Is your relationship suffering despite all your effort to make it work? I help individuals and couples struggling with addiction, infidelity and communication. It is difficult to build back the trust in yourself and in others. My role is helping you navigate a way out of the emotional maze that can feel lonely and hopeless. Feeling stuck leads to depression and anxiety that affects the quality of your life and your active participation in your happiness. This is the point when you socialize less, ignore your self care, drink more, and find life and relationships mundane. You don't have to do it alone. Call, let's talk.
Change is an inevitable part of life. The lack of change or too much change can overwhelm us and derail our growth. No one escapes hardship and stress. During these times we need the trust, respect, and empathy of an impartial professional especially when family and friends are just too close to the matter. With more than 20 years of clinical practice, I've found that the healthier person reaches out for help beyond their immediate sphere. I see myself as a guide facilitating my patients' healthy risk taking and helping them manifest their visions for a better future.
Vanessa Gross was trained as a Medical Doctor with a focus on Psychiatry but made the decision to pursue her passion in Psychology and deepen her skillset in psychotherapy. She grew up in Texas and moved to San Diego where she obtained my Master's in Counseling. Vanessa's focus is primarily with adults seeking to actively recover and begin their healing process from anxiety, trauma, and painful life events that have impacted how they see themselves and relate to others. She incorporates internal family systems, cognitive and mindfulness-based approaches to help those seeking to navigate difficult emotions.
I am licensed in AZ (#4054) and CA (#30066). My approach currently includes understanding the person's subjective experience of COVID-19/quarantine. In general, I practice a depth approach to Adult Psychotherapy integrated with techniques to manage patient symptoms and help people get their life back to 'normal' functioning. Patients struggling with anxiety, depression, pain, substance abuse (but not severe addiction), relationship conflicts, work related problems, 'transition to adult roles/functions' conflicts, and other mental and behavioral problems have benefitted from treatment with me.
If you are having parenting challenges, behavior issues, a child with Autism or other developmental delays please contact me. I can help. We provide one on one services to children, parent training, school shadows, teacher in service talks. Our goal is to help your family go from good to great!
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been providing assessment and therapy services for adults and adolescents for the past 10 years. I provide a warm, open, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment where you will feel safe and supported to explore your difficulties and develop the skills necessary to build the life you want to live. My approach to therapy is informed by research and I draw from various types of evidence-based treatments to create treatment plans that are tailored to each individual's unique and specific needs.
It has been my privilege to specialize in working with children and families for over 29 years to address Anxiety, grief, OCD, Depression, emotional regualtion, giftedness, trauma, adoption, and special needs. Inclusive of the child's immediate family, and any other supportive or integral partners, such as their teacher or doctor, when requested by the parent. I was trained as a Family System's Therapist and have extensive post graduate training in Play Therapy (Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor), EMDR-Certified, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and grief work. I specialize in working with children ages 11 years and younger.
If you are having difficulty getting sober and staying sober, or you find your addiction is causing your life to become unmanageable, it's time to get help. I can provide you with a complete assessment ,treatment recommendations and referrals for detox, sober living or residential treatment centers. I have extensive experience counseling dual diagnosis / co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety and depression, secondary to the addiction. I support the benefits of the abstinence model in most cases. I am familiar with the harm reduction, as an alternative to total abstinence, when indicated.
For the past 40 years, I worked in Australia and America as a therapist and educator. I was Director of the Family Therapy Program in Sydney and later worked with the Family Institute at Northwestern University. I help individuals overcome anxiety and depression & help couples improve communication, resolve conflict, and increase love & intimacy. Since I am also a writer, I frame individuals as the main characters in a story, called to face adversity, transform their lives, and achieve personal happiness. I am the author of "The Roadmap Home: Your GPS to Inner Peace" & co-author of "Fighting for Love: Turn Conflict into Intimacy."
