Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in San Marcos, California

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

Leann Moore

Leann Moore, LMFT, Certified, Clinical, Trauma, Professional

Hi, I am a licensed family therapist with the state of California. I have six years of experience. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional which means I am trained to help those who have experienced trauma, grief and/or loss. Along with trauma, I have experience with anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, self-esteem problems and those road bumps in life we all face. Sometimes we feel stuck, not sure which direction we should Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 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 Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Krista  Zabor

Krista Zabor , LCSW

Hi, I’m Krista. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California with over eight years of experience providing counseling and mental health care. I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. In my personal life, I enjoy swimming, yoga, podcasts and time with my kids. In my professional life, I have worked with a broad range of adults in outpatient settings experiencing a wide variety of life Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 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 Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years


Deanna Daniels

Deanna Daniels, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Life Coach with 16 years of clinical experience. My guiding approach to effective therapy focuses on seeing the problem as separate from the person. I believe that people are the experts of their own lives. I choose to sit in a place of curiosity to help you uncover already present strengths or develop new approaches to life's challenges. I work collaboratively with those who Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years


Amanda Wiginton

Amanda Wiginton, LMFT

Throughout our lives, we are faced with many challenges and counseling can help provide the tools needed to overcome these life obstacles in a healthy way. It is vitally important to the therapeutic process to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and trust. I hope to be this person for you. I believe that therapy is a collaboration and together we can focus on issues that may be negatively impacting your healthy development Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Bonnie Monfils

Bonnie Monfils, Lmft, M.S.

Hello! My name is Bonnie and I am Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I received my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Practitioner of Clinical Counseling. My career started at a Dual diagnosis clinic helping individuals with mental health and substance use issues. I have also volunteered much of my time with the LGBTQ community. Within in the last four years my work has been in community mental health, child welfare, family Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Jesse Moon

Jesse Moon, MA, LMFT

I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California. This includes the treatment of individuals. I have experience as a practicing psychotherapist and Life Coach. I treat anxiety, depression,post traumatic stress, sexuality, marriage/ relationship issues, stress, addictions, self esteem, career issues and a desire to increase your sense of happiness,well being and personal growth. I have expertise in Anger Management.. My approach is a combination of a humanistic strength based approach as well as Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years


Molly  Roha-Fuentes

Molly Roha-Fuentes, MS, LMFT

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with over 10 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I've worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, parenting, communication, life changes and grief and loss. My style is warm, open and engaging, and I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. I take an eclectic approach with clients, and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Patricia Alvarado

Patricia Alvarado, MA, LPCC, LMHC

Hello! My name is Patricia Alvarado, but I go by "Patty". I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor licensed in the state of California as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor licensed in the state of New York, currently living in New York City. I gained my Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and my Bachelor's of Arts from the University of California-Santa Barbara in Sociology and Women's Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 7 years


An Overview of Mental Health in San Marcos, California

Like most of the nation, California is struggling with a high rate of mental illness, as well as a lack of resources for treating it. Mental Health America created a list to rank each state (plus Washington DC) on a variety of mental health factors. California’s ratings were average to below average.

  • MHA lists California at 25 for its overall ranking. Its ranking for adult mental health is 22, and it comes in at 23 in terms of overall prevalence.
  • On the other hand, California ranks poorly in terms of youth mental health at 34, and 31 in overall access to mental health care.

In a state as large as California, there’s no doubt that the factors contributing to the issue of mental health vary widely by region. However, by looking into local factors, it’s easier to understand the state statistics.

Mental Health in San Marcos

San Marcos is located in San Diego County, which is the second most populous county in California. A suburb of the city of San Diego, it has a population of over 96,000 people. With an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent and a poverty rate of 14.85 percent, there do appear to be some economical issues in the city.

Poverty

This observation seems to be further supported by the city’s income estimates. In 2017, the median annual income was estimated at over $70,000. However, the per capita annual income the same year was just over $30,000.

Poverty and financial woes are a common risk factor for mental illness. Whether being in poverty is the result of debilitating mental illness, or poor mental health is brought on by the stress of financial issues, it can be a troubling cycle for many individuals.

Minorities are also disproportionately affected by poverty. The population of San Marcos is almost 50 percent white, with a large Hispanic population of almost 36 percent. The poverty rate among white individuals is just over 12 percent, while the rate among Hispanics is almost double at over 20 percent. This disparity is also reflected in education rates. The graduation rate among the white population is over 96 percent. Meanwhile, the graduation rate among Hispanics is just under 58 percent.

While the Hispanic population is used as an example, other minorities in San Marcos experience just as much or more of a disparity in poverty levels. Poverty rates among Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and individuals identifying as “other race” are approximately 29 percent, 26 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

Youth

The status of youth mental health in California is relatively poor, as referenced earlier in regards to the MHA rating of 34 out of 51. California Health Care Foundation states that in 2014 to 2015, one in every eight adolescents reported experiencing major depression, but almost two-thirds of these individuals went without any treatment. It also reports that in 2015, one in every twelve high school students attempted suicide. That rate was even higher in females, at one in nine.

Substance abuse also plays an important role in youth mental health. In general, substance abuse and mental illness tend to go hand-in-hand. In the case of adolescents, the teen years are generally the time when most substance abuse and mental illnesses manifest. The Foundation report states that the earlier an individual begins substance use, the more likely he or she is to develop a substance use disorder.

Lack of Care

Like almost every other state, California is seeing a shortage of mental health professionals. To make things worse, a state law disallows professionals of some psychiatric disciplines to provide treatment to Medicare patients unless certain specifications are met.

Resources in San Marcos

While the city is facing some struggles, there are mental health resources available.

  • North County Health Services (NCHS) provides behavioral health care at multiple locations, including one in San Marcos.
  • Palomar Outpatient Behavioral Health in nearby Escondido offers a day program for adults that includes a variety of services.
  • Teen Recovery Center, also in San Marcos, is an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility with a multitude of programs designed especially for adolescents and their families.

You can use the E-Counseling online directory of mental health professionals to find care in your area. Mental illness can be a difficult obstacle, but know that you are not alone and there is help available.