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.

Dr. Susie King

PsyD
8 years experience
My name is Dr. Susie King and I’m a licensed clinical psychologist in California. I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of California San Diego. Both my master’s and doctoral degrees were completed at California Lutheran University (please note: this program is not theological or religious - it is accredited by the American Psychological Association). I've been with BetterHelp since January 2019. My prior experience has included working in community counseling, substance abuse treatment,... Read More
My name is Dr. Susie King and I’m a licensed clinical psychologist in California. I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of California San Diego. Both my master’s and doctoral degrees were completed at California Lutheran University (please note:... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Chelsea Gilbert

LMFT, CSAT
12 years experience
Welcome! The fact that you are looking for a therapist to work with tells me that you are wanting to make some changes in your life. I am here to help you take the necessary steps for a brighter future for yourself and your loved ones. I work with individuals, couples, families, adults and teenagers regarding issues such as trauma, grief, loss, addictions, depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, life transitions, and attachment disorders. I specialize in... Read More
Welcome! The fact that you are looking for a therapist to work with tells me that you are wanting to make some changes in your life. I am here to help you take the necessary steps for a brighter future... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Christin Frederick

MA, LMFT
3 years experience
I have a relational treatment approach which means that the relationship that develops between you and me is the most important ingredient for success. Because of this approach you can expect me to be somewhat casual and approachable. I use humor and compassion to create connection. This connection creates a safe place for us to exchange ideas, to talk about experiences and to share honestly with one another. I have 3 years of experience working... Read More
I have a relational treatment approach which means that the relationship that develops between you and me is the most important ingredient for success. Because of this approach you can expect me to be somewhat casual and approachable. I use... 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

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

Hai Nguyen

9 years experience
I am honored to have the opportunity to meet you and explore areas of the heart, mind, and soul with you. I have fallen in love with studying "love" since a young age. It occurred to me that life gives us many paradoxes/contradictions such as: "Go through pain in order to heal". Since my awareness opened up to the vast internal world of the human mind, I strive to find the answer. In the combination... Read More
I am honored to have the opportunity to meet you and explore areas of the heart, mind, and soul with you. I have fallen in love with studying "love" since a young age. It occurred to me that life gives... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Vietnamese
  • Experience: 9 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 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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