Female Therapists in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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Caroline Hanna
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (Online Only)
Hey there! I am Caroline. How many times have you found yourself seeking purpose? It may feel as if you are disconnected or lost. Sometimes we have trouble setting boundaries in relationships. Life can often feel overwhelming and isolating. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness, unresolved trauma and/or relationship troubles, you don't have to do this journey alone. Together, we can navigate through challenging and uncomfortable roads in order to discover the meaningful path you wish to be on. I will walk alongside you to identify your values, strengths, and preferences in a collaborative and empowering way.
Hey there! I am Caroline. How many times have you found yourself seeking purpose? It may feel as if you are disconnected or lost. Sometimes we have trouble setting boundaries in relationships. Life can often feel overwhelming and isolating. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness, unresolved trauma and/or relationship troubles, you don't have to do this journey alone. Together, we can navigate through challenging and uncomfortable roads in order to discover the meaningful path you wish to be on. I will walk alongside you to identify your values, strengths, and preferences in a collaborative and empowering way.
(714) 599-8083 View (714) 599-8083
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Jennifer D Rowe
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Hi there! I know that finding the right therapist can be challenging, especially when things may already feel overwhelming and you've been doing your best to keep your head above water. Life gets busy, relationships get strained, and it can be tough to juggle all of the different hats you wear. I believe that everyone has strengths and my goal is to empower you to work through barriers that may lead you to be feeling stuck. I provide a safe, nurturing environment where we can work together to reduce your emotional pain from childhood, adulthood or from traumatic events. I am compassionate, non-judgmental and a therapist who cares!
Hi there! I know that finding the right therapist can be challenging, especially when things may already feel overwhelming and you've been doing your best to keep your head above water. Life gets busy, relationships get strained, and it can be tough to juggle all of the different hats you wear. I believe that everyone has strengths and my goal is to empower you to work through barriers that may lead you to be feeling stuck. I provide a safe, nurturing environment where we can work together to reduce your emotional pain from childhood, adulthood or from traumatic events. I am compassionate, non-judgmental and a therapist who cares!
(949) 835-4891 View (949) 835-4891
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Anne San Juan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (Online Only)
Life events are like pieces of a puzzle that create the picture of where you are today. I have worked with women who left abusive relationships for the safety of a shelter to addicts/ alcoholics looking toward the path of recovery and now with mentally ill clients who seek a normal. I work on relationship issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, addiction, abuse, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, and codependency. I am a straightforward, caring, intuitively connected therapist that gets to your core issues to help you better understand how you got to where you are, how you can get unstuck, and how to move forward.
Life events are like pieces of a puzzle that create the picture of where you are today. I have worked with women who left abusive relationships for the safety of a shelter to addicts/ alcoholics looking toward the path of recovery and now with mentally ill clients who seek a normal. I work on relationship issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, addiction, abuse, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, and codependency. I am a straightforward, caring, intuitively connected therapist that gets to your core issues to help you better understand how you got to where you are, how you can get unstuck, and how to move forward.
(949) 247-8313 View (949) 247-8313
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Danielle Dawson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families whom may be struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship issues, sex related issues, parent-child issues, or chronic low self-esteem. I have a passion for couples and sex therapy. Using my natural ability to sense emotions, gives me the ability to see the world through their eyes. Working together we understand any trauma, crisis or negative experience is an opportunity to discover a healthier self. By understanding their feelings, goals, fears, and dreams then develop positive beliefs and behaviors to cope with the stress and anxiety of everyday life.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families whom may be struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship issues, sex related issues, parent-child issues, or chronic low self-esteem. I have a passion for couples and sex therapy. Using my natural ability to sense emotions, gives me the ability to see the world through their eyes. Working together we understand any trauma, crisis or negative experience is an opportunity to discover a healthier self. By understanding their feelings, goals, fears, and dreams then develop positive beliefs and behaviors to cope with the stress and anxiety of everyday life.
(714) 676-8051 View (714) 676-8051
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Michelle Hackett
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (Online Only)
Authenticity and honesty are critical to the healing journey. I am a client-centered, solution focused therapist who subscribes to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I use these treatment modalities/ideologies as a means to assisting my clients to explore where they are currently, where they would like to be, and take the necessary steps to get there. This allows my clients to witness their own growth and take ownership in their journey toward the best version of themselves. I look forward to working with you and for you!
