Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists in Normal Heights, San Diego, CA

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Leah Aguirre
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I use a collaborative and strengths-based approach and apply techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, EMDR, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Welcome! I'm so glad you're here and considering therapy. Do you experience overwhelming anxiety or tend overthink everything? Do you struggle with your self-worth or are overly critical of yourself? Do you have trouble dating or find yourself in unhealthy relationships? Have you experienced trauma or significant life events that continue to negatively impact your mental health/quality of life? If any of this resonates with you, I promise you are not alone. Therapy can be a great tool to help you