Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Photo of Susan Valoff, LCSW, CDP, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Susan Valoff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CDP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92117
Not accepting new clients
I provide supportive, compassionate counseling for adults and older adults who are navigating life transitions; living with mental or physical illness; coping with caregiving stressors; grieving the loss of a loved one; and/or dealing with the challenges of aging. I also work with neurodiverse older adults, including people who are autistic and/or living with dementia, ADHD, or other cognitive differences. We all need someone to listen without judgment, and to help us through difficult periods in our life. Therapy can also be a means to better understand why we do what we do, and how to reach our goals that may seem out of reach.
I provide supportive, compassionate counseling for adults and older adults who are navigating life transitions; living with mental or physical illness; coping with caregiving stressors; grieving the loss of a loved one; and/or dealing with the challenges of aging. I also work with neurodiverse older adults, including people who are autistic and/or living with dementia, ADHD, or other cognitive differences. We all need someone to listen without judgment, and to help us through difficult periods in our life. Therapy can also be a means to better understand why we do what we do, and how to reach our goals that may seem out of reach.
(619) 853-6829 View (619) 853-6829
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Melissa Love
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
Therapy can be a place to heal relationships, develop resilience, and find relief from mental health symptoms. It can be an opportunity to discover hope and move past emotional blocks that have kept you from achieving your goals.
Therapy can be a place to heal relationships, develop resilience, and find relief from mental health symptoms. It can be an opportunity to discover hope and move past emotional blocks that have kept you from achieving your goals.
(858) 533-2758 View (858) 533-2758
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Rina Schul
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92121
You are so tired of not feeling well, but hesitate to contact a therapist: Can I trust a stranger? Can anybody really help me? On the face of it, you function well in life, but deep inside you feel you don't actually “show up,” or you don't fully “belong.” It is as if your real authentic self is hiding, sensing that “being you” might not be safe enough. Aspects of your life story might explain why you feel uncomfortable, why you feel different than others, or why you are down or anxious. I would love to help you explore such issues in therapy, and work with you on improving your daily life experience.
You are so tired of not feeling well, but hesitate to contact a therapist: Can I trust a stranger? Can anybody really help me? On the face of it, you function well in life, but deep inside you feel you don't actually “show up,” or you don't fully “belong.” It is as if your real authentic self is hiding, sensing that “being you” might not be safe enough. Aspects of your life story might explain why you feel uncomfortable, why you feel different than others, or why you are down or anxious. I would love to help you explore such issues in therapy, and work with you on improving your daily life experience.
(619) 658-6091 View (619) 658-6091
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Brittani Stumbo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92110  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Sports Psychology Consultant who believes we all come with strengths. My approach is genuine, strength based, non traditional, focused on your individualized needs, full of humor, and drawing from many evidenced based practices to find effective results for you. Life gets tough at times trying to juggle who we are, heal from past experiences, and adapt to expectations placed on us. I am here to provide you with a safe space to have some real-talk about the struggles of transitions, trauma, relationships, and overall identity making.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Sports Psychology Consultant who believes we all come with strengths. My approach is genuine, strength based, non traditional, focused on your individualized needs, full of humor, and drawing from many evidenced based practices to find effective results for you. Life gets tough at times trying to juggle who we are, heal from past experiences, and adapt to expectations placed on us. I am here to provide you with a safe space to have some real-talk about the struggles of transitions, trauma, relationships, and overall identity making.
(619) 547-0429 View (619) 547-0429
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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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Hayden Dover
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CST
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92116
Do you and your partner struggle with communication issues, conflict or sexual issues that undermine your ability to have a fulfilling relationship? Do you feel hopeless and frustrated by the lack of intimacy in your relationship? Do you wish that your relationship could be more rewarding for you and your partner? I provide couples counseling, sex therapy and premarital counseling for couples because I believe that our intimate relationships are our best opportunities for deep connection, intimacy, support and pleasure.
Do you and your partner struggle with communication issues, conflict or sexual issues that undermine your ability to have a fulfilling relationship? Do you feel hopeless and frustrated by the lack of intimacy in your relationship? Do you wish that your relationship could be more rewarding for you and your partner? I provide couples counseling, sex therapy and premarital counseling for couples because I believe that our intimate relationships are our best opportunities for deep connection, intimacy, support and pleasure.
(619) 717-1832 View (619) 717-1832
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Hannah Henigman
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92110
Good day to all. My name is Hannah, and I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at the Family Therapy and Guidance Center located in San Diego, CA. I have experience and a passion for helping people from all different walks of life. For family members seeking to reconnect, I help work to build stronger patterns of connection and communication with each other helping to motivate second order change.
Good day to all. My name is Hannah, and I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at the Family Therapy and Guidance Center located in San Diego, CA. I have experience and a passion for helping people from all different walks of life. For family members seeking to reconnect, I help work to build stronger patterns of connection and communication with each other helping to motivate second order change.