Authenticity and honesty are critical to the healing journey. I am a client-centered, solution focused therapist who subscribes to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I use these treatment modalities/ideologies as a means to assisting my clients to explore where they are currently, where they would like to be, and take the necessary steps to get there. This allows my clients to witness their own growth and take ownership in their journey toward the best version of themselves. I look forward to working with you and for you!
(310) 564-7291 View (310) 564-7291
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Michelle Funez Arteaga
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of psychology. I enjoy working with people who are unsure about therapy as well as those experienced and enthusiastic. I specialize in helping you feel comfortable talking about the core issues that might be underlying the reasons for seeking therapy at a no-pressure pace.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of psychology. I enjoy working with people who are unsure about therapy as well as those experienced and enthusiastic. I specialize in helping you feel comfortable talking about the core issues that might be underlying the reasons for seeking therapy at a no-pressure pace.
(510) 990-9759 View (510) 990-9759
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Erika Ciriano Chavez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
My name is Erika Ciriano and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. I specialize in utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma. I am dedicated to helping clients navigate and overcome challenges and promoting positive change and emotional well-being. I specialize in working with both teens and adults, providing tailored therapeutic support for a diverse range of needs including addressing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. I also find I'm a good fit and a source of support for clients going through life transitions and stressors.
My name is Erika Ciriano and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. I specialize in utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma. I am dedicated to helping clients navigate and overcome challenges and promoting positive change and emotional well-being. I specialize in working with both teens and adults, providing tailored therapeutic support for a diverse range of needs including addressing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. I also find I'm a good fit and a source of support for clients going through life transitions and stressors.
(949) 694-1465 View (949) 694-1465
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Katherine Barton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, Equine
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (Online Only)
If you are ready to change your life and relationships positively. I am here to help you meet those goals. My name is Katherine, and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive experience helping individuals and couples navigate the complexities of their emotional and relational challenges. Whether you're struggling with relationship issues, marital difficulties, or the impact of past traumas on your present life, I'm here to provide a supportive and understanding environment where we can work together toward healing and growth.
If you are ready to change your life and relationships positively. I am here to help you meet those goals. My name is Katherine, and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive experience helping individuals and couples navigate the complexities of their emotional and relational challenges. Whether you're struggling with relationship issues, marital difficulties, or the impact of past traumas on your present life, I'm here to provide a supportive and understanding environment where we can work together toward healing and growth.
(714) 710-1867 View (714) 710-1867
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Ellie Miraftabi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, PhD
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Life's everyday problems can cause stress,anxiety, confusion and a feeling of hopelessness and similar conditions increasingly lead to physical and emotional disorders that often lead to difficulties in relating to others and even to oneself. I am a multicultural licensed psychotherapist and a strong advocate for psychological and social human services, working with adolescent, adult and families. For more than tweleve years I have been helping people face their most difficult challenges with insight, compassion and understanding. I help clients reach greater potential, improve their relationships, heal from past hurts and deal with current life issues.
Life's everyday problems can cause stress,anxiety, confusion and a feeling of hopelessness and similar conditions increasingly lead to physical and emotional disorders that often lead to difficulties in relating to others and even to oneself. I am a multicultural licensed psychotherapist and a strong advocate for psychological and social human services, working with adolescent, adult and families. For more than tweleve years I have been helping people face their most difficult challenges with insight, compassion and understanding. I help clients reach greater potential, improve their relationships, heal from past hurts and deal with current life issues.
(818) 296-6291 View (818) 296-6291
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Melissa Willard
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (Online Only)
I understand the dynamics of toxic and narcissistic relationships, which is essential to breaking free from the chains you may feel while in these relationships. I can help you make sense of depression, anxiety, and negative thought patterns. I value working with survivors of narcissistic abuse, first responders, and law enforcement. I use a direct and active approach.
I understand the dynamics of toxic and narcissistic relationships, which is essential to breaking free from the chains you may feel while in these relationships. I can help you make sense of depression, anxiety, and negative thought patterns. I value working with survivors of narcissistic abuse, first responders, and law enforcement. I use a direct and active approach.
