Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in South Gate, California

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


Andrea Gialanella

LCSW
20 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working as therapist and family counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure, with a special focus on social skills and academics. My counseling style friendly and encouraging. I believe that deep down, we all know what we crave and need emotionally, and my work focuses on helping others understand... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working as therapist and family counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure, with a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Maryam Aziz

LCSW
11 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I realize that seeking help may not be easy, whether you are just beginning or continuing your therapeutic journey. Nonetheless, seeking help is a powerful and courageous step to take and my goal is to provide a safe, comfortable and nonjudgmental place for you to express yourself. Throughout my clinical career, I have had the privilege of working with multiple populations from children, adolescents, adults, couples and... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I realize that seeking help may not be easy, whether you are just beginning or continuing your therapeutic journey. Nonetheless, seeking help is a powerful and courageous step to take and my... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Markroel Solte

LCSW94351
5 years experience
I'm a prior service combat veteran who has transitioned into the field of social work. My life experiences and desire to help others brought me into the working profession. I am currently a licensed clinical social worker and I have been managing an outpatient substance abuse facility for the last three years. My experiences included working with both adults and transitional aged youth experiencing substance abuse addictions as well as mental health issues. ... Read More
I'm a prior service combat veteran who has transitioned into the field of social work. My life experiences and desire to help others brought me into the working profession. I am currently a licensed clinical social worker and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Nadja Zapasov

MA,LMFT
18 years experience
Nadja Zapasov (MA, LMFT) ABOUT ME Welcome! I salute you on your choice to get help in moving forward in your life. Once you have made that decision, your own positive energy will support you and guide you to the next level. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” William Hutchison Murray The energy of one’s thoughts has the power to create an extraordinary life (or not). Directing your... Read More
Nadja Zapasov (MA, LMFT) ABOUT ME Welcome! I salute you on your choice to get help in moving forward in your life. Once you have made that decision, your own positive energy will support you and guide you to the next level. Whatever you... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 years

Shawnnell Pugh

LCSW,MSW,BS
13 years experience
Welcome! I am a licensed psychotherapist with 14 years plus experience providing therapy, counseling and guidance services to Individuals, Couples, Young and aging adults and families. I received my Master of Social Degree with an emphasis in Public Child Welfare from the University of Southern California in 2007. I specialize in various areas such as: Women issues, Depression, Anxiety, Anger issues, Behavioral, Addiction, Spirituality issues, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Sexual/Intimacy Issues, Trauma, and... Read More
Welcome! I am a licensed psychotherapist with 14 years plus experience providing therapy, counseling and guidance services to Individuals, Couples, Young and aging adults and families. I received my Master of Social Degree with an emphasis in Public Child... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Alfred Carter

LMFT
16 years experience
Do you want to overcome the obstacles preventing you from being your best self? My name is Alfred Renard Carter and I'm a Licensed Psychotherapist. My clinical experience and specializations are Depression, Anxiety, Stress management and relationship dynamics (couple/marriage/family). I take a strength-based approach to empower you to overcome the psychological and emotional distress you're experiencing. I'm eclectic from a theoretical standpoint. However, I lean towards Cognitive Behavioral and Humanistic Existential theories as a... Read More
Do you want to overcome the obstacles preventing you from being your best self? My name is Alfred Renard Carter and I'm a Licensed Psychotherapist. My clinical experience and specializations are Depression, Anxiety, Stress management and relationship dynamics (couple/marriage/family). I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Leslie Campbell

LCSW
25 years experience
I've worked as a social worker since the mid 1990s, first as an MSW degreed social worker, then as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past nearly 10 years. I earned my Master in Social Work from San Diego State University, and proceeded to work as a social worker with the County of San Diego in Child Welfare. Much of my tenure as a protective services worker within CPS was spent working with severely emotionally... Read More
I've worked as a social worker since the mid 1990s, first as an MSW degreed social worker, then as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past nearly 10 years. I earned my Master in Social Work from San Diego State... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Celia Garcia

LMFT
4 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working with clients for the past 4 years. I have aid clients when in crisis, I provide clients with case management services when resources are needed (i.e housing, educational, financial and parenting). I help clients manage some of the daily barriers that can cause destress on a person and those around them. My sessions are usually tailored to the client and their individual needs.... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working with clients for the past 4 years. I have aid clients when in crisis, I provide clients with case management services when resources are needed (i.e housing, educational,... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:4 years

