Therapists in San Mateo, CA and Nearby Locations

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My name is Angela Grau and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My practice is centered around the idea that the most important relationship we have is with ourselves. It is crucial that we explore this relationship with authenticity, curiosity...
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Oakland, California

Hello! I am a queer artist, activist and therapist. I believe deeply in healing, and my practice as a therapist is one way I use my own healing journey to inform and create space for others to explore theirs. Therapy with me will focus on continuing...
Iris Cohen
MFT, EFT
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Los Altos, California

Coming from another country, I am very aware of sensitive issues related to cultural differences. Therefore, I incorporate an open-minded approach when working with couples, parents and children's relationship issues, low self-esteem, anxiety, and...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

From acceptance of the present moment, psychotherapy is a step into the unknown. For a moment, you forget what you thought you knew about yourself, life and the world, and see what emerges. The role of the therapist is that of a companion,...
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Pleasanton, California

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California

Megan received her a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Sacramento State University, Ca. and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She brings ten years of experience working with individuals and families of...
Tomilu Stuart
LMFT, MA
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San Jose, California

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California

My experience in education and training is in Nursing and Psychology. I started working as a psychotherapist in 2007 as an intern. I attended JFKU and graduated in 2009. Before graduation, while still an intern I took training from the EMDR...
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California

I am a licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist with 20+ years of experience in the mental health field. I work with women who experience anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, relationship challenges, and a host of...
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Oakland, California

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California

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a practice in downtown San Francisco. I have a warm, relational approach. I help individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, career questions, and family of origin issues. I...
Ranjan Patel
LMFT, Psy.D., CPC
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Burlingame, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I’m in love with people. My #1 passion is people. Psychotherapy is a sacred process where you trust the therapist and make a pact to enter a private world of pain. You're visiting this site and seeking help: I admire that you're acknowledging your...
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San Francisco, California

You know something’s not right and may be ready to make some changes or at least begin exploring what those might be. Whether is through substances, food, relationships with others, self sabotaging your dreams, you are trying to deal with your...
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San Francisco, California

You probably just want to feel better but the path of getting there can be complicated, otherwise you'd feel better already. If only the course was clearer.  Beginning a therapy can be a bit like choosing the "red pill." If you're afraid of the...
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Walnut Creek, California

I encourage growth in my clients by helping to increase their awareness of how behaviors and thought patterns affect their identity, relationships, and overall sense of well being. I view the therapeutic process as one of compassionate collaboration...
Leslie Baker
LMFT, MA
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Pleasanton, California

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California

Licensed since 1991, Leslie as a family counselor has over twenty years of experience in the field of psychotherapy. She graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development/Family Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo....
Deborah Simmons
LMFT, PhD
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Burlingame, California

Primrose Healing and Wellness is a center that takes a very holistic approach to healing. It is a center staffed with trained and experienced professionals who share a common belief that every individual is unique and treatment for every person...
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Santa Cruz, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Congratulations on looking for a therapist. We all seek support for different reasons. I became a therapist because of my own searches in the depths of my soul. I believe that this is a lot of healing available for each of us. We can incur suffering...
Randi Fredricks
LMFT, Ph.D.
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San Jose, California

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California

I love what I do and believe it’s a privilege to be able to be of service to others. In my practice, I work individuals, couples, and families to improve all areas of their lives. I have gathered a lot of tools that I’ve found help my clients...
Ben Schultz
LMFT, MA
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I believe everyone is the expert on their own life. Considering no one has actually lived one second as you, the simple truth that you know more about you than anyone possibly could is something I value. This means I don't pretend I am your expert -...
Dorothy Kaufmann
LMFT, Ph.D
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Oakland, California

I am an older therapist engaged in my second career. In my previous life in higher education (PhD, Columbia University), I taught and wrote in the humanities, which I see as informing my present vocation. I grew up in Queens, New York in a family of...
David Kest
LMFT, MA
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San Francisco, California

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California

Hello there. I welcome you to my practice learning relationship skills and emotional intelligence. Through dialogue skills , mindfulness and somatic awareness we can all improve our Emotional Connections with others and feel more comfortable within...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Stress and burnout are problems we all face in one form or another. Individuals and couples come to Therapy For Real Life to overcome burnout in their career, relationships or life more generally -- to create a life of connection and balance. Please...
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San Jose, California

