Female Therapists in El Toro, CA

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Sherri Mahdavi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
People often come to therapy because they are suffering from some psychological difficulties. They want to get rid of depression, anxiety or any other psychological problems that have made life unbearable. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist and certified Jungian analyst with more than 18 years of clinical experience. I will create a safe space for my clients to work through their problems. Therapy from depth perspective can create an opportunity for personal growth. Sometimes in the depth of our depression or anxieties we can find the most important answers to our soul searching.
People often come to therapy because they are suffering from some psychological difficulties. They want to get rid of depression, anxiety or any other psychological problems that have made life unbearable. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist and certified Jungian analyst with more than 18 years of clinical experience. I will create a safe space for my clients to work through their problems. Therapy from depth perspective can create an opportunity for personal growth. Sometimes in the depth of our depression or anxieties we can find the most important answers to our soul searching.
(949) 422-4488 View (949) 422-4488
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Merett Sheridan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
Hi there, I'm Merrett, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Areas I can help you with include self-esteem, co-dependency, setting boundaries, work/life balance, caregiver burnout, dysfunctional family dynamics, existential concerns, and life transitions. I use a variety of modalities including positive psychology, solution-focused, and existential, but always work in a client-centered manner, focusing on the issues that matter most to you to help guide you to better understand your experience and solutions for moving forward.
Hi there, I'm Merrett, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Areas I can help you with include self-esteem, co-dependency, setting boundaries, work/life balance, caregiver burnout, dysfunctional family dynamics, existential concerns, and life transitions. I use a variety of modalities including positive psychology, solution-focused, and existential, but always work in a client-centered manner, focusing on the issues that matter most to you to help guide you to better understand your experience and solutions for moving forward.
(760) 935-6664 View (760) 935-6664
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Melissa Barraza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
Hello, I'm Melissa Barraza, a bilingual Spanish-speaking licensed clinical social worker who is committed to helping you heal from within. My work focuses on how attachment and trauma may impact your worldviews and beliefs, causing an imbalance in everyday functioning and interpersonal relationships. My goal is to help guide your healing process and create peace and harmony in your life. Some of the most common therapeutic approaches I use include attachment theory, trauma-informed practices, CBT, DBT, strengths-based, problem-solving, somatic, and client-centered interventions to help you meet your goals.
Hello, I'm Melissa Barraza, a bilingual Spanish-speaking licensed clinical social worker who is committed to helping you heal from within. My work focuses on how attachment and trauma may impact your worldviews and beliefs, causing an imbalance in everyday functioning and interpersonal relationships. My goal is to help guide your healing process and create peace and harmony in your life. Some of the most common therapeutic approaches I use include attachment theory, trauma-informed practices, CBT, DBT, strengths-based, problem-solving, somatic, and client-centered interventions to help you meet your goals.
(858) 251-8797 View (858) 251-8797
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Vivian Kiani
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92610
I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship for healing the wounds of the past and the present. In order to understand the complexities of problems nested in cultural beliefs and values in the individuals’ life, I use a culturally sensitive approach to support individuals in navigating their experiences. I strive to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to express and process their emotions. Therapy is a unique experience and I believe that finding the right fit is extremely important. My clinical approach would depend on the person and presenting issue that is brought into the therapy session.
I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship for healing the wounds of the past and the present. In order to understand the complexities of problems nested in cultural beliefs and values in the individuals’ life, I use a culturally sensitive approach to support individuals in navigating their experiences. I strive to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to express and process their emotions. Therapy is a unique experience and I believe that finding the right fit is extremely important. My clinical approach would depend on the person and presenting issue that is brought into the therapy session.
(949) 776-0386 View (949) 776-0386
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Susan Spehling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
My name is Susan Spehling. I am an LCSW in CA, AZ, NV & OR. I am a certified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist. I have special certifications in Trauma (CCTP-II) and ADHD (ADHD-CCSP), specializing in trauma/depression/anxiety & amp; marital problems. I typically work with a wide range of clients, from children, generally around age 10, to adults of varied ages and stages in their lives. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families, with a specialty focus on trauma, depression, resistant depression, anxiety, marital issues, and parenting.
My name is Susan Spehling. I am an LCSW in CA, AZ, NV & OR. I am a certified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist. I have special certifications in Trauma (CCTP-II) and ADHD (ADHD-CCSP), specializing in trauma/depression/anxiety & amp; marital problems. I typically work with a wide range of clients, from children, generally around age 10, to adults of varied ages and stages in their lives. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families, with a specialty focus on trauma, depression, resistant depression, anxiety, marital issues, and parenting.
