Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Hawthorne, California

Find a therapist in Hawthorne, California that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Hawthorne 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
View Profile
  • 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
View Profile
  • 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
View Profile
  • 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
View Profile
  • 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
View Profile
  • 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
View Profile
  • 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
View Profile
  • 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
View Profile
  • 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
View Profile
  • 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
View Profile
  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Judy Clingman

LMFT
20+ years experience
My specialties include couples counseling, alcohol, drug, sex and love addiction, eating disorders, relationship issues, depression, sexual abuse,  and spiritual issues. I am extremely skilled at helping clients who have very difficult people in their lives ( partners/ ex-partners, bosses etc with Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders). I have over 20 years of experience working... Read More
My specialties include couples counseling, alcohol, drug, sex and love addiction, eating disorders, relationship issues, depression, sexual abuse,  and spiritual issues. I am extremely skilled at helping clients who have very difficult people in their lives ( partners/ ex-partners, bosses etc with Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders). I have over 20 years of experience working... Read More
View Profile
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20+ years

An Overview of Mental Health in Hawthorne, California

Hawthorne is a southern California city, located in Los Angeles County. Data retrieved in the 2017 United States Census Survey indicates an estimated population of 87,854, an approximate four-percent increase compared with figures from 2010. This growth may be attributed in part to the presence of several large-scale business headquarters, including SpaceX and the Northrop Corporation.

In spite of the foundation created by these companies, Hawthorne does face its own economic difficulties. A rate of employment on par with the national average belies the elevated number of persons living below the poverty threshold. The average income level ranks well below countrywide figures, and nearly one in five individuals under the age of 65 is living without health insurance. The city also ranks among top 40 in California with regard to violent crime per capita.

When people feel less safe where they live, or feel less able to provide proper care for themselves and their family, mental health problems can develop. It’s important to understand how these factors affect a population, how to identify when help is needed and where individuals can seek out treatment.

How Crime Impacts Mental Health

Elevated crime rates can affect a population in several different ways, both directly and indirectly. The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) calls to light troubling statistics concerning those who have been personally affected by various types of crimes:

  • Victims reported being effected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a nearly tripled rate compared to those without such experience. One quarter endured this disorder throughout the rest of their lives, versus a rate of 9.4% in the general population.
  • A nationwide study revealed that female victims of aggravated assault met criteria to be diagnosed with major forms of depression 55% of the time.
  • PTSD and other mental disorders were reported at substantially higher rates in those who identified as victims of sexual assault, whether as children or adults.

Furthermore, these types of negative effects are not limited to the victims of crime themselves. Family members, friends and neighbors are all capable of being impacted. Specifically, immediate relatives of murder victims were shown to develop PTSD in more than 23% of reported cases. Equally worrying is the potential fallout for those who simply live in proximity to these type of regular incidents.

The National Library of Medicine has published a study suggesting that the fear of crime produces a measurable impact on any population. A survey of 10,000 adults aged 35-55 indicated that the risk of depression was nearly double in those who reported a fearful stance toward crime. There was an observed correlation between greater fear and reduced likelihood of engaging in beneficial social or physical activities, both said to be common influencers of depression.

Financial Concerns Relating to Mental Health

In 2017, the reported poverty rate in the U.S. stood at just over 12%. Hawthorne’s rate of 19.2%, however, helps to underscore the relationship between economic and mental health challenges. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offered data illustrating the issue in closer detail, showing that families whose income fell below the national poverty threshold were most likely to be affected by a diagnosis of mental illness.

This concern is compounded by another troubling 2017 Census statistic: more than one in five Hawthorne residents reported living without the benefit of health insurance for this period. This far exceeds the national average of 10.2%, defining the difficulty many experience in simply seeking therapy. High costs and lack of insurance are two key factors that discourage those in need from pursuing medical services, be they physical or mental.

A return to the NCVC study brings these issues full circle. The organization estimates that $53 billion-plus dollars were spent on counseling for victims of crime in the year 2003. Further, they suggest that a third of all mental health-related payments by victims of physical or sexual assault were made out-of-pocket, a potentially very serious burden even for someone not living below the poverty line.

Help is Available in Hawthorne

Though many of Hawthorne’s problems are clearly defined, it’s important to know that helpful services are available. The E-Counseling therapist directory was made to simplify the search, making it easier than ever to find a caring, qualified mental health professional in the Los Angeles County area.