Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Costa Mesa, California

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

Beth Deja

Beth Deja, LCSW

People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Sometimes you are in crisis mode, and sometimes you just need someone to talk to for support. My goal is to help you manage distress, as well as help you determine where your issue comes from in the first place. Originally from Michigan, I gave up cold winters for the palm trees of sunny San Diego. I am empathetic, nonjudgmental, and authentic with a Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Katina Boulai

Katina Boulai, MA, LMFT

My name is Katina Boulai and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I know that seeking help can be a difficult choice but you are not alone. I have many years experience working with families, couples, and individuals using a relational, cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems approach. I have experience with diverse populations with issues relating to depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, parenting, divorce, grief, life transitions, and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Dr. Elizabeth Kane

Dr. Elizabeth Kane, PhD, LMFT

Seeking additional support for areas in our lives that are in need of attention is a wonderful way to focus on personal growth! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of CA. With over 13 years of educational experience in the field of counseling psychology including an earned Doctoral degree in Psychology as well as over 10 years in clinical practice, I blend both my research and clinical skills to Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years


Deanna Daniels

Deanna Daniels, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Life Coach with 16 years of clinical experience. My guiding approach to effective therapy focuses on seeing the problem as separate from the person. I believe that people are the experts of their own lives. I choose to sit in a place of curiosity to help you uncover already present strengths or develop new approaches to life's challenges. I work collaboratively with those who Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years


Amanda Wiginton

Amanda Wiginton, LMFT

Throughout our lives, we are faced with many challenges and counseling can help provide the tools needed to overcome these life obstacles in a healthy way. It is vitally important to the therapeutic process to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and trust. I hope to be this person for you. I believe that therapy is a collaboration and together we can focus on issues that may be negatively impacting your healthy development Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Bonnie Monfils

Bonnie Monfils, Lmft, M.S.

Hello! My name is Bonnie and I am Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I received my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Practitioner of Clinical Counseling. My career started at a Dual diagnosis clinic helping individuals with mental health and substance use issues. I have also volunteered much of my time with the LGBTQ community. Within in the last four years my work has been in community mental health, child welfare, family Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Molly  Roha-Fuentes

Molly Roha-Fuentes, MS, LMFT

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with over 10 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I've worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, parenting, communication, life changes and grief and loss. My style is warm, open and engaging, and I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. I take an eclectic approach with clients, and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Dr. Negar Nazari

Dr. Negar Nazari, Ph.D.

Contemplating therapy is a courageous first step and I admire your decision to seek help. Perhaps you have been overworked, feeling stressed, worried, and struggling to keep it all together. I will meet you as you are and create a safe space to explore your unique inner world. Together we can identify your strengths, change old patterns, increase self-compassion, strengthen coping skills, enhance relationships, and make life much more meaningful. I provide an environment that Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 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


Jesse Moon

Jesse Moon, MA, LMFT

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years


Overview of Mental Health Resources in Costa Mesa, California

For many, the beautiful Orange County city of Costa Mesa, California is the west coast dream. According to 2017 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 113,000 people are living in the city, with more moving in every day. Looking at the area, it is not hard to see why people are clammering to get a place to live there. Amenities, such as grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants are abundant and easy to access. Costa Mesa also is not as developed as other nearby cities, allowing it to serve as a good balance between urban and suburban life.

The most common primary motivation behind people’s decision to move has to do with money. Specifically, a job opportunity. A rise in pay or a new job altogether tends to be why people move houses. Costa Mesa, California is no different in that regard. The economy is largely based on retail and manufacturing. However, not everyone willing to participate in the workforce is able to find decent-paying employment. Plenty of Costa Mesa residents are living paycheck to paycheck earning wages below what the typical American worker gets paid. Those that are able to find a job are not always able to maintain it – especially with layoffs happening every so often.

Costa Mesa’s sub-par economy is a significant contributing factor towards another complex issue. Experts are saying Costa Mesa in addition to the rest of the United States is going through a “mental health crisis.” Let’s go over, in detail, what that means, what is influencing Costa Mesa’s state of mental health, and what you can do to get in contact with a licensed therapist who can help if you are in need.

An Overview of Mental Health in Costa Mesa, California

Chances are, there is someone in your life who is dealing with a mental health condition. Some people are surprised to learn of America’s pressing mental illness problem. A particularly alarming study published by Johns Hopkins Medicine estimates 26 percent of Americans will suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder at some point during any given year. Narrowing the scope of the statistics fails to yield more hopeful results. As per a 2017 report from Mental Health America, the state of California ranks amongst the top 50 percent of states regarding the prevalence of mental illness and the lack of access to mental health care. So, why is Costa Mesa’s situation so problematic, specifically?

Firstly, Costa Mesa has a major crime problem. In particular, crimes relating to theft are the most prolific. According to statistics sourced from the FBI, the overall crime rate in the city of Costa Mesa, California is 56 percent higher than the national average. Unfortunately, the relationship between crime and mental health is quite significant. Areas that see higher rates of crime see a worsened state of mental health. Costa Mesa is not an exception. As police and local officials look into ways to fight against crime in the city, the mental health of those who live there degenerates.

Costa Mesa’s education system is not exactly stellar, either. As per statistics from local school districts, the average test score of a Costa Mesa student is approximately 11 percent lower than the average American student. It is no secret that the quality of education one receives plays an important role in that person’s mental health. Research tells us students who get a subpar education are more likely to suffer from a mental disorder in the future.

The high divorce rate of California is also likely playing a role in the community’s mental health. Sitting at the highest in the nation, roughly 60 percent of Californian marriages end in divorce. Statistically speaking, everyone involved in divorce becomes susceptible to future mental health problems, including children. If you feel your relationship is in jeopardy, experts recommend counseling before making any permanent decisions.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Costa Mesa, California

A harsh reality is that many Americans are finding it troublesome to reach out to a therapist who can help. An especially revealing study from the National Institute of Mental Health suggests a clear majority of mentally ill Americans receive no treatment during any given year, regardless of the necessity to do so. Experts are partly blaming the nationwide shortage of mental health professionals as the reason why so little mental health care is given to people.

In the case of Costa Mesa, specifically, people are pointing fingers at ineffective public policy, poverty, and stigma surrounding mental illness. As per the U.S. Census Bureau, a resident of Costa Mesa is more than two times as likely to live without any health insurance relative to the rest of the nation. A good chunk of people who have no insurance is also low-income earners. For them, the out-of-pocket expense of counseling simply is not an option.

Mental Health Resources in Costa Mesa, California

Thanks to attention from state and federal entities, the government is attempting to address the mental health situation in Costa Mesa. More funds are being directed towards combatting mental illness, allowing for the creation of organizations who focus on providing mental health care for those in need. The Mental Health Association is a local clinic specializing in treating mental illness. South Coast Behavioral Health is another mental health clinic servicing the community in a similar capacity.

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