(916) 659-8177 View (916) 659-8177
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Jennifer Villar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92610
I have been a licensed therapist since 2018. Before that I was a special education teacher, working with children in a non-public school. I have 3 years of working with children and adolescents who have history or PTSD, trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and general neglect. I have a year experience of working with adults who are working through grief, anxiety, stress, and self-esteem concerns, and depression. I tend to use cognitive behavioral therapy in my practice, and enjoy mixing in motivational interviewing, strength based, and solution focused therapy.
I have been a licensed therapist since 2018. Before that I was a special education teacher, working with children in a non-public school. I have 3 years of working with children and adolescents who have history or PTSD, trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and general neglect. I have a year experience of working with adults who are working through grief, anxiety, stress, and self-esteem concerns, and depression. I tend to use cognitive behavioral therapy in my practice, and enjoy mixing in motivational interviewing, strength based, and solution focused therapy.
(657) 837-1439 View (657) 837-1439
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Deborah Brown
Psychologist, LCP
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
My name is Deborah L. Brown, Ph.D. I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California. I earned my doctorate from the University of Southern California and have over 25 years of experience treating clients from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of presenting concerns. I have had a private practice for over 17 years. In addition, I have worked with students in university counseling centers conducting short-term dynamic therapy. I have also worked with the Los Angeles Superior Court conducting child custody evaluations and mediating child custody conflicts.
My name is Deborah L. Brown, Ph.D. I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California. I earned my doctorate from the University of Southern California and have over 25 years of experience treating clients from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of presenting concerns. I have had a private practice for over 17 years. In addition, I have worked with students in university counseling centers conducting short-term dynamic therapy. I have also worked with the Los Angeles Superior Court conducting child custody evaluations and mediating child custody conflicts.
(805) 946-2829 View (805) 946-2829
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Olivia Dahlin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630  (Online Only)
Are you concerned about your child/teen? Is their behavior related to mental health or are the changes you are observing a normal part of development? You may be noticing behaviors such as withdrawal, sadness, irritability, loss of interest in activities they previously enjoyed. Or they may be anxious, overwhelmed, moody, fearful or having difficulty focusing in school. It can be hard to start the conversation with your child/teen or get them to open up? As a parent it can be overwhelming to watch kids struggle and not know how to intervene or offer support. You don't have to do it alone.
Are you concerned about your child/teen? Is their behavior related to mental health or are the changes you are observing a normal part of development? You may be noticing behaviors such as withdrawal, sadness, irritability, loss of interest in activities they previously enjoyed. Or they may be anxious, overwhelmed, moody, fearful or having difficulty focusing in school. It can be hard to start the conversation with your child/teen or get them to open up? As a parent it can be overwhelming to watch kids struggle and not know how to intervene or offer support. You don't have to do it alone.
(949) 694-3451 View (949) 694-3451
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Angele Suarez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
Hello, my name is Angele Suarez, and I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 22 years of experience. I believe if I can help one person become the best version of themselves, then this will directly impact the other relationships in their lives. Through empowerment and support, the adults I work with will be able to model healthy communication and respect towards others (i.e., their children, family members, friends, colleagues, etc.), thus creating a domino effect. I enjoy working with adults and couples who are struggling with relationship issues, past childhood trauma, and parenting challenges.
Hello, my name is Angele Suarez, and I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 22 years of experience. I believe if I can help one person become the best version of themselves, then this will directly impact the other relationships in their lives. Through empowerment and support, the adults I work with will be able to model healthy communication and respect towards others (i.e., their children, family members, friends, colleagues, etc.), thus creating a domino effect. I enjoy working with adults and couples who are struggling with relationship issues, past childhood trauma, and parenting challenges.
(858) 723-0161 View (858) 723-0161
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Tina Luke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92610
My name is Tina Luke, a licensed clinical social worker. I work with clients struggling with various forms of anxiety, managing stress, trauma, depression, social and specific phobias, relationships transitions, self-esteem concerns, life transitions, brief crisis intervention and PTSD. I like to use a strength based approach to allow identifying of strengths of the client to draw from when advancing into sessions. My main approach is cognitive behavioral therapy. My approach to therapy is ensuring that the client is being heard and that services are tailored to meet the needs of the client.
