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.


Andrea Gialanella

LCSW
20 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working as therapist and family counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure, with a special focus on social skills and academics. My counseling style friendly and encouraging. I believe that deep down, we all know what we crave and need emotionally, and my work focuses on helping others understand... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working as therapist and family counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure, with a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Maryam Aziz

LCSW
11 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I realize that seeking help may not be easy, whether you are just beginning or continuing your therapeutic journey. Nonetheless, seeking help is a powerful and courageous step to take and my goal is to provide a safe, comfortable and nonjudgmental place for you to express yourself. Throughout my clinical career, I have had the privilege of working with multiple populations from children, adolescents, adults, couples and... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I realize that seeking help may not be easy, whether you are just beginning or continuing your therapeutic journey. Nonetheless, seeking help is a powerful and courageous step to take and my... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Markroel Solte

LCSW94351
5 years experience
I'm a prior service combat veteran who has transitioned into the field of social work. My life experiences and desire to help others brought me into the working profession. I am currently a licensed clinical social worker and I have been managing an outpatient substance abuse facility for the last three years. My experiences included working with both adults and transitional aged youth experiencing substance abuse addictions as well as mental health issues. ... Read More
I'm a prior service combat veteran who has transitioned into the field of social work. My life experiences and desire to help others brought me into the working profession. I am currently a licensed clinical social worker and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Nadja Zapasov

MA,LMFT
18 years experience
Nadja Zapasov (MA, LMFT) ABOUT ME Welcome! I salute you on your choice to get help in moving forward in your life. Once you have made that decision, your own positive energy will support you and guide you to the next level. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” William Hutchison Murray The energy of one’s thoughts has the power to create an extraordinary life (or not). Directing your... Read More
Nadja Zapasov (MA, LMFT) ABOUT ME Welcome! I salute you on your choice to get help in moving forward in your life. Once you have made that decision, your own positive energy will support you and guide you to the next level. Whatever you... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 years

Shawnnell Pugh

LCSW,MSW,BS
13 years experience
Welcome! I am a licensed psychotherapist with 14 years plus experience providing therapy, counseling and guidance services to Individuals, Couples, Young and aging adults and families. I received my Master of Social Degree with an emphasis in Public Child Welfare from the University of Southern California in 2007. I specialize in various areas such as: Women issues, Depression, Anxiety, Anger issues, Behavioral, Addiction, Spirituality issues, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Sexual/Intimacy Issues, Trauma, and... Read More
Welcome! I am a licensed psychotherapist with 14 years plus experience providing therapy, counseling and guidance services to Individuals, Couples, Young and aging adults and families. I received my Master of Social Degree with an emphasis in Public Child... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Alfred Carter

LMFT
16 years experience
Do you want to overcome the obstacles preventing you from being your best self? My name is Alfred Renard Carter and I'm a Licensed Psychotherapist. My clinical experience and specializations are Depression, Anxiety, Stress management and relationship dynamics (couple/marriage/family). I take a strength-based approach to empower you to overcome the psychological and emotional distress you're experiencing. I'm eclectic from a theoretical standpoint. However, I lean towards Cognitive Behavioral and Humanistic Existential theories as a... Read More
Do you want to overcome the obstacles preventing you from being your best self? My name is Alfred Renard Carter and I'm a Licensed Psychotherapist. My clinical experience and specializations are Depression, Anxiety, Stress management and relationship dynamics (couple/marriage/family). I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Leslie Campbell

LCSW
25 years experience
I've worked as a social worker since the mid 1990s, first as an MSW degreed social worker, then as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past nearly 10 years. I earned my Master in Social Work from San Diego State University, and proceeded to work as a social worker with the County of San Diego in Child Welfare. Much of my tenure as a protective services worker within CPS was spent working with severely emotionally... Read More
I've worked as a social worker since the mid 1990s, first as an MSW degreed social worker, then as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past nearly 10 years. I earned my Master in Social Work from San Diego State... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Celia Garcia

LMFT
4 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working with clients for the past 4 years. I have aid clients when in crisis, I provide clients with case management services when resources are needed (i.e housing, educational, financial and parenting). I help clients manage some of the daily barriers that can cause destress on a person and those around them. My sessions are usually tailored to the client and their individual needs.... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working with clients for the past 4 years. I have aid clients when in crisis, I provide clients with case management services when resources are needed (i.e housing, educational,... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:4 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

Bianca Martinez

MA,LMFT
3 years experience
Welcome! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; who received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. I enjoy working alongside individuals, couples and families on their unique journey of self-discovery and healing. By creating a warm and non-judgmental environment, I allow clients to safely explore their innermost... Read More
Welcome! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; who received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Tanya Desloover

LMFT
15 years experience
Tanya is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #48574) and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (A4020108) in the state of California. She is also a certified EMDR therapist and has completed Level I Gottman Training for Couples Counseling. Read More
Tanya is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #48574) and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (A4020108) in the state of California. She is also a certified EMDR therapist and has completed Level I Gottman Training for Couples Counseling. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 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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