Therapists in Bakersfield, CA

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Mashallah Shakur
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93307
My name is Mashallah "Marsha" Shakur. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, based in in Southern California and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults of all ages, with a particular focus on seniors and younger adults. I specialize in anxiety, depression and grief and loss, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy to address the concerns presented by my clients and assist them in progressing towards their goals.
My name is Mashallah "Marsha" Shakur. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, based in in Southern California and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults of all ages, with a particular focus on seniors and younger adults. I specialize in anxiety, depression and grief and loss, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy to address the concerns presented by my clients and assist them in progressing towards their goals.
(661) 384-6056 View (661) 384-6056
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Janelle Goh, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey! I am ONLY taking patients who are young/new moms or moms with depression. This focus specializing in helping moms (especially new moms) adjust to motherhood and the stressors that this transition brings is a passion of mine and I have been doing a lot of training to groups about this. Most of us LOVE our babies, but find the transition into parenthood difficult. I can help with Postpartum Adjustment/depression/anxiety/PTSD, Birth Trauma and just feeling "NORMAL" again. I love helping families!
Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey! I am ONLY taking patients who are young/new moms or moms with depression. This focus specializing in helping moms (especially new moms) adjust to motherhood and the stressors that this transition brings is a passion of mine and I have been doing a lot of training to groups about this. Most of us LOVE our babies, but find the transition into parenthood difficult. I can help with Postpartum Adjustment/depression/anxiety/PTSD, Birth Trauma and just feeling "NORMAL" again. I love helping families!
(661) 735-1251 View (661) 735-1251
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Michael Brollini
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93307
My Name is Michael Bollini, I am Licensed in California as a marriage and family therapist, with 6 years of experience working with co-occurring mental health disorders and non-mental health disorders. It is my goal to help with learning alternative self-care activities, utilizing coping skills, and grounding techniques that could help us to function in the present moment. These are the basic fundamentals that are important through the healing process which could help improve your personal growth.
My Name is Michael Bollini, I am Licensed in California as a marriage and family therapist, with 6 years of experience working with co-occurring mental health disorders and non-mental health disorders. It is my goal to help with learning alternative self-care activities, utilizing coping skills, and grounding techniques that could help us to function in the present moment. These are the basic fundamentals that are important through the healing process which could help improve your personal growth.
(661) 689-5598 View (661) 689-5598
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Ana Isela An
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LCSW, EMDR
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309  (Online Only)
I am a bilingual, Licenced Clinical Social Worker with a passion and commitment for serving and helping others achieve their goals of recovery. My goal is to create a safe setting where you feel comfortable talking about your feelings, emotions, and traumatic experiences.
I am a bilingual, Licenced Clinical Social Worker with a passion and commitment for serving and helping others achieve their goals of recovery. My goal is to create a safe setting where you feel comfortable talking about your feelings, emotions, and traumatic experiences.
(661) 463-8939 View (661) 463-8939
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Natalie Rhyne
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93305
My name is Natalie Rhyne, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 97859. I believe the therapeutic space should provide both containment and flexibility, and best serves its clients in a context of honoring the unique needs with which each individual presents. I work with children, adolescents, and adults - in individual, conjoint, and family settings. I support a range of conditions including mood disorders, trauma, and intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts.
My name is Natalie Rhyne, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 97859. I believe the therapeutic space should provide both containment and flexibility, and best serves its clients in a context of honoring the unique needs with which each individual presents. I work with children, adolescents, and adults - in individual, conjoint, and family settings. I support a range of conditions including mood disorders, trauma, and intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts.
(661) 320-8976 View (661) 320-8976
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Ken Harlander
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Not accepting new clients
It takes so much courage to ask for help. In my twenty plus years as a therapist I have been humbled time and again as clients make that call and come in for sessions. People come in to talk about some of the most difficult things, from childhood abuse to a struggling marriage. It has been a privilege to be of service to so many people. I often get asked how I can listen to peoples stories of hurt and pain and I answer that it is difficult but so hopeful. That is because people don’t have to stay in that place of emotional, psychological, spiritual, or relational pain.
