Therapists in Vista, CA and Nearby Locations

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Aleksandra Drecun
Psy.D., MA
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San Diego, California

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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

Often, when clients come to me, they don't realize trauma is the source of why they feel stuck, depressed or anxious. They realize they have patterns in relationships that are unhealthy or unproductive but can't seem to choose differently or connect...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I love helping you enjoy life more!
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Newport Beach, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

So you have a new baby. And it's nothing like you thought it would be. The sleepless nights, the frustrations around breastfeeding, and the general feeling of loss of control are just getting to you. You haven't showered in days, don't feel like...
Laura Lee Townsend
LMFT, LPCC 15
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

YOU JUST WANT TO FEEL BETTER. Trauma has turned you into someone you don’t even recognize. You’re constantly on edge and can’t sleep. If sleep does come, it’s often restless and filled with nightmares. You lash out at the people you love...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Suzanne Riedel
LMFT, EMDR
In-Person Sessions:

Orange, California

Sometimes, self-acceptance comes with some obstacles. Trauma, secrets, life stressors and messages we’ve received throughout life leave us feeling inadequate or lost. As an individual, couple or family, it takes courage to begin a journey toward...
Jan Covyeau
AMFT, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Irvine, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Do you find the relationships in your life lacking connection? Relationships can make life worth living or they can make your life challenging. Whether it is a marriage that isn't going well, a parent/child relationship that never seems to work or...
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,...
Sarah Lawley Chernick
Psychotherapist
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Therapy in San Diego. Services Include: Eating Disorder Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Anxiety Therapy, Teen Counseling and More https://selfembodytherapy.com Hours: Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday:...
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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...
Catherine Ferrari
LMFT, LPCC
In-Person Sessions:

Corona, California

I specialize in individual, couples, family, and child therapy. I manage a private practice in Corona, California. I am able to help with a variety of issues that include trauma resolution, cancer support, parenting concerns, ADHD, behavioral...
Christine Luu
LCSW, MSW
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Christine is passionate about mental health because she has struggled with mental health issues and depression herself. She could feel and understand that it is something very difficult to live with daily without support. As an Asian American...
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Irvine, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

We all possess an innate ability to make healthy changes. No matter how distressing life stressors are, I believe that you can become more emotionally effective and take charge of your life! Backed by neuroscience on attachment and relationships, I...
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Tustin, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Warm, patient and eat to talk to therapist in the Tustin, California area. My experience and passion is working with individual and couples struggling with addiction, relationship issues and trauma.
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...
Christina Johnson
LMFT, Masters Degree
In-Person Sessions:

Huntington Beach, California

Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a broken heart, a divorce, past trauma, a death, there is hope. Is something from your past affecting your present and destroying your hope for the future? Feeling better is about trying something...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Tanya Desloover is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. Tanya specializes in helping clients and their families recover from the traumatic consequences of addiction. She recognizes the...
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Irvine, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

We all struggle with challenges and feel overwhelmed at times. My job is to create an environment where you feel safe. Together, we will explore ways to reach your goals and improve your life. I am licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy with over...
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...

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 ensures 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 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 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

Many elements 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 that 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. 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 the 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.