Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Erica Basso - Therapy For High-Achieving Women
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
No one would believe you struggle with anxiety or self-esteem because your life looks great from the outside. You're successful, it appears you have it all. So why are you not happy? You may have had thoughts that you don't need therapy, that's for people who look like they're struggling and maybe you should just suck it up and be 'grateful'. I work with high-achieving women to overcome anxiety, perfectionism, relationship challenges, and more. You're not doing it wrong and the answer is not that you need to just do more or try harder. Mental health is complex and no one is immune to struggling with their mental health.
No one would believe you struggle with anxiety or self-esteem because your life looks great from the outside. You're successful, it appears you have it all. So why are you not happy? You may have had thoughts that you don't need therapy, that's for people who look like they're struggling and maybe you should just suck it up and be 'grateful'. I work with high-achieving women to overcome anxiety, perfectionism, relationship challenges, and more. You're not doing it wrong and the answer is not that you need to just do more or try harder. Mental health is complex and no one is immune to struggling with their mental health.
(747) 281-3143 View (747) 281-3143
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Rita R Cole
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92106  (Online Only)
You might be asking yourself, "Who is this person next to me?" or "Should we even keep trying to make this work?" Feeling defensive, rejected, or alone, or walking on eggshells, can take a toll on you emotionally, at work, as a parent and socially. You want to feel desired and to enjoy being with your partner again. When you reach out for affection or attention, you want your partner to be there with interest, acceptance and warmth. I specialize in helping couples and individuals who are feeling lonely, angry, unheard, frustrated and worried about the future of their relationship.
You might be asking yourself, "Who is this person next to me?" or "Should we even keep trying to make this work?" Feeling defensive, rejected, or alone, or walking on eggshells, can take a toll on you emotionally, at work, as a parent and socially. You want to feel desired and to enjoy being with your partner again. When you reach out for affection or attention, you want your partner to be there with interest, acceptance and warmth. I specialize in helping couples and individuals who are feeling lonely, angry, unheard, frustrated and worried about the future of their relationship.
(619) 399-2848 View (619) 399-2848
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Kirsten Molina
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe and supportive space in which my clients can freely explore, challenge, and eventually transform the parts of themselves that are in need of attention. I strive to validate and empower my clients, providing them with new tools and strategies to help create the changes they desire in their lives. My holistic approach integrates the mind, body and spirit as an essential part of the healing process. My approach focuses on building trust and rapport with my clients. I believe that the client-therapist relationship is paramount to a successful outcome.
My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe and supportive space in which my clients can freely explore, challenge, and eventually transform the parts of themselves that are in need of attention. I strive to validate and empower my clients, providing them with new tools and strategies to help create the changes they desire in their lives. My holistic approach integrates the mind, body and spirit as an essential part of the healing process. My approach focuses on building trust and rapport with my clients. I believe that the client-therapist relationship is paramount to a successful outcome.
(858) 786-1425 View (858) 786-1425
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Amber Laurie
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MA, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
“I now see that owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” – Brené Brown My goal in therapy is to be a strong support for you as you own your story and learn to practice more love and acceptance for yourself. Reaching out to a therapist can be scary and vulnerable, and I hope to provide a safe space for you to identify your goals and begin to make positive, values-based changes toward a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
“I now see that owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” – Brené Brown My goal in therapy is to be a strong support for you as you own your story and learn to practice more love and acceptance for yourself. Reaching out to a therapist can be scary and vulnerable, and I hope to provide a safe space for you to identify your goals and begin to make positive, values-based changes toward a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
(619) 732-5530 View (619) 732-5530
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Amanda Torre
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92126
Hello! I am so excited that you are ready and eager to work through whatever you may be facing. Although you may be experiencing some distressing times you will get through it! Healing and hope is available if you are willing to receive. So open up your heart and mind and be ready to receive when you schedule your appointment with me. I look forward to hearing from you and learning the ways I can collaborate with you to establish the plans God has for you! Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
Hello! I am so excited that you are ready and eager to work through whatever you may be facing. Although you may be experiencing some distressing times you will get through it! Healing and hope is available if you are willing to receive. So open up your heart and mind and be ready to receive when you schedule your appointment with me. I look forward to hearing from you and learning the ways I can collaborate with you to establish the plans God has for you! Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
(619) 304-7826 View (619) 304-7826
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Carey Sebera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92115
Carey Sebera, LCSW. I allow the client to lead with their hopes and desires for therapy, and get to know what drives them. Therapy is not one size fits all, and I quickly assess what may or may not be effective with each person. Seeing patterns and addressing difficult behaviors is an important part of a therapist's role, but it takes willingness and honesty from a client. We only know what you tell us! I am trained in EMDR, trauma, and addiction. I look forward to helping you achieve the life you desire.
