National City, California Therapists

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Aleksandra Drecun
Psy.D., MA
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Dr. Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D., is the founder of Association for Compassionate Transformation. She is a licensed psychologist who has a profound passion and derives immense gratitude from assisting individuals, couples and families in realizing...
Laura Myers
LMFT, CLC
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

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Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I care about "what happened to you" and I strive to provide a compassionate, supportive space for you to share your concerns. I have with over 20 years' experience helping people get beyond traumatic experiences and on to their best life. Effective...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Dr. Matthew Bruhin is a CEO, Psychotherapist and Addiction Specialist, as well as an entrepreneur and educator. He is a State of California and State of Wyoming, Board Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and an Addiction Specialist, registered...
In-Person Sessions:

Oceanside, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California, New Jersey

Having you been having trouble managing your emotions? Have negative thoughts about yourself and the world been impacting your behavior? Together it is possible to identify skills to effectively cope with emotional distress, increase compassion...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California, Texas

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"-Jon Kabat Zinn- In a time where we are hit with continuous stimuli, the waves of change seem to be moving faster than ever. Whether struggling with your health, the health of a loved one,...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

At the beginning of my work, I practiced what is called the ‘eclectic approach’, which uses different techniques depending on the client. Meanwhile, over the last 20 years I discovered cognitive therapy consistently resulted in more effective...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Dr. Candice Seti, Psy.D., known in the community as “The Weight Loss Therapist.” Dr. Seti is a California-licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Nutrition Coach, and Certified Personal Trainer. Dr. Seti received her Doctorate of Psychology...
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La Mesa, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Mary Nelsen Tamborski, wife and mother of three young boys, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Downtown La Mesa, San Diego. She is also a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and Parenting Coach. 
Mary is co-author of the "Positive...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I love helping you enjoy life more!
Briana Lefman
LPCC-S 2
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I help you connect to the 'why' behind your patterns, your pain, anger, avoidance, and dysfunction. I help you shift from anger to understanding. I'll help make sense of it. I'll teach you how to identify what you've been living without. I'll teach...
Dr. Gary Hittle
Ph.D Psychology
In-Person Sessions:

La Mesa, California

I have been in private psychological practice for more than 30 years specializing in individual, marital, and relational therapy, family problem interventions, adolescents, treatment of sexual and substance abuse, and family therapy related to these...
Sarah Lawley
Psychotherapist
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Therapy in San Diego. Services Include: Eating Disorder Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Anxiety Therapy, Teen Counseling and More https://selfembodytherapy.com Hours: Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday:...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Parenting challenges you in ways you could have never imagined. When you add in all of life’s demands sometimes it can just feel too much. Whether you are a new parent or a seasoned parent, you’ve been struggling for awhile or feeling like...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Kaye has been in private practice for over 30 years. Due to the Covid crisis, she has moved her practice to entirely Virtual. This enables her to work with clients throughout the state of California. Kaye has seen science and psychology find common...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

I provide a safe place to unload and work on a new understanding. We will work collaboratively to understand the underlying issues often hidden from ourselves, that keep you stuck in unhealthy patterns. My approach is respectful, caring, and...
Janice Gingerich
PsyD, LMFT
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Life can bring difficult, unexpected, and emotionally daunting challenges to our relationships and personal mental health. I commend you for valuing your own well-being and interpersonal growth by considering therapy. I hope to support and empower...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Have you been feeling like you aren't reaching your full potential? That you aren't connecting to your true self? Maybe this has been a feeling for most of your life, or it's a recent insight you have discovered. It could have been a trauma, from...
In-Person Sessions:

Encinitas, California

I am Crystal Duncan, LCSW, and my mission is to be at peace with myself, my work and my social and personal relationships.  I strive to live a wholehearted authentic life and I believe it is my purpose to help others find their authentic self and...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years of experience in domestic violence, addiction, severe mental illness, behavioral modification, individual and family therapy, relational conflicts, crisis intervention, advocacy, social...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

