Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Julie Trim, PhD & Associates
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92121
Hello! Our clinic specializes in depression, anxiety, disordered eating and eating disorders (EDs), trauma and PTSD, and difficulties with emotion regulation. We also have extensive experience in providing therapy to college students, athletes, and LGBTQ clients. We offer a DBT skills group, a body image group, and a perfectionism group. Whenever possible, we use treatments that have proven efficacy, but we customize treatment to the particular needs of our clients. We approach our clients with respect, warmth, and cultural humility and feel that having a strong therapeutic relationship is central to the success of therapy.
Hello! Our clinic specializes in depression, anxiety, disordered eating and eating disorders (EDs), trauma and PTSD, and difficulties with emotion regulation. We also have extensive experience in providing therapy to college students, athletes, and LGBTQ clients. We offer a DBT skills group, a body image group, and a perfectionism group. Whenever possible, we use treatments that have proven efficacy, but we customize treatment to the particular needs of our clients. We approach our clients with respect, warmth, and cultural humility and feel that having a strong therapeutic relationship is central to the success of therapy.
(858) 295-0435 View (858) 295-0435
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Edith Orejel
PMHNP, BC
Verified
San Diego, CA 92117
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who understands the importance of the mind-body connection and how this can influence overall health. I have experience working in the inpatient setting as well as acute psychiatric services in the emergency room. Additionally, I am able to recognize crisis situations, as well as moments in which support is needed.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who understands the importance of the mind-body connection and how this can influence overall health. I have experience working in the inpatient setting as well as acute psychiatric services in the emergency room. Additionally, I am able to recognize crisis situations, as well as moments in which support is needed.
(415) 879-8939 View (415) 879-8939
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Self Image Studio
CHT
San Diego, CA 92121
We all know that the majority of dieters inevitably gain back all the weight they’ve lost and more. Emotional eating is a coping mechanism, a survival tactic. This self soothing technique is learned early in life to numb uncomfortable feelings. Dieting focuses on the external rather than the internal cues which fuel overeating. The repetitive cycle of gaining and losing weight leads to feelings of hopelessness, shame, failure, and desperation. In order to shift dysfunctional eating patterns, one must identify underlying experiences and belief systems that perpetuate emotional eating.
We all know that the majority of dieters inevitably gain back all the weight they’ve lost and more. Emotional eating is a coping mechanism, a survival tactic. This self soothing technique is learned early in life to numb uncomfortable feelings. Dieting focuses on the external rather than the internal cues which fuel overeating. The repetitive cycle of gaining and losing weight leads to feelings of hopelessness, shame, failure, and desperation. In order to shift dysfunctional eating patterns, one must identify underlying experiences and belief systems that perpetuate emotional eating.
(858) 203-2680 View (858) 203-2680
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Malena Puentes
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
I use an eclectic approach that creates a safe, healing space that includes the client’s needs. I soundly believe that if you can change your thoughts, you can change how you feel and improve the overall quality of your life. We are meant to have fulfilling lives. My goal is to assist clients recognized the strengths that they naturally hold while helping them feel encouraged and supported through this journey of personal growth.
I use an eclectic approach that creates a safe, healing space that includes the client’s needs. I soundly believe that if you can change your thoughts, you can change how you feel and improve the overall quality of your life. We are meant to have fulfilling lives. My goal is to assist clients recognized the strengths that they naturally hold while helping them feel encouraged and supported through this journey of personal growth.
(510) 804-8686 View (510) 804-8686
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Heather Pederson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Seeking help can potentially feel daunting, exposing, and overwhelming. It can also be our first steps toward repair, healing, and growth. I have found that people are so very strong, courageous, and hard-working, and still need some help when things get hard. I believe therapy can be a unique chance to discover parts of ourselves we forgot about, allow healing for the tender parts, and find new ways of interacting with our partners that allow for deeper understanding and connection.
Seeking help can potentially feel daunting, exposing, and overwhelming. It can also be our first steps toward repair, healing, and growth. I have found that people are so very strong, courageous, and hard-working, and still need some help when things get hard. I believe therapy can be a unique chance to discover parts of ourselves we forgot about, allow healing for the tender parts, and find new ways of interacting with our partners that allow for deeper understanding and connection.
