Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in La Mesa, California

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


Douglas Mitchell

LMFT
6 years experience
Welcome! I would be honored to work with you! I am a psychotherapist (LMFT) licensed in California with my graduate degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from CIIS in San Francisco. I have many years of experience working as a counselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexuality, bipolar and ADHD. I'm sensitive to those who have suffered or experienced physical trauma or emotional... Read More
Welcome! I would be honored to work with you! I am a psychotherapist (LMFT) licensed in California with my graduate degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from CIIS in San Francisco. I have many years of experience working as a counselor and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 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

Dr. Lukas Jaeggi

PhD
20 years experience
I am licensed psychologist and board-certified art therapist with over 20 years of experience helping individuals achieve their greatest potential. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, life transitions. I also helped many people who have experienced traumatic stress or abuse. My counseling style is empathic, nonjudgmental and encouraging. My approach integrates depth psychology, neuroscience and trauma theory. I will tailor our conversation and... Read More
I am licensed psychologist and board-certified art therapist with over 20 years of experience helping individuals achieve their greatest potential. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, life transitions.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Dr. Ambreen Basria

Psy.D, LMFT, Psychologist
8 years experience
Hello, My name is Dr. Ambreen Basria and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have specialized in working with relationships, family conflict, depression, anxiety, and other mood related disorders. I work from a solution focused approach and am here to help you discover ways to resolve the issues in your life. My approach includes working with you to develop these solutions, and solutions that you feel comfortable implementing into your life. I... Read More
Hello, My name is Dr. Ambreen Basria and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have specialized in working with relationships, family conflict, depression, anxiety, and other mood related disorders. I work from a solution focused approach and... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Hindi
  • Experience: 8 years

Galina Zlotnikova

LMFT
4 years experience
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California. I have an MA in counseling psychology from Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA. I practice a holistic and somatic form of psychotherapy. That means that in my work I integrate traditional focus on thoughts and feelings as well as the body and the nervous system. I have extensive training in Sensorimotor psychotherapy aimed at helping... Read More
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California. I have an MA in counseling psychology from Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA. I practice a holistic and somatic form of psychotherapy.... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Russian
  • Experience: 4 years

Alice Hamlin

MA, LMFT, PPSC
11 years experience
Hello! My name is Alice Hamlin. I possess a BA and MA in Psychology as well as a Pupil Personnel Services Credential that caters to school aged children who are in need of mental health treatment to better perform academically. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have over 10 years of experience in the field and have been licensed since 2010. My focus, however, is on healing trauma in ages 18... Read More
Hello! My name is Alice Hamlin. I possess a BA and MA in Psychology as well as a Pupil Personnel Services Credential that caters to school aged children who are in need of mental health treatment to better perform academically.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Tranquilina Reyes

LCSW
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California with over 8 years of experience. My career started in emergency departments working with individuals that were experiencing a crisis such as a traumatic accident, loss of an immediate family member, or an act of violence. Most of my career, I have worked in the health care setting and am familiar with chronic illnesses that may cause or worsen depression and anxiety. I have worked individually... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California with over 8 years of experience. My career started in emergency departments working with individuals that were experiencing a crisis such as a traumatic accident, loss of an immediate family member,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Wilson Bezerra-Flanders

MA, LPCC, LMHC
20 years experience
Hello. I am a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I went to Boston University for my Bachelor in Psychology Degree and to Harvard University for my graduate studies. I earned a Postgraduate Diploma at Mass. General Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. I am licensed in several US states and I have been in the field for about 20 years. I have trained and worked in several settings, including... Read More
Hello. I am a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I went to Boston University for my Bachelor in Psychology Degree and to Harvard University for my graduate studies. I earned a Postgraduate Diploma at Mass. General Hospital,... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Portuguese
  • Experience: 20 years

Dr. Jeannie DeArmond

Psy.D., MS
8 years experience
There comes a time for many of us when we need to seek additional help, even if we have a strong, loving support network. Counseling is different than other types of support. It is aimed toward self-discovery and accessing your own internal abilities to achieve your utmost potential. It is a collaboration between you, the expert on yourself, and a skilled therapist who can assist you in navigating through difficult situations and healing painful parts... Read More
There comes a time for many of us when we need to seek additional help, even if we have a strong, loving support network. Counseling is different than other types of support. It is aimed toward self-discovery and accessing your... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Luis Resendez

LMFT
9 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 86942) having received a Master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. I have over eleven years of experience in the mental health field working with adults, children, and families. Many clients I have worked with have endured disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and family conflict. I have been trained in several modalities and evidenced based practices including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 86942) having received a Master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. I have over eleven years of experience in the mental health field working with adults, children, and families. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 9 years

