Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Lake Forest, California

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

Nestled in the center of Orange County, Lake Forest, California is only a short to drive to many popular attractions including Laguna Beach and Disneyland Park in Anaheim. Lake Forest was only recently incorporated in 1991, but was previously known as the El Toro area. Before the city was even officially established, it was deigned to be beautiful recreational area with a planted forest of Eucalyptus trees and two manmade lakes surrounded by residential areas.

Lake Forest is home to 84,293 residents, 67.4 percent which are white, 24.5 percent which are Hispanic, and 15.7 percent Asian. This culturally diverse city boasts many great statistics. The median household income is $96,963 and only 7.4 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. In 2017, Lake Forest made it the list of the Top 25 Safest Cities in California and has had only one reported homicide in the last five years.  There are wide variety of industries and professions that employ residents within the city including retail, manufacturing, health care, technology, and research facilities. The city’s top employers include Oakley, Panasonic Avionics, and LoanDepot.

Although Lake Forest is doing well in many aspects, the city is not immune to the many mental health issues that make life difficult for residents in Orange County and the entire state of California. In fact, 7.3 percent of children have a serious emotional disorder and 3.7 percent of adults have a serious mental illness in Orange County alone. Lake Forest’s residents are in need of mental health assistance so they can learn to cope with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, personality disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Our goal is to make you aware of the mental health situation in Lake Forest, California and help you or your loved one get connected with the resources they need.

Divorce Rates in Lake Forest

Lake Forest, California has a large number of married people with 55.8 percent of the population being married. The rate of divorced adults in the city is relatively low at 9.3 percent. There is an apparent disparity in marriage and divorce rates amongst different races living in Lake Forest. Asians report the highest married population at 65.6 percent. In contrast, Indians has a much lower marriage rate at 23.5 percent. Among people who identify as a single race, Hispanics have the lowest divorce rate at 5.3 percent, while 21.1 percent of Hawaiians in the state are divorced.

Divorce rates can help identify the prevalence of mental health issues in an area since studies have found a positive correlation between mental disorders and divorce. Couples who are experiencing issues in their marriage can benefit greatly from marriage counseling, especially if mental health is a concern for one or both individuals. Also, divorce can be very emotionally tolling on an individual and can contribute to mental health issues. Finding a counselor after a divorce can help you cope and learn how to move onward.

The Challenge Finding a Suitable Therapist in Lake Forest

Although California’s population has grown immensely in the last 20 years, the number of available facilities and beds in place for psychiatric care have only decreased. This is especially troubling since the prevalence of mental illness within the state has continued to rise, and 1 in 6 Californians having a mental health need. This is also true of youths, with every Southern California county reporting increasing rates of children and adolescents under the age of 18 needing to be hospitalized for a mental health concern. However, with a 29.6 percent reduction in the availability of psychiatric beds in California from 1995 to 2014, it is clear the state is not adequately meeting the needs of its mentally ill residents.

Due to varying factors, a concerning number of Americans with mental illnesses do not receive the help they need to better their lives. In 2016, only 43.1 percent of adults with a reported mental illness received any treatment. Unfortunately, 9.4 percent of residents living in Lake Forest under the age of 65 don’t have health insurance which can prevent them from getting the care they need.

Fortunately, if you are experiencing a mental health issue, you don’t need to suffer in silence. E-Counseling provides a therapist directory that will assist you getting in touch with a therapist in your area.