Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Downey, California

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


Joshua Siskin

LMFT,BA,MS
13 years experience
My success is based on your feeling better at the end of our session than at the beginning and by your progress in addressing the challenges you face from one session to the next. I have been a counselor and psychotherapy practitioner since 2007 and have met with a wide spectrum of clients in all age groups, from teenagers to octogenarians. My approach is to elicit and reinforce your positive attributes and competencies and to... Read More
My success is based on your feeling better at the end of our session than at the beginning and by your progress in addressing the challenges you face from one session to the next. I have been a counselor and psychotherapy... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Hebrew
  • Experience:13 years

Cheryl Williams

MA
3 years experience
Hello. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have a passion to help individuals and couples find their way to wholeness and good mental health. I have over 8 years of experience working in the mental health industry. I earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology. There comes a time in everyone’s life when they really need someone safe to talk to. They need someone who will not... Read More
Hello. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have a passion to help individuals and couples find their way to wholeness and good mental health. I have over 8 years of experience working in the mental... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Meredith Roudebush-Albaugh

MSW,LCSW
13 years experience
Reaching out for support during a difficult time can be challenging and even scary. I commend you for your courage in reaching out! I consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to walk alongside the individuals I work with in therapy during what are often times the most painful or challenging times in their lives. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with my Master's in Clinical Social Work in 2006 and I have... Read More
Reaching out for support during a difficult time can be challenging and even scary. I commend you for your courage in reaching out! I consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to walk alongside the individuals I work... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Shira Mehrnia

LMFT
10 years experience
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Los Angeles, CA with extensive experience in many areas of mental health. My goal is to help my clients expand their capacity for trust and intimacy in relationships and improve their overall quality of life. I help people struggling with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues and women suffering from prepartum and postpartum depression. I have significant experience in the treatment of eating disorders... Read More
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Los Angeles, CA with extensive experience in many areas of mental health. My goal is to help my clients expand their capacity for trust and intimacy in relationships and improve... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Ellen Suski

LCSW
4 years experience
Hello. I am a licensed social worker in California. I began practicing in the mental health/behavioral health field in 2011. I originally was licensed in Maryland in 2015 but then returned to California in 2016. Since starting in the field, I have worked with individuals ranging in age from 4 years old to 52 years old; most experience working with individuals between the ages of 10 and 35. I have experience working with individuals experiencing... Read More
Hello. I am a licensed social worker in California. I began practicing in the mental health/behavioral health field in 2011. I originally was licensed in Maryland in 2015 but then returned to California in 2016. Since starting in the field,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Tim Whetzel

LMFT,MA
18 years experience
Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process. To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along the journey of our life I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path." This sentence encapsulates the feelings many clients bring to therapy, the... Read More
Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process. To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 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

Estela Isla

LMFT
6 years experience
Some of us experience difficult times in our lives and we can feel alone. We may feel hopeless, disoriented, or challenged. Imagine a space where you can share your feelings, your concerns, and your thoughts with a professional. A space where you feel comfortable to share and to discuss difficult issues in your life. I am here to help. I have been working in the mental health field for 12 years and have been working... Read More
Some of us experience difficult times in our lives and we can feel alone. We may feel hopeless, disoriented, or challenged. Imagine a space where you can share your feelings, your concerns, and your thoughts with a professional. A space... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:6 years

Sheree Earle

LCSW
32 years experience
I have been working in the field of clinical social work, here in Southern California, for over 30 years. Working in both clinic and private practice settings, I have extensive experience with an array of populations and their mental health challenges. I have the most experience working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma related issues as well as LGBTQ+ issues. I am client centered, utilizing various interventions taken from a range of therapeutic approaches.... Read More
I have been working in the field of clinical social work, here in Southern California, for over 30 years. Working in both clinic and private practice settings, I have extensive experience with an array of populations and their mental health... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:32 years

