Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Merced, California

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


Bryan Mall

LMFT,#102655
7 years experience
Hi! My name is Bryan Mall and I serve as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Fairfield, California. Residing in Northern California, I received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Holy Names University. With over 7 years of experience, I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges,... Read More
Hi! My name is Bryan Mall and I serve as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Fairfield, California. Residing in Northern California, I received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University and a Master's... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Christine Ponec

MA,LMFT
15 years experience
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in California with over 15 years of experience working with individuals on ways to cope and manage their life challenges. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, career challenges, parenting challenges, relationship issues and life transitions. My counseling style is warm, understanding, supportive/empathetic and non-judgmental. My hope is to create an environment that is safe and encourages... Read More
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in California with over 15 years of experience working with individuals on ways to cope and manage their life challenges. I have worked with clients with a wide range of... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:15 years

Dr. Anita Pedersen-Pennock

Ph.D.,M.S.
9 years experience
When you are going through a difficult time in your life, it can feel like you are all alone, and that no one else could possibly understand what you're going through. I understand how hard that can feel. As your therapist, I believe my role is to walk along side you, helping you see ways you can address your most troubling issues. Also, I value the importance of a good laugh, and I think it's... Read More
When you are going through a difficult time in your life, it can feel like you are all alone, and that no one else could possibly understand what you're going through. I understand how hard that can feel. As your... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

JENNIFER DAWN

LCSW,PPSC
3 years experience
It is so great you have reached out to start on the path of growth and self-improvement. Truly one of the hardest steps in this journey is reaching out for support. I’m excited to connect and discuss your needs and supports I might provide. Let me give you some of my background. I went to graduate school at UC Berkeley and graduated in 2004. I became a California Licensed Clinical Social... Read More
It is so great you have reached out to start on the path of growth and self-improvement. Truly one of the hardest steps in this journey is reaching out for support. I’m excited to connect and discuss your... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Lianne Avila

MA
20 years experience
Hello, I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California with nearly 20 years of experience. I'd like to start by congratulating you for choosing to take care of your mental health. If you are dealing with stress, anxiety or depression, you aren't alone. Many people suffer with these disorders . I'm glad to say that I am here to help. I can help you develop a self-care plan that will help... Read More
Hello, I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California with nearly 20 years of experience. I'd like to start by congratulating you for choosing to take care of your mental health. If you are dealing with... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

April Zariczny

MA,LMFT
5 years experience
I believe we all have abilities to transform, heal and move towards a greater level of wellness in our lives. Each person is unique with their own challenges and experiences that may later manifest as road blocks that can impact their capacity to be fully present in life. These can hold us back from achieving our full potential. My holistic approach integrates Mind-Body, Art Therapy, Yoga, Somatic and Embodied Mindfulness practices. The events we experience... Read More
I believe we all have abilities to transform, heal and move towards a greater level of wellness in our lives. Each person is unique with their own challenges and experiences that may later manifest as road blocks that can impact... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 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

Amanda Wiginton

LMFT
8 years experience
Throughout our lives, we are faced with many challenges and counseling can help provide the tools needed to overcome these life obstacles in a healthy way. It is vitally important to the therapeutic process to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and trust. I hope to be this person for you. I believe that therapy is a collaboration and together we can focus on issues that may be negatively impacting your healthy development... Read More
Throughout our lives, we are faced with many challenges and counseling can help provide the tools needed to overcome these life obstacles in a healthy way. It is vitally important to the therapeutic process to find a therapist with whom... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 years

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

An Overview of Mental Health in Merced, California

Merced, California is the seat of the county that bears its name. Estimates from the year 2014 put the population at 81,743. Merced was incorporated as a charter city in 1889. Geographically, it is located in the San Joaquin Valley near the banks of the Merced River for which it is named.

Nearly half of the population of Merced, 49.6 percent, identifies as Hispanic, while 30 percent identify as white, 11.5 percent identify as Asian, 5.7 percent identify as black, and 2.4 percent identify as two or more races. Only one-half percent identify as American Indian.

An Overview of Mental Health in Merced

Merced County was one of the highest ranked in California for the average number of mentally unhealthy days reported over a 30-day period. The statewide average was 3.5 days of poor mental health out of 30, while the average for Merced County was 4.3. A majority of “key informants” in Merced County (63.2 percent) consider mental health to be a major problem, in part due to the fact that, compared with 76.6 percent nationwide, only 66.3 percent of adults diagnosed with depression in Merced have sought professional help.

Factors Affecting Mental Health in Merced, California

Some of the most significant factors affecting mental health in Merced are economic factors. Merced was hit hard by the recession of 2008. For example, the number-nine top employer in Merced in 2010 was AT&T Mobility, which closed its call center in 2014, reducing its total employment in Merced to one-fifth of what it had been before.

The most current information available suggests that Merced has not yet recovered from the economic blow it was dealt approximately ten years ago. Per capita income in Merced is only $19,340. The estimated median household income in 2016 was $41,312, compared with $67,739 per year for all of California, and while the median value for a house or condo in California in 2016 was $477,500, home values in Merced were less than half that at $215,400.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control suggest that not only did the 2008 recession have a significant economic impact on the people of Merced but a strong impact on mental health as well. The suicide rate in Merced increased sharply between 2008 and 2011 compared with the rates for the United States and California, which remained largely unchanged, and has yet to return to pre-recession levels.

Depression is one of the foremost mental health concerns in Merced. At some clinics, as many as 80 percent of patients have been screened for depression. Demographic groups that are particularly vulnerable include women and people ages 40-64. Across various income levels and ethnicities, more Merced residents exhibited symptoms of depression than received a diagnosis. There is also a disparity among different ethnicities and income levels as to how symptoms of depression manifest. White people and people earning a relatively high income were more likely to carry a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, while Latino residents and/or those earning a lower income were more likely to exhibit symptoms of chronic depression, which is less severe than major depressive disorder but may persist for two years or more.

Challenges Involved in Finding a Therapist in Merced

Despite mental health being acknowledged as a major problem in Merced, there are fewer mental health service providers available. Between 2013 and 2014, the mental health service capacity in Merced dropped by 4335 providers/locations, from 48,462 to 44,127, a decrease of 8.9%.

Approximately 52 percent of Merced residents speak a language other than English at home, and finding a therapist fluent in a language other than English and/or Spanish may pose some difficulty.

Mental Health Resources in Merced

Despite the challenges, there is still help available for those seeking mental health services in Merced. Merced County has a department of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, offering a variety of programs, which are available 24/7, to adults, youth, children, and families on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. In addition to staff who speak Spanish and several Southeast Asian languages, the department can provide interpreter services at no cost to the consumer for other languages, including sign language. There is also an active chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Merced that lists resources related to urgent mental health matters on its website.