Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in San Diego, California

Find a therapist in San Diego, California that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in San Diego to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.


Mallory Garrett

MS, LMFT
6 years experience
I believe in meeting you where you are and working in a collaborative way to help address issues that may be causing you distress. While I take a problem-solving, relational approach to helping clients, I also believe in the benefits of supportive therapy as people navigate daily challenges. I implement an in-depth approach to counseling. I come from a modality that is sex-positive and LGBTQ Affirming. I have experience working with a variety of issues... Read More
I believe in meeting you where you are and working in a collaborative way to help address issues that may be causing you distress. While I take a problem-solving, relational approach to helping clients, I also believe in the benefits... 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

Dr. Carmen Majied

PsyD, LMFT
17 years experience
Greetings! My name is Dr. Carmen Majied and I am pleased that you've chosen to visit BetterHelp! A little about me... I come to you as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a compassionate clinician with 17 years of professional experience providing individual and couples counseling. In my work with individuals and couples who are seeking support and guidance, I assign top... Read More
Greetings! My name is Dr. Carmen Majied and I am pleased that you've chosen to visit BetterHelp! A little about me... I come to you as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Susan Barrett

PsyD
18 years experience
Do fear and worry keep you from realizing your dreams? Are your relationships suffering because of your anxiety? Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, as though you've lost your way. Imagine being empowered with practical skills that can be applied immediately in your everyday life to bring clarity, hope, and serenity. Whether you're looking for supportive guidance while navigating a challenging situation or as you turn toward a new direction in life, I look forward to... Read More
Do fear and worry keep you from realizing your dreams? Are your relationships suffering because of your anxiety? Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, as though you've lost your way. Imagine being empowered with practical skills that can be applied immediately... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years

Caryn Bickel

LMFT
17 years experience
It's time to focus on YOU! I believe that betterhelp starts the moment a person reaches out and asks for help! I can give betterhelp by listening, understanding what's being communicated and reflecting that back with caring and concern. My approach to therapy is holistic; addressing the connection between body, mind, heart and soul. I am LMFT with over 18 years of experience working with adults (older and younger), adolescents,... Read More
It's time to focus on YOU! I believe that betterhelp starts the moment a person reaches out and asks for help! I can give betterhelp by listening, understanding what's being communicated and reflecting that back with caring... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Alyssa Eisman

LCSW, CADC, II
8 years experience
Welcome and thank you for visiting my BetterHelp profile! Seeking therapy takes a great deal of courage and I commend you for exploring therapy as a tool for self-exploration and growth. Many people find that building a supportive and collaborative relationship with their therapist contributes to the overall effectiveness and success of therapy. I strive to offer a safe and non-judgmental environment with a commitment to placing the highest priority on your care. We will... Read More
Welcome and thank you for visiting my BetterHelp profile! Seeking therapy takes a great deal of courage and I commend you for exploring therapy as a tool for self-exploration and growth. Many people find that building a supportive and collaborative... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Julie Borden

LCSW
19 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been providing counseling for more than twenty years. I have a master's degree in Social Welfare and experience in a wide range of areas, including grief and loss, stress management, parenting challenges, depression, and communication in relationships. I know that making the decision to start therapy, and reaching out to find someone you can trust, is a big step, often one that people think about for... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been providing counseling for more than twenty years. I have a master's degree in Social Welfare and experience in a wide range of areas, including grief and loss, stress management, parenting... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 years

Dr. Negar Nazari

Ph.D.
8 years experience
Contemplating therapy is a courageous first step and I admire your decision to seek help. Perhaps you have been overworked, feeling stressed, worried, and struggling to keep it all together. I will meet you as you are and create a safe space to explore your unique inner world. Together we can identify your strengths, change old patterns, increase self-compassion, strengthen coping skills, enhance relationships, and make life much more meaningful. I provide an environment that... Read More
Contemplating therapy is a courageous first step and I admire your decision to seek help. Perhaps you have been overworked, feeling stressed, worried, and struggling to keep it all together. I will meet you as you are and create a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Cassandra Del Greco

