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.

Dr. Michael Damian

Dr. Michael Damian, PhD,

LIFE-CHANGING, SUPPORTIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR YOUNG ADULTS & MIDLIFE Hi, I'm Dr. Michael Damian. I hold a PhD in clinical psychology and maintain a private practice in California. I would be deeply honored to assist you in your journey, if you feel moved to work with me. I specialize in helping *young adults* and *midlife adults* live their best life and become who they truly are. My approach is very solution-focused while also helping you to understand your mind and relat Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 5 years


Dr. Elizabeth Kane

Dr. Elizabeth Kane, PhD, LMFT,

Seeking additional support for areas in our lives that are in need of attention is a wonderful way to focus on personal growth! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of CA. With over 13 years of educational experience in the field of counseling psychology including an earned Doctoral degree in Psychology as well as over 10 years in clinical practice, I blend both my research and clinical skills to offer a counseling style approach Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 11 years


Dr. Ethan Bregman

Dr. Ethan Bregman, Ph.D.,

My name is Dr. Ethan Bregman and as a clinical psychologist, I have counseled adults in many areas of life difficulties. I utilize several strategies including but not limited to Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Models and Brief Solution Focused. I work with individuals who struggle with depression and anxiety as well as adjustment to life circumstances and challenges. My counseling style is interactive and non-judgme Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 12 years


Brigette Girardey

Brigette Girardey, MA, LMFT,

Hello! My name is Brigette and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in East Bay, California. I have 10 years experience working with clients, providing therapeutic counseling services. I have worked with a diverse population of clients ranging from children, teens, adults, and elders. I provide services for individuals and families assisting with issues such as depression, isolation, anxiety, self esteem, trauma, loss, relationship issues, pare Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 10 years


Beth Deja

Beth Deja, LCSW,

People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Sometimes you are in crisis mode, and sometimes you just need someone to talk to for support. My goal is to help you manage distress, as well as help you determine where your issue comes from in the first place. Originally from Michigan, I gave up cold winters for the palm trees of sunny San Diego. I am empathetic, nonjudgmental, and authentic with a good sense of humor. I have over ten years of experience providing mental he Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 10 years


Emily Vierra

Emily Vierra, LMFT,

Welcome! My name is Emily Vierra and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. Many of us experience difficulties at different points in our lives and need help to overcome these obstacles. It takes courage to ask for help and I commend you for reaching out. Many of us need a safe place to share our feelings and I am here to help you talk openly without judgment. I approach therapy with respect, compassion, and empathy. I will work co Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 13 years


Cait Glenn

Cait Glenn, LCSW,

Many people seek therapy to make improvements in their lives. My goal is to help you identify and conquer what you feel is holding you back. Working together, I can guide you to move forward through roadblocks and reclaim what you truly want in your life. I am experienced in working with adults and older adults. My specialties include, Stress and Anxiety Management, Life Transitions, Relationship Improvement, Grief/Loss, Cancer and Chronic Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 7 years


Dr. Raisa Garcia

Dr. Raisa Garcia, PhD,

Hello! I know you're curious and also would probably appreciate a "snapshot" as you browse through BetterHelp, so here's my quick summary: EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: I'm a licensed clinical psychologist from the Bay Area of California. I went to undergraduate school in San Jose State University for psychology/behavioral sciences with a minor in radio-television-film. I then went to the California School of Professional Psy Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 6 years


Wendy Skillern

Wendy Skillern, LCSW,

Thank you for visiting my profile! Life can be very stressful and overwhelming at times. I will work collaboratively with you to help you you get relief from depression, anxiety, relationship or family issues, recent or past traumas, or particularly difficult life transitions. My approach is strengths-based, using solution-focused techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 10 years


Rebecca Tekeian

Rebecca Tekeian, MA, LPCC,

Hello, my name is Rebecca! I am so glad that you have found time to read my page. Receiving counseling services myself in the past, I know how important it is to choose the right counselor, the right therapist. It is important to know their values and to become familiar with how they work. As a counselor, it is important to identify the tools needed to address each individual and the issues that they face in that given moment. It is important to ack Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Armenian,
  • Experience: 5 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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