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.


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

Yesenia Larios

LMFT
6 years experience
Do you suffer from Anxiety? Does it get in the way of living the life you want to live? You are not alone. My personal experience with anxiety allows me to connect with individuals suffering from anxiety on a deeper level. I will provide you with the tools to help you overcome anxiety and together... Read More
Do you suffer from Anxiety? Does it get in the way of living the life you want to live? You are not alone. My personal experience with anxiety allows me to connect with individuals suffering from anxiety on a deeper level. I will provide you with the tools to help you overcome anxiety and together... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 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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