Carey Sebera, LCSW. I allow the client to lead with their hopes and desires for therapy, and get to know what drives them. Therapy is not one size fits all, and I quickly assess what may or may not be effective with each person. Seeing patterns and addressing difficult behaviors is an important part of a therapist's role, but it takes willingness and honesty from a client. We only know what you tell us! I am trained in EMDR, trauma, and addiction. I look forward to helping you achieve the life you desire.
(619) 724-5070 View (619) 724-5070
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Jessica Holzer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RPT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92131
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist that supports children of all ages, teens, adults, and couples and individuals struggling with parenting. There are times in our lives where we recognize we need to nurture our growth, can feel disconnected to each other or our goals, or simply need some support. I am here to help you, your family, and your children with a challenge that might feel too big to manage on your own. I also offer clinical supervision for those therapists accruing hours towards licensure.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist that supports children of all ages, teens, adults, and couples and individuals struggling with parenting. There are times in our lives where we recognize we need to nurture our growth, can feel disconnected to each other or our goals, or simply need some support. I am here to help you, your family, and your children with a challenge that might feel too big to manage on your own. I also offer clinical supervision for those therapists accruing hours towards licensure.
(858) 302-4254 View (858) 302-4254
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D. Brooke Crosby
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, LPC, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92128  (Online Only)
I understand that life happens to all of us. You can feel overwhelmed by unexpected situations, unfortunate losses and unendurable psychological pains. Seeking help means that you are ready to work and bring your life into a healthier balance. Through our work together, I can help you navigate through troubling patterns that may have formed as a result of responding to these difficult life occurrences.
I understand that life happens to all of us. You can feel overwhelmed by unexpected situations, unfortunate losses and unendurable psychological pains. Seeking help means that you are ready to work and bring your life into a healthier balance. Through our work together, I can help you navigate through troubling patterns that may have formed as a result of responding to these difficult life occurrences.
(619) 485-6984 View (619) 485-6984
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Jacqueline Bain
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with youth of all ages, from elementary age to teenagers. I take a casual, fun and relatable approach to therapy that allows youth to feel more comfortable in what is-lets face it-a really awkward situation. I enjoy helping youth find their voice and bridge the gap between parent and child, improving communication and the quality of the relationship. I'm passionate about collaborating with kids and their families to manage anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, or any other challenging life phases.
I specialize in working with youth of all ages, from elementary age to teenagers. I take a casual, fun and relatable approach to therapy that allows youth to feel more comfortable in what is-lets face it-a really awkward situation. I enjoy helping youth find their voice and bridge the gap between parent and child, improving communication and the quality of the relationship. I'm passionate about collaborating with kids and their families to manage anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, or any other challenging life phases.
(619) 568-2287 View (619) 568-2287
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Tracy Wutzke
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92126
Come enjoy the process of growth through therapy and become happier and more fulfilled. Life brings many unexpected blessings and challenges. We all love to cherish and celebrate the blessings. But what do you do when your relationship is rocky? How do you grieve the loss of a relationship or a loved one? How do you manage a disrespectful teenager? How do you find solutions for workplace challenges? How do you move from feeling isolated and misunderstood to feeling connected and loved? Seeking help when needed demonstrates strength and courage.
