Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Escondido, California

Find a therapist in Escondido, California  that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Escondido, 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 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 Escondido, California

Escondido is a San Diego suburb with a high cost of living. The city has an estimated population of 149, 912 people and a median income of $54, 268. The income is fairly normal compared to the national average, but it’s low compared to surrounding areas. The San Diego County median income, by comparison, is $69, 346.

The city’s residents enjoy a low crime rate and ample employment opportunities. Housing prices are steep, with the median property value resting at $368, 500. This might explain why the homeownership rate is less than 50%.

Escondido Demographics

Escondido is a racially diverse city, with over 50% of the population identifying as Hispanic. 38% of residents are white, 6% are Asian, and less than 2% are black.

The city has a lot of inhabitants who were born in another country. 48% can speak a language other than English.

17% of the population lives below the poverty line. Single females are most likely to fall into this category.

There are multiple private higher education institutions in Escondido. Most students in the area graduate from massage therapy programs.

Escondido Crime Rate

Escondido does not have a big crime problem.

In 2017, the city’s official website reported: “Annual crime statistics for the year-to-date have been reported as of April. Homicide, rape cases, residential burglary, larceny and, motor vehicle crime are down from this same time period last year; robbery and aggravated assault cases reflect the same numbers as this reporting period for 2016.”

Escondido Mental Health

Escondido, like most California cities, has problems with its mental health services. San Diego County has been excused of spending most of its resources on consultants and political projects rather than truly helping patients. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, at the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, the county had more than $170 million leftover from the Mental Health Services Act.

“They’re not addressing the seriously mentally ill… They have allowed the problem to be on the shoulders of our jails and prisons and hospitals,” Theresa Bish, a former member of the county mental health advisory board, said.

San Diego county is not alone. Multiple California counties are sitting on more than $100 million in unspent mental health resources.

“We have a lot of work to do to fight stigma and help those suffering with mental illness… Demanding CA counties use the $2.5 BILLION in unspent Prop 63 funds would go a long way to doing that,” Assemblyman Todd Gloria complained in October.

Proposition 63, or the Mental Health Services Act, imposes a 1% tax on the state’s millionaires. The money is supposed to be spent exclusively on treating the mentally ill. San Diego County alone has raised more than $1 billion since the act was put into place.

Critics complain that the money has been poorly spent and residents still don’t have access to proper mental health services.

Rose King, one of the authors of the act, explained that: “They could put the money into existing programs… They could pay the psychiatrists more to get more psychiatrists into the system. They could hire more social workers and more clinical services people so patients don’t have to wait three or four months for treatment.”

Between 2004 and 2017 San Diego County’s suicide rate rose by almost 45%.

Although critics believe that more needs to be done, the county is making obvious efforts to improve the situation. Officials have created a program called “It’s Up to Us.” The goal is to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Project One for All, meanwhile, aims to connect patients with providers.

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Finding a suitable therapist in Escondido can be a time-consuming project. There are many, many providers to choose from. Our therapist directory can help you sort through them. It’s very important that you match with someone you feel comfortable. That’s the best way to ensure that you’re happy with your treatment.