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.


Robert Bowmam

LMFT
24 years experience
I'm a warm and caring Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I have been practicing for 23 years. I believe in building a trusting therapeutic relationship by paying attention to each client's personal needs in a compassionate and collaborative manner. You are the one who has taken a courageous step in meeting a challenge or challenges that life has given as an opportunity to grow as a human being and as your individual self. I... Read More
I'm a warm and caring Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I have been practicing for 23 years. I believe in building a trusting therapeutic relationship by paying attention to each client's personal needs in a compassionate and collaborative manner.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 24 years

Jonathan Meza

MS, LPCC
4 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with over 10 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief & loss, school or work trouble? Maybe a unique challenge with a transition or goal in your life? You are not alone, and I am here for you. I’ll share with you that... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with over 10 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma,... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 4 years

Jessica Vickers

MA, LMFT
6 years experience
Welcome, I’m Jessica, and my goal is to provide a supportive environment as well as to equip you with the tools you need to empower yourself and maintain positive changes in your life. I enjoy the work I do and find the therapeutic relationship to be a powerful component of this long-lasting change. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. My Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology... Read More
Welcome, I’m Jessica, and my goal is to provide a supportive environment as well as to equip you with the tools you need to empower yourself and maintain positive changes in your life. I enjoy the work I do and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Gina Marquardt

LMFT
8 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2011, and I have been working as a therapist since that time. I work with clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, career concerns, substance abuse, LGBT issues, family and relationship issues, and coping with chronic illnesses. I utilize various types of therapy in my practice, such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2011, and I have been working as a therapist since that time. I work with clients who are... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Jerome Scott Jr

LMFT
16 years experience
During the past nineteen years, I have worked as an integral member of a multidisciplinary treatment team providing therapeutic intervention, case management and chemical dependency counseling for a large diverse patient population in an acute psychiatric hospital setting. As a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, I have consistently demonstrated a high level of professionalism, therapeutic innovation and ethically responsible approach with resolving the critical issues encountered by our patients. I believe that this quote by Emmett Fox... Read More
During the past nineteen years, I have worked as an integral member of a multidisciplinary treatment team providing therapeutic intervention, case management and chemical dependency counseling for a large diverse patient population in an acute psychiatric hospital setting. As a Licensed... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Deborah Corey

LMFT
16 years experience
Hello, and congratulations for taking that important first step toward feeling better. My name is Deborah Corey and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in managing depression and anxiety, ADHD, relationship counseling, career counseling, grief and loss, conflict resolution, and social/communication skill building. I have been counseling people from all walks of life for over 15 years and I love what I do. My clients have told... Read More
Hello, and congratulations for taking that important first step toward feeling better. My name is Deborah Corey and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in managing depression and anxiety, ADHD, relationship counseling, career counseling, grief and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Hai Nguyen

9 years experience
I am honored to have the opportunity to meet you and explore areas of the heart, mind, and soul with you. I have fallen in love with studying "love" since a young age. It occurred to me that life gives us many paradoxes/contradictions such as: "Go through pain in order to heal". Since my awareness opened up to the vast internal world of the human mind, I strive to find the answer. In the combination... Read More
I am honored to have the opportunity to meet you and explore areas of the heart, mind, and soul with you. I have fallen in love with studying "love" since a young age. It occurred to me that life gives... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Vietnamese
  • Experience: 9 years

Wilson Bezerra-Flanders

MA, LPCC, LMHC
20 years experience
Hello. I am a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I went to Boston University for my Bachelor in Psychology Degree and to Harvard University for my graduate studies. I earned a Postgraduate Diploma at Mass. General Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. I am licensed in several US states and I have been in the field for about 20 years. I have trained and worked in several settings, including... Read More
Hello. I am a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. I went to Boston University for my Bachelor in Psychology Degree and to Harvard University for my graduate studies. I earned a Postgraduate Diploma at Mass. General Hospital,... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Portuguese
  • Experience: 20 years

Leslie Campbell

LCSW
25 years experience
I've worked as a social worker since the mid 1990s, first as an MSW degreed social worker, then as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past nearly 10 years. I earned my Master in Social Work from San Diego State University, and proceeded to work as a social worker with the County of San Diego in Child Welfare. Much of my tenure as a protective services worker within CPS was spent working with severely emotionally... Read More
I've worked as a social worker since the mid 1990s, first as an MSW degreed social worker, then as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past nearly 10 years. I earned my Master in Social Work from San Diego State... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Arthur Belmont

LMFT, CADC-CAS
23 years experience
I believe that changing the way we THINK about something, changes how we FEEL. Since there is always more than one way to think about something, how we feel about Self, Relationships and Life Circumstances is completely within our control. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) who has been practicing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy since 1994 working with individuals, youth and families in a wide variety of settings... Read More
I believe that changing the way we THINK about something, changes how we FEEL. Since there is always more than one way to think about something, how we feel about Self, Relationships and Life Circumstances is completely within our... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 23 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.