Sheila Baghbeh

LMFT
10 years experience
Welcome to taking the first step in making yourself a priority! I have been seeing clients since 2005 and have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012. My basic philosophy in my life and regarding therapy is that most of us have the answers buried deep within ourselves regarding what we want for our lives, but due to past and present traumas and fear, we have difficulty accessing those thoughts and therefore remain... Read More
Welcome to taking the first step in making yourself a priority! I have been seeing clients since 2005 and have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012. My basic philosophy in my life and regarding therapy is that... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

An Overview of Mental Health Resources in Downey, California

The west coast city of Downey, California is home to roughly 113,000 people and counting, as per 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. It is not hard to see why people are seemingly moving to the city in droves. Amenities are convenient and abundant. Around just about every street corner is a good place to get some shopping done or even grab a bite to eat. Looking for a fun night out? Downtown Downey is always teeming with nightlife and things to do, ensuring residents always have entertainment. Those that prefer walking or biking over driving to and from places should be happy to know that Downey’s neighborhoods are quite walkable, in addition to a good number of bike lanes and an efficient public transportation system.

Typically, a person’s choice to move begins with a job opportunity. A raise in salary/benefits or a new job altogether is usually why people move houses. Downey, California is identical to most U.S. cities in that regard. However, many people in the city are unable to find decent paying work. Those that are able to land a job are not always able to maintain it – especially with how often layoffs occur.

Downey’s economic troubles are ancillary to a separate complex, pressing issue. Experts are saying the city of Downey in addition to the rest of the United States is going through a “mental health crisis.” Let’s break down what that means, why Downey’s situation is so poor, in particular, and what you can do to get in contact with a licensed therapist who can provide help if you are in need.

An Overview of Mental Health in Downey, California

The deteriorating state of mental health in Downey is not unique to that city alone. Unfortunately, problems relating to mental health are all-too-common in the United States. A recent report published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates almost 20 percent of Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition. Narrowing the scope of the statistics fails to yield better results. As per a 2017 study commissioned by Mental Health America, the state of California ranks amongst the top 50 percent of states regarding the prevalence of mental illness and the barriers to access to care. So, what is contributing to the poor state of mental health in Downey, California?

First of all, Downey has a significant crime problem. According to Area Vibes, the overall crime rate in the city is almost 20 percent higher than the national average. Not only do crimes occur more frequently in Downey than much of the rest of the nation, but the crimes also tend to take on more violent forms. Regrettably, the relationship between crime and mental health is substantial. It is no secret that areas enjoying lower rates of crime also experience less mental illness. Thankfully, city officials are attempting to tackle the crime problem, but results are not going to come overnight. In the meantime, the high rate of crime in Downey is negatively impacting the mental health of its citizenry.

The state of California’s high divorce rate also, undoubtedly, has a statistical influence on Downey’s mental health. Everyone involved in a divorce, including children, are especially susceptible to future mental disorders. Before making any permanent decisions, it is heavily advised to reach out to a counselor in an attempt to dissuade divorce.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Downey, California

An unfortunate reality is Americans across the country are finding the process of seeking mental health care as being troublesome. An especially alarming study from the National Institute of Mental Health estimates a clear majority of Americans who are mentally ill receive no treatment during any given year, regardless of the necessity to do so. Experts are blaming the low amount of care received on the nationwide shortage of mental health professionals.

In the case of Downey, specifically, ineffective legislation, poverty, and stigma surrounding mental illness are what people are pointing fingers at. As per the U.S. Census Bureau, a citizen of Downey is more than two times as likely to be without any form of health insurance compared to a typical American citizen. Moreover, many who live without health insurance are also low-income earners. For them, the out-of-pocket expense of counseling is not economically solvent, and not an option.

Mental Health Resources in Downey, California

Attention from state and federal entities has allowed for more funds being directed towards combatting mental illness. More organizations who focus on providing mental health care treatment options are popping up in the area. The Community Family Guidance Center is a local non-profit who dedicate their efforts towards improving the mental health of the community. The Community Family Guidance Center offers similar services.

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