Therapists in San Clemente , CA and Nearby Locations

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Are you unsatisfied with one or more areas of your life? I partner with my clients to empower them to make the changes necessary to bring their realities in line with the lives they truly want. In this way, I collaborate with each individual,...
Aleksandra Drecun
Psy.D., MA
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San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Dr. Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D., is the founder of Association for Compassionate Transformation. She is a licensed psychologist who has a profound passion and derives immense gratitude from assisting individuals, couples and families in realizing...
Janee Young
LMFT, LMFT-Supervisor
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Hey there! I'm Janee Young, a licensed marriage and family therapist at Confidence and Clarity. I'm here to help you rock your confidence and discover the inner clarity you've been searching for. With a quirky and compassionate approach, my toolkit...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Often, when clients come to me, they don't realize trauma is the source of why they feel stuck, depressed or anxious. They realize they have patterns in relationships that are unhealthy or unproductive but can't seem to choose differently or connect...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I love helping you enjoy life more!
Briana Lefman
LPCC-S 2
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I help you connect to the 'why' behind your patterns, your pain, anger, avoidance, and dysfunction. I help you shift from anger to understanding. I'll help make sense of it. I'll teach you how to identify what you've been living without. I'll teach...
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Irvine, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

We all struggle with challenges and feel overwhelmed at times. My job is to create an environment where you feel safe. Together, we will explore ways to reach your goals and improve your life. I am licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy with over...
Peter Robbins
LMFT, Ph.D.
In-Person Sessions:

Fullerton, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Dr. Robbins is the Emergency Room Marital Therapist. What does that mean? Dr. Robbins specializes in bringing couples back from the brink of divorce. The type of therapy needed for those who are seriously considering divorce is very different from...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

I provide a safe place to unload and work on a new understanding. We will work collaboratively to understand the underlying issues often hidden from ourselves, that keep you stuck in unhealthy patterns. My approach is respectful, caring, and...
Chrissy Comlish
LMFT, LMFT-Supervisor
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist on the East side of Los Angeles. My education and training have led to working with people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic background, sexual orientations, and gender preference. For over 8 years...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

At the beginning of my work, I practiced what is called the ‘eclectic approach’, which uses different techniques depending on the client. Meanwhile, over the last 20 years I discovered cognitive therapy consistently resulted in more effective...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Tanya Desloover is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. Tanya specializes in helping clients and their families recover from the traumatic consequences of addiction. She recognizes the...
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Encinitas, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I believe we are all wired for connection, and, whether extraverted or introverted, rejection and isolation are incredibly painful experiences. Our brains and bodies are built in such a way that protects us from threats and harm. While these...
Kim Jones
LMFT, MA
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Congrats on taking your first step - seeking support is a sign of strength! I work with individuals, couples and adolescents/young adults to help facilitate change and reach goals to achieve more fulfillment and happiness in life and to get through...
In-Person Sessions:

Los Angeles, California

The moment you walk through the door we work at a pace that is appropriate for your needs, establishing sustainable goals and milestones throughout your healing process. I am invested in your emotional health and happiness and will assist you in...
Dr. Gary Hittle
Ph.D Psychology
In-Person Sessions:

La Mesa, California

I have been in private psychological practice for more than 30 years specializing in individual, marital, and relational therapy, family problem interventions, adolescents, treatment of sexual and substance abuse, and family therapy related to these...
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Torrance, California

Alexandra Armas, MA, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #117071. Alexandra earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of...
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California, Florida

I care about "what happened to you" and I strive to provide a compassionate, supportive space for you to share your concerns. I have with over 20 years' experience helping people get beyond traumatic experiences and on to their best life. Effective...
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Los Angeles, California

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California, Louisiana

I’m offering virtual therapy via phone, Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom so that you can feel safe while working with me. Reach out to me, or furnish your contact info so that I can reach out to you, and we can get you started on feeling better today. My...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Hope, Healing, Resolution The struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Haven’t we all wondered at some point, “What went wrong…Why me…How on Earth did I get here?” A difficult child or teen, a sick loved...
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California

Thanks for visiting! I received my doctorate degree in Social Work at The University of Sydney in Australia and I am a licensed social worker in CA #78087. I also have a background in counseling and psychology. My parents are from Taiwan and...
In-Person Sessions:

