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.

Dr. Michael Damian

Dr. Michael Damian, PhD

LIFE-CHANGING, SUPPORTIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR YOUNG ADULTS & MIDLIFE Hi, I'm Dr. Michael Damian. I hold a PhD in clinical psychology and maintain a private practice in California. I would be deeply honored to assist you in your journey, if you feel moved to work with me. I specialize in helping *young adults* and *midlife adults* live their best life and become who they truly are. My approach is very solution-focused while also helping you to understand Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


Dabney Worth

Dabney Worth, LCSW

I have been a clinical social worker for over 30 years working with individuals, couples and families dealing with a variety of life issues including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, life and health crisis, and life transitions. My approach is warm and gentle, yet insightful and to the point. I create an inviting atmosphere where my clients feel comfortable to delve deep to bring about peace of mind and profound change. My approach incorporates Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 32 years


Brigette Girardey

Brigette Girardey, MA, LMFT

Hello! My name is Brigette and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in East Bay, California. I have 10 years experience working with clients, providing therapeutic counseling services. I have worked with a diverse population of clients ranging from children, teens, adults, and elders. I provide services for individuals and families assisting with issues such as depression, isolation, anxiety, self esteem, trauma, loss, relationship issues, parenting issues, and more. I enjoy working with Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Wilson Bezerra-Flanders

Wilson Bezerra-Flanders, MA, LPCC, LMHC

Hello. I am a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I went to Boston University for my Bachelor in Psychology Degree and to Harvard University for my graduate studies. I earned a Postgraduate Diploma at Mass. General Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. I am licensed in several US states and I have been in the field for about 20 years. I have trained and worked in several settings, including Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Portuguese
  • Experience: 20 years


Dr. CARMEN MAJIED

Dr. CARMEN MAJIED, PsyD, LMFT

Greetings! My name is Dr. Carmen Majied and I am pleased that you've chosen to visit BetterHelp! A little about me... I come to you as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a compassionate therapist with 15 years experience providing individual and couples counseling. In my work with individuals and couples who are seeking support and guidance, I assign top priority to establishing Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years


Rhapsody  Flores

Rhapsody Flores, LCSW

Rhapsody Flores is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides client-centered therapy to adults, veterans, and families. Rhapsody has experience treating a range of issues including severe psychiatric disorders such as mood and thought disorders, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationship issues, and LGBTQ+. Rhapsody was born and raised in Northern California. She earned a Bachelors degree in Collaborative Health and Human Services with an emphasis in Social Work at California State University at Monterey Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years


Carly Mentlik

Carly Mentlik, MA, LPCC

I've been working as counselor since 2004 and continue to be endlessly passionate about what I do! I blend my background in humanistic and existential psychology with mindfulness and other holistic practices to offer an integrative, active approach to healing. I specialize in working with people in the areas of anxiety, depression, improving relationships and dealing with issues relating to exploring career and life path opportunities. I also enjoy working with people who are seeking Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years


Arianna Helfant

Arianna Helfant, LMFT

Thank you for visiting my BetterHelp profile! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. I provide in-person counseling at my office in Tarzana, as a counselor for the West Valley Counseling Center. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California where I majored in Psychology and Law. I continued my education at USC and earned my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Patricia Alvarado

Patricia Alvarado, MA, LPCC, LMHC

Hello! My name is Patricia Alvarado, but I go by "Patty". I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor licensed in the state of California as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor licensed in the state of New York, currently living in New York City. I gained my Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and my Bachelor's of Arts from the University of California-Santa Barbara in Sociology and Women's Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 7 years


Rebecca Tekeian

Rebecca Tekeian, MA, LPCC

Hello, my name is Rebecca! I am so glad that you have found time to read my page. Receiving counseling services myself in the past, I know how important it is to choose the right counselor, the right therapist. It is important to know their values and to become familiar with how they work. As a counselor, it is important to identify the tools needed to address each individual and the issues that they face Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Armenian
  • Experience: 5 years


hilary gordon

Hilary Gordon , LCSW

My mission is to empower individuals in a time of crisis & assist them in personal growth and looking at new perspectives. I can provide a safe & nurturing virtual environment for anyone to open up & seek a better understanding of their feelings.

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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 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.