Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Vista, California

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

Jasmynn Smith

MA, LMFT
8 years experience
I earned my M.A. in clinical psychology with a focus in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in 2012. Since then, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, I have worked as a Residential Assistant in a group treatment home for women with Borderline Personality Disorder and emotion regulation issues. Currently, I work as a primary therapist at an outpatient group practice in the South Bay region of Los Angeles where... Read More
I earned my M.A. in clinical psychology with a focus in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in 2012. Since then, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, I have worked as a Residential Assistant in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Brigette Girardey

MA, LMFT
10 years experience
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, parenting issues, and more. I enjoy working with... Read More
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Patricia Hamilton

LMFT-S
12 years experience
Thank you for reading my profile. I am a mother, sister, daughter, wife, stepmother, mother-in-law, grandmother, divorcee, widow, and friend. I come to this work as well experienced in life as in training. I did my undergraduate work in Speech Pathology/Audiology and Psychology and my graduate degree is in Counseling Psychology, with a specialty in Marriage Family Therapy. I have additional training in Cognitive Behavior, Family Systems, Grief and Trauma, Narrative,... Read More
Thank you for reading my profile. I am a mother, sister, daughter, wife, stepmother, mother-in-law, grandmother, divorcee, widow, and friend. I come to this work as well experienced in life as in training. I did my undergraduate... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 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

Jerome Scott Jr

LMFT
16 years experience
During the past nineteen years, I have worked as an integral member of a multidisciplinary treatment team providing therapeutic intervention, case management and chemical dependency counseling for a large diverse patient population in an acute psychiatric hospital setting. As a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, I have consistently demonstrated a high level of professionalism, therapeutic innovation and ethically responsible approach with resolving the critical issues encountered by our patients. I believe that this quote by Emmett Fox... Read More
During the past nineteen years, I have worked as an integral member of a multidisciplinary treatment team providing therapeutic intervention, case management and chemical dependency counseling for a large diverse patient population in an acute psychiatric hospital setting. As a Licensed... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Joshua Skinner

LMFT
5 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in working with couples and individuals. I have been practicing since 2013 and am licensed in California which requires 3000 clinical hours prior to licensure, and am and now licensed in Tennessee as well. I have also been working with BetterHelp since October of 2017. I have experience working with a variety of issues but specialize in work surrounding stress and trauma. Much... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in working with couples and individuals. I have been practicing since 2013 and am licensed in California which requires 3000 clinical hours prior to licensure, and am and now... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Natalie McBroom

MA, LMFT
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with over 10 years of experience working as a behavioral coach, mental health counselor, a Christian counselor, and a community psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, abuse and trauma, bipolar disorders, PTSD, AD/HD, and schizophrenia. During this time, I have helped people with grief and loss issues, life transitions, relationship roles, and learning coping... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with over 10 years of experience working as a behavioral coach, mental health counselor, a Christian counselor, and a community psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Anush Petrosyan

LMFT
7 years experience
I am a sex-positive therapist that has completed Gottman's Level 3 Couples Therapy training. with this training I focus on improving couple's communication, connection, and intimacy. I have a minor in sex therapy and am very comfortable discussing and working through sexual trauma and issues. I am kink-friendly, poly-friendly and take an non-judgmental, education approach to therapy. I have knowledge and experience with individuals in alternative lifestyles, and ethically non-monogamous relationships. I am also available to... Read More
I am a sex-positive therapist that has completed Gottman's Level 3 Couples Therapy training. with this training I focus on improving couple's communication, connection, and intimacy. I have a minor in sex therapy and am very comfortable discussing and working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 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

Tim Leslie

LMFT
9 years experience
I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization in 2011. Since then, I have worked with children and adults both individually as well as with couples and families in Residential, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient settings. I tailor my approach to what would be best for the client needs at the time. As a result, I have experience providing both brief and more solution focused therapy as well as therapy geared towards... Read More
I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization in 2011. Since then, I have worked with children and adults both individually as well as with couples and families in Residential, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient settings. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

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.