My name is Tina Luke, a licensed clinical social worker. I work with clients struggling with various forms of anxiety, managing stress, trauma, depression, social and specific phobias, relationships transitions, self-esteem concerns, life transitions, brief crisis intervention and PTSD. I like to use a strength based approach to allow identifying of strengths of the client to draw from when advancing into sessions. My main approach is cognitive behavioral therapy. My approach to therapy is ensuring that the client is being heard and that services are tailored to meet the needs of the client.
(657) 216-7356 View (657) 216-7356
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Lorena Martin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
Hi there, I'm Lorena! I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Inland Empire, California, and working with new clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, trauma, parenting, and life events, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients begin to feel better.
Hi there, I'm Lorena! I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Inland Empire, California, and working with new clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, trauma, parenting, and life events, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients begin to feel better.
(661) 493-8708 View (661) 493-8708
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Reneshia White
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
I have experience working in multiple disciplinary settings while servicing urban impact communities. I have a strong passion for connecting with teens by being supportive and encouraging as the teens have dealt with personal issues ranging from depression to suicidal ideation.
I have experience working in multiple disciplinary settings while servicing urban impact communities. I have a strong passion for connecting with teens by being supportive and encouraging as the teens have dealt with personal issues ranging from depression to suicidal ideation.
(747) 269-6449 View (747) 269-6449
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Janel Guinane
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
My career in the helping professions started in 1997 at a residential program in San Francisco working with adults with substance use issues and co-occurring mental health disorders. This launched a long road of determination to attain a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2008 and then a Master’s in Social Work in 2010. I obtained my Clinical License in 2015. Throughout my educational years and afterward, I worked with many different populations such as children, teens, TAY, former foster youth, homeless youth, adults with mental illness, homeless adults, and those arrested for alcohol and/or drug related offenses.
My career in the helping professions started in 1997 at a residential program in San Francisco working with adults with substance use issues and co-occurring mental health disorders. This launched a long road of determination to attain a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2008 and then a Master’s in Social Work in 2010. I obtained my Clinical License in 2015. Throughout my educational years and afterward, I worked with many different populations such as children, teens, TAY, former foster youth, homeless youth, adults with mental illness, homeless adults, and those arrested for alcohol and/or drug related offenses.
(909) 675-0160 View (909) 675-0160
Celanire Shangraw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
Hi, my name is Celanire (Cel) Shangraw and I am an LCSW. I enjoy supporting my clients to live a happier and more fulfilling life by overcoming obstacles and hurdles. I work with a wide variety of clients, mostly aged 18-40. I have worked in inpatient settings treating severe substance use and mental health concerns. I use a person-centered focus. I prescribe a number of different modalities since each individual client may need a different approach to meet their needs.
Hi, my name is Celanire (Cel) Shangraw and I am an LCSW. I enjoy supporting my clients to live a happier and more fulfilling life by overcoming obstacles and hurdles. I work with a wide variety of clients, mostly aged 18-40. I have worked in inpatient settings treating severe substance use and mental health concerns. I use a person-centered focus. I prescribe a number of different modalities since each individual client may need a different approach to meet their needs.
(669) 338-1084 View (669) 338-1084
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Zeerak Hashimi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Toro, CA 92630
My name is Zeerak Hashimi, and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with people struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I believe in meeting clients where they are at and helping them identify their strengths to make positive changes in their lives. I provide therapy with a client-centered approach. I believe that letting people set their own goals and working at their pace empowers them to take control of their lives. I commonly use motivational interviewing techniques, CBT, and DBT to help clients identify their strengths and areas in which they need support to grow.
My name is Zeerak Hashimi, and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with people struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I believe in meeting clients where they are at and helping them identify their strengths to make positive changes in their lives. I provide therapy with a client-centered approach. I believe that letting people set their own goals and working at their pace empowers them to take control of their lives. I commonly use motivational interviewing techniques, CBT, and DBT to help clients identify their strengths and areas in which they need support to grow.
(805) 420-7636 View (805) 420-7636

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Kamala S. Thomas
Psychologist, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
I am passionate about helping clients to achieve emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness. I believe that wellness exists on a continuum, and achieving optimal health involves working with clients to develop treatment plans that integrate relevant cultural, social, physical, and psychological factors. As a clinical health psychologist, I often work with clients who have chronic illness and am comfortable collaborating with my clients' physicians, when it is appropriate.