Come enjoy the process of growth through therapy and become happier and more fulfilled. Life brings many unexpected blessings and challenges. We all love to cherish and celebrate the blessings. But what do you do when your relationship is rocky? How do you grieve the loss of a relationship or a loved one? How do you manage a disrespectful teenager? How do you find solutions for workplace challenges? How do you move from feeling isolated and misunderstood to feeling connected and loved? Seeking help when needed demonstrates strength and courage.
(858) 298-3663 View (858) 298-3663
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Ekaete Ekpo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
Hello and thank you for considering me in your wellness journey. My name is Ekaete Ekpo and I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) with over 10 years of experience providing psychotherapy. My approach to our therapeutic relationship will be with warmth, care, compassion, and non-judgment approach, adapting to the unique needs of each individual client. My focus areas of practice include working across life span with all ages. I have experience working with clients who experience difficulty with anxiety, depression, relational stress, trauma, or grief and loss, together we can walk through the journey of self-healing.
Hello and thank you for considering me in your wellness journey. My name is Ekaete Ekpo and I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) with over 10 years of experience providing psychotherapy. My approach to our therapeutic relationship will be with warmth, care, compassion, and non-judgment approach, adapting to the unique needs of each individual client. My focus areas of practice include working across life span with all ages. I have experience working with clients who experience difficulty with anxiety, depression, relational stress, trauma, or grief and loss, together we can walk through the journey of self-healing.
(619) 759-5358 View (619) 759-5358
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Sawyer Franklin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
I specialize in supporting children, teens, and young adults cope with attention difficulties and ADHD, anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, trauma, and life transitions. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), First Approaches Skills Training-Behavior (FAST-B), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I have a proven track record of helping kids, teens, and young adults overcome their challenges and lead more fulfilling, happy lives.
I specialize in supporting children, teens, and young adults cope with attention difficulties and ADHD, anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, trauma, and life transitions. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), First Approaches Skills Training-Behavior (FAST-B), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I have a proven track record of helping kids, teens, and young adults overcome their challenges and lead more fulfilling, happy lives.
(858) 753-4287 View (858) 753-4287
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William (Billy) Hale
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92127
Hello, I'm Billy. I'm passionate about supporting teens, couples, families, and adult individuals. I strive to create a safe space using warmth, humor, and unconditional positive regard where clients can be their true, authentic selves. I completed a dual master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy and School Counseling from St. Mary’s College of California. I then relocated to Southern California in 2021 and could not be happier to have discovered the paradise of San Diego.
Hello, I'm Billy. I'm passionate about supporting teens, couples, families, and adult individuals. I strive to create a safe space using warmth, humor, and unconditional positive regard where clients can be their true, authentic selves. I completed a dual master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy and School Counseling from St. Mary’s College of California. I then relocated to Southern California in 2021 and could not be happier to have discovered the paradise of San Diego.
(858) 544-5094 View (858) 544-5094
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Dr. Ca-Lie Cheng-Wang
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
I am a Mandarin and English-speaking psychologist.
I am a Mandarin and English-speaking psychologist.
(619) 273-0785 View (619) 273-0785
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Amanda Morales
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122  (Online Only)
In my practice, I specialize in assisting couples navigating the emotional complexities of intimate relationships. These experiences, unique in their impact and intensity, require a sensitive and nuanced approach. Utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method, I strive to create a supportive space where couples can explore their feelings, strengthen their connection, and develop resilience. These evidence-based methods not only help in understanding and processing emotions but also in building a deeper, more meaningful bond, paving the way for healing and growth.
In my practice, I specialize in assisting couples navigating the emotional complexities of intimate relationships. These experiences, unique in their impact and intensity, require a sensitive and nuanced approach. Utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method, I strive to create a supportive space where couples can explore their feelings, strengthen their connection, and develop resilience. These evidence-based methods not only help in understanding and processing emotions but also in building a deeper, more meaningful bond, paving the way for healing and growth.
