Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Gilroy, California

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


Bryan Mall

LMFT,#102655
7 years experience
Hi! My name is Bryan Mall and I serve as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Fairfield, California. Residing in Northern California, I received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Holy Names University. With over 7 years of experience, I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges,... Read More
Hi! My name is Bryan Mall and I serve as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Fairfield, California. Residing in Northern California, I received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University and a Master's... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Christine Ponec

MA,LMFT
15 years experience
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in California with over 15 years of experience working with individuals on ways to cope and manage their life challenges. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, career challenges, parenting challenges, relationship issues and life transitions. My counseling style is warm, understanding, supportive/empathetic and non-judgmental. My hope is to create an environment that is safe and encourages... Read More
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in California with over 15 years of experience working with individuals on ways to cope and manage their life challenges. I have worked with clients with a wide range of... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:15 years

Dr. Anita Pedersen-Pennock

Ph.D.,M.S.
9 years experience
When you are going through a difficult time in your life, it can feel like you are all alone, and that no one else could possibly understand what you're going through. I understand how hard that can feel. As your therapist, I believe my role is to walk along side you, helping you see ways you can address your most troubling issues. Also, I value the importance of a good laugh, and I think it's... Read More
When you are going through a difficult time in your life, it can feel like you are all alone, and that no one else could possibly understand what you're going through. I understand how hard that can feel. As your... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

JENNIFER DAWN

LCSW,PPSC
3 years experience
It is so great you have reached out to start on the path of growth and self-improvement. Truly one of the hardest steps in this journey is reaching out for support. I’m excited to connect and discuss your needs and supports I might provide. Let me give you some of my background. I went to graduate school at UC Berkeley and graduated in 2004. I became a California Licensed Clinical Social... Read More
It is so great you have reached out to start on the path of growth and self-improvement. Truly one of the hardest steps in this journey is reaching out for support. I’m excited to connect and discuss your... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Lianne Avila

MA
20 years experience
Hello, I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California with nearly 20 years of experience. I'd like to start by congratulating you for choosing to take care of your mental health. If you are dealing with stress, anxiety or depression, you aren't alone. Many people suffer with these disorders . I'm glad to say that I am here to help. I can help you develop a self-care plan that will help... Read More
Hello, I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California with nearly 20 years of experience. I'd like to start by congratulating you for choosing to take care of your mental health. If you are dealing with... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

April Zariczny

MA,LMFT
5 years experience
I believe we all have abilities to transform, heal and move towards a greater level of wellness in our lives. Each person is unique with their own challenges and experiences that may later manifest as road blocks that can impact their capacity to be fully present in life. These can hold us back from achieving our full potential. My holistic approach integrates Mind-Body, Art Therapy, Yoga, Somatic and Embodied Mindfulness practices. The events we experience... Read More
I believe we all have abilities to transform, heal and move towards a greater level of wellness in our lives. Each person is unique with their own challenges and experiences that may later manifest as road blocks that can impact... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 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

Amanda Wiginton

LMFT
8 years experience
Throughout our lives, we are faced with many challenges and counseling can help provide the tools needed to overcome these life obstacles in a healthy way. It is vitally important to the therapeutic process to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and trust. I hope to be this person for you. I believe that therapy is a collaboration and together we can focus on issues that may be negatively impacting your healthy development... Read More
Throughout our lives, we are faced with many challenges and counseling can help provide the tools needed to overcome these life obstacles in a healthy way. It is vitally important to the therapeutic process to find a therapist with whom... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 years

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

An Overview of Mental Health in Gilroy, California

When most people think of mental health issues, they may picture individuals who have gone through some kind of trauma or who have had lifelong behavioral troubles. While these instances can cause poor mental health, cases of anxiety, depression and other psychological problems are more common than many people realize. Over 18 percent of Americans live with some type of anxiety, which can disrupt their professional and personal lives. Some residents of Gilroy, California, struggle with these issues; however, before effective treatments are sought, it is important to understand how environmental and demographical factors may be causing or worsening poor mental health among Gilroy’s populace.

Poverty and Mental Health in Gilroy

Gilroy has a population of 48,821, with Caucasians and Hispanics/Latinos comprising most of the city’s populace. Property values and the city’s media income per household have risen over the past 15 years; however, despite these positive numbers, Gilroy is facing a poverty issue that is greater than most other cities in California.

Over 20 percent of the city’s residents live under the poverty line, with disabled males and children at or around the age of five years experiencing more economic hardship than others. Poverty can have a serious impact on mental health, especially for those who already struggle with a disability. Unemployment, caring for children and meeting everyday expenses can cause people living in poverty to develop a variety of mental health issues that could include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • addictive behaviors to escape their reality, including drug and alcohol abuse
  • compulsive behavior
  • thoughts of suicide

In addition, poor disabled individuals and young children living outside the city may have greater difficulty reaching help for their mental health issues, as public transportation options in these areas may be limited or costly.

Gender Inequality in Gilroy

Women living in Gilroy face a variety of challenges that may be affecting their mental health. For example, there is a large wage gap in the city, with females making almost $18,00 less per year than their male coworkers. In addition, men make a higher annual salary in across all job sectors, from managerial positions to retail and food service. Single mothers are the most likely to feel this pinch, and the struggle to maintain their households on a limited income may be contributing to problems such as anxiety, thoughts of self-harm and chronic depression.

Wage inequality is likely impacting poverty among women in Gilroy as well. Females between the age of 25-34 are especially vulnerable, and if some of these individuals are already suffering from a mental illness, they are likely not being treated because of a lack of insurance or the inability to reach a clinic. This may only exacerbate problems like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, as these mental health issues can spiral out of control if they are not treated with medication and therapy.

Crime/Homelessness and Mental Health in Gilroy

Gilroy is a relatively safe place to live; however, it is not free of violent crime. Over 1,000 crimes take place in the city annually, and there may be a connection between some of these incidents and poor mental health. Those facing homelessness or other economical challenges as well as poor mental health may commit theft or property crimes out of desperation or as they try to find a place to sleep. The National Alliance on Mental Illness notes there are several housing choices in Gilroy and the surrounding Santa Clara County area for those who are facing homelessness due to psychological challenges and these include:

  • Residential facilities for adults
  • Independent living facilities
  • Group homes for mentally ill individuals

Some of these options offer a variety of amenities that include transportation to medical appointments, assistance with daily tasks, meals and other types of support. It is important note, however, that not every facility offers the same services, so you might want to compare each carefully before making a final choice about which suits you or your loved one best to reduce the risk of homelessness.