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.


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

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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