Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Salinas, California

Find a therapist in Salinas, California  that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Salinas, 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

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Salinas, California

Salinas is located in Monterey County, California.  The U.S. Census reports that the population was 157,218 in the year 2016 and comprised of a total area of 23.2 square miles (60 km2).  The city’s climate is impacted more by the Pacific Ocean rather than the hot-summer inland.  Salinas is nicknamed “The Salad Bowl of the World” since the marine climate is ideal for vineyards, vegetable farmers, and the floral industry.  The city is also the central hub for businesses, government offices, and industry.  John Steinbeck, the Nobel Prize winner of Literature, focused many of his stories on this area.  Salinas attracted a great inflow of immigrants, who wanted to improve their quality of living by working in the fishing industry and in agriculture.  The influx of undocumented immigrants began and, by 2011, Salinas had one of the highest concentrations of non-legal immigrants in the state and nationwide.   The immigrants feared local law enforcement and it brought about many challenges within community relations.  For this reason, Salinas decided to become a sanctuary city.  They call their community a “Welcoming City”.  Salinas has an active culture life, enjoying events such as the California Rodeo Salinas, a popular stop on the rodeo circuit; Kiddie Kapers Parade; Salinas Asian Festival; and El Grito, which is a free event with parades, authentic Mexican cuisine, over 120 vendors, and attracts an estimate of 50,000 people each year.

Salinas’ residents had a median household income of $49,840, slightly lower than the United States median of $53,889, according to the 2011 – 2015 survey conducted by the U.S. Census.  Approximately 18.9% of the population lives below the poverty level.  The number of people divorced in California is estimated to be at 12% in 2017.  It is challenging to find an accurate rate of divorce, since the U.S. Census made the submissions voluntary and California stopped reporting the statistics after the year 1990.    The U.S. rate in the same timeframe is estimated to be at 3.2 per 1000 population.

City Concerns

It was revealed in 2012 that Salinas’ mental health networks had major inefficiencies in its charting of patients and their symptoms.  The level of care and follow-up was lacking as well.  So many patients’ needs were being bypassed that the city brought in a third-party consultant to highlight the specific downfalls and create an action plan.  They discovered some very unfortunate factors such as the average wait time for access to care among 2,527 patients was 86 days from the years 2013 through 2015.  They have since come up with 20 more units of care for coordinated mental health case management to be constructed at some future date.

Monterey County has been ranked the youth homicide capital of California by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) for four out of the past five years.  The attributing factors are bullying, gang activity, neglect at home, and severe mental illnesses in youth.  Domestic calls are slightly more than average in Monterey County than compared to the state average.  The effects of both domestic violence and bullying result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.  The challenges to receiving services may include lack of health insurance coverage, lack of available services or transportation to them, the absence of awareness that one is experiencing symptoms, or the societal stigma that can cause hesitancy to seek care.

How We Can Help

It can be overwhelming when trying to find a professional for your mental health concerns.  The first step in your journey is to make a list of your needs and goals.

Are you experiencing symptoms, such as depression or anxiety?  What other symptoms are you having?

Did your discomfort lead to alcohol or substance abuse?

Are you having marital or relationship issues?

What would you like to get out of therapy?

We did the following research to help you find helpful support and some relief in an expedient manner.

There are approximately 40 psychiatrists in Salinas, California. There is an estimate of 59 psychologists and licensed counselors.  There are approximately 11 treatment centers.

Thank you for visiting our website.  As you strive towards stronger mental, emotional, and behavioral health, we hope that you find the resources listed here in the directory valuable to your path.  We welcome you to find more assistance on choosing a therapist at https://www.e-counseling.com.