I am passionate about helping clients to achieve emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness. I believe that wellness exists on a continuum, and achieving optimal health involves working with clients to develop treatment plans that integrate relevant cultural, social, physical, and psychological factors. As a clinical health psychologist, I often work with clients who have chronic illness and am comfortable collaborating with my clients' physicians, when it is appropriate.
(949) 446-1402 View (949) 446-1402
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Kim Marie Simmons
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LAADC
Verified Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Happiness is something we find along the way, not something we get at the end of the rainbow. When the pain of staying the same outweighs the fear of change then change will occur. Sometimes we feel powerless and our lives become unmanageable so its important to find support and guidance to help create a life you don't need to escape from. Identifying negative thoughts and patterns and replacing them with healthy alternatives which lead to a deeper, richer and fuller life and lasting recovery. I have over 14 years of experience in the field of chemical dependency, drug addiction and substance abuse.
Happiness is something we find along the way, not something we get at the end of the rainbow. When the pain of staying the same outweighs the fear of change then change will occur. Sometimes we feel powerless and our lives become unmanageable so its important to find support and guidance to help create a life you don't need to escape from. Identifying negative thoughts and patterns and replacing them with healthy alternatives which lead to a deeper, richer and fuller life and lasting recovery. I have over 14 years of experience in the field of chemical dependency, drug addiction and substance abuse.
(949) 877-7748 View (949) 877-7748
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Mahsa Hojat
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
My experience includes 12 years of helping people improve and repair their relationships. I also assist with individuals and couples with overcoming anxiety, sadness, fear, isolation, inability to trust or build meaningful relationships. If you are having distresses due to relationships at home, work, with the family or being unable to connect with others, I look forward to the opportunity to be of assistance. Very often, we struggle with sadness, difficulty with life transitions or obstacles in relationships. You are in charge and I will act as a guide, collaborator and help you pursue your dreams.
My experience includes 12 years of helping people improve and repair their relationships. I also assist with individuals and couples with overcoming anxiety, sadness, fear, isolation, inability to trust or build meaningful relationships. If you are having distresses due to relationships at home, work, with the family or being unable to connect with others, I look forward to the opportunity to be of assistance. Very often, we struggle with sadness, difficulty with life transitions or obstacles in relationships. You are in charge and I will act as a guide, collaborator and help you pursue your dreams.
(562) 269-1373 View (562) 269-1373
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Kristin S. Merrill
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Are you struggling to get through the day? Are you afraid that you will never feel good again? If you're going through a personal crisis, keeping painful secrets, or feeling sad and scared, I can help you face your fears and change the way you view the world. I will teach you practical skills to navigate your current crisis and overcome any future challenges. I work with patients experiencing medical crises; post-traumatic stress; grief and loss; marital/relationship problems; parent-child issues and job/career changes. Share your story with me, and we can work together to rebuild your life and restore your hope.
Are you struggling to get through the day? Are you afraid that you will never feel good again? If you're going through a personal crisis, keeping painful secrets, or feeling sad and scared, I can help you face your fears and change the way you view the world. I will teach you practical skills to navigate your current crisis and overcome any future challenges. I work with patients experiencing medical crises; post-traumatic stress; grief and loss; marital/relationship problems; parent-child issues and job/career changes. Share your story with me, and we can work together to rebuild your life and restore your hope.
(949) 518-0651 View (949) 518-0651
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Michelle Beaudoin
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC CA, LMHC NY, LPC TX, NCC
Verified Verified
Mission Viejo, CA 92690
I'm passionate about helping people who want to make changes in their lives and who want to fulfill their potential, but who don't know where or how to start. I have decades-long experience providing support to people from all walks of life with all types of issues--with a focus on individuals struggling with addictive behaviors, unresolved traumas, and eating disorders. My special interest is working with adults who want to change their alcohol/drug use and with those who struggle with their relationship with food--such as tending to binge eat, to use food as a way to self-soothe or as a punishment or reward. Message/call today!
I'm passionate about helping people who want to make changes in their lives and who want to fulfill their potential, but who don't know where or how to start. I have decades-long experience providing support to people from all walks of life with all types of issues--with a focus on individuals struggling with addictive behaviors, unresolved traumas, and eating disorders. My special interest is working with adults who want to change their alcohol/drug use and with those who struggle with their relationship with food--such as tending to binge eat, to use food as a way to self-soothe or as a punishment or reward. Message/call today!
(346) 449-5286 View (346) 449-5286

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Female Therapists

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.