Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Lakewood, California

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

Jasmynn Smith

MA, LMFT
8 years experience
I earned my M.A. in clinical psychology with a focus in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in 2012. Since then, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, I have worked as a Residential Assistant in a group treatment home for women with Borderline Personality Disorder and emotion regulation issues. Currently, I work as a primary therapist at an outpatient group practice in the South Bay region of Los Angeles where... Read More
I earned my M.A. in clinical psychology with a focus in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in 2012. Since then, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, I have worked as a Residential Assistant in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Brigette Girardey

MA, LMFT
10 years experience
Hello! My name is Brigette and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in East Bay, California. I have 10 years experience working with clients, providing therapeutic counseling services. I have worked with a diverse population of clients ranging from children, teens, adults, and elders. I provide services for individuals and families assisting with issues such as depression, isolation, anxiety, self esteem, trauma, loss, relationship issues, parenting issues, and more. I enjoy working with... Read More
Hello! My name is Brigette and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in East Bay, California. I have 10 years experience working with clients, providing therapeutic counseling services. I have worked with a diverse population of clients ranging... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Patricia Hamilton

LMFT-S
12 years experience
Thank you for reading my profile. I am a mother, sister, daughter, wife, stepmother, mother-in-law, grandmother, divorcee, widow, and friend. I come to this work as well experienced in life as in training. I did my undergraduate work in Speech Pathology/Audiology and Psychology and my graduate degree is in Counseling Psychology, with a specialty in Marriage Family Therapy. I have additional training in Cognitive Behavior, Family Systems, Grief and Trauma, Narrative,... Read More
Thank you for reading my profile. I am a mother, sister, daughter, wife, stepmother, mother-in-law, grandmother, divorcee, widow, and friend. I come to this work as well experienced in life as in training. I did my undergraduate... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 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

Jerome Scott Jr

LMFT
16 years experience
During the past nineteen years, I have worked as an integral member of a multidisciplinary treatment team providing therapeutic intervention, case management and chemical dependency counseling for a large diverse patient population in an acute psychiatric hospital setting. As a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, I have consistently demonstrated a high level of professionalism, therapeutic innovation and ethically responsible approach with resolving the critical issues encountered by our patients. I believe that this quote by Emmett Fox... Read More
During the past nineteen years, I have worked as an integral member of a multidisciplinary treatment team providing therapeutic intervention, case management and chemical dependency counseling for a large diverse patient population in an acute psychiatric hospital setting. As a Licensed... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Joshua Skinner

LMFT
5 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in working with couples and individuals. I have been practicing since 2013 and am licensed in California which requires 3000 clinical hours prior to licensure, and am and now licensed in Tennessee as well. I have also been working with BetterHelp since October of 2017. I have experience working with a variety of issues but specialize in work surrounding stress and trauma. Much... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in working with couples and individuals. I have been practicing since 2013 and am licensed in California which requires 3000 clinical hours prior to licensure, and am and now... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Natalie McBroom

MA, LMFT
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with over 10 years of experience working as a behavioral coach, mental health counselor, a Christian counselor, and a community psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, abuse and trauma, bipolar disorders, PTSD, AD/HD, and schizophrenia. During this time, I have helped people with grief and loss issues, life transitions, relationship roles, and learning coping... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with over 10 years of experience working as a behavioral coach, mental health counselor, a Christian counselor, and a community psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Anush Petrosyan

LMFT
7 years experience
I am a sex-positive therapist that has completed Gottman's Level 3 Couples Therapy training. with this training I focus on improving couple's communication, connection, and intimacy. I have a minor in sex therapy and am very comfortable discussing and working through sexual trauma and issues. I am kink-friendly, poly-friendly and take an non-judgmental, education approach to therapy. I have knowledge and experience with individuals in alternative lifestyles, and ethically non-monogamous relationships. I am also available to... Read More
I am a sex-positive therapist that has completed Gottman's Level 3 Couples Therapy training. with this training I focus on improving couple's communication, connection, and intimacy. I have a minor in sex therapy and am very comfortable discussing and working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Arthur Belmont

