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.


Carol Lino

LCSW
14 years experience
I am a clinical social worker licensed in California with over 14 years of counseling experience. I graduated from the University of Southern California and have since worked with clients from all walks of life. In my practice, I use eclectic methods of treatment to fit the individual needs of my clients. Some of the practice modalities that I use include humanistic, mindfulness, cognitive behavior, and solution focused therapy. I... Read More
I am a clinical social worker licensed in California with over 14 years of counseling experience. I graduated from the University of Southern California and have since worked with clients from all walks of life. In my practice,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Matthew Decker

LCSW, MSW
10 years experience
For those interested in self improvement or working on a personal issue, counseling can open the door to a new world. Matthew Decker, LCSW is a U.S. Marine turned therapist. Don't let that scare you. He strives to learn everything about his clients so that he can provide the right interventions for everyone he treats. He will listen, respond, and ask questions if he does not understand. He knows that... Read More
For those interested in self improvement or working on a personal issue, counseling can open the door to a new world. Matthew Decker, LCSW is a U.S. Marine turned therapist. Don't let that scare you. He strives... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Crystal Burns

3 years experience
I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California with a sub-concentration in military social work. I am committed to the mental health and well-being of my clients. My role as a therapist is to help guide and support you on your journey of self-discovery and increased self-awareness to help you reach your full potential. I enjoy helping others learn effective strategies to... Read More
I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California with a sub-concentration in military social work. I am committed to the mental health and well-being of my clients.... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 3 years

Robert Nwanganga

LCSW
3 years experience
My name is Robert and I would be honored to be your Therapist. I would like to tell you about myself. I have been a Social Worker for the past 20 years and I have worked with a lot of different people in a variety of situations. The most important thing I need you to know about me and how I work is that I believe Social Work to be a calling... Read More
My name is Robert and I would be honored to be your Therapist. I would like to tell you about myself. I have been a Social Worker for the past 20 years and I have worked with a... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Igbo
  • Experience: 3 years

Lena Nicodemus

LMFT
3 years experience
Hi there! Seeking a therapist takes a lot of courage and so I am honored that you have come to my page. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and have been working with people in various settings as a therapist for the past 7 years. I got my first Master's in expressive arts therapy and am now in the pursuit of further education in applied behavior analysis. My... Read More
Hi there! Seeking a therapist takes a lot of courage and so I am honored that you have come to my page. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and have been working with... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 3 years

Kathleen Palma

LMFT
6 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from the state of California. I have a Master's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mindfulness and have been counseling for 6 years. I work with clients of all ages with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, OCD, bi-polar, eating disorders, teen issues, young adult identity issues, addiction, parenting and co-parenting issues. I work from a strength-based theory using elements of cognitive... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from the state of California. I have a Master's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mindfulness and have been counseling for 6 years. I work with clients of all ages with... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Jennifer Marsh

MS, LMFT
14 years experience
Welcome! I first want to take a moment to tell you that I appreciate the fact you have taken the first steps in seeking counseling support. I can help! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I plan to support you. I have a master's degree in Counseling (2006) and am a Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist in California. I have spent time throughout my 13 year career working with individuals, families... Read More
Welcome! I first want to take a moment to tell you that I appreciate the fact you have taken the first steps in seeking counseling support. I can help! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 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.