Dr. Gary Hittle

Ph.D Psychology
30+ years experience
I have been in private psychological practice for more than 30 years specializing in individual, marital, and relational therapy, family problem interventions, adolescents, treatment of sexual and substance abuse, and family therapy related to these issues. I have a broad range of training and utilize multiple modalities in the course of assissting my clients toward growth and personal change. Read More
I have been in private psychological practice for more than 30 years specializing in individual, marital, and relational therapy, family problem interventions, adolescents, treatment of sexual and substance abuse, and family therapy related to these issues. I have a broad range of training and utilize multiple modalities in the course of assissting my clients toward growth and personal change. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30+ years

An Overview of Mental Health in La Mesa, California

La Mesa, California is a suburb of San Diego centrally located in San Diego County.  The city is the Jewel of the Hills. With an almost perfect climate, fun trolleys and public stairways, citizens enjoy walking the tree-lined streets. A quaint downtown village of commercial shops and restaurants makes La Mesa one of San Diego’s top-ten suburbs.

The Spanish name, La Mesa, refers to a plateau; however, along with the other towns and cities in the San Diego area, mental health services have fallen below previous plateaus. La Mesa has recently mounted an aggressive program to reduce obesity in its community. Its proximity to the city of San Diego may provide some of La Mesa’s mental health care needs for those who have insurance.

La Mesa Demographics

La Mesa’s population is 60,021 and represents the ethnic diversity found in California. The largest racial percentage is White at 75.5 percent, followed by Hispanic at 10.9 percent, Black at 9.0 percent, Asian at 7.8 percent, and Mixed at 6.4 percent. Those who identify as Other were at 1.3 percent. About 76.0 percent of La Mesa residents speak English, while 1.43 percent speak Spanish, following by Asian languages at 4.5 percent, Indo-European languages at 4.0 percent and Mixed at 1.2 percent.

Native Americans represent the largest number of divorced and separated individuals at respectively 22.3 percent and 8.4 percent. Those with the least number of divorced individuals are Hawaiian at 6.0 percent. The poverty rate in La Mesa overall is 12.63 percent.

Challenges in Acquiring Psychiatric Treatment Facilities

San Diego County received a large influx of Medi-Cal patients when the Affordable Care Act added mental care as a mandatory insurance rider. Although increasing mental health service access is laudable, the reality is a shortage of psychiatric long-term treatment facility placement that has increased with the new demand. Providers are also in short supply.

Two mental health facilities closed, adding to the shortage of beds. State law does not allow psychiatric hospitals to bill Medi-Cal directly for charges; thus, the incentive to build psychiatric hospitals has been low. Medicaid has moved to allow stand-alone psychiatric hospitals to receive direct reimbursements. Medi-Cal is the same as Medicaid; California uses a different name for the program. People on Medi-Cal who need long-term mental health treatment should see improvements coming soon in access to psychiatric beds.

Senior Mental Health Issues

As the population ages, older adults live alone. They may develop mental conditions needing treatment because of loneliness, death of a spouse, and paranoia or exacerbation of a pre-existing mental condition as they struggle to deal by themselves with poverty, physical deconditioning, disease processes and the inability to access help.

People in the community want to assist desperate elders, but family members or neighbors can feel overwhelmed. They do not have the qualifications to offer the type of help needed by these fragile elders.

San Diego County’s Health & Human Services Agency is addressing issues for seniors who need specialized mental health care. The agency created a Senior Mental Health Team for people 60 years of age or older who need crisis assessment for mental health problems.

For those who are concerned about an isolated family member or neighbor, social workers and nurses on the Senior Mental Health Team create a care plan to keep a vulnerable elder safe and allow the person to remain independent. The team provides education to seniors and those who are interested in helping.

The team preserves confidentiality for clients and those who contact them about people of concern. Indications that an older person may need help include:

  • Depression or anxiety, including panic states
  • Wishing to die or making a suicide plan
  • Substance abuse through prescription medication or alcohol
  • Marked change in behavior
  • Inability to function at daily tasks
  • Wandering away from home and needing help to find the way back
  • Expressing fearful thoughts or seeing things/hearing noises that are not thee
  • Rapid onset of memory loss and confusion
  • Changes in speech (unrecognizable) from mental or physical illness
  • Bruises or other signs of frequent falls

Access to Mental Health Service is Available

Successful treatment of long-term mental illness is possible. E-Counseling’s directory can help citizens in La Mesa, California find services that can help them reach their peak plateau of mental health.