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.

Renee Bynum

Renee Bynum, LMFT

Welcome, and thank you for your time in learning more about me! My name is Renee Bynum and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, mindfulness and solution-focused counseling. My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and families dealing with a variety of mental health issues Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 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


Dr. Rebecca Gehlke

Dr. Rebecca Gehlke, PsyD, MA, LMFT

Welcome to BetterHelp and for taking the first step toward a better, healthier you! The process of finding a therapist can be overwhelming, so I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in an upper-middle class family in Southern California where I rode horses competitively as a pre-teen, but also spent the majority of my weekends playing volleyball at the beach. I went on to a prominent Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years


Emily Vierra

Emily Vierra, LMFT

Welcome! My name is Emily Vierra and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. Many of us experience difficulties at different points in our lives and need help to overcome these obstacles. It takes courage to ask for help and I commend you for reaching out. Many of us need a safe place to share our feelings and I am here to help you talk openly without judgment. I approach therapy with Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years


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


Jasmynn Smith

Jasmynn Smith, MA, LMFT

I earned my M.A. in clinical psychology with a focus in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in 2012. Since then, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, I have worked as a Residential Assistant in a group treatment home for women with Borderline Personality Disorder and emotion regulation issues. Currently, I work as a primary therapist at an outpatient group practice in the South Bay region of Los Angeles where Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Lisa Rose

Lisa Rose, LMFT

I am glad that you are reaching out for help; that is the first step and shows a tremendous amount of strength and courage on your part. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California with over 25 years of counseling experience. I have worked with clients with many different struggles including addiction, relational issues, depression, anxiety, empowerment and self-esteem issues. I use many different therapeutic Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years


Dr. Ethan Bregman

Dr. Ethan Bregman, Ph.D.

My name is Dr. Ethan Bregman and as a clinical psychologist, I have counseled adults in many areas of life difficulties. I utilize several strategies including but not limited to Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Models and Brief Solution Focused. I work with individuals who struggle with depression and anxiety as well as adjustment to life circumstances and challenges. My counseling style is interactive and non-judgmental, utilizing empathy and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years


Sarah Franco

Sarah Franco, LCSW

Hi! I am a licensed clinical social worker who has been working in the field for over 15 years. I graduated from graduate school in 2008 and have been a licensed clinician for over 7 years. I also supervised clinicians while they were working toward licensure for 3 years, teaching and mentoring them on how to be competent and well-rounded clinicians. Thus, I have had to stay up-to-date on the newest therapy Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years


Melissa Morais Parr

Melissa Morais Parr, LMFT

Hello, I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California and have an online therapy practice. I completed my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in 2009. I have worked in various settings including outpatient, school-based, and residential, and have provided therapy to a diverse group of clientele on a wide-range of concerns. I specialize in providing therapy to individuals, teens, couples and families who are struggling with Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


nicole

Nicole Nemiroff , LMFT in CA, MA Clinical Psychology,

Hi, I am Nicole Nemiroff, MA LMFT. I help people on their path. I offer my clients my care, dignity, intellect, compassion, and experience. My practice uniquely infuses behavioral methods (to get you lived results) with mindfulness and creative inquiry. It is an honor to do this work and I pledge to use my power of psychotherapy to support healing, empowerment, and justice for humans, non-human beings and our Earth. I am here as a co-conspirator with people of color, indigen

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  • Languages: English. Limited French and Spanish
  • Experience: 10+ 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

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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