(858) 283-4688 View (858) 283-4688
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Cassandra Rude
LPC Intern, APCC
Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
My name is Cassie Rude, I am a compassionate associate counselor dedicated to helping individuals of all ages find their way through life's challenges and uncover inner strengths. My journey as a counselor began with a deep belief in the incredible resilience of the human spirit and the potential for profound transformation. My counseling approach is eclectic and evidence-based. I meet my clients where they are, tailoring therapy to unique needs and goals. Whether you experience anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, or other challenges. I am here to provide guidance, support, and a safe, non-judgmental environment.
My name is Cassie Rude, I am a compassionate associate counselor dedicated to helping individuals of all ages find their way through life's challenges and uncover inner strengths. My journey as a counselor began with a deep belief in the incredible resilience of the human spirit and the potential for profound transformation. My counseling approach is eclectic and evidence-based. I meet my clients where they are, tailoring therapy to unique needs and goals. Whether you experience anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, or other challenges. I am here to provide guidance, support, and a safe, non-judgmental environment.
(858) 519-8002 View (858) 519-8002
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Jessica Egan
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW
Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
I am passionate about normalizing clients' struggles and value an individualized approach to therapy. I recognize that every individual is unique and find value in tailoring treatment strategies to suit the specific needs and circumstances of each client. Having embarked on my own healing journey, I understand the significance of building a strong therapeutic relationship. This requires openness and vulnerability; I aim to normalize and validate your experiences so you can be comfortable in processing any form or trauma or obstacle you have experienced.
I am passionate about normalizing clients' struggles and value an individualized approach to therapy. I recognize that every individual is unique and find value in tailoring treatment strategies to suit the specific needs and circumstances of each client. Having embarked on my own healing journey, I understand the significance of building a strong therapeutic relationship. This requires openness and vulnerability; I aim to normalize and validate your experiences so you can be comfortable in processing any form or trauma or obstacle you have experienced.
(619) 304-7297 View (619) 304-7297
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Kellie Thoelecke
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CCTP, DBT-C
Verified
San Diego, CA 92195  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome!! I am Kellie, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Clinician. Over the last decade, I have gained an extensive background working with children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with trauma, grief, loss, anxiety, and mood-related symptoms. I am passionate about working with individuals who struggle with how past trauma is impacting their present life. I believe that most humans have experienced some form of trauma.
Welcome!! I am Kellie, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Clinician. Over the last decade, I have gained an extensive background working with children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with trauma, grief, loss, anxiety, and mood-related symptoms. I am passionate about working with individuals who struggle with how past trauma is impacting their present life. I believe that most humans have experienced some form of trauma.
(619) 651-9770 View (619) 651-9770
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Courtney Salamone
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
As a college student, you encounter a unique kind of stress with relentless decisions and pressure. You’re someone who is ambitious and motivated, but you still find yourself overwhelmed and feeling anxious about the choices, relationships, and intensity that come with young adulthood. You may be feeling a lack of confidence in yourself. But you’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to feel ease. Most of all, you’re ready to feel confident in your ability to handle what life throws at you. I want to help you get there.
As a college student, you encounter a unique kind of stress with relentless decisions and pressure. You’re someone who is ambitious and motivated, but you still find yourself overwhelmed and feeling anxious about the choices, relationships, and intensity that come with young adulthood. You may be feeling a lack of confidence in yourself. But you’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to feel ease. Most of all, you’re ready to feel confident in your ability to handle what life throws at you. I want to help you get there.
(858) 943-4456 View (858) 943-4456
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Shena Crowe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
Hello, my name is Shena and I am a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner who has had the pleasure of working in public and private sector behavioral health which has provided me with a germane of experience working with individuals, children, and families. In my experience, I learned quickly that people who struggled with internal challenges were either confronted with familial shame or cultural stigma which made asking for help very difficult or non-existent which left many to struggle in silence. For these reasons, I have made it my life’s mission to advocate for and help individuals who may not have the support they need.