LMFT, LPCC
5 years experience
“Change Your Thoughts and You’ll Change Your World”. My goal is to offer and provide support within the therapeutic relationship that allows for you to gain insight on discovering your needs. I believe that everyone needs support but struggles with how to ask for help. In my practices I provide the time and space for you to feel heard, supported, and most importantly I provide empathy. Empathy is a powerful word as it defines the... Read More
“Change Your Thoughts and You’ll Change Your World”. My goal is to offer and provide support within the therapeutic relationship that allows for you to gain insight on discovering your needs. I believe that everyone needs support but struggles with... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 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

Mental Health Professionals San Diego

The fifth most populous county in the United States, San Diego County has a population of 3 million people according to the 2009  U.S. Census.  As with any large city, addressing the mental health needs of its residents can be a daunting task. According to the San Diego Health and Human Service Agency, between 40,000- 45,000 adults were seen by the county’s mental health providers during the year 2014. The following is a brief profile of the challenges faced by San Diego as well as some the innovative ways they are meeting those challenges.

The Challenges

Increased Demand

During the period of 2009-2015, the police agencies of San Diego County experienced an 84% spike in calls related to individuals with mental health issues, even though there was only a 5% increase in the county’s population during that same period of time. 9-11 operators, and other authorities, received 17,300 calls in 2009. By 2015, they had received 31,700 calls. The source of the increase has not yet been determined, though some suspect that it may be partially due to easier access to methamphetamines and changes in sentencing guidelines for jail time.

Access to Service

According to a study, most residents of San Diego County, who seek mental health services, do so in a variety of treatment settings. The conclusion of the study recommended that these consumers of mental health services would benefit if access to services were streamlined. Without such a process, the healthcare of people who have serious mental illness lacks continuity.

Tri-City Medical Center serves the North Coastal portion of San Diego County. It plans to significantly cut back on providing emergency psychiatric services in its two mental health units. Their decision has been met with a great deal of criticism by advocacy groups, law enforcement, and local government as it is the only provider of such services in the North Coastal area. Officials of Tri-City cite changes in federal regulations that would require it to invest $3 million to meet safety standards. They also point to a $5 million operating loss last year and staffing issues due to a shortage of psychiatrists.

Vulnerable Populations

  • It is estimated that 5% of the population of San Diego County has a serious mental illness. This figure is higher for low-income residents where 8% are inflicted with a serious mental illness.
  • Being a military town, San Diego’s veterans are a vulnerable population. The Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System indicates that 20,000 veterans have received care for post-traumatic stress disorder since 2010.
  • With the highest recidivism rate for any California city, San Diego’s inmates and ex-offenders constitute another vulnerable population for mental health disorders. It’s estimated that 64% of its inmates have mental health issues. In contrast, it is determined that 56% of state inmates and 45% of federal inmates have mental health disorders.
  • San Diego County expects to see its elderly population double by 2030. Currently, one-fifth of its elderly population experiences depression. Depression is even more frequently found for elderly individuals who have heart disease, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s disease.

The Innovations

San Diego’s Mental Health Resource Center (MHRC) addresses both educational and mental health needs of dual diagnosis students in the San Diego Unified School District. From a medical perspective, dual diagnosis refers to individuals who have mental illness with a co-occurring substance abuse problem. From the educational aspect, dual diagnosis applies to students who have an intellectual or developmental disability and a co-occurring mental health problem.

MHRC partners with mental health providers and develops evidence-based programs that are school-based. Both students and their families work with the multi-disciplinary team that is composed of licensed mental health clinicians, school psychologists, school counselors, psychiatrist, and behavioral rehabilitation specialist. Further, the therapeutic team consists of a multicultural staff.

Another innovative approach by San Diego is to extend its outreach to the public. Through a partnership between San Diego County Public Libraries and San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, library patrons can receive information about no-cost services for mental health, housing, and other social services. The service is available to anyone who is 18 years or older and is particularly popular with the homeless population.

The San Diego Foundation has partnered with the University of California in San Diego to address depression and mood disorders. It is hoped that, through the coordination of services, the County will improve the treatment outcome of its residents.

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