Pleasanton, California Therapists

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I am a licensed psychotherapist that works with clients on various life situations and struggles. I work with individuals, couples and families. I have an eclectic practice because every client is unique and needs their treatment plan tailored to...
Leslie Baker
LMFT, MA
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Pleasanton, California

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Licensed since 1991, Leslie as a family counselor has over twenty years of experience in the field of psychotherapy. She graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development/Family Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo....
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Pleasanton, California

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Megan received her a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Sacramento State University, Ca. and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She brings ten years of experience working with individuals and families of...
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Pleasanton, California

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Kelly received a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked with diverse populations throughout the bay area including children, adolescents,...
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San Ramon, California

Mary Ruth Cross is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years experience in the mental health field. She is an National Board Certified Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Mary Ruth is the CEO/Owner of Treehouse...
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Hayward, California

As I reflect on my professional experience for the past twenty two years working in the clinical field, several insights emerge for me. After many clinical hours with clients, I have acquired a plethora of experience with varied populations. For...
Patty Shirley
LMFT, LPCC 15, MA
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Danville, California

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California

Patty Shirley - East Bay Christian Counseling Feeling worried, anxious, sad, angry or frustrated? Having relationship and communication issues? I am a LMFT and a Registered Addiction Specialist. Areas of treatment include substance / alcohol /pill...
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I am a licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist with 20+ years of experience in the mental health field. I work with women who experience anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, relationship challenges, and a host of...
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Walnut Creek, California

I encourage growth in my clients by helping to increase their awareness of how behaviors and thought patterns affect their identity, relationships, and overall sense of well being. I view the therapeutic process as one of compassionate collaboration...
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Palo Alto, California

I have worked as a therapist for over 20 years. My work is primarily with couples, however, I also do a great deal of work with individuals and families. I know that for most people, making the decision to see a therapist isn’t an easy one. I hope...
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Brentwood, California

Kristin M. Palmer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy for individuals, couples and familys.  As a graduate of Phillips Graduate Institute, and with over 15 years experience, she...
Dr. Angela Krumm
PhD, Psychologist
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California

Are you interested in setting specific goals and learning tools to improve your life? I am trained in a model of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) developed by David Burns, M.D. My counseling style is compassionate, but also directive and active. I...
Tomilu Stuart
LMFT, MA
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San Jose, California

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California

My experience in education and training is in Nursing and Psychology. I started working as a psychotherapist in 2007 as an intern. I attended JFKU and graduated in 2009. Before graduation, while still an intern I took training from the EMDR...
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San Jose, California

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California

I have had a private practice located in the South Bay Area since 1997, where I see individuals, couples and families. Over the years I worked with hundreds of kids and families in various communities of the San Jose area. My work began with highly...
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San Jose, California

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California

Leslie Gunterson is a sought after financial expert and strategist who after her second divorce completely remade her life after changing her internal beliefs about her worth, health, relationships, career, and her beliefs about money. Leslie's...
Katie Flach
LMFT, MS
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San Jose, California

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California

Finding the right therapist for you can feel daunting! You might wonder if it's possible for someone to really get you and if opening up is worth the risk. I connect well with those who feel set apart from those around them or have difficulty...
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San Jose, California

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California

Growing up with the challenges of being academically gifted, I sought out 'more' from life, pursuing my counseling degree with a Holistic Studies emphasis. I take an approach of Compassionate Curiosity in counseling, a willingness to explore...
Randi Fredricks
LMFT, Ph.D.
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San Jose, California

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California

I love what I do and believe it’s a privilege to be able to be of service to others. In my practice, I work individuals, couples, and families to improve all areas of their lives. I have gathered a lot of tools that I’ve found help my clients...
Ben Schultz
LMFT, MA
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California

I believe everyone is the expert on their own life. Considering no one has actually lived one second as you, the simple truth that you know more about you than anyone possibly could is something I value. This means I don't pretend I am your expert -...
Stan Graubart
LMFT, MA
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California

My name is Stan Graubart, and I’ve been providing individual, couples, and family counseling and therapy services for adolescents and adults for well over three decades. My role as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is to work...
Iris Cohen
MFT, EFT
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Los Altos, California

Coming from another country, I am very aware of sensitive issues related to cultural differences. Therefore, I incorporate an open-minded approach when working with couples, parents and children's relationship issues, low self-esteem, anxiety, and...
Marcella Cox
LMFT, MS
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Marcella Cox is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in treating eating disorders in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the Founder and Clinical Director of Kindful Body. Kindful Body provides in-person and online counseling in...
Annia Raysberg
BA Psych, MA Psych, LMFT
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Oakland, California

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California

I am a licensed Psychotherapist (MFC 52922) in the state of California.  I work with individuals who are 18 and over in a private practice setting.  I provide therapy over video for those who are unable to meet me at my office, on a case-by-case...
Dorothy Kaufmann
LMFT, Ph.D
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Oakland, California

I am an older therapist engaged in my second career. In my previous life in higher education (PhD, Columbia University), I taught and wrote in the humanities, which I see as informing my present vocation. I grew up in Queens, New York in a family of...

An Overview of Mental Health in Pleasanton, California

On the surface, life is pleasant in Pleasanton, California. Only a short jaunt from San Francisco 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.