I have been working with families in San Diego since 1997. I have extensive experience with children, the transgender community, families involved with the Child Welfare System, and individuals struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety,...
Jennifer Rickard
LMFT, LMFT-Supervisor, MS
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Are you seeking support in moving through a life or relational challenge? Sometimes we all need support in finding creative solutions or building strong relationships. I would enjoy supporting you in taking steps to achieve your goals. I will help...
Randi Beckman
LCSW, MSW, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Carlsbad, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California, Florida

Wanting Support to Help you Feel: Less stressed Grounded and centered More productive Present and engaged Happy in life and in relationships My nurturing and empathic presence creates the space needed to help you identify, understand, and move...
In-Person Sessions:

Encinitas, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I believe we are all wired for connection, and, whether extraverted or introverted, rejection and isolation are incredibly painful experiences. Our brains and bodies are built in such a way that protects us from threats and harm. While these...

An Overview of Mental Health in National City, California

National City, California, is part of the South Bay region of the San Diego metropolitan area. As the second oldest community in the region, National City is a historic site with wonderful architecture, shopping, and restaurants. The location right along the Mexico border gives the city a fantastic multicultural feel. National City is an inexpensive place to visit with easy access to all San Diego offers, which makes it popular with tourists. The town is also known for fabulous parks like Pepper Park along the waterfront and Kimball Park with its sports fields and skate park.

The population that calls National City home was a diverse group of 60,349 people, as of 2016. Approximately two-thirds of the residents were Hispanic (65.8 percent), 19.2 percent were Asian, and 9.8 percent were White alone. Those who describe themselves as Black alone made up 4.3 percent of the population. The biggest challenges for National City residents were socioeconomic. The median household income as of 2016 was $44,901 as compared to $67,739 for the State of California as a whole. However, the cost of living index as of 2016 was 137.4, which is higher than the national average of 100. This combination of factors resulted in a poverty rate of 24.1 percent. Home ownership rates were low (31.9 percent) as well, and most residents (approximately 70 percent) were renters.

Community Health Assessment of 2016 for National City, California

Economic challenges often go hand in hand with a higher need for mental health services. This holds true for National City based on the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) compiled by Kaiser Permanente in 2016. Behavioral and mental health services ranked number four on the list of the top 15 health priorities based on this study. Specifically, suicide, substance abuse, and mental health diagnoses appeared as priority areas. Getting access to care and services for behavioral and mental health issues was identified as the largest roadblock to prevention and treatment.

Often access to mental health care is related to a lack of health insurance. Surprisingly, the CHNA found that residents in San Diego County cited a lack of understanding of their coverage more often than a lack of coverage as a barrier to obtaining services. Specifically, residents found insurance terminology confusing. Part of this issue could be the larger than average percent of the population considered linguistically isolated, meaning that no one in the home speaks or understands English fluently.

Available Resources in National City, California

Several initiatives are underway to help address the need for mental and behavioral health services in National City.

  • The “It’s Up to Us, San Diego” campaign seeks to remove the stigma from mental illness and to encourage open discussion in the community. With information targeted toward young adults, men, healthcare providers, and non-English speakers, the campaign is part of the “Live Well San Diego” vision set forth by the county’s Health and Human Service Agency. The service includes a 24/7 crisis line and an online chat feature through the website where consumers can find help.
  • The Hospital Association of San Diego& Imperial Counties (HASD&IC) wants to create and support a continuum of care for clients in need of behavioral and mental health care. This involves advocacy, creating treatment options, and supporting tools like telehealth to make services more readily available.
  • The San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council is a collaborative effort with a goal of reducing suicides in the county to zero. In 2018, the group issued an update to the county’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan (SPAP). Through the mechanism of community planning, media campaigns, and other tools, the group’s ultimate goal is to equip every resident with the ability to recognize suicide risk and intervene appropriately.

Finding Help on Your Own in National City, California

If you or someone you love is struggling with maintaining stable, positive mental health, you may be looking for a confidential way to find help. E-Counseling.com can help through the online directory of providers in the National City area. You can browse through a list of providers and review qualifications, experience, and any specialties such as psychotherapy, family counseling, and more. Best of all, you can review a personal statement from the professional describing how he or she approaches the therapeutic relationship so you can assess whether this is the person you want to work with.