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California

Leslie Gunterson is a sought after financial expert and strategist who after her second divorce completely remade her life after changing her internal beliefs about her worth, health, relationships, career, and her beliefs about money. Leslie's...
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Palo Alto, California

I have worked as a therapist for over 20 years. My work is primarily with couples, however, I also do a great deal of work with individuals and families. I know that for most people, making the decision to see a therapist isn’t an easy one. I hope...
Annia Raysberg
BA Psych, MA Psych, LMFT
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Oakland, California

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California

I am a licensed Psychotherapist (MFC 52922) in the state of California.  I work with individuals who are 18 and over in a private practice setting.  I provide therapy over video for those who are unable to meet me at my office, on a case-by-case...
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Pleasanton, California

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California

Kelly received a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked with diverse populations throughout the bay area including children, adolescents,...

An Overview of Mental Health in San Mateo, California

San Mateo faces many challenges in the mental health care field. Of particular note is the enormous challenge of providing adequate care to teenagers. Rates of depression and anxiety among young people are much higher than the national average. Almost 70 percent of teenagers said they had these feelings regularly. 38 percent of girls and 23 percent of boys in that age bracket said they had suicidal thoughts. The county is acutely aware of the national statistics on teenage mental health. These include the fact that 80 percent of young people do not seek care for mental illness. As a result, there is a countywide effort to put mental health programs for youth in place.

In the greater region, 5.7% of adults said they had had a major depressive episode in the past year. This is roughly equal to state and national averages.

Effects of Substance Abuse, Poverty, and Other Factors

Drug use among young people has increased in San Mateo. 65 percent of students in the eleventh grade said they had tried alcohol. 42 percent said they had tried marijuana. Of particular concern was the rate of prescription drug abuse, which was 16 percent by twelfth grade.

Between 2006 and 2010, 21.9 percent of the greater region reported using illegal drugs in the past year. This is higher than both the state and national average. Substance abuse is a particular concern for mental health. Those who abuse substances often develop mental conditions like anxiety and depression. Meanwhile, those who are mentally ill frequently use substances for relief. This includes alcohol and tobacco as well as drugs.

Regional rates of smoking, which are at about 16.7 percent, were lower than the national average. However, rates of binge drinking were on par with state and national rates. About 22.1 percent of people ages 12 and over said they had drunk to excess in the last month.

But substance abuse is not the only factor to examine. Many considerations shape the mental health of a region. Education rates in San Mateo are high. Roughly 47 percent of the population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. This is higher than the national average. These statistics are significant. Higher education rates make it more likely that people will seek mental health care.

Poverty rates also correlate to people’s tendency to seek treatment for mental conditions. Close to 7 percent of San Mateo residents live below the poverty line. These people may be less likely to seek care for many reasons. They may worry about being able to afford the cost of a therapist. They are also less likely to have health insurance that can help them with medical expenses. This is unfortunate since those who live in poverty have higher rates of mental illness. In particular, these populations experience depression and anxiety.

Mental Health Resources in San Mateo

Though there are challenges for the mental health of San Mateo, the region has many providers. Residents have access to both private care and public programs. For example, the region has a chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI. This national program aims to offer support groups and other mental health services. It also provides community education programs about mental illness. NAMI’s goal is to provide care for those with mental illness and support for their families.

The region is also implementing new programs to help young people find help. There are also many public crisis services available to adults. Medical services have also shown concern for the mental health needs of inmates. These are often indicative of the population at large. Both government programs and private crisis services are being expanded in San Mateo. There are also a large number of rehabilitation programs. The county is becoming more aware of community needs for mental health care. It is taking many steps forward to provide care to its residents.

The Challenges of Finding Mental Health Care Services in San Mateo

Whatever your challenges, finding mental health care services is an intimidating experience. Many people are worried about seeking care. They are concerned about the stigma of mental illness or finding the right caregiver. Our mental health directory is the best place to start. We provide a comprehensive list of all the providers in San Mateo. You can compare services and choose which therapist is right for you. Contact us today to find a qualified counselor in San Mateo.