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.


Joy Nussen

MA, LMFT
25 years experience
I am a marriage & family therapist licensed in California with over 25 years of experience working primarily with adult men and women of various cultures. I have worked with clients that have experienced a wide range of challenges including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, and trauma. (including multi-generational trauma). My style is warm and collaborative and I utilize humor when it is appropriate to do so. I integrate the body, mind &... Read More
I am a marriage & family therapist licensed in California with over 25 years of experience working primarily with adult men and women of various cultures. I have worked with clients that have experienced a wide range of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Kimberly Navarro

MS, Clinical, Psychology, Licensed, Marriage, Family, Therapist
17 years experience
Hello. I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I have been working in Private Practice since 2009 and a clinician for over 15 years. I come from a Cognitive Behavioral approach, which means I like to look at a person's thought processes and behaviors. My job is to help you to understand why you do what you do and think what you think. And then empower you to make the decision... Read More
Hello. I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I have been working in Private Practice since 2009 and a clinician for over 15 years. I come from a Cognitive Behavioral approach, which means I like to look at... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Lisa Rose

LMFT
25 years experience
I am glad that you are reaching out for help; that is the first step and shows a tremendous amount of strength and courage on your part. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California with over 25 years of counseling experience. I have worked with clients with many different struggles including addiction, relational issues, depression, anxiety, empowerment and self-esteem issues. I use many different therapeutic... Read More
I am glad that you are reaching out for help; that is the first step and shows a tremendous amount of strength and courage on your part. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 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

Juan Angel

MFT
6 years experience
I strive to empower individuals to be in tune with their deepest truths and to relate to life in a more authentic way. By providing a warm and accepting style, I hope my clients feel safe to express what matters to them. My therapeutic approach is strongly influenced by more than 10 years of dedicated mindfulness practice. Through such practices, I have come to understand the value of becoming curious about our present mental state.... Read More
I strive to empower individuals to be in tune with their deepest truths and to relate to life in a more authentic way. By providing a warm and accepting style, I hope my clients feel safe to express what matters... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 6 years

Gretchen Forrey

MA, LMFT
7 years experience
Hello and welcome! Thank you for viewing my profile more closely. I am a strong advocate and very passionate about helping clients further their understandings of themselves and their relationships, as well as finding a deeper meaning and joy in their lives. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and have a substantial amount of experience in working with teens and transitional aged youth, trauma, depression and anxiety,... Read More
Hello and welcome! Thank you for viewing my profile more closely. I am a strong advocate and very passionate about helping clients further their understandings of themselves and their relationships, as well as finding a deeper meaning and joy... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Dr. Zena Vevaina

PsyD, LMFT, 91332
3 years experience
Hello and Welcome! My name is Dr. Zena Vevaina. I have 11 years of experience working with a variety of populations. I have worked in community mental health, juvenile hall, locked facilities, private practice and HMO clinics. I would like to offer my hand to you in your journey of healing. Often times, people seek therapy when they are at their most vulnerable or stressed. I provide services for crisis interventions,... Read More
Hello and Welcome! My name is Dr. Zena Vevaina. I have 11 years of experience working with a variety of populations. I have worked in community mental health, juvenile hall, locked facilities, private practice and HMO clinics. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Jonathan Meza

MS, LPCC
4 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with over 10 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief & loss, school or work trouble? Maybe a unique challenge with a transition or goal in your life? You are not alone, and I am here for you. I’ll share with you that... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with over 10 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma,... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 4 years

Kara Cruz

LMFT, #115453
3 years experience
I help women learn to better understand and communicate their feelings, so that they can cope in healthier ways and build a life that they love. My focus is to address postpartum issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have also completed perinatal certification training through Postpartum Support International (https://www.postpartum.net/). I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I have over 18 years experience working in a school setting helping women, parents,... Read More
I help women learn to better understand and communicate their feelings, so that they can cope in healthier ways and build a life that they love. My focus is to address postpartum issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Nadja Zapasov

MA, LMFT
18 years experience
Nadja Zapasov (MA, LMFT) ABOUT ME Welcome! I salute you on your choice to get help in moving forward in your life. Once you have made that decision, your own positive energy will support you and guide you to the next level. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” William Hutchison Murray The energy of one’s thoughts has the power to create an extraordinary life (or not). Directing your... Read More
Nadja Zapasov (MA, LMFT) ABOUT ME Welcome! I salute you on your choice to get help in moving forward in your life. Once you have made that decision, your own positive energy will support you and guide you to the next level. Whatever you... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 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.

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