Dr. Sue Pollington

PhD,LCSW,LAC
33 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The states I am licensed in include; Montana, Nevada, and California. I am also nationally certified in CBT, DBT, CCDC, DVC III, CJCC and am a Diplomat in Psychotherapy. I have been practicing as a clinician for 33 years. I enjoy working with clients and I look forward to client sessions. My therapy focus is client centered. I come from a perspective... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The states I am licensed in include; Montana, Nevada, and California. I am also nationally certified in CBT, DBT, CCDC, DVC III, CJCC and am a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:33 years

Bianca Martinez

MA,LMFT
3 years experience
Welcome! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; who received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. I enjoy working alongside individuals, couples and families on their unique journey of self-discovery and healing. By creating a warm and non-judgmental environment, I allow clients to safely explore their innermost... Read More
Welcome! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; who received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

An Overview of Mental Health in South Gate, California

South Gate, California is the 17th largest city in Los Angeles County and lies within 7 miles of downtown Los Angeles. With a population of nearly 100,000, its citizens are 95.3 percent Hispanic, 3.09 percent White and 0.72 percent Black. 89.3 percent of the city’s residents speak a language other than English. Nearly 25 percent are not U.S. citizens.

South Gate recently created a vibrant new branding image for the community. The contemporary logo is a dimensional, interlocked circle joining the city’s initials. The unified shape represents South Gate’s pride in the surrounding city’s energy, strength and development.

One of the city’s outstanding citizens, Amelia Earhart, learned to fly in a South Gate field in 1922. South Gate’s new identity is an apt metaphor of both Amelia Earhart’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe and the unification of the city’s two initials into one. The dynamics of flying free and becoming whole symbolize a state of mental health that all South Gate residents deserve. Unfortunately, those who suffer from the fragmentation and pressure of mental illness may not see a way out.

Barriers to Mental Health Services in South Gate

South Gate’s predominantly Hispanic population is vulnerable to a series of unique cultural issues, which make it difficult to obtain mental health services.

  • Low mental health provider ratios There are only 272 mental health professionals in the South Gate area for every 100,000 residents.
  • Communication problems arise because the majority of providers do not offer services in non-English languages.
  • Hispanics are less likely to seek help due to poverty or the inability to qualify for health insurance.
  • Fear of deportation is a real concern that causes many Hispanics who live in South Gate without U.S. citizenship papers to forego treatment.
  • Homeless people represent an untreated mental health epidemic in Los Angeles County. Mental illness affects over 25 percent of the homeless.
  • Divorce can cause depression, anxiety and a descent into poverty. Divorce rates in South Gate are 4 percent male and 5 percent female, about half that of Los Angeles County’s 8 percent. Divorce counseling could help.

South Gate’s rate of violent crime is higher than 91 percent any other state in the nation.

Crime rates both result from and cause mental illness. This realization gives hope to families whose loved ones act out. There is a way to help them.

Discrimination in the Health Care System

Within the South Gate area health system, the bureaucracy of complicated paperwork and documentation intimidates non-English speakers. The safety net of medical facilities and hospitals that once provided treatment for the poor, homeless or non-citizen mentally ill population has become overwhelmed. Many safe harbor providers no longer remain open. Discriminatory practices within the health care system stigmatize minority groups, along with those in need of financial or social services who try to get help for their mentally ill loved ones. Poverty groups are routinely marginalized.

Mental Health Resources for South Gate

The Mental Health Services Act passed in 2004. Its purpose was to boost resources for county mental health programs in California. Realizing the underfunding that exists for ethnic services, MHSA created a group of advisors drawn from mental health and community advocates to empower ethnic populations.

MHSA has developed goals for the entire age spectrum. Program components address the needs of families, children, young people, adults and elders. An important feature is MHSA’s commitment to intervention, training, technology, prevention and the infrastructure to support these long-term goals.

South Gate Mental Health Services Are Available

The e-counseling directory represent many types of mental health therapy: Divorce counseling, help for addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, C-PTSD and more. Services are available for adult, geriatric, family or pediatric treatment needs. E-Counseling also helps people to locate therapists who are fluent in languages other than English. People also use E-Counseling to find on-line providers for an effective, low-cost alternative to traditional counseling.

E-Counseling is an excellent resource to help South Gate residents navigate the full range of available resources. The city and county directory lists mental health providers who have the training and certification to meet the highest professional standards.

Successful treatment of mental illness is possible. E-Counseling can help South Gate citizens fly free and be whole.