Hello, my name is Shena and I am a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner who has had the pleasure of working in public and private sector behavioral health which has provided me with a germane of experience working with individuals, children, and families. In my experience, I learned quickly that people who struggled with internal challenges were either confronted with familial shame or cultural stigma which made asking for help very difficult or non-existent which left many to struggle in silence. For these reasons, I have made it my life’s mission to advocate for and help individuals who may not have the support they need.
(619) 651-9931 View (619) 651-9931
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Ben Cobos
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
Life is beautiful, and helping clients see that vision again has become my passion. I believe in creating a collaborative therapeutic relationship where clients feel seen, heard, and validated.
Life is beautiful, and helping clients see that vision again has become my passion. I believe in creating a collaborative therapeutic relationship where clients feel seen, heard, and validated.
(619) 356-2976 View (619) 356-2976
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Nathan Aish
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, MPH, PPS
Verified
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Nathan Aish, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in California, with 26 years of healthcare leadership experience, including 8 years providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families. I hold a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from San Diego State University. I am also certified to work as a K-12 school social worker. My core values are servitude and continuous improvement, and my approach to care integrates person-centered, trauma-informed, strength-based, harm-reduction, gender-responsive, and cultural humility practices.
Hello! I'm Nathan Aish, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in California, with 26 years of healthcare leadership experience, including 8 years providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families. I hold a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from San Diego State University. I am also certified to work as a K-12 school social worker. My core values are servitude and continuous improvement, and my approach to care integrates person-centered, trauma-informed, strength-based, harm-reduction, gender-responsive, and cultural humility practices.
(619) 332-1103 View (619) 332-1103
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Terra Fuhr
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Negative thoughts and feelings can seem overwhelming, and at times even become unbearable. Often they are the root cause of the issues that prompt someone to seek outside help. Using a primarily cognitive-behavioral therapy approach, I help people understand what triggers these feelings and together we work on strategies for managing and reducing them. Therapy is tailored to an individual's specific needs to meet immediate goals, as well as to build tools for long-term balance and well-being.
Negative thoughts and feelings can seem overwhelming, and at times even become unbearable. Often they are the root cause of the issues that prompt someone to seek outside help. Using a primarily cognitive-behavioral therapy approach, I help people understand what triggers these feelings and together we work on strategies for managing and reducing them. Therapy is tailored to an individual's specific needs to meet immediate goals, as well as to build tools for long-term balance and well-being.
(858) 367-9424 View (858) 367-9424
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Vivian Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
My name is Vivian E. Johnson, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I predominately utilize the psychodynamic approach. I work with individuals, families, and couples experiencing anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, relationship challenges, self-esteem issues, and trauma. I help clients recognize their recurring unhelpful thought, emotional and behavioral patterns, and the defense mechanisms they've developed to avoid distress and cope with stress. This insight may allow them to begin changing those patterns and develop more helpful and healthier ways to cope with life stressors.
My name is Vivian E. Johnson, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I predominately utilize the psychodynamic approach. I work with individuals, families, and couples experiencing anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, relationship challenges, self-esteem issues, and trauma. I help clients recognize their recurring unhelpful thought, emotional and behavioral patterns, and the defense mechanisms they've developed to avoid distress and cope with stress. This insight may allow them to begin changing those patterns and develop more helpful and healthier ways to cope with life stressors.
(619) 815-7294 View (619) 815-7294
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Josie Madrid Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
Waitlist for new clients
Is life not turning out the way you thought it would? As a kid, you couldn’t wait to grow up, but now you are feeling disappointed and unprepared as you enter this next stage of life. A surge of panic floods your body when people ask you what you want to do with your life. Exhaustion has become your norm as you juggle all your responsibilities- school, work, family, friendships, dating. You want to truly belong in your community, but your relationships feel superficial as you long for more meaningful connections. Some days, self-doubt swallows you whole and you wonder, "Am I good enough?”