(858) 331-9160 View (858) 331-9160
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Pilar M. Placone
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
The relationship between therapist and client is one of the most unique and confidential relationships there is. Studies show the alliance the therapist cultivates with his/her/them client is crucial to therapeutic-effectivity. Helping you review your life and identify the changes you want to make is a sacred and respectful process. I provide each client the best quality care and will support you in examining the underlying issues causing pain and discouraging patterns. I am honest, compassionate, directive, and I want you to see promising changes in the life you want and deserve as soon as possible.
The relationship between therapist and client is one of the most unique and confidential relationships there is. Studies show the alliance the therapist cultivates with his/her/them client is crucial to therapeutic-effectivity. Helping you review your life and identify the changes you want to make is a sacred and respectful process. I provide each client the best quality care and will support you in examining the underlying issues causing pain and discouraging patterns. I am honest, compassionate, directive, and I want you to see promising changes in the life you want and deserve as soon as possible.
(619) 870-1427 View (619) 870-1427
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Susie Ro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92110
Hello- My name is Susie and I have over 17 years of experience in the field of clinical social work. I received my Master of Social Work degree from State University of New York-Albany in 2005.
Hello- My name is Susie and I have over 17 years of experience in the field of clinical social work. I received my Master of Social Work degree from State University of New York-Albany in 2005.
(619) 853-6355 View (619) 853-6355
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Aleah Maas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RYT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92104  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you feeling stuck in life or overwhelmed by your emotions? Do you have difficulty with relationships or self worth? With the right support, it is possible to feel more balanced and in control of your life. I utilize a holistic approach, integrating the mind and body to help you deal with difficult emotions when they arise. I can help you navigate and change patterns within relationships that are affecting your wellbeing. My goal is to work with you while you build a deeper sense of safety and connection with yourself and within your relationships.
Are you feeling stuck in life or overwhelmed by your emotions? Do you have difficulty with relationships or self worth? With the right support, it is possible to feel more balanced and in control of your life. I utilize a holistic approach, integrating the mind and body to help you deal with difficult emotions when they arise. I can help you navigate and change patterns within relationships that are affecting your wellbeing. My goal is to work with you while you build a deeper sense of safety and connection with yourself and within your relationships.
(619) 658-6975 View (619) 658-6975
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Shane Padamada
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPCC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
Are you dealing with a major life transition, job loss, or losing a significant relationship? I'll help you work through these painful issues and much more. You'll learn how to train your brain to function better - Sharpen your attention, relieve your anxiety, enhance your mood and improve your behavior...all without re-living any traumatic experiences. My process works fast. The best thing is that it's simple, painless, and non-invasive. You'll discover natural ways to improve your mind, your body, and find your inner peace. You'll learn to make conscious, healthy decisions for yourself to dramatically improve your life.
Are you dealing with a major life transition, job loss, or losing a significant relationship? I'll help you work through these painful issues and much more. You'll learn how to train your brain to function better - Sharpen your attention, relieve your anxiety, enhance your mood and improve your behavior...all without re-living any traumatic experiences. My process works fast. The best thing is that it's simple, painless, and non-invasive. You'll discover natural ways to improve your mind, your body, and find your inner peace. You'll learn to make conscious, healthy decisions for yourself to dramatically improve your life.
(619) 775-2011 View (619) 775-2011
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Julie Trim, PhD & Associates
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 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
Photo of Andrew Harrison Lewis, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Andrew Harrison Lewis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping clients address the challenges they face with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and mindfulness practices. Anxiety, depression, past traumas, lack of community acceptance, and difficult environmental and situational factors may’ve brought you to a place of feeling unwell or stuck. Time-tested therapy techniques may be just what you need to address these difficulties and move forward. I have worked with a diverse assortment of clients who've faced a variety of concerns, including career difficulties, LGBT-related matters, abuse, grief, severe persistent mental illness, and relationship issues.
I am passionate about helping clients address the challenges they face with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and mindfulness practices. Anxiety, depression, past traumas, lack of community acceptance, and difficult environmental and situational factors may’ve brought you to a place of feeling unwell or stuck. Time-tested therapy techniques may be just what you need to address these difficulties and move forward. I have worked with a diverse assortment of clients who've faced a variety of concerns, including career difficulties, LGBT-related matters, abuse, grief, severe persistent mental illness, and relationship issues.
(619) 458-3613 View (619) 458-3613
Photo of Ryan Buchmann, MA, MFT, CADC-II, Marriage & Family Therapist
Ryan Buchmann
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CADC-II
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
Suffering can be emotional pain, physical pain, pain caused by love, death, or even loss. Sometimes our suffering can be more than we can bear and we need help to understand the source of our pain and acceptance of it. Very often we are unaware of the thoughts that cause us pain. By becoming aware of the thoughts behind suffering, you can change the thoughts and promote peace. In other words, you can condition yourself to believe and behave differently and eventually suffering diminishes.
