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.


Leann Moore

LMFT, Certified, Clinical, Trauma, Professional
6 years experience
Hi, I am a licensed family therapist with the state of California. I have six years of experience. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional which means I am trained to help those who have experienced trauma, grief and/or loss. Along with trauma, I have experience with anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, self-esteem problems and those road bumps in life we all face. Sometimes we feel stuck, not sure which direction we should... Read More
Hi, I am a licensed family therapist with the state of California. I have six years of experience. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional which means I am trained to help those who have experienced trauma,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Ayana Rose

LMFT
15 years experience
Hi, I'm Ayana and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an M.S in Counseling Psychology and an EMDR practitioner. Some of my specialties include: strengthening relationships, assisting clients through difficult life transitions, supporting mothers and mothers-to be, teens, adolescents and working with those suffering from anxiety, parenting issues and PTSD. Some of my valuable experience includes working as a clinician with teen girls in a group home... Read More
Hi, I'm Ayana and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an M.S in Counseling Psychology and an EMDR practitioner. Some of my specialties include: strengthening relationships, assisting clients through difficult life transitions, supporting mothers and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Ariel Macon-Richard

LCSW
10 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Therapist and Certified Wellness Coach with over 13 years of experience with adults, adolescents, couples and families. I have experience working with individuals and couples experiencing a variety of challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, new life phase/transition issues, relationship issues, family problems, career challenges and stress/life imbalance. I am dedicated to working with individuals and families in creating healthier and happier individuals and relationships. I have helped individuals improve... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Therapist and Certified Wellness Coach with over 13 years of experience with adults, adolescents, couples and families. I have experience working with individuals and couples experiencing a variety of challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Alesia Wesley

LMFT
3 years experience
We live our daily lives, unknowing of what’s a head of us. It is true that we experience traumatic life events that cause us to feel worthless, saddened, angry, fearful, and we sometimes cry more often than usual. At times like these, we may feel alone and isolate ourselves from the world, physically and emotionally. Talking with a therapist provides a safe place to express your feelings, cry if you need to,... Read More
We live our daily lives, unknowing of what’s a head of us. It is true that we experience traumatic life events that cause us to feel worthless, saddened, angry, fearful, and we sometimes cry more often than usual. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Georgina Nunez

LCSW
20 years experience
Are you ready for help with your personal life challenges that may feel overwhelming and hopeless? Do you want to acquire skills and gain insights that will move you forward to a healthier and brighter future? In a compassionate and supportive environment I will assist you in evaluating core beliefs, feelings and behavior. Together we will develop effective and efficient solutions to problems you are facing. I work with my clients to alleviate their symptoms as... Read More
Are you ready for help with your personal life challenges that may feel overwhelming and hopeless? Do you want to acquire skills and gain insights that will move you forward to a healthier and brighter future? In a compassionate and supportive... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Dutch
  • Experience: 20 years

Jessica Baird

MA, LMFT
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 15 years experience working with children, adults, couples, and families in various settings. I am a military veteran and have worked with individuals from various backgrounds and varying acculturation levels as well as provided supervision of interns. I graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Psychology with Marriage and Family Therapy and completed a certification training to supervise the Functional Family Therapy team... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 15 years experience working with children, adults, couples, and families in various settings. I am a military veteran and have worked with individuals from various backgrounds and varying acculturation... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Mitchica Smith

CCDVC, LCSW
13 years experience
Hello, I’m Mitchica Smith, LCSW. Having used therapeutic services myself, I never felt the therapists personalized my sessions. They felt like basic customer service. I decided to become a therapist at 15-yrs-old. I opened my own clinic, Total Commitment Consulting Services, in 2001 and I received my Licensed Clinical Social Worker license in 2006 while I was employed at Child Protective Services. I offer personal individualized attention to my clients. My approach to helping... Read More
Hello, I’m Mitchica Smith, LCSW. Having used therapeutic services myself, I never felt the therapists personalized my sessions. They felt like basic customer service. I decided to become a therapist at 15-yrs-old. I opened my own clinic, Total Commitment Consulting... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Rhapsody Flores

LCSW
14 years experience
Rhapsody Flores is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides client-centered therapy to adults, veterans, and families. Rhapsody has experience treating a range of issues including severe psychiatric disorders such as mood and thought disorders, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationship issues, and LGBTQ+. Rhapsody was born and raised in Northern California. She earned a Bachelors degree in Collaborative Health and Human Services with an emphasis in Social Work at California State University at Monterey... Read More
Rhapsody Flores is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides client-centered therapy to adults, veterans, and families. Rhapsody has experience treating a range of issues including severe psychiatric disorders such as mood and thought disorders, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationship... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Christie Stegmaier

MS, LMFT
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (LMFT# 111636) with over five years’ experience. Along my journey of becoming a therapist, I have also received 40-hours of domestic violence training. I have worked with individuals with a wide variety of issues including domestic violence, depression, anxiety, relationship and intimacy issues, parenting issues, personality disorders, and OCD. I have also worked with many individuals who have experienced trauma and abuse. Although I am more... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (LMFT# 111636) with over five years’ experience. Along my journey of becoming a therapist, I have also received 40-hours of domestic violence training. I have worked with individuals with a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Jennifer Yates

MC, LMFT
20 years experience
If you are looking to achieve more balance in your life, you are in the right place! You will experience healing, growth and change on your therapeutic journey with me. I believe it takes a great deal of courage to seek help, and I am here for you with genuine care and compassion. I will work with you from a holistic standpoint as I firmly believe that the mind and body are connected, and... Read More
If you are looking to achieve more balance in your life, you are in the right place! You will experience healing, growth and change on your therapeutic journey with me. I believe it takes a great deal of courage... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 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.