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.

Dr. Susie King

PsyD
8 years experience
My name is Dr. Susie King and I’m a licensed clinical psychologist in California. I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of California San Diego. Both my master’s and doctoral degrees were completed at California Lutheran University (please note: this program is not theological or religious - it is accredited by the American Psychological Association). I've been with BetterHelp since January 2019. My prior experience has included working in community counseling, substance abuse treatment,... Read More
My name is Dr. Susie King and I’m a licensed clinical psychologist in California. I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of California San Diego. Both my master’s and doctoral degrees were completed at California Lutheran University (please note:... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Chelsea Gilbert

LMFT, CSAT
12 years experience
Welcome! The fact that you are looking for a therapist to work with tells me that you are wanting to make some changes in your life. I am here to help you take the necessary steps for a brighter future for yourself and your loved ones. I work with individuals, couples, families, adults and teenagers regarding issues such as trauma, grief, loss, addictions, depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, life transitions, and attachment disorders. I specialize in... Read More
Welcome! The fact that you are looking for a therapist to work with tells me that you are wanting to make some changes in your life. I am here to help you take the necessary steps for a brighter future... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Christin Frederick

MA, LMFT
3 years experience
I have a relational treatment approach which means that the relationship that develops between you and me is the most important ingredient for success. Because of this approach you can expect me to be somewhat casual and approachable. I use humor and compassion to create connection. This connection creates a safe place for us to exchange ideas, to talk about experiences and to share honestly with one another. I have 3 years of experience working... Read More
I have a relational treatment approach which means that the relationship that develops between you and me is the most important ingredient for success. Because of this approach you can expect me to be somewhat casual and approachable. I use... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Jonathan Meza

MS, LPCC
4 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with over 10 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief & loss, school or work trouble? Maybe a unique challenge with a transition or goal in your life? You are not alone, and I am here for you. I’ll share with you that... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with over 10 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma,... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 4 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

Jerome Scott Jr

LMFT
16 years experience
During the past nineteen years, I have worked as an integral member of a multidisciplinary treatment team providing therapeutic intervention, case management and chemical dependency counseling for a large diverse patient population in an acute psychiatric hospital setting. As a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, I have consistently demonstrated a high level of professionalism, therapeutic innovation and ethically responsible approach with resolving the critical issues encountered by our patients. I believe that this quote by Emmett Fox... Read More
During the past nineteen years, I have worked as an integral member of a multidisciplinary treatment team providing therapeutic intervention, case management and chemical dependency counseling for a large diverse patient population in an acute psychiatric hospital setting. As a Licensed... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Hai Nguyen

9 years experience
I am honored to have the opportunity to meet you and explore areas of the heart, mind, and soul with you. I have fallen in love with studying "love" since a young age. It occurred to me that life gives us many paradoxes/contradictions such as: "Go through pain in order to heal". Since my awareness opened up to the vast internal world of the human mind, I strive to find the answer. In the combination... Read More
I am honored to have the opportunity to meet you and explore areas of the heart, mind, and soul with you. I have fallen in love with studying "love" since a young age. It occurred to me that life gives... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Vietnamese
  • Experience: 9 years

Anush Petrosyan

LMFT
7 years experience
I am a sex-positive therapist that has completed Gottman's Level 3 Couples Therapy training. with this training I focus on improving couple's communication, connection, and intimacy. I have a minor in sex therapy and am very comfortable discussing and working through sexual trauma and issues. I am kink-friendly, poly-friendly and take an non-judgmental, education approach to therapy. I have knowledge and experience with individuals in alternative lifestyles, and ethically non-monogamous relationships. I am also available to... Read More
I am a sex-positive therapist that has completed Gottman's Level 3 Couples Therapy training. with this training I focus on improving couple's communication, connection, and intimacy. I have a minor in sex therapy and am very comfortable discussing and working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Arthur Belmont

LMFT, CADC-CAS
23 years experience
I believe that changing the way we THINK about something, changes how we FEEL. Since there is always more than one way to think about something, how we feel about Self, Relationships and Life Circumstances is completely within our control. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) who has been practicing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy since 1994 working with individuals, youth and families in a wide variety of settings... Read More
I believe that changing the way we THINK about something, changes how we FEEL. Since there is always more than one way to think about something, how we feel about Self, Relationships and Life Circumstances is completely within our... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 23 years

Tim Leslie

LMFT
9 years experience
I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization in 2011. Since then, I have worked with children and adults both individually as well as with couples and families in Residential, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient settings. I tailor my approach to what would be best for the client needs at the time. As a result, I have experience providing both brief and more solution focused therapy as well as therapy geared towards... Read More
I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization in 2011. Since then, I have worked with children and adults both individually as well as with couples and families in Residential, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient settings. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 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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