Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Santa Ana, California

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

Dabney Worth

Dabney Worth, LCSW

I have been a clinical social worker for over 30 years working with individuals, couples and families dealing with a variety of life issues including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, life and health crisis, and life transitions. My approach is warm and gentle, yet insightful and to the point. I create an inviting atmosphere where my clients feel comfortable to delve deep to bring about peace of mind and profound change. My approach incorporates Read More...
I have been a clinical social worker for over 30 years working with individuals, couples and families dealing with a variety of life issues including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, life and health crisis, and life transitions. My approach Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 32 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 32 years


Mallory Garrett

Mallory Garrett, MS, LMFT

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...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


Arianna Helfant

Arianna Helfant, LMFT

Thank you for visiting my BetterHelp profile! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. I provide in-person counseling at my office in Tarzana, as a counselor for the West Valley Counseling Center. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California where I majored in Psychology and Law. I continued my education at USC and earned my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have Read More...
Thank you for visiting my BetterHelp profile! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. I provide in-person counseling at my office in Tarzana, as a counselor for the West Valley Counseling Center. I earned Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Courtney Comstock

Courtney Comstock, MA, LMFT

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 8 years of experience. I have met with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, anger, behavioral issues and ADHD. I have worked with clients who have experienced emotional and/or physical abuse. I have worked with children, teens, adults, and families with various backgrounds and beliefs, as well. My counseling style is gentle, integrative, Read More...
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 8 years of experience. I have met with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, anger, behavioral issues and ADHD. Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Dr. Negar Nazari

Dr. Negar Nazari, Ph.D.

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...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Emmily Weldon

Emmily Weldon, MS, LPCC, LMHC

Welcome, and thank you for your time in learning more about me! My name is Emmily and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of California and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Iowa. I have had 6 years experience working in the mental health field and have worked in a variety of settings including home private practice settings, home visits, and community mental health treatment. I Read More...
Welcome, and thank you for your time in learning more about me! My name is Emmily and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of California and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Katina Boulai

Katina Boulai, MA, LMFT

My name is Katina Boulai and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I know that seeking help can be a difficult choice but you are not alone. I have many years experience working with families, couples, and individuals using a relational, cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems approach. I have experience with diverse populations with issues relating to depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, parenting, divorce, grief, life transitions, and Read More...
My name is Katina Boulai and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I know that seeking help can be a difficult choice but you are not alone. I have many years experience working with families, Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith, LMFT, MA, BCYC

I am a License Marriage and Family Therapist in state of California.. I work with men and women, 18 - early 40’s experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges (including family, friends partner and Self), lack of motivation and desire for personal growth. My therapy style is warm, compassionate, solutions oriented, holistic and collaborative. I integrate a variety of models of therapy throughout my work including: developmental, person-centred, strengths-based, a “here and now” approach Read More...
I am a License Marriage and Family Therapist in state of California.. I work with men and women, 18 - early 40’s experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges (including family, friends partner and Self), lack of motivation and Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Eric Kammersgard

Eric Kammersgard, MA, LMFT

Hello, and thanks for considering me to assist in your life journey. I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 30 years of experience working the continuum of behavioral health. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, goal setting, and career challenges.. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is to work Read More...
Hello, and thanks for considering me to assist in your life journey. I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 30 years of experience working the continuum of behavioral health. I have worked with clients with Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 31 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 31 years


Jonathan Meza

Jonathan Meza, MS, LPCC

Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with over 10 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief & loss, school or work trouble? Maybe a unique challenge with a transition or goal in your life? You are not alone, and I am here for you. I’ll share with you that Read More...
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with over 10 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, Read More...
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 4 years
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 4 years


Guide to Mental Health Resources in Santa Ana, California

The beautiful Californian city of Santa Ana is always teeming with life. It boasts an impressive population of approximately 334,000 residents. That number stands only to increase as time goes on. Santa Ana is best known for being home to the famous Santa Ana Zoo as well as high concentration of interesting museums. However, what many people don’t know is that the popular Orange County town is experiencing a severe mental health crisis. Santa Ana residents are more likely to suffer from a mental illness than many neighboring city’s residents and are far less likely to receive the care they require. This is due to a multitude of reasons, which includes lack of funding and ineffective legislation, vulnerable demographics, stigma, and high crime rates. Let’s examine the reasons behind Santa Ana’s rising mental health issue rate and explain how to find and get in contact with a therapist who can help.

An Overview of Mental Health in Santa Ana, California

According to a study commissioned by the county, there are an estimated 52,500 youths under the age of 18 living in Santa who suffer from a mental health condition. That’s seven percent higher per capita than the rest of the nation. These illnesses can range from depression and eating disorders to schizophrenia and, unfortunately, often go untreated.

The rising population trend is certainly a contributing factor to Santa Ana’s mental health crisis. It’s led to higher rates of incarceration, unemployment, and violent crime; all of which are known to negatively impact the mental health of a population. The poverty rate in Santa Ana, California is significantly higher than that of the rest of America. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 21.5 percent of Santa Ana residents  are living below the poverty line more than five points higher than the national average. Adults that fall below the poverty line are at a much higher risk of being diagnosed with a mental illness. Many are dealing with lack of access to appropriate care, as well as decreased productivity and poor general health.

Divorce is one of the most impactful events a person can go through regarding mental health. This is true for all parties involved, including children. Divorce is heavily associated with anxiety and depression as well as substance abuse. Santa Ana, California has an abysmally high divorce rate of 72 percent, more than 20 percent higher than the national average. This means a great deal of children living in the area are going to be the product of divorce, making them statistically more vulnerable to mental illness and substance abuse. The best solution to divorce and separation is avoidance. If you fear that your relationship is in trouble, it’s recommended you seek proper counseling to aid the situation. Think of the future mental health of yourself, your partner, and your children before deciding on separation.

Speaking of vulnerable demographics, Santa Ana has high rates of two more distinct vulnerable populations: homeless individuals and seniors.

The number of poverty-stricken and homeless people in Santa Ana is continuing to increase despite many attempts on behalf of non-profits and the local government. To give an idea of the correlation between homelessness and mental health, mental illness was the third most common cause of homelessness for single adults. Furthermore, mental illness affects roughly 12% of homeless families. As the economic situation of many Californians worsens, so does the state of their mental health.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Santa Ana, California

Unfortunately, a majority of those living with a mental illness in Santa Ana will not receive treatment. Finances are already stretched thin for many in the city, so raised insurance premiums don’t help accessibility. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in four residents of Santa Ana is uninsured. For these people, the cost of treatment is out of pocket. And, given Santa Ana’s low per capita income level, the price of counseling rules it out of the question altogether.

Legislation like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) attempted to rectify the health insurance debacle. It expanded coverage to beneficiaries of Medi-Cal, a program designed to aid low-income individuals. According to the numbers, there was some improvement over the years, but nothing meaningful. And, in turn, premiums for those not covered by the program have increased drastically, making it harder for everyday Californians to afford health insurance.

Additionally, only 51 percent of mentally ill children in Santa Ana will get treated. The number varies by area, with the neighboring city of Irvine being 71 percent.

Mental Health Resources in Santa Ana, California

Local recognition of the mental health crisis has sparked the need for more institutions that specialize in assisting those affected. The Mental Health Association of Orange County offers a wide array of mental health services catered to those in Santa Ana. There are also non-profits servicing the community in similar ways like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), who provide emotional support programs and treatment resources.

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