Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Chico, California

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


Joshua Siskin

LMFT,BA,MS
13 years experience
My success is based on your feeling better at the end of our session than at the beginning and by your progress in addressing the challenges you face from one session to the next. I have been a counselor and psychotherapy practitioner since 2007 and have met with a wide spectrum of clients in all age groups, from teenagers to octogenarians. My approach is to elicit and reinforce your positive attributes and competencies and to... Read More
My success is based on your feeling better at the end of our session than at the beginning and by your progress in addressing the challenges you face from one session to the next. I have been a counselor and psychotherapy... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Hebrew
  • Experience:13 years

Cheryl Williams

MA
3 years experience
Hello. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have a passion to help individuals and couples find their way to wholeness and good mental health. I have over 8 years of experience working in the mental health industry. I earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology. There comes a time in everyone’s life when they really need someone safe to talk to. They need someone who will not... Read More
Hello. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have a passion to help individuals and couples find their way to wholeness and good mental health. I have over 8 years of experience working in the mental... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Meredith Roudebush-Albaugh

MSW,LCSW
13 years experience
Reaching out for support during a difficult time can be challenging and even scary. I commend you for your courage in reaching out! I consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to walk alongside the individuals I work with in therapy during what are often times the most painful or challenging times in their lives. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with my Master's in Clinical Social Work in 2006 and I have... Read More
Reaching out for support during a difficult time can be challenging and even scary. I commend you for your courage in reaching out! I consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to walk alongside the individuals I work... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Shira Mehrnia

LMFT
10 years experience
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Los Angeles, CA with extensive experience in many areas of mental health. My goal is to help my clients expand their capacity for trust and intimacy in relationships and improve their overall quality of life. I help people struggling with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues and women suffering from prepartum and postpartum depression. I have significant experience in the treatment of eating disorders... Read More
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Los Angeles, CA with extensive experience in many areas of mental health. My goal is to help my clients expand their capacity for trust and intimacy in relationships and improve... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Ellen Suski

LCSW
4 years experience
Hello. I am a licensed social worker in California. I began practicing in the mental health/behavioral health field in 2011. I originally was licensed in Maryland in 2015 but then returned to California in 2016. Since starting in the field, I have worked with individuals ranging in age from 4 years old to 52 years old; most experience working with individuals between the ages of 10 and 35. I have experience working with individuals experiencing... Read More
Hello. I am a licensed social worker in California. I began practicing in the mental health/behavioral health field in 2011. I originally was licensed in Maryland in 2015 but then returned to California in 2016. Since starting in the field,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Tim Whetzel

LMFT,MA
18 years experience
Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process. To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along the journey of our life I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path." This sentence encapsulates the feelings many clients bring to therapy, the... Read More
Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process. To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 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

Estela Isla

LMFT
6 years experience
Some of us experience difficult times in our lives and we can feel alone. We may feel hopeless, disoriented, or challenged. Imagine a space where you can share your feelings, your concerns, and your thoughts with a professional. A space where you feel comfortable to share and to discuss difficult issues in your life. I am here to help. I have been working in the mental health field for 12 years and have been working... Read More
Some of us experience difficult times in our lives and we can feel alone. We may feel hopeless, disoriented, or challenged. Imagine a space where you can share your feelings, your concerns, and your thoughts with a professional. A space... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:6 years

Sheree Earle

LCSW
32 years experience
I have been working in the field of clinical social work, here in Southern California, for over 30 years. Working in both clinic and private practice settings, I have extensive experience with an array of populations and their mental health challenges. I have the most experience working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma related issues as well as LGBTQ+ issues. I am client centered, utilizing various interventions taken from a range of therapeutic approaches.... Read More
I have been working in the field of clinical social work, here in Southern California, for over 30 years. Working in both clinic and private practice settings, I have extensive experience with an array of populations and their mental health... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:32 years

Sheila Baghbeh

LMFT
10 years experience
Welcome to taking the first step in making yourself a priority! I have been seeing clients since 2005 and have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012. My basic philosophy in my life and regarding therapy is that most of us have the answers buried deep within ourselves regarding what we want for our lives, but due to past and present traumas and fear, we have difficulty accessing those thoughts and therefore remain... Read More
Welcome to taking the first step in making yourself a priority! I have been seeing clients since 2005 and have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012. My basic philosophy in my life and regarding therapy is that... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Chico, California

Nicknamed the “City of Roses”, Chico, California is the most populated city in Butte County with approximately 93,293 residents according to the most recent census population estimates. It is located approximately 80 miles from Sacramento, the state’s capital. This city is home to the picturesque Bidwell Park, California State University, Chico, The Bidwell Historic Mansion, and even the world’s largest yo-yo. With warm, sunny days all year long and virtually no traffic, Chico is a great destination to live.

However, Chico is by no means impervious to mental health problems. With issues like homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, and increased suicide rates, the city has a large number of residents suffering from mental illnesses. From college students to those living on the street, individuals living in Chico are in need of mental health care and resources.

Mental Health Statistics for Chico

The mental health data for Chico, California indicates that mental illness is a prevalent issue for the community. For individuals who received care at the Butte County Department of Behavioral Health in 2014, the most diagnosed mental health disorder for both adults and youths under the age of 18 was various types of mood disorders, such as depression. The second most diagnosed disorder among adults was substance abuse.

There is in an increased risk of mental illness and suicide amongst the following populations:

  • Individuals identifying as LGBT+
  • People with a family history of suicide
  • Veterans
  • College students
  • The homeless
  • Those previously incarcerated

Perhaps, the most concerning of these statistics is that Butte County has a suicide rate that is three times the state’s average. The suicide rate amongst men in the community is significantly higher than women, but more women are more likely to attempt suicide. One factor that contributes to high suicide rates in Chico is that the overall median age in Chico is 29.8 years old, which is relatively young compared to a state median age of 36.4 and a country median age of 37.3 years old. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and individuals between the ages of 10 and 34. Unfortunately, there have been several reported suicide deaths of students attending California State, University, Chico.

Poverty and homelessness also pose a severe, growing problem for Chico with approximately 1,096 individuals living in the city without a home according to the “Point-In-Time” survey. Additionally, a reported 25.2 percent of residents are considered to be living in poverty, which is more than double the national average. Evidence shows that poverty has a huge impact on the mental health of both children and adults. Mental illnesses disrupt a person’s ability to live a normal life and make personal care, holding a job, and maintaining relationships exceedingly difficult, which can eventually lead to homelessness.

Mental Health Resources and Programs in Chico

Statistically, although over 44 million American adults have a mental health disorder, 56.4% of those individuals are not receiving treatment. The rate is even higher in California with an estimated 62.35 percent of mentally ill people not getting treatment. Although the Affordable Care Act has helped reduce the number of uninsured adults throughout the country, people are still not receiving the care they need. There are a number of factors that contribute to these numbers including a negative stigma surrounding mental illness, a lack of money, and a lack of education on where to locate resources that can help. Luckily, in Chico, California there are several programs in place and other resources to assist people with mental illness.

You can find a variety of mental health centers, counseling services, and other resources geared toward specific at-risk populations and the general public in Chico. There are several groups that specifically address the needs of children and teenagers suffering from mental illness, such as the Youth Outpatient Center. The Chico VA Outpatient Clinic supplies Veterans with the help they need, and the SEARCH program reaches out to the homeless community. California State University, Chico has taken several steps in addressing mental health issues among the student population. Apart from offering counseling services on campus, the university’s UMatter team is dedicated to advocating mental health awareness, promoting self-care, and guiding students to resources that can help them.

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