Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Mission Viejo , California

Find a therapist in Mission Viejo , California that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Mission Viejo 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 Mission Viejo, California

Mission Viejo is a city of 96,386 people located in southern California, north of San Diego and south of Los Angeles. The population is slightly older than the average for the state at 43.7 years of age, and the household income is higher than the average for Californians at $111,503 per year as compared to $67,739 for the state.

Mission Viejo has other positive traits as well. The crime rate is significantly lower than most cities in the United States. In fact, Mission Viejo appears perennially on list of the top 100 safest cities in the country as compiled by City-Data.com. The climate is pleasant with very little rain and temperatures rarely reach above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is also a community with many of resources to help residents stay well in terms of their physical and mental health. Eleven hospitals provide varying levels of service, and many outpatient clinics are available in every section of the city. Approximately 78 percent of Mission Viejo residents are covered by some form of health insurance, most through a plan offered by an employer. For children, schools in Orange County offer early intervention for physical and mental illnesses through school health clinics and school counselors.

Mental Health Needs in Mission Viejo

The California Health Interview Survey of 2014 found that 55.3 percent of surveyed adults living in Orange County, of which Mission Viejo is a part, said they had experienced a time when they needed help with a mental health condition. However, that same population indicated they had either looked for help and not found it or they had not sought out any form of treatment. Some of the reasons given for the lack of treatment were:

  • An older population, many of whom don’t believe in the concept of mental health itself or in the concept of mental illness as a treatable problem.
  • Not enough inpatient beds for acute mental health conditions or crises
  • A perceived stigma associated with seeking treatment
  • Difficulty reaching the homeless population
  • A lack of resources for prescription medications, management, and monitoring
  • Insufficient insurance coverage for mental and behavioral health services
  • Nonprofit or government entities providing services to the indigent without the proper resources

Family Mental Health Concerns in Mission Viejo

Providers of mental health services have seen a rise in difficult family situations that bring clients to their doors. For example, due to harsh economic realities, many older adults find their grown children returning to live with them. Even under the best of conditions, this requires adjustment and creates a stressful environment until everyone acclimates. Such a transition doesn’t always go smoothly, and family counseling can be beneficial when things are difficult.

Divorce is another family reality that affects the mental health of children as well as the separating parents. While only about 10 percent of the residents of Mission Viejo classify themselves as divorced, the divorce rate for Orange County as a whole has historically been one of the highest in the country. Marriage counseling can be instrumental in keeping a family together. If that fails and a family does go through a divorce, the many changes that happen can be made easier with the help of a mental health professional.

Mental Health Resources in Mission Viejo

The city of Mission Viejo makes an effort on its own to make sure that people can find the help they need easily. The Community Resources & Hotlines Connections to Caring publication puts all the relevant information together in one place. The Mental/Behavioral Health subsection lists local and national providers and referral centers. For those experiencing an emergency, crisis hotlines are available for suicide prevention, runaways, and other urgent situations.

E-Counseling Makes It Easier to Find Help in Mission Viejo

Many therapists and counselors are available through private practice. This is a sample of the areas of specialization, while a complete list of professionals and their contact information can be found  in the directory.

  • Stress management
  • Depression
  • Parenting challenges
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Addiction
  • Grief

Those who need help with a mental health condition can use E-Counseling’s directory to find help. It’s easy to use and confidential. Searchers can review each professional’s background and areas of expertise to find the one that suits their needs best. Reviews are available from real clients, so the reader can get an idea of what it’s like to work with that therapist. The most important thing is to know that no matter what the difficulty, help is within reach.