LMFT, CADC-CAS
23 years experience
I believe that changing the way we THINK about something, changes how we FEEL. Since there is always more than one way to think about something, how we feel about Self, Relationships and Life Circumstances is completely within our control. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) who has been practicing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy since 1994 working with individuals, youth and families in a wide variety of settings... Read More
I believe that changing the way we THINK about something, changes how we FEEL. Since there is always more than one way to think about something, how we feel about Self, Relationships and Life Circumstances is completely within our... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 23 years

Tim Leslie

LMFT
9 years experience
I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization in 2011. Since then, I have worked with children and adults both individually as well as with couples and families in Residential, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient settings. I tailor my approach to what would be best for the client needs at the time. As a result, I have experience providing both brief and more solution focused therapy as well as therapy geared towards... Read More
I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization in 2011. Since then, I have worked with children and adults both individually as well as with couples and families in Residential, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient settings. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Lakewood, California

Lakewood, California is a classic example of a post-World War II American suburb. In 1950, it was a field of lima beans, but by 1960 it was a well-developed city located in Los Angeles County. The estimated population is 81,054.

Lakewood is a prosperous city with a median household income of $82,175, more than the median income of Los Angeles County ($52,952), the state of California ($63,783), and the United States ($55,322).

Demographically, the population of Lakewood is made up primarily of people identifying as Hispanic (33.8 percent), white (31.5 percent), and Asian (21.8 percent). Lakewood is considered one of the most racially diverse cities with a population over 50,000 in the entire United States.

Approximately 34 percent of Lakewood citizens speak a primary language other than English. Apart from Spanish, the most common foreign languages spoken in Lakewood are Asian languages. Los Angeles County, where Lakewood is located, has a significant Cambodian population as people who came here from Cambodia as refugees in the 1970s were sponsored by Cambodian former students already present in California due to an educational exchange program that had existed in the 1950s and early 1960s between the state and the Southeast Asian nation.

An Overview of Mental Health in Los Angeles County, Including Lakewood

It is difficult to find mental health statistics specifically pertaining to Lakewood. Most available statistics reflect mental health status in Los Angeles County as a whole or in the nearby community of Long Beach, also located in Los Angeles County. Nevertheless, the statistics on mental health indicators in Los Angeles County as a whole are somewhat troubling, especially compared with those across California.

According to a 2014 mental health survey conducted by UCLA, 18 percent of adults in Los Angeles County needed help for mental-emotional and/or alcohol-drug issues in the preceding year, compared with 15.9 percent of adults in California generally. Of those who sought and/or needed help in Los Angeles County, however, 43.2 percent did not receive it. The same survey indicated that the percentage of California adults who had likely had serious psychological distress in during the preceding year was 7.7 percent; it was higher in Los Angeles County at 9.6 percent.

Though still troubling, the statistics on mental health indicators for teens in Los Angeles County were slightly better than those for California as a whole. The percentage of teens who needed help for emotional/mental problems statewide was 23.2 percent, slightly higher than the percentage in Los Angeles County at 22.4 percent. More teens received psychological/emotional counseling during the preceding year in Los Angeles County ( 14.5 percent) than in California at large (11.6 percent), even though the percentage of teens who needed help were virtually equal.

Factors Affecting Mental Health in Lakewood, California

Extrapolating from the data available for Los Angeles County and nearby Long Beach, one can form an approximate picture of the specific mental health issues facing Lakewood, California residents.

  • Risky Behaviors: Los Angeles County had some of the highest diagnosis rates of chlamydia and HIV in the entire state of California.
  • Veterans: Those who served in the military are more at risk for PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. During 2013 to 2017, there were 3,525 veterans living in Lakewood, the highest percentage of them having served in Vietnam.
  • Violent Crime: With 423.8 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, Los Angeles County has a moderate to moderately low rate of violent crime compared to the rest of California. Due to the diversity in the area, some of these crimes may have been racially motivated.
  • Culture: Many of the refugees who fled Cambodia in the 1970s and settled in Los Angeles County were escaping from an oppressive government regime. For this reason, members of the older Cambodian population may be reluctant to seek help from institutions (governmental or otherwise) despite a history of trauma.

Challenges of Finding a Therapist in Lakewood, California

As noted above, there is great cultural diversity in Lakewood, and many residents do not speak English as a primary language. For those residents of Lakewood who speak a language other than English, finding a therapist fluent in a second language may prove particularly challenging.

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