Los Angeles, California

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  I have been treating OCD and anxiety disorders for 15 years in private practice. In addition to treating clients in private practice I am a therapist at the UCLA OCD Adult Intensive Treatment Program....
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California

ilona Varo is a Hungarian born psychotherapist practicing in Los Angeles. Her background in the beauty/entertainment industry as well the healing arts informs her unique, curious, mindful and client-centered approach. ilona has an extensive...
Suzanne Riedel
LMFT, EMDR
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Orange, California

Sometimes, self-acceptance comes with some obstacles. Trauma, secrets, life stressors and messages we’ve received throughout life leave us feeling inadequate or lost. As an individual, couple or family, it takes courage to begin a journey toward...

An Overview of Mental Health in San Clemente, California

Nestled between hills and oceans in Orange County, California, approximately midway between San Diego and Los Angeles, is the city of San Clemente. Known as the “Spanish Village by the Sea,” San Clemente is a community with a population of 65,082 people, celebrated for its year-round sunny weather and overall pleasant climate. On the surface, San Clemente may seem idyllic, but the community faces challenges similar to those in communities of comparable size throughout California and the United States.

Socioeconomic Profile of San Clemente, California

San Clemente is a prosperous city with a median household income that far outstrips the United States, California, Orange County, and even the Los Angeles metro area at $97,210 per year. Of the four others, the median for Orange County comes closest to the median of San Clemente, but it is still significantly lower at $78,145. However, there is not an even distribution of wealth in San Clemente as evidenced by the per capita income of $54,115.

The San Clemente area is predominantly Caucasian at 71.1 percent, more than three times the number of the second most populous group of Hispanic/Latino residents at 18.7 percent. The median resident age of San Clemente is higher than the median for California, 44.9 years compared to 36.4 years.

Accessibility of Mental Health Services in San Clemente

Orange County offers the third most acute care beds for psychiatric patients in California at 482. However, there is a shortage of beds throughout California, with 25 counties going without altogether.

Furthermore, acute care is only part of the problem. Preventative mental health services are difficult to find. Mental illness cases in California have increased while treatment options and available funding have decreased. The most severe cases are put on psychiatric holds until hospital beds become available, but by the time they get to the hospital, they have been given medication and stabilized, so they are released from the hospital. Then two weeks later, when the medication runs out, the cycle begins all over again. One medical center in the area called it a crisis in its 2016 community health needs assessment and referred to the current solutions as “Band-Aids,” providing only temporary fixes to the overall problem.

Social stigma regarding mental illness, particularly within certain cultural groups, often gets in the way of people seeking the help they need. However, the same stigmas can actually prevent communities from funding, building, and staffing the treatment centers so desperately needed by playing into the prejudices of the community’s residents. For example, certain neighborhoods are resistant to having treatment centers for mental illness and addiction treatment centers being built nearby out of concern for increased property crimes. This despite the fact that studies show that the risk of increased criminal behavior from a well-managed recovery home is minimal, and rates of property crimes are actually higher near convenience stores and liquor stores than drug and alcohol treatment facilities.

Another concern among affluent homeowners in communities such as San Clemente is that mental health or drug treatment centers in the community will lower property values. Currently, the median residential property value in San Clemente is $899,100, nearly twice the median value of homes statewide at $477,500. One such facility alleges that some communities, possibly including San Clemente, have local governments that bow to pressure from residents and prevent the establishment of treatment facilities within the community through strict zoning laws and regulations despite the practice being in clear violation of state and federal laws in place to prevent discrimination against people with a disability.

Vulnerable Populations in San Clemente

Poverty can be a stressor that leads to mental illness. The poverty rate of San Clemente is relatively low at 7.06 percent, but a disproportionate amount of non-white residents live in poverty. For example, 16.7 percent of black residents live in poverty despite African Americans only making up 0.5 percent of the entire population. The largest demographic of residents living in poverty are males age 45 to 54.

Youth and the elderly are also populations at particular risk. Elderly patients may be in denial about their symptoms, which may also be misdiagnosed as normal aging processes. Approximately 33 percent of Orange County teens have an emotional or mental health issue for which they need counseling, but less than half of them receive it.