Suffering can be emotional pain, physical pain, pain caused by love, death, or even loss. Sometimes our suffering can be more than we can bear and we need help to understand the source of our pain and acceptance of it. Very often we are unaware of the thoughts that cause us pain. By becoming aware of the thoughts behind suffering, you can change the thoughts and promote peace. In other words, you can condition yourself to believe and behave differently and eventually suffering diminishes.
(442) 244-2743 View (442) 244-2743
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Dr. Brooke Bartlett
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92110  (Online Only)
Is your anxiety keeping you trapped in an endless cycle of fear and worry? Do you feel disconnected, depressed, or numb? Do you notice that you have a "short fuse"? Do you seem to be making choices that are negatively impacting your life? If you're looking for effective treatment with a therapist who gets it, then I might be the right provider for you. I use evidence-based treatments and techniques backed by science to help my clients regain control of their lives, re-align with their values, and improve their quality of life.
Is your anxiety keeping you trapped in an endless cycle of fear and worry? Do you feel disconnected, depressed, or numb? Do you notice that you have a "short fuse"? Do you seem to be making choices that are negatively impacting your life? If you're looking for effective treatment with a therapist who gets it, then I might be the right provider for you. I use evidence-based treatments and techniques backed by science to help my clients regain control of their lives, re-align with their values, and improve their quality of life.
(619) 502-9147 View (619) 502-9147
Photo of Rebecca Rabe, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Rebecca Rabe
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92106
For over 20 years, I have been working with children, teenagers, and young adults to develop the skills necessary to navigate through life successfully. I assist clients in developing insight into their current life situation, broaden their ability to cope with some of life's greatest challenges, nurture their resiliency and developing effective communication skills. I use a combination of play therapy interventions, Animal Assisted Human Health (therapy dogs) and traditional talk therapy in my practice. I believe in a holistic approach and will collaborate with families and providers to ensure that the best treatment is provided.
For over 20 years, I have been working with children, teenagers, and young adults to develop the skills necessary to navigate through life successfully. I assist clients in developing insight into their current life situation, broaden their ability to cope with some of life's greatest challenges, nurture their resiliency and developing effective communication skills. I use a combination of play therapy interventions, Animal Assisted Human Health (therapy dogs) and traditional talk therapy in my practice. I believe in a holistic approach and will collaborate with families and providers to ensure that the best treatment is provided.
(619) 502-9466 View (619) 502-9466
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Erin Cragin Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
By providing support and practical feedback I help my clients resolve current problems as well as long-standing patterns. I work very hard to create a safe space for my clients, regardless of where you are in your life journey. I will often draw upon my own experience to sensitively address your unique emotional, mental, spiritual and relational needs.
By providing support and practical feedback I help my clients resolve current problems as well as long-standing patterns. I work very hard to create a safe space for my clients, regardless of where you are in your life journey. I will often draw upon my own experience to sensitively address your unique emotional, mental, spiritual and relational needs.
(619) 378-4339 View (619) 378-4339
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Janetta Stephen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92120
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 25 years of experience in working with individuals, families and couples impacted by depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use issues. I work with all age groups 8 years old and up. In my work I utilize a variety of techniques and interventions representing several therapeutic modalities to facilitate reduction of interpersonal distress and the restoration of relationships. I have also incorporated the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing into my practice for individuals who have experienced both simple and complex trauma.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 25 years of experience in working with individuals, families and couples impacted by depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use issues. I work with all age groups 8 years old and up. In my work I utilize a variety of techniques and interventions representing several therapeutic modalities to facilitate reduction of interpersonal distress and the restoration of relationships. I have also incorporated the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing into my practice for individuals who have experienced both simple and complex trauma.
(858) 786-1489 View (858) 786-1489
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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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Roseann Larson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92129
Because each person is different, there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to therapy. Ultimately, the right therapist can help you develop a greater sense of peace and self-fulfillment. So it is important to choose someone with whom you feel safe; someone who will listen, empathize, and respect your needs; and someone with the skills necessary to support you in reaching your goals. In the process, you will acquire greater self-awareness, and learn to cope more effectively with life issues. This is my approach to therapy.
Because each person is different, there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to therapy. Ultimately, the right therapist can help you develop a greater sense of peace and self-fulfillment. So it is important to choose someone with whom you feel safe; someone who will listen, empathize, and respect your needs; and someone with the skills necessary to support you in reaching your goals. In the process, you will acquire greater self-awareness, and learn to cope more effectively with life issues. This is my approach to therapy.
(619) 722-3116 View (619) 722-3116
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Number of Therapists in San Diego, CA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$160

Therapists in San Diego, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
70% Self Esteem
66% Coping Skills
65% Relationship Issues
64% Trauma and PTSD
62% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
75% 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.