Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Pleasanton, California

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


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

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

Meredith Roudebush-Albaugh

MSW,LCSW
13 years experience
Reaching out for support during a difficult time can be challenging and even scary. I commend you for your courage in reaching out! I consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to walk alongside the individuals I work with in therapy during what are often times the most painful or challenging times in their lives. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with my Master's in Clinical Social Work in 2006 and I have... Read More
Reaching out for support during a difficult time can be challenging and even scary. I commend you for your courage in reaching out! I consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to walk alongside the individuals I work... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Shira Mehrnia

LMFT
10 years experience
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Los Angeles, CA with extensive experience in many areas of mental health. My goal is to help my clients expand their capacity for trust and intimacy in relationships and improve their overall quality of life. I help people struggling with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues and women suffering from prepartum and postpartum depression. I have significant experience in the treatment of eating disorders... Read More
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Los Angeles, CA with extensive experience in many areas of mental health. My goal is to help my clients expand their capacity for trust and intimacy in relationships and improve... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Ellen Suski

LCSW
4 years experience
Hello. I am a licensed social worker in California. I began practicing in the mental health/behavioral health field in 2011. I originally was licensed in Maryland in 2015 but then returned to California in 2016. Since starting in the field, I have worked with individuals ranging in age from 4 years old to 52 years old; most experience working with individuals between the ages of 10 and 35. I have experience working with individuals experiencing... Read More
Hello. I am a licensed social worker in California. I began practicing in the mental health/behavioral health field in 2011. I originally was licensed in Maryland in 2015 but then returned to California in 2016. Since starting in the field,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Tim Whetzel

LMFT,MA
18 years experience
Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process. To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along the journey of our life I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path." This sentence encapsulates the feelings many clients bring to therapy, the... Read More
Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process. To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 years

Dr. Sue Pollington

PhD,LCSW,LAC
33 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The states I am licensed in include; Montana, Nevada, and California. I am also nationally certified in CBT, DBT, CCDC, DVC III, CJCC and am a Diplomat in Psychotherapy. I have been practicing as a clinician for 33 years. I enjoy working with clients and I look forward to client sessions. My therapy focus is client centered. I come from a perspective... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The states I am licensed in include; Montana, Nevada, and California. I am also nationally certified in CBT, DBT, CCDC, DVC III, CJCC and am a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:33 years

Estela Isla

LMFT
6 years experience
Some of us experience difficult times in our lives and we can feel alone. We may feel hopeless, disoriented, or challenged. Imagine a space where you can share your feelings, your concerns, and your thoughts with a professional. A space where you feel comfortable to share and to discuss difficult issues in your life. I am here to help. I have been working in the mental health field for 12 years and have been working... Read More
Some of us experience difficult times in our lives and we can feel alone. We may feel hopeless, disoriented, or challenged. Imagine a space where you can share your feelings, your concerns, and your thoughts with a professional. A space... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:6 years

Sheree Earle

LCSW
32 years experience
I have been working in the field of clinical social work, here in Southern California, for over 30 years. Working in both clinic and private practice settings, I have extensive experience with an array of populations and their mental health challenges. I have the most experience working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma related issues as well as LGBTQ+ issues. I am client centered, utilizing various interventions taken from a range of therapeutic approaches.... Read More
I have been working in the field of clinical social work, here in Southern California, for over 30 years. Working in both clinic and private practice settings, I have extensive experience with an array of populations and their mental health... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:32 years

Sheila Baghbeh

LMFT
10 years experience
Welcome to taking the first step in making yourself a priority! I have been seeing clients since 2005 and have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012. My basic philosophy in my life and regarding therapy is that most of us have the answers buried deep within ourselves regarding what we want for our lives, but due to past and present traumas and fear, we have difficulty accessing those thoughts and therefore remain... Read More
Welcome to taking the first step in making yourself a priority! I have been seeing clients since 2005 and have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012. My basic philosophy in my life and regarding therapy is that... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Pleasanton, California

On the surface, life is pleasant in Pleasanton, California. Only a short jaunt from San Fransisco and all it has to offer, Pleasanton is a predominantly affluent area with lots of local attractions for tourists and residents alike. But everything may not be quite as pleasant as it seems. Racial segregation, wealth inequality, and varying access between neighborhoods lead to limited access to mental health care and serious complications for many suffering from mental illnesses.

How Local Wealth Disparity Affects Mental Health in Pleasanton

Although the average household income is significantly higher than surrounding areas, and is more than double the national average, for the 4.4 percent of the population living below the poverty line, life in Pleasanton is anything but pleasant.

Wealth Distribution Between Neighborhoods

There are significant differences in the financial state of people in particular neighborhoods throughout the city. In neighborhoods classified as very high poverty, the life expectancy is shortened by nearly a decade compared to more affluent neighborhoods. Unfortunately, many of these impoverished neighborhoods are also racially defined. Minorities are far more likely to live in high-poverty areas, while affluent neighborhoods are predominantly white, due to a local history of wealth disparity and segregation.

Mental Health Struggles in Impoverished Areas

This distinction between neighborhoods also leads to vast differences in mental health care. Poorer neighborhoods see almost three times as many home foreclosures as affluent ones, with 31.9 percent of homeowners defaulting. They’re also significantly less likely to have beyond a high school education, and only 30 percent of impoverished neighborhood residents have above a third-grade reading level. All this adds up to significant stress due to job insecurity, racial issues, and housing concerns.

This kind of stress, if left unchecked, can lead to all sorts of mental health issues, most notably, high levels of anxiety and depression. African-American men and women are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized for severe mental illness complications as white residents, possibly due to limited access to mental health services, and failure to complete an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Transportation, cost, language barriers, and poor health care services can all contribute to these higher rates of complications in impoverished areas.

Effect on Suicide and Self-Inflicted Injury

Self-inflicted injury is also notably high throughout Pleasanton, California. Women are far more likely than men to require an emergency room visit due to self-inflicted injury, and the highest rates were found among women between the ages of 15 and 24. The most common reason for these injuries is depression. When people are unable to access adequate mental health care, they’re more likely to seek out other, often harmful, methods of coping.

Suicide is also a serious concern, taking hundreds of lives in Pleasanton and the surrounding Almeda County every year. Youth and teens are especially susceptible to this problem, with suicide coming out as the third leading cause of death for young adults.

Access to mental health care is crucial in preventing these unnecessary deaths, as adequate treatment has proven to be instrumental in preventing suicide attempts, and helping those who have survived a failed attempt to recover. Therapy is also crucial in helping those who have already lost a loved one to suicide, as relatives and friends of victims become 65 percent morelikely to attempt suicide, themselves.

Complications in Accessing Mental Health Care for Pleasanton Residents

Though seeing a therapist is the first and most important step in seeking mental health care and treatment, access to therapy and counseling services is often more difficult to find than one might think. There are only 516 therapists for every 100,000 people in Pleasanton, making access scarce and scheduling difficult. Finding a counselor who specializes in the kind of care you need can also be difficult; not all therapists are equal, and some are better trained to treat particular complaints than others. Every therapist is different, so finding the right one is critical in getting the right treatment for your mental health.

Start your mental health journey today with E-Counseling, by accessing our therapist directory. We have listings for experienced therapists throughout the Pleasanton, California, area, who specialize in a wide variety of mental health complaints. We’re here to connect you to the mental health care you need because we believe lack of access should never be the reason someone has to suffer.