(949) 832-7226 View (949) 832-7226
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Monique Austria
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
I believe therapy has the potential to give us the power and tools to build the life we want for ourselves. Together we explore the past, present relationships and experiences which influence our thoughts and actions. As your therapist I guide you through life obstacles, past trauma, negative thoughts that hinder progress and undermine your confidence. I work with adult individuals who have experienced trauma, difficulty grieving, anxiety, work stress, recent loss, family stress, and feeling stuck in life.
I believe therapy has the potential to give us the power and tools to build the life we want for ourselves. Together we explore the past, present relationships and experiences which influence our thoughts and actions. As your therapist I guide you through life obstacles, past trauma, negative thoughts that hinder progress and undermine your confidence. I work with adult individuals who have experienced trauma, difficulty grieving, anxiety, work stress, recent loss, family stress, and feeling stuck in life.
(949) 919-6743 View (949) 919-6743
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Ashley Burrell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Thank you for taking the time to review my profile. I provide individual therapy to adults who are having a hard time managing their day-to-day life due to anxiety, depression, and trauma. With the various labels and stigmas attached to mental health, you should first give yourself grace as you’ve started or maybe continue your journey to show up as your best self. As a strength-based and solution-focused clinician, it brings me great pleasure when my clients can navigate through their mental health challenges and utilize their mental health toolbox to show up as their authentic selves.
Thank you for taking the time to review my profile. I provide individual therapy to adults who are having a hard time managing their day-to-day life due to anxiety, depression, and trauma. With the various labels and stigmas attached to mental health, you should first give yourself grace as you’ve started or maybe continue your journey to show up as your best self. As a strength-based and solution-focused clinician, it brings me great pleasure when my clients can navigate through their mental health challenges and utilize their mental health toolbox to show up as their authentic selves.
(949) 832-7032 View (949) 832-7032
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Gina Cordato
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Hello! My name is Gina Cordato. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to providing compassionate and effective therapy to individuals facing various challenges. With a client-centered approach, I create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I believe in the power of collaboration and work closely with each client to tailor treatment plans to their unique needs and goals. Whether you're navigating life transitions, struggling with mental health issues, or seeking personal growth, I am here to support you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.
Hello! My name is Gina Cordato. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to providing compassionate and effective therapy to individuals facing various challenges. With a client-centered approach, I create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I believe in the power of collaboration and work closely with each client to tailor treatment plans to their unique needs and goals. Whether you're navigating life transitions, struggling with mental health issues, or seeking personal growth, I am here to support you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.
(949) 978-0150 View (949) 978-0150
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Alexandra Poling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (Online Only)
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), along with skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness, I help my clients identify and change ways of thinking and coping that may be impacting their mental health. This approach includes teaching coping skills that will target specific symptoms and triggers as well as learning to cope with or resolve intense emotional pain. I use this approach to treat complicated grief, trauma, panic, and related anxiety or depression.
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), along with skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness, I help my clients identify and change ways of thinking and coping that may be impacting their mental health. This approach includes teaching coping skills that will target specific symptoms and triggers as well as learning to cope with or resolve intense emotional pain. I use this approach to treat complicated grief, trauma, panic, and related anxiety or depression.
(510) 380-7804 View (510) 380-7804
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Talah Moaddab
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (Online Only)
Do you feel anxious, alone, stuck, or disconnected in your life? Has something bad happened to you in the past and it seems to be controlling how you feel and interact with others in your life today? Often times when trauma occurs, it gets locked in our body and we learn to live through life functioning from a set of beliefs and behaviors. These beliefs and behaviors may not be serving you well and may actually be causing disruptions towards a happier self.
Do you feel anxious, alone, stuck, or disconnected in your life? Has something bad happened to you in the past and it seems to be controlling how you feel and interact with others in your life today? Often times when trauma occurs, it gets locked in our body and we learn to live through life functioning from a set of beliefs and behaviors. These beliefs and behaviors may not be serving you well and may actually be causing disruptions towards a happier self.
