Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in National City, California

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


Markroel Solte

LCSW94351
5 years experience
I'm a prior service combat veteran who has transitioned into the field of social work. My life experiences and desire to help others brought me into the working profession. I am currently a licensed clinical social worker and I have been managing an outpatient substance abuse facility for the last three years. My experiences included working with both adults and transitional aged youth experiencing substance abuse addictions as well as mental health issues. ... Read More
I'm a prior service combat veteran who has transitioned into the field of social work. My life experiences and desire to help others brought me into the working profession. I am currently a licensed clinical social worker and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Kari Gila Sacks

LCSW,MA
21 years experience
I'm glad you made your way to me. That means you are likely on a quest for support, comfort or more meaning on your life's journey. My belief is that we are all worthy souls with a unique place on the planet to make a difference, large or small. Whether it is our various familial roles, our jobs, our volunteerism or artistic expression, we can make meaning out of our experience in... Read More
I'm glad you made your way to me. That means you are likely on a quest for support, comfort or more meaning on your life's journey. My belief is that we are all worthy souls with a unique place... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Hebrew
  • Experience:21 years

Muneerah Uqdah

LCSW
9 years experience
Hello. My name is Muneerah Uqdah and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been providing individual and family counseling to children, teenagers, and adults for over 9 years. I have worked in a variety of setting such as community mental health agencies, juvenile justice system agencies, private practice and community health centers. I have my Master's of Social Work from the University of Southern California. I have utilized an array of treatment... Read More
Hello. My name is Muneerah Uqdah and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been providing individual and family counseling to children, teenagers, and adults for over 9 years. I have worked in a variety of setting such... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

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

Deborah Helms

MA,LMFT
20 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California and have over 20 years of counseling experience. I work mostly with adults around issues of depression, anxiety and stress, and relationship challenges. I also have experience and a special interest in working with adoptive and foster parents. I draw mainly on tools from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and humanistic therapy in my work and tailor... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California and have over 20 years of counseling experience. I work mostly with adults around issues of depression, anxiety and stress, and relationship challenges. I also... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Dr. Jonathon Baird

PsyD,MA
3 years experience
I am Dr. Jonathon D Baird and I am licensed to practice in the state of CA. I completed my undergraduate degree in Des Moines, IA and both my masters and doctorate degree in Fresno, CA. I believe in the power of a therapeutic relationship and implement primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) and Psychodynamic therapies. I began my clinical trainings working primarily with children on the autism spectrum. From there I focused on adolescent trauma,... Read More
I am Dr. Jonathon D Baird and I am licensed to practice in the state of CA. I completed my undergraduate degree in Des Moines, IA and both my masters and doctorate degree in Fresno, CA. I believe in the... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 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

Maryam Aziz

LCSW
11 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I realize that seeking help may not be easy, whether you are just beginning or continuing your therapeutic journey. Nonetheless, seeking help is a powerful and courageous step to take and my goal is to provide a safe, comfortable and nonjudgmental place for you to express yourself. Throughout my clinical career, I have had the privilege of working with multiple populations from children, adolescents, adults, couples and... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I realize that seeking help may not be easy, whether you are just beginning or continuing your therapeutic journey. Nonetheless, seeking help is a powerful and courageous step to take and my... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Shawnnell Pugh

LCSW,MSW,BS
13 years experience
Welcome! I am a licensed psychotherapist with 14 years plus experience providing therapy, counseling and guidance services to Individuals, Couples, Young and aging adults and families. I received my Master of Social Degree with an emphasis in Public Child Welfare from the University of Southern California in 2007. I specialize in various areas such as: Women issues, Depression, Anxiety, Anger issues, Behavioral, Addiction, Spirituality issues, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Sexual/Intimacy Issues, Trauma, and... Read More
Welcome! I am a licensed psychotherapist with 14 years plus experience providing therapy, counseling and guidance services to Individuals, Couples, Young and aging adults and families. I received my Master of Social Degree with an emphasis in Public Child... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

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.