Vista, California Therapists

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Aleksandra Drecun
Psy.D., MA
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Dr. Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D., is the founder of Association for Compassionate Transformation. She is a licensed psychologist who has a profound passion and derives immense gratitude from assisting individuals, couples and families in realizing...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Are you unsatisfied with one or more areas of your life? I partner with my clients to empower them to make the changes necessary to bring their realities in line with the lives they truly want. In this way, I collaborate with each individual,...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California, Texas

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"-Jon Kabat Zinn- In a time where we are hit with continuous stimuli, the waves of change seem to be moving faster than ever. Whether struggling with your health, the health of a loved one,...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Parenting challenges you in ways you could have never imagined. When you add in all of life’s demands sometimes it can just feel too much. Whether you are a new parent or a seasoned parent, you’ve been struggling for awhile or feeling like...
Randi Beckman
LCSW, MSW, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Carlsbad, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California, Florida

Wanting Support to Help you Feel: Less stressed Grounded and centered More productive Present and engaged Happy in life and in relationships My nurturing and empathic presence creates the space needed to help you identify, understand, and move...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Kaye has been in private practice for over 30 years. Due to the Covid crisis, she has moved her practice to entirely Virtual. This enables her to work with clients throughout the state of California. Kaye has seen science and psychology find common...
Briana Lefman
LPCC-S 2
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I help you connect to the 'why' behind your patterns, your pain, anger, avoidance, and dysfunction. I help you shift from anger to understanding. I'll help make sense of it. I'll teach you how to identify what you've been living without. I'll teach...
In-Person Sessions:

Oceanside, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California, New Jersey

Having you been having trouble managing your emotions? Have negative thoughts about yourself and the world been impacting your behavior? Together it is possible to identify skills to effectively cope with emotional distress, increase compassion...
In-Person Sessions:

Encinitas, California

I am Crystal Duncan, LCSW, and my mission is to be at peace with myself, my work and my social and personal relationships.  I strive to live a wholehearted authentic life and I believe it is my purpose to help others find their authentic self and...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I care about "what happened to you" and I strive to provide a compassionate, supportive space for you to share your concerns. I have with over 20 years' experience helping people get beyond traumatic experiences and on to their best life. Effective...
In-Person Sessions:

Encinitas, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I believe we are all wired for connection, and, whether extraverted or introverted, rejection and isolation are incredibly painful experiences. Our brains and bodies are built in such a way that protects us from threats and harm. While these...
Connie Padera
MSW, ASW
In-Person Sessions:

Encinitas, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Are you experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression? Do you struggle to find balance due to substance use or disordered eating habits? Maybe you need some guidance on self-esteem or relationship issues? It’s okay to not be okay, and I’m here...
Dr. Gary Hittle
Ph.D Psychology
In-Person Sessions:

La Mesa, California

I have been in private psychological practice for more than 30 years specializing in individual, marital, and relational therapy, family problem interventions, adolescents, treatment of sexual and substance abuse, and family therapy related to these...
In-Person Sessions:

La Mesa, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Mary Nelsen Tamborski, wife and mother of three young boys, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Downtown La Mesa, San Diego. She is also a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and Parenting Coach. 
Mary is co-author of the "Positive...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years of experience in domestic violence, addiction, severe mental illness, behavioral modification, individual and family therapy, relational conflicts, crisis intervention, advocacy, social...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

I have been working with families in San Diego since 1997. I have extensive experience with children, the transgender community, families involved with the Child Welfare System, and individuals struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety,...
Janice Gingerich
PsyD, LMFT
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Life can bring difficult, unexpected, and emotionally daunting challenges to our relationships and personal mental health. I commend you for valuing your own well-being and interpersonal growth by considering therapy. I hope to support and empower...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

At the beginning of my work, I practiced what is called the ‘eclectic approach’, which uses different techniques depending on the client. Meanwhile, over the last 20 years I discovered cognitive therapy consistently resulted in more effective...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

