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.

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


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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