(949) 424-6747 View (949) 424-6747
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Mya Little
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Hi there, I'm Mya! A Healthy Outside Starts from the Inside. My specialty is relationships. Not just the relationships you have with those around you, but the relationship you have with yourself. Life should not be a struggle; it should be an adventure you enjoy. Therapy can help you whether you are trapped in a routine that's no longer serving you, facing a new difficulty, or simply seeking to improve the general quality of your life. Dr. Little has years of experience working with athletes and people in high-stakes professions to improve performance and eliminate performance barriers by reducing stress.
Hi there, I'm Mya! A Healthy Outside Starts from the Inside. My specialty is relationships. Not just the relationships you have with those around you, but the relationship you have with yourself. Life should not be a struggle; it should be an adventure you enjoy. Therapy can help you whether you are trapped in a routine that's no longer serving you, facing a new difficulty, or simply seeking to improve the general quality of your life. Dr. Little has years of experience working with athletes and people in high-stakes professions to improve performance and eliminate performance barriers by reducing stress.
(949) 776-5324 View (949) 776-5324
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Carolyn Levitan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (Online Only)
I have a high level of expertise working with people experiencing daily stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions and relationship difficulties. I specialize in working with young adults and utilize many Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused approaches. Therapy does not need to be scary nor dull. My clients would say I come across as competent and compassionate. No one deserves to do life alone. I look forward to being on your team and tackling challenges together one step at a time.
I have a high level of expertise working with people experiencing daily stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions and relationship difficulties. I specialize in working with young adults and utilize many Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused approaches. Therapy does not need to be scary nor dull. My clients would say I come across as competent and compassionate. No one deserves to do life alone. I look forward to being on your team and tackling challenges together one step at a time.
(424) 392-6969 View (424) 392-6969
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Connie Taylor
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Relationships can be difficult and I believe that the relationship we cultivate with ourselves is of utmost importance in the way we communicate with others. Are we accepting and compassionate when we notice mistakes or are we critical and judgmental? By improving our ''inside voices' we can alleviate much of the stress and tension in our lives. When working with individuals, couples, or groups, I remain unbiased and non-judgmental as I attempt to be a "clear mirror" for Self discovery. I believe that "life doesn't happen TO us. It happens FOR us." As an Imago therapist, I enjoy working with couples very much.
Relationships can be difficult and I believe that the relationship we cultivate with ourselves is of utmost importance in the way we communicate with others. Are we accepting and compassionate when we notice mistakes or are we critical and judgmental? By improving our ''inside voices' we can alleviate much of the stress and tension in our lives. When working with individuals, couples, or groups, I remain unbiased and non-judgmental as I attempt to be a "clear mirror" for Self discovery. I believe that "life doesn't happen TO us. It happens FOR us." As an Imago therapist, I enjoy working with couples very much.
(909) 474-7668 View (909) 474-7668
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Kylie Swaleh
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (Online Only)
I specialize in empowering clients to work on increasing their insightfulness and targeting attainable goals for their desired outcomes for counseling. My therapeutic style is down-to-earth, interpersonal, and experimental. I enjoy providing a safe environment for my clients to discuss strategies to help cope with their emotional obstacles so they can be better prepared to find effective solutions to their unique challenges. I specialize in utilizing modern and evidence-based interventions with my clients to help achieve their desires of personal growth by exploring nourishing opportunities in their environment.
I specialize in empowering clients to work on increasing their insightfulness and targeting attainable goals for their desired outcomes for counseling. My therapeutic style is down-to-earth, interpersonal, and experimental. I enjoy providing a safe environment for my clients to discuss strategies to help cope with their emotional obstacles so they can be better prepared to find effective solutions to their unique challenges. I specialize in utilizing modern and evidence-based interventions with my clients to help achieve their desires of personal growth by exploring nourishing opportunities in their environment.
(415) 855-2784 View (415) 855-2784
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Jacquelin Tejeda
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
My name is Jacquelin Tejeda and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in California and have experience working with children, youth, adults, and families. I have been in the mental health field for 15 years. I specialize in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, phases of life issues, and more. My approach to therapy varies based on the needs of each client I work with. My Experience and training entail evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness.
My name is Jacquelin Tejeda and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in California and have experience working with children, youth, adults, and families. I have been in the mental health field for 15 years. I specialize in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, phases of life issues, and more. My approach to therapy varies based on the needs of each client I work with. My Experience and training entail evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness.
(949) 828-1576 View (949) 828-1576
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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.