who work for somebody and do not own their own business.

This would not be an issue if it wasn’t for the struggling education level of most people who live in Bakersfield as well as the very niched job market. A look at its Wikipedia page will reveal that many of its biggest employers are in blue collar industries as well as the city or the county itself. When it comes to education, only roughly 15% of the citizens of Bakersfield possess a college degree or higher. Another fact is that only 79% of Bakersfield citizens over 25 have a high school diploma (with less than 25% possessing a college degree). This limits job prospects.

The jobs available may be overwhelming and very physically taxing. Hours are typically longer than usual, and this can affect a person’s relationships. This is especially true if one has a family or any group of people who they spend time with at the home. Working very long hours can also affect stress levels which can also affect mental health.

Boredom

While most cities can be crowded and may have so much to do in terms of entertainment that it could overwhelm a person or cause too many distractions for a person, Bakersfield seems to have the reverse problem in that there are very few major entertainment venues in the city. There is not much available in the form of entertainment and culture in Bakersfield.

While this may appear negligible, this can be extremely troubling for anybody, especially those with families. One aspect about mental health that often goes unaddressed are feelings of boredom.

It may seem trivial to see a mental health counselor to address boredom, but as any expert in improvement will argue, addressing potential problems of any kind usually prevent much larger problems from surfacing. This is true in the mental health field as well, as many of the more significant mental health problems that many people possess are most of the time smaller problems that were never addressed. Boredom is no exception to this.

Where and how to find a mental health professional in Bakersfield

E-counseling has a  database can make it a bit easier to find a mental health professional is. Finding a good therapist that fulfills your needs is an investment in your personal mental health for the future.