(858) 264-3384 View (858) 264-3384
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Jessica Rosas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Jessie (she/they) is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families. She has experience in dealing with a wide range of clinical and relational problems. Jessie is passionate about serving LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.
Jessie (she/they) is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families. She has experience in dealing with a wide range of clinical and relational problems. Jessie is passionate about serving LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.
(858) 519-8002 View (858) 519-8002
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Cynthia Mcgregor
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
Cyndi McGregor is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. She has experience in life transitions, communication, anxiety issues and depression from her experiences training and working in hospice and addiction fields aiding clients challenge by these and other life issues. She utilizes interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused to Psychodynamic approaches.
Cyndi McGregor is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. She has experience in life transitions, communication, anxiety issues and depression from her experiences training and working in hospice and addiction fields aiding clients challenge by these and other life issues. She utilizes interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused to Psychodynamic approaches.
(858) 321-8343 View (858) 321-8343
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Luis Graciano
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92106  (Online Only)
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I make the full effort to meet my clients at their stage in life. My therapeutic approach incorporates the integration of my client’s background, self-identity, values, gender, culture, and life experiences. Working with various adults, adolescents, and families has given me the skills to provide a therapeutic experience for my clients that is insightful and non-judgmental.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I make the full effort to meet my clients at their stage in life. My therapeutic approach incorporates the integration of my client’s background, self-identity, values, gender, culture, and life experiences. Working with various adults, adolescents, and families has given me the skills to provide a therapeutic experience for my clients that is insightful and non-judgmental.
(415) 903-1704 View (415) 903-1704
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Sarah Heller
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92127
Sarah specializes in supporting adolescents through tough times. Lately, things have been feeling out of sync. Maybe you are struggling to set boundaries, prioritizing self-care, or establishing routines that work for you. Whether it's depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, burnout from perfectionism, or challenges associated with neurodiversity, know that you're not alone. Sarah and the team at Patch Counseling are familiar with Poway Unified Schools and the surrounding area, so we are equipped to help parents and teens navigate school related issues.
Sarah specializes in supporting adolescents through tough times. Lately, things have been feeling out of sync. Maybe you are struggling to set boundaries, prioritizing self-care, or establishing routines that work for you. Whether it's depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, burnout from perfectionism, or challenges associated with neurodiversity, know that you're not alone. Sarah and the team at Patch Counseling are familiar with Poway Unified Schools and the surrounding area, so we are equipped to help parents and teens navigate school related issues.
(858) 299-1871 View (858) 299-1871
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Autumn Backhaus
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92122
I believe that people have the capacity for amazing feats of growth and change and as a psychologist my role is to partner with my clients as they take this great journey. Change and growth are not always easy, doing something different than what you used to can feel overwhelming. I am here to provide a affirming, culturally humble, supportive, safe, nonjudgmental therapeutic environment that allows for you to further explore the issues you are struggling with and to make the most effective changes to better handle life's challenges, while also striving toward living a meaningful and fulfilling life.
I believe that people have the capacity for amazing feats of growth and change and as a psychologist my role is to partner with my clients as they take this great journey. Change and growth are not always easy, doing something different than what you used to can feel overwhelming. I am here to provide a affirming, culturally humble, supportive, safe, nonjudgmental therapeutic environment that allows for you to further explore the issues you are struggling with and to make the most effective changes to better handle life's challenges, while also striving toward living a meaningful and fulfilling life.
(858) 251-7091 View (858) 251-7091

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in San Diego, CA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$160

Therapists in San Diego, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
87% Depression
70% Self Esteem
66% Relationship Issues
66% Coping Skills
65% Trauma and PTSD
62% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Aetna
74% Cigna and Evernorth
69% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in San Diego, CA see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in San Diego?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.