Is life not turning out the way you thought it would? As a kid, you couldn’t wait to grow up, but now you are feeling disappointed and unprepared as you enter this next stage of life. A surge of panic floods your body when people ask you what you want to do with your life. Exhaustion has become your norm as you juggle all your responsibilities- school, work, family, friendships, dating. You want to truly belong in your community, but your relationships feel superficial as you long for more meaningful connections. Some days, self-doubt swallows you whole and you wonder, "Am I good enough?”
(858) 799-0109 View (858) 799-0109
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Nikki Amaro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
I am accepting new clients! I work with adults of any age and walk of life. I am trained and experienced in providing EMDR treatment for symptoms related to adverse life experiences. I have expertise in working with LGBTQIA+ populations and in particular, those navigating issues related to gender identity. My clinical focus revolves around bolstering clients' existing strengths, support networks, personal growth, and resiliency. My background allows me to provide mental health services in a connective way while being both innovative and flexible in my work.
I am accepting new clients! I work with adults of any age and walk of life. I am trained and experienced in providing EMDR treatment for symptoms related to adverse life experiences. I have expertise in working with LGBTQIA+ populations and in particular, those navigating issues related to gender identity. My clinical focus revolves around bolstering clients' existing strengths, support networks, personal growth, and resiliency. My background allows me to provide mental health services in a connective way while being both innovative and flexible in my work.
(619) 345-7023 View (619) 345-7023
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Lifeologie San Diego
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Diego, CA 92116
We all struggle with managing our lives during these difficult times. I am committed to providing the tools to increase and maintain functioning. Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, addiction? Is there unresolved trauma, grief, or a sense of not belonging? Do you need an empathetic ear to verbalize your feelings, thoughts, and emotions?
We all struggle with managing our lives during these difficult times. I am committed to providing the tools to increase and maintain functioning. Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, addiction? Is there unresolved trauma, grief, or a sense of not belonging? Do you need an empathetic ear to verbalize your feelings, thoughts, and emotions?
(619) 367-0918 View (619) 367-0918
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Angeline Baucom
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, SUDCC, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92121
Clients that have experienced trauma, substance abuse and family issues. Struggling with depression and anxiety.
Clients that have experienced trauma, substance abuse and family issues. Struggling with depression and anxiety.
(760) 227-5274 View (760) 227-5274
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Monica Sanders
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Searching for a space where you can just be you? Sometimes life can present challenges that make it hard for us to simply exist as who we are. As your therapist, I will provide a space that is both comforting and non-judgemental. Here we can work together to help you explore unique aspects of yourself that can help you address hardship, live as the fullest version of yourself and a life that feels satisfying for you. My approach to therapy is client-centered, compassionate, collaborative, curious and rooted in the idea that you have the capacity to re-story and improve the reality of your life.
Searching for a space where you can just be you? Sometimes life can present challenges that make it hard for us to simply exist as who we are. As your therapist, I will provide a space that is both comforting and non-judgemental. Here we can work together to help you explore unique aspects of yourself that can help you address hardship, live as the fullest version of yourself and a life that feels satisfying for you. My approach to therapy is client-centered, compassionate, collaborative, curious and rooted in the idea that you have the capacity to re-story and improve the reality of your life.
(619) 333-7014 View (619) 333-7014
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Rita Romero
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
Hankpicked as one of the Three Best Rated Psychologists in San Diego in 2022 and 2023 . With 25 years of experience, I have been able to successfully empower individuals to identify and transform their personal, relational and professional challenges and reach their desired goals. I will bring compassion, respect and unique insight into our work together. My license is at the doctoral level as a psychologist, as well as having been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Treatment will be uniquely tailored to your personality to effectively alleviate discomfort and maximize your goals.
Hankpicked as one of the Three Best Rated Psychologists in San Diego in 2022 and 2023 . With 25 years of experience, I have been able to successfully empower individuals to identify and transform their personal, relational and professional challenges and reach their desired goals. I will bring compassion, respect and unique insight into our work together. My license is at the doctoral level as a psychologist, as well as having been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Treatment will be uniquely tailored to your personality to effectively alleviate discomfort and maximize your goals.
(760) 303-4783 View (760) 303-4783

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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.

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.

What type of therapist is right for me?

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.

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 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.

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.