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, CADCII, SAP, NCACI, MATC, CCTP
Being a person in long term recovery, 30+ years, I understand this search might feel challenging. We provide a compassionate and empathetic approach to drug & alcohol counseling, incorporating the many underlining issues that increase our desire/need to self medicate. I like to ask, in the words of Dr. Gabor Mate’, ‘why the pain, not why the addiction?” We know that addiction is often the way we manage pain that feels unmanageable. A coping skill if you will. The pain and ‘dis-ease’, and dis-comfort could stem from an underlining mental health disorder, unresolved feelings related to grief and loss and often trauma
My approach combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, humanistic, solution-focused therapy and life coaching. Therapy helps us to repair the past, while coaching helps us to build a better future. This means I help resolve psychological programs that are not working in the unconscious and we work on new ways of being. I balance powerful interventions with a gentle and supportive style. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I have training in a variety of modalities so that I can customize my intervention to meet your needs.
Focus on creating a secure bond with your partner. My goal as a therapist is to support couples on the adventure of finding their way to each other. Connect with yourself and your partner as you both find insights into your relationship.
If you have a child, teenager, or emerging adult who is struggling with hurt, grief, anxiety, or any other burden that appears heavy on their heart, I am here to help. It is my desire to create a space for clients to feel safe and heard within the counseling room. I believe that deep healing and change occur through a genuine and honest relationship with a caring counselor. You are warmly welcomed here.
...Not just another therapist, but a Clinical Psychologist that is also a Certified Addiction Specialist. 'Substance abuse treatment..." the subject of my doctoral dissertation, is the mantra of my personal journey and commitment to help others find the path to a better life. I integrate state of the art brain science with psychotherapy, refining and building upon that which I have personally mastered. I am committed to compassionate client care, and to meet you exactly where you are... whenever you are ready, because, the truth of the matter is, that most people cannot recover on their own.
Where can I go for help? Who can I talk to? How do I get through this? Won't somebody help me? Yes! I will. There are times in life when we go through something we just don't know how to get through. There are times when we reach a breaking point and acknowledge that doing it alone is just not an option anymore. Making the choice to reach out at that point is a breakthrough that can open the door to the relief you are seeking.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, PMH-C, CCTP, CGCS
Sometimes life doesn’t make sense, sometimes we want to be heard, sometimes we want to find ourselves, and sometimes we are just ready to grow or change. This can can leave us feeling confused, alone, hurting, stuck, broken, lost or unfulfilled. It can be hard to find your way out of these feelings. You don't have to do it alone, I can help you find your way.
As a therapist and author in Orange County California and a former Clinical Director of a telehealth corporation I have counseled hundreds of clients on the daily struggles that prevent them from living their best life through telehealth. Whether it is a relationship issue, career issue or dealing with anxiety, self-esteem, focus, life transitions, addiction, mental health, loss or love addiction I like to work with my clients to find the best treatment plan that suits you as the client based on your preferences. Through our work together my goal is to help you make lasting changes.
My client's goals are to better understand his/her behaviors, thoughts, and emotions so that he/she is empowered to action, rather than reaction, in the face of life's challenges. He/she is eager to know him or herself better, to embrace the journey of self-awareness, thus leading to more freedom and grace, versus control, in interpersonal relationships. Most of all, my client wants to be truer to his or her genuine self: a better version of his/her genuine self, not a changed version. This will involve more acceptance and love of self and others.
It's all about Healthy Relationships. Forgive yourself and others and learn to accept that where you are is where you need to be. I can help you identify and meet your deepest needs while transforming your relationship with yourself and others. My goal is to have my clients become successfully independent with life-long tools for success. Through therapy, you can learn to discover your core SELF, find peace and balance and be ready to work and commit to action.
Many people experience challenges in their sexual and relationship life and might be feeling alone or ashamed. Maybe you are struggling with intercourse, desire, arousal, pleasure, pain, performance anxiety, or shame around sex. Or maybe you've been disconnected from your partner, feel stuck in your conflict patterns, or are going through transitions or difficulties in your relationship. Everyone deserves a healthy and fulfilling intimate life. No matter your age or relationship stage, you can create a more meaningful and positive connection with yourself and your partner.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Dana Point are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Dana Point then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Dana Point, or Child Psychologists in Dana Point.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Dana Point psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Dana Point specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.