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.


Gina Marquardt

LMFT
8 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2011, and I have been working as a therapist since that time. I work with clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, career concerns, substance abuse, LGBT issues, family and relationship issues, and coping with chronic illnesses. I utilize various types of therapy in my practice, such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2011, and I have been working as a therapist since that time. I work with clients who are... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Stefanie Greenfield

LCSW
5 years experience
I am a licensed clinical social worker in California with over 5 years of experiencing providing counseling services. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my Master of Social Work from USC. I have experience working with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, career challenges, life adjustments, stress, relationship issues, ADHD and health-related problems. My approach to counseling is to partner with you to make lifestyle or cognitive adjustments to overall improve... Read More
I am a licensed clinical social worker in California with over 5 years of experiencing providing counseling services. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my Master of Social Work from USC. I have experience working with a wide... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Luis Resendez

LMFT
9 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 86942) having received a Master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. I have over eleven years of experience in the mental health field working with adults, children, and families. Many clients I have worked with have endured disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and family conflict. I have been trained in several modalities and evidenced based practices including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 86942) having received a Master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. I have over eleven years of experience in the mental health field working with adults, children, and families. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 9 years

Dr. Jeannie DeArmond

Psy.D., MS
8 years experience
There comes a time for many of us when we need to seek additional help, even if we have a strong, loving support network. Counseling is different than other types of support. It is aimed toward self-discovery and accessing your own internal abilities to achieve your utmost potential. It is a collaboration between you, the expert on yourself, and a skilled therapist who can assist you in navigating through difficult situations and healing painful parts... Read More
There comes a time for many of us when we need to seek additional help, even if we have a strong, loving support network. Counseling is different than other types of support. It is aimed toward self-discovery and accessing your... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Jennifer Marsh

MS, LMFT
13 years experience
Welcome! I first want to use a minute to tell you that I appreciate the fact you have taken the first steps in seeking counseling support. I can help! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I plan to support you. I have a master's degree in Counseling (2006) and am a Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist in California. I have spent time throughout my 13 year career working with individuals, families... Read More
Welcome! I first want to use a minute to tell you that I appreciate the fact you have taken the first steps in seeking counseling support. I can help! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Emily Schwimmer

M.A., LMFT
17 years experience
Hello! Good for you reaching out for support today. You are taking a big, worthwhile step! I've been practicing for over 18 years in Sunny Southern California working with adult individuals and couples. My experience is working with mild to moderate issues around stress, anxiety, feelings of sadness or depression, life transitions, grief and relationship issues. I provide a safe space to explore and process the feelings and issues you are experiencing. It's not... Read More
Hello! Good for you reaching out for support today. You are taking a big, worthwhile step! I've been practicing for over 18 years in Sunny Southern California working with adult individuals and couples. My experience is working with mild to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Stephanie Hernandez

LCSW
6 years experience
Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in trauma treatment, anxiety and depression. Assisting clients in discovering themselves and reducing unhealthy patterns of their past. Read More
Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in trauma treatment, anxiety and depression. Assisting clients in discovering themselves and reducing unhealthy patterns of their past. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 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.