I provide a safe place to unload and work on a new understanding. We will work collaboratively to understand the underlying issues often hidden from ourselves, that keep you stuck in unhealthy patterns. My approach is respectful, caring, and...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Dr. Matthew Bruhin is a CEO, Psychotherapist and Addiction Specialist, as well as an entrepreneur and educator. He is a State of California and State of Wyoming, Board Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and an Addiction Specialist, registered...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I love helping you enjoy life more!
Kim Jones
LMFT, MA
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Congrats on taking your first step - seeking support is a sign of strength! I work with individuals, couples and adolescents/young adults to help facilitate change and reach goals to achieve more fulfillment and happiness in life and to get through...
Laura Myers
LMFT, CLC
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

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In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Dr. Candice Seti, Psy.D., known in the community as “The Weight Loss Therapist.” Dr. Seti is a California-licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Nutrition Coach, and Certified Personal Trainer. Dr. Seti received her Doctorate of Psychology...

An Overview of Mental Health in Vista, California

The San Diego metropolitan area in California is home to a cluster of suburbs, including the city of Vista. Its location near the Pacific Ocean and pleasant, temperate climate ensure that its approximately 101,600 residents can spend plenty of time outside year-round.

There seems to be a good number of jobs to go around in Vista, which had an unemployment rate of 4.1% in 2015 – lower than the state average of 5.5%. The city has a good hold in the industries of healthcare, retail and manufacturing.

While Vista has some great things going for it, every city has its own struggles. Despite its relatively low unemployment rate, 17% of residents live in poverty. For comparison, a recent national poverty estimate was only 12.3%. Poverty puts individuals in danger of many problems, such as homelessness and poor health. Perhaps slightly less obvious is its correlation with mental health, which is a prevailing issue across the nation. Each state has its own problems with mental illness, and California is no exception.

  • Mental Health America ranks California at number 23 in terms of prevalence of mental illness, putting the state on the healthier half of the list. However, MHA puts California at number 31 when it comes to access to care, suggesting that while the state has an average occurrence of mental illness, those who are suffering may not be receiving the care they need.
  • California has a below-average track record when it comes to taking care of its mentally-ill youth. A report from the California Healthcare Foundation stated that two-thirds of adolescent residents did not receive treatment for mental health problems.

Mental Illness Risk Factors

There are many elements that come together to shape an issue like mental illness, especially in a state as large and varied as California. However, it is possible to focus on an area like Vista to analyze the local issues which contribute to the state’s overall problem.

Poverty

As previously stated, Vista has a relatively high poverty rate. Poverty and mental illness commonly coexist, and it isn’t uncommon for one to contribute to the other. In fact, the rate of mental illness in residents of San Diego was 5% in 2014, while that percentage was 8% in low-income residents.

Severe mental illness can prevent the sufferer from being able to work enough or even at all, leading to poverty. On the other hand, the continued stress of being in poverty can be enough to trigger mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Put the two together and you can end up with a vicious cycle, in which one is too ill to work and too poor to afford the treatment to get better.

Demographics

Minorities in America are statistically more likely to be disadvantaged than the white population, and Vista is no exception. Vista has varied demographics, with a relatively small white population at 36.5%. That is followed by 4% of individuals of Asian descent, and 2.5% of individuals who were of two or more ethnicities. Only 2% of the population is black and 0.2% Native American, while almost 55% of residents are Hispanic.

The report from California Healthcare Foundation showed that in 2009-2010, minorities were disproportionately affected by mental illness. Only 4.2% of the white population had a serious mental illness while those numbers were 7%, 6% and 5.9% for Native Americans, multiracial individuals and African Americans, respectively.

Access to Care

California is lacking when it comes to mental health professionals. Making this an even worse issue is that state law does not allow professionals of certain disciplines to provide service to individuals with Medicare unless certain specifications are met.

This problem seems to be reflected in a variety of statistics. In 2009, 62.1% of adults with a mental illness did not receive any type of treatment, while that percentage was almost 40% for adults with a severe mental illness.

Resources in Vista

A big part of getting the care one needs is knowing where to go. There are some fine facilities in Vista and the surrounding area that can provide help and treatment. To find the best one for you, you can utilize E-Counseling. Its online directory is designed to search for mental health professionals in your area and to provide the information you need to find the best fit for your personal struggles and goals. It’s easy to feel alone during a mental health lapse, but know that you are not alone and there are resources to help you recover.