Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Pittsburg, California

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


Kim Rasmussen

LCSW
32 years experience
Hello. If you’ve landed here, you are most likely struggling with something. I’m grateful you’ve found me. Because relationship is key to therapeutic progress, finding the right person to journey through these struggles with you is really important. Here is some information about me to help you decide if my counseling style and experience is the right fit for you. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for more than 30 years and have worked... Read More
Hello. If you’ve landed here, you are most likely struggling with something. I’m grateful you’ve found me. Because relationship is key to therapeutic progress, finding the right person to journey through these struggles with you is really important. Here is... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:32 years

Jason Shepherd

LMFT
10 years experience
Hello, my name is Jason Shepherd and I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about providing services online to people in need. I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, in 2009, and I have been a qualified clinical supervisor since 2016. My areas of focus are substance use, systemic and acute trauma, and self-esteem/identity challenges. I primarily utilize Narrative Therapy and... Read More
Hello, my name is Jason Shepherd and I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about providing services online to people in need. I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Robert Nwanganga

LCSW
3 years experience
My name is Robert and I would be honored to be your Therapist. I would like to tell you about myself. I have been a Social Worker for the past 20 years and I have worked with a lot of different people in a variety of situations. I have to be clear that I work at night. My Schedule is from 9:30pm to 11:30pm Sunday Through Wednesday. The most important thing I... Read More
My name is Robert and I would be honored to be your Therapist. I would like to tell you about myself. I have been a Social Worker for the past 20 years and I have worked with a... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Igbo
  • Experience:3 years

Lianne Avila

MA
20 years experience
Hello, I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California with nearly 20 years of experience. I'd like to start by congratulating you for choosing to take care of your mental health. If you are dealing with stress, anxiety or depression, you aren't alone. Many people suffer with these disorders . I'm glad to say that I am here to help. I can help you develop a self-care plan that will help... Read More
Hello, I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California with nearly 20 years of experience. I'd like to start by congratulating you for choosing to take care of your mental health. If you are dealing with... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Charlene Selsvold

LCSW
35 years experience
Hello, Asking for help takes courage and intention. I am a well seasoned licensed clinical social worker in California with extensive experience in working with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, grief, depression, life transitions, trauma and relationship challenges. Each of us is on a life journey that presents unique challenges. Sometimes feelings emerge that we do not understand or know how to cope with. I offer a supportive environment with unconditional... Read More
Hello, Asking for help takes courage and intention. I am a well seasoned licensed clinical social worker in California with extensive experience in working with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, grief, depression, life transitions, trauma and relationship challenges.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:35 years

Kristyn Nishimoto

LCSW
6 years experience
Hello! Welcome to my profile. I am glad you are here- it takes a lot of strength to reach out for support. My name is Kristyn Nishimoto and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California with 6 years of experience in providing therapy. I have my BA in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine and my Master of Social Work from California State University, Northridge. I have worked in... Read More
Hello! Welcome to my profile. I am glad you are here- it takes a lot of strength to reach out for support. My name is Kristyn Nishimoto and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Ashley Codding

LMFT
6 years experience
My name is Ashley and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working in the mental health field for the past 6 years. I personally believe that anyone is capable of having the life that they want, the life that makes them happy. I think with the right support anything is possible. My approach is solution focused. I like to help individuals identify their strengths and then help them utilize their... Read More
My name is Ashley and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working in the mental health field for the past 6 years. I personally believe that anyone is capable of having the life that they... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Joshua Siskin

LMFT,BA,MS
13 years experience
My success is based on your feeling better at the end of our session than at the beginning and by your progress in addressing the challenges you face from one session to the next. I have been a counselor and psychotherapy practitioner since 2007 and have met with a wide spectrum of clients in all age groups, from teenagers to octogenarians. My approach is to elicit and reinforce your positive attributes and competencies and to... Read More
My success is based on your feeling better at the end of our session than at the beginning and by your progress in addressing the challenges you face from one session to the next. I have been a counselor and psychotherapy... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Hebrew
  • Experience:13 years

JENNIFER DAWN

LCSW,PPSC
3 years experience
It is so great you have reached out to start on the path of growth and self-improvement. Truly one of the hardest steps in this journey is reaching out for support. I’m excited to connect and discuss your needs and supports I might provide. Let me give you some of my background. I went to graduate school at UC Berkeley and graduated in 2004. I became a California Licensed Clinical Social... Read More
It is so great you have reached out to start on the path of growth and self-improvement. Truly one of the hardest steps in this journey is reaching out for support. I’m excited to connect and discuss your... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Cynthia Eddings

MS,LMFT
20 years experience
Compassionate companion! I am someone to come alongside, to listen, to understand what you are experiencing while helping you navigate through the difficulties. Without judgment, I hear and see you for who you are. Loneliness, depression, and anxiety start to deepen the grove of a cyclical pattern of coping in destructive ways that feed negative feelings; therefore, you grasp for anything to help you feel better. It's like reaching in the dark... Read More
Compassionate companion! I am someone to come alongside, to listen, to understand what you are experiencing while helping you navigate through the difficulties. Without judgment, I hear and see you for who you are. Loneliness, depression, and anxiety... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Pittsburg, California

Pittsburg, California, population 70,677 as of 2016, is a hub of diversity, abundant sunshine, and busy young families. The median age of the residents in Pittsburg is 33.7 years, about three years younger than the state figure. Parents with children make up 76 percent of the households, and the beautiful weather allows those families to get outdoors for sports and other activities.

The median household income of $67,392 is nearly equal to that of the state as a whole ($67,739). Jobs in Pittsburg are plentiful, and the unemployment rate of 5.3 percent is lower than the state rate. The largest racial group in Pittsburg, California, is Hispanic (41 percent), followed by White (18.3 percent), Asian (17.3 percent), and Black (16.4 percent). Multiracial individuals make up 6.2 percent of the population, and all remaining groups make up less than 2 percent each. About one-third of the residents are foreign born.

Challenges Facing Pittsburg, California

Despite the many positives, Pittsburg, California, faces some economic and social challenges.

  • The cost of living in Pittsburg is higher than the average for the United States. The index for the city is 138.2 compared to 100 for the country.
  • The crime rate is another challenge. While the crime index for the United States is 280.5 per 100,000 residents in the population, the index for Pittsburg is 313. Most of the criminal activity involves property, such as thefts and burglaries.
  • The poverty rate is 15.4 percent, meaning that more than 10,000 people live at or below the federal poverty line.
  • While the Affordable Care Act did decrease the overall number of residents without health insurance, 18.7 percent still have no coverage. This exceeds both the county and the state rate.

These issues play a part in the availability and access to mental health services in the community.

Community Health Needs Assessment of Pittsburg, California

In May 2016, Sutter Delta Medical Center published a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for the area including Pittsburg, Bay Point, and Antioch. Access to mental, behavioral, and substance abuse services was fourth on the list of eight prioritized health needs for the region. Difficulty in accessing services creates multiple difficulties for the community.

For example, the number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations for mental health concerns and substance abuse disorders is higher than average in this area. For the Bay Point/Pittsburg area, residents experienced emergency room visits for mental health concerns at a rate of 279 per 10,000 individuals in the population. The rate for the state of California was 153.6, and the rate for Contra Costa County was 254. Similarly, the rate of hospitalizations for those issues was 206.3 compared to 188.6 for the state and 197.1 for the county.

Residents surveyed for the CHNA mentioned some specific factors that contributed to mental health difficulties:

  • The consistent stress of trying to provide food and shelter with limited financial resources leads many residents to feel overwhelmed and inadequate, often leading to depression.
  • The isolation of undocumented individuals and families keeps many from seeking out help when they need it.
  • The high occurrence of depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder has led to a high rate of suicide attempts and completions.
  • Traumatic childhood experiences such as violence at home or school often go untreated into adulthood and lead to poor mental health days.

The region is designated by the United States government as a Health Professional shortage in terms of mental health providers. In a community with this type of shortage, those in need of help often have to travel long distances to find a professional that meets their needs. Wait times for appointments can be months long, and the closest provider might not be covered by the resident’s insurance coverage.

Finding the Help You Need in Pittsburg, California

E-Counseling.com strives to make it easier for Pittsburg residents to find the help they need. The online directory  lists professionals in the area, along with their specialties and credentials. Each provider also displays a photograph and a personal statement as to how they approach the therapeutic relationship, so you can choose one that best fits your needs. After all, working with a mental health counselor requires a great deal of trust. Do your homework in advance so you’ll get the most out of the services.