It takes so much courage to ask for help. In my twenty plus years as a therapist I have been humbled time and again as clients make that call and come in for sessions. People come in to talk about some of the most difficult things, from childhood abuse to a struggling marriage. It has been a privilege to be of service to so many people. I often get asked how I can listen to peoples stories of hurt and pain and I answer that it is difficult but so hopeful. That is because people don’t have to stay in that place of emotional, psychological, spiritual, or relational pain.
(661) 493-8736 View (661) 493-8736
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Lauren Rutledge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93306
My name is Lauren, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Calistoga, California where I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents, young adults, and adults. I specialize in anxiety, grief, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, and addiction. Depending on the needs of each client, I like to explore cognitive, affective, and somatic approaches to support them in experiencing well-being.
My name is Lauren, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Calistoga, California where I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents, young adults, and adults. I specialize in anxiety, grief, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, and addiction. Depending on the needs of each client, I like to explore cognitive, affective, and somatic approaches to support them in experiencing well-being.
(661) 485-4657 View (661) 485-4657
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Rinee Mitchell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Life can be overwhelming at times. Balancing your needs and the needs of those around you can be challenging. Ever feel stuck? Wondering when things will get better? In today’s fast paced environment, it can be difficult to catch your breath and have a sense of peace that everything will work out. I invite you to take that first step. Let’s talk about it. If you are out there struggling and need a hand, you have found the right person who can help navigate your way. We all need encouragement and a non judgmental listening ear. Allow me to be that person for you.
Life can be overwhelming at times. Balancing your needs and the needs of those around you can be challenging. Ever feel stuck? Wondering when things will get better? In today’s fast paced environment, it can be difficult to catch your breath and have a sense of peace that everything will work out. I invite you to take that first step. Let’s talk about it. If you are out there struggling and need a hand, you have found the right person who can help navigate your way. We all need encouragement and a non judgmental listening ear. Allow me to be that person for you.
(661) 367-8290 View (661) 367-8290
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Yessica Avancena
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MBA, CMT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93312
The ideal client is one who is ready for change and open to healing. I work with individuals with a variety of mental health issues, emergent spirituality concerns or finding oneself through life purpose utilizing Mindfulness-based practices, energy work among other techniques to help decrease stress and promote happiness.
The ideal client is one who is ready for change and open to healing. I work with individuals with a variety of mental health issues, emergent spirituality concerns or finding oneself through life purpose utilizing Mindfulness-based practices, energy work among other techniques to help decrease stress and promote happiness.
(661) 218-1760 View (661) 218-1760
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Pamela Shakir
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93301  (Online Only)
We all have a story. Some of our stories leave footprints that triggers us to not be our best selves leaving us in a sunken place for various reasons. Let us admit it, life happens. In order to be a better you, I believe that healing and happiness begins within ourselves. All that means is telling your own story when you are ready is the most effective way to heal. I provide a warm and nurturing environment that will allow you to work on your innermost deep concerns and surface concerns. My approach is down to earth, non-judgmental, supportive, and honest.
We all have a story. Some of our stories leave footprints that triggers us to not be our best selves leaving us in a sunken place for various reasons. Let us admit it, life happens. In order to be a better you, I believe that healing and happiness begins within ourselves. All that means is telling your own story when you are ready is the most effective way to heal. I provide a warm and nurturing environment that will allow you to work on your innermost deep concerns and surface concerns. My approach is down to earth, non-judgmental, supportive, and honest.
(661) 546-9149 View (661) 546-9149
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Stephanie H Espinosa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
8 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93309  (Online Only)
Welcome, my name is Stephanie H. Espinosa and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Congratulations on taking the first step towards a better you! Often times, the pressures of life, our core beliefs and societal influences can significantly impact our lives in an adverse way. As a result, we often get stuck in self-destructive cycles and lose hope that our lives can be different. We habitually self-medicate with food, alcohol, drugs, work and/or sex to seek a moment of escape and even happiness.
Welcome, my name is Stephanie H. Espinosa and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Congratulations on taking the first step towards a better you! Often times, the pressures of life, our core beliefs and societal influences can significantly impact our lives in an adverse way. As a result, we often get stuck in self-destructive cycles and lose hope that our lives can be different. We habitually self-medicate with food, alcohol, drugs, work and/or sex to seek a moment of escape and even happiness.
(661) 426-2572 View (661) 426-2572
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Abigail Morse
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Hi there, I'm Abby Morse! As a licensed clinical social worker, I specialize in supporting individuals navigating through stressful life changes, addressing self-esteem concerns, and managing anxiety. With a dedicated focus on action and solution-oriented strategies, I approach therapy with empathy, compassion, and a non-judgmental stance. My primary objective is to meet you wherever you are on your therapeutic journey, forming a strong alliance to ensure that your unique needs, well-being, and individuality are at the forefront of our collaborative work.
Hi there, I'm Abby Morse! As a licensed clinical social worker, I specialize in supporting individuals navigating through stressful life changes, addressing self-esteem concerns, and managing anxiety. With a dedicated focus on action and solution-oriented strategies, I approach therapy with empathy, compassion, and a non-judgmental stance. My primary objective is to meet you wherever you are on your therapeutic journey, forming a strong alliance to ensure that your unique needs, well-being, and individuality are at the forefront of our collaborative work.
(661) 690-1891 View (661) 690-1891
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Maria L Aleman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93301  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
*Spanish* My goal is focused around helping families and individuals who may feel trapped with work stress, family problems, lack of motivation, and anything that may be hindering a sense of happiness and self-worth.
*Spanish* My goal is focused around helping families and individuals who may feel trapped with work stress, family problems, lack of motivation, and anything that may be hindering a sense of happiness and self-worth.
(661) 454-0535 View (661) 454-0535
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Carmen Lorenzo Baker
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT, APCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Amid life's trials, it's easy to unearth long-buried wounds and traumas. Society and family often dictate solitary struggle, but the weight of the past persists, fueling cycles of discord and anxiety. Beyond mere symptom relief, liberation beckons—a journey toward authentic peace, fulfillment, and purpose.
Amid life's trials, it's easy to unearth long-buried wounds and traumas. Society and family often dictate solitary struggle, but the weight of the past persists, fueling cycles of discord and anxiety. Beyond mere symptom relief, liberation beckons—a journey toward authentic peace, fulfillment, and purpose.
(661) 218-1491 View (661) 218-1491
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Shannon Ashburn
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Waitlist for new clients
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and I have been working in a counseling field since 2010. I have experience working in Child Welfare, non-profit and private practice settings with individuals, couples, families and groups who are experiencing a wide range of challenges. I believe in helping others realize how trauma and challenges have affected their life and how to look beyond the problem to the possibilities of a peaceful now. I enjoy working with others on their journey to becoming the best version of them self. I work with children, adolescents, teens, adults, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and I have been working in a counseling field since 2010. I have experience working in Child Welfare, non-profit and private practice settings with individuals, couples, families and groups who are experiencing a wide range of challenges. I believe in helping others realize how trauma and challenges have affected their life and how to look beyond the problem to the possibilities of a peaceful now. I enjoy working with others on their journey to becoming the best version of them self. I work with children, adolescents, teens, adults, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds.
(661) 768-1495 View (661) 768-1495
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Stephanie Santos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Hi parents! Has your teen been feeling more hopeless, sad, anxious, or upset recently? Have they been more withdrawn or acting different than usual? Has their behavior been negatively impacting their academics and relationships? Are you worried that your teen may not graduate? Would you like to better understand your teen? Would you like to better understand their thoughts and feelings? My goal is to help your teen learn how to identify their feelings, communicate their thoughts and emotions, and discover ways to appropriately manage and deal with their current stressors.
Hi parents! Has your teen been feeling more hopeless, sad, anxious, or upset recently? Have they been more withdrawn or acting different than usual? Has their behavior been negatively impacting their academics and relationships? Are you worried that your teen may not graduate? Would you like to better understand your teen? Would you like to better understand their thoughts and feelings? My goal is to help your teen learn how to identify their feelings, communicate their thoughts and emotions, and discover ways to appropriately manage and deal with their current stressors.
(661) 690-5477 View (661) 690-5477
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Sheila Cano
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPC
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309  (Online Only)
My ideal client seeks self-exploration & understanding, facing issues like anxiety, depression, or relationship difficulties. They need a supportive space for personal growth, aiming to gain insight, develop coping strategies, improve communication, & foster healthy relationships. They aspire to enhance mental well-being, achieve a better life quality, & unlock their full potential.
My ideal client seeks self-exploration & understanding, facing issues like anxiety, depression, or relationship difficulties. They need a supportive space for personal growth, aiming to gain insight, develop coping strategies, improve communication, & foster healthy relationships. They aspire to enhance mental well-being, achieve a better life quality, & unlock their full potential.
(661) 718-4664 View (661) 718-4664
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Conscious Connections Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93311  (Online Only)
Hey you, I know how intimidating it can be to start therapy. Meeting with a total stranger sharing ALL the things can feel overwhelming. I’d like to share a little about myself in the hopes it makes you feel more comfortable. My name is Lynzie (she/her) and I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Central California. I have been working in the social work field since 2013 with children, adolescent, adults, and families. I believe the therapeutic bond is created through authentic connections. I’m looking forward to being given the opportunity to get to know you.
Hey you, I know how intimidating it can be to start therapy. Meeting with a total stranger sharing ALL the things can feel overwhelming. I’d like to share a little about myself in the hopes it makes you feel more comfortable. My name is Lynzie (she/her) and I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Central California. I have been working in the social work field since 2013 with children, adolescent, adults, and families. I believe the therapeutic bond is created through authentic connections. I’m looking forward to being given the opportunity to get to know you.
(661) 451-0034 View (661) 451-0034
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Daniel Burke Marriage and Family Therapist Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93301
I work with Individuals, Couples and Families experiencing struggles and conflict with thier interpersonal relationships. I have experience with grief and loss issues, infidelity, and substance relapse prevention. Communication and compromise are hallmarks of successful relationships. For couples; passion, friendship and commitment signal success. Learn how to grow in your relationships.
I work with Individuals, Couples and Families experiencing struggles and conflict with thier interpersonal relationships. I have experience with grief and loss issues, infidelity, and substance relapse prevention. Communication and compromise are hallmarks of successful relationships. For couples; passion, friendship and commitment signal success. Learn how to grow in your relationships.
(661) 213-9873 View (661) 213-9873
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Elizabeth Rogers
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93389  (Online Only)
Chaos happens--accidents, divorces, traumas, as well as setbacks in life, transitions, everyday interruptions, and unexpected events--even falling in love. Chaos untethers us; it changes everything. Our work is to find a new normal--to develop ways to weather the chaos, ultimately leaving us stronger and more resilient.
Chaos happens--accidents, divorces, traumas, as well as setbacks in life, transitions, everyday interruptions, and unexpected events--even falling in love. Chaos untethers us; it changes everything. Our work is to find a new normal--to develop ways to weather the chaos, ultimately leaving us stronger and more resilient.
(661) 243-0250 View (661) 243-0250

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Number of Therapists in Bakersfield, CA

500+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Bakersfield, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
78% Coping Skills
72% Self Esteem
68% Relationship Issues
66% Stress
61% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Optum

How Therapists in Bakersfield, CA see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Bakersfield?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.