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.


Joy Nussen

MA, LMFT
25 years experience
I am a marriage & family therapist licensed in California with over 25 years of experience working primarily with adult men and women of various cultures. I have worked with clients that have experienced a wide range of challenges including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, and trauma. (including multi-generational trauma). My style is warm and collaborative and I utilize humor when it is appropriate to do so. I integrate the body, mind &... Read More
I am a marriage & family therapist licensed in California with over 25 years of experience working primarily with adult men and women of various cultures. I have worked with clients that have experienced a wide range of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Kitty McCormick

LCSW
6 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has avidly worked with children and families for over 20 years. I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1996, with a concentration in mental health practice with individuals, families, and groups. ). I do a lot of work with families and individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and numerous other life situations and mental conditions. My type of... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has avidly worked with children and families for over 20 years. I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1996, with a concentration in mental health... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Leann Moore

LMFT, Certified, Clinical, Trauma, Professional
6 years experience
Hi, I am a licensed family therapist with the state of California. I have six years of experience. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional which means I am trained to help those who have experienced trauma, grief and/or loss. Along with trauma, I have experience with anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, self-esteem problems and those road bumps in life we all face. Sometimes we feel stuck, not sure which direction we should... Read More
Hi, I am a licensed family therapist with the state of California. I have six years of experience. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional which means I am trained to help those who have experienced trauma,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

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

Jesse Moon

MA, LMFT
11 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California. This includes the treatment of individuals. I have experience as a practicing psychotherapist and Life Coach. I treat anxiety, depression,post traumatic stress, sexuality, marriage/ relationship issues, stress, addictions, self esteem, career issues and a desire to increase your sense of happiness,well being and personal growth. I have expertise in Anger Management.. My approach is a combination of a humanistic strength based approach as well as... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California. This includes the treatment of individuals. I have experience as a practicing psychotherapist and Life Coach. I treat anxiety, depression,post traumatic stress, sexuality, marriage/ relationship issues, stress, addictions,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Ayana Rose

LMFT
15 years experience
Hi, I'm Ayana and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an M.S in Counseling Psychology and an EMDR practitioner. Some of my specialties include: strengthening relationships, assisting clients through difficult life transitions, supporting mothers and mothers-to be, teens, adolescents and working with those suffering from anxiety, parenting issues and PTSD. Some of my valuable experience includes working as a clinician with teen girls in a group home... Read More
Hi, I'm Ayana and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an M.S in Counseling Psychology and an EMDR practitioner. Some of my specialties include: strengthening relationships, assisting clients through difficult life transitions, supporting mothers and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Georgina Nunez

LCSW
20 years experience
Are you ready for help with your personal life challenges that may feel overwhelming and hopeless? Do you want to acquire skills and gain insights that will move you forward to a healthier and brighter future? In a compassionate and supportive environment I will assist you in evaluating core beliefs, feelings and behavior. Together we will develop effective and efficient solutions to problems you are facing. I work with my clients to alleviate their symptoms as... Read More
Are you ready for help with your personal life challenges that may feel overwhelming and hopeless? Do you want to acquire skills and gain insights that will move you forward to a healthier and brighter future? In a compassionate and supportive... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Dutch
  • Experience: 20 years

Fabian Clavijo

LMFT
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with seven years experience providing psychotherapy at a community mental health agency. I worked with diverse populations in Orange County and Long Beach, proving individual, group, and family psychotherapy. As a humanistic therapist, I maintain a positive approach to psychotherapy by focusing on strengths and positive attributes. I assist my clients with developing a stronger, healthier sense of self, and with making rational choices towards achieving their maximum potential. My... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with seven years experience providing psychotherapy at a community mental health agency. I worked with diverse populations in Orange County and Long Beach, proving individual, group, and family psychotherapy. As a humanistic therapist,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 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

Mitchica Smith

CCDVC, LCSW
13 years experience
Hello, I’m Mitchica Smith, LCSW. Having used therapeutic services myself, I never felt the therapists personalized my sessions. They felt like basic customer service. I decided to become a therapist at 15-yrs-old. I opened my own clinic, Total Commitment Consulting Services, in 2001 and I received my Licensed Clinical Social Worker license in 2006 while I was employed at Child Protective Services. I offer personal individualized attention to my clients. My approach to helping... Read More
Hello, I’m Mitchica Smith, LCSW. Having used therapeutic services myself, I never felt the therapists personalized my sessions. They felt like basic customer service. I decided to become a therapist at 15-yrs-old. I opened my own clinic, Total Commitment Consulting... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 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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