Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in San Buenaventura (Ventura), California

Find a therapist in San Buenaventura (Ventura), California that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in San Buenaventura (Ventura)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

Tessa Magill

MS in Counseling Psychology, LMFT
5+ years experience
My name is Tessa Magill, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Ojai and Ventura, Ca. I work with individuals who are experiencing stress, are in a life transition or are struggling to manage their current set of challenges. I offer a comfortable and calm atmosphere as the foundation to helping my clients feel heard, understood and empowered. Read More
My name is Tessa Magill, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Ojai and Ventura, Ca. I work with individuals who are experiencing stress, are in a life transition or are struggling to manage their current set of challenges. I offer a comfortable and calm atmosphere as the foundation to helping my clients feel heard, understood and empowered. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5+ years

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Ventura, California

For many, the city of Ventura, California (officially known as San Buenaventura) serves as the pinnacle of west coast living. 2017 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau report an impressive 110,790 people live within the city limits. More notably, the population is increasing at a steady amount per year – about five percent every decade or so. Given the appealing characteristics of the city, it is not surprising to see people clambering to live there. Amenities, like grocery stores and gas stations, are abundant and easy to access. People who favor walking or biking places should be happy to know most Ventura neighborhoods are adequately walkable.

The most common motivating factor behind a family’s decision to move to Ventura, California is identical to every other major American city. Job opportunities, like a raise in pay or a new job altogether tend to be why people move their domiciles to new locations. However, not everyone attempting to participate in the labor market is able to find a job. Those that are able to land employment are not always able to maintain it – especially with layoffs being a frequent occurrence.

Many families in the Ventura area live paycheck to paycheck or struggle to find work, period. But Ventura’s economic problems are ancillary to another intricate widespread issue. Experts are saying the city is currently going through a “mental health crisis.” Let’s break down what that means, why the situation is so poor in Ventura, and what you can do to get in contact with a licensed therapist who can help if you are in need.

An Overview of Mental Health in Ventura, California

Unfortunately, the overall mental health of the United States is deteriorating, similar to every other developed nation. Chances are, you probably know someone struggling with mental illness if not yourself. An especially alarming study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates a whopping 50 percent of Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness at one point or another during their life. Narrowing the scope of the statistics fails to yield more hopeful results. As per a 2017 study from Mental Health America, the state of California ranks amongst the top 50 percent of states regarding prevalence of mental illness and lack of access to care. So, what is causing Ventura’s mental health crisis to be so extreme?

First of all, the city of Ventura has a significant crime problem. As per the most recent statistics from the FBI, the overall crime rate in the city is 32 percent higher than the national average. Illegal activities involving violence disproportionately occur in Ventura relative to the rest of the country. Unfortunately, research indicates the presence of a strong link between crime and mental illness. Areas which enjoy less crime also see fewer instances of mental health conditions. While officials are attempting to combat the problem of crime, results are not going to come to fruition overnight. In the meantime, it is not a doubt that the area’s high rate of crime is negatively impacting the community’s mental health.

California’s high divorce rate is also a likely culprit. Some claim the rate of divorced individuals is the highest in the country in California. Roughly 60 percent of Californian marriages end in separation. It is no secret spousal separation can have a profound influence on the mental health of everyone involved, including children. If you feel your relationship is at risk of dissolution, it is best to reach out to a therapist before making any permanent, life-altering decisions.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Ventura, California

A harsh reality many people across the country are facing is the often-troublesome nature of finding a suitable therapist. Unbeknownst to many, not many people are able to get treatment. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates almost 60 percent of mentally ill Americans receive no treatment during a given year, regardless of the necessity to do so. Experts are somewhat blaming the nationwide shortage of mental health professionals as being the reason so few people receive mental health care.

In the case of Ventura, in particular, people are pointing fingers at ineffective public policy, poverty, and stigma as being barriers to care. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the number of people without any form of health insurance as being roughly five percent higher than the national average. Undoubtedly, a good portion of these people is low-income earners. For them, the out-of-pocket expense of therapy is not a financially solvent option.

Mental Health Resources in Ventura, California

Thanks to attention from both state and federal entities, more funds are being directed towards initiatives aimed at combatting mental illness. Residents of Ventura are fortunate in having so many options to choose from. The Aurora Vista Del Mar Hospital is a local psychiatric hospital providing a bevy of services to those in need living in the area. Ventura County Behavioral Health is a medical clinic offering treatment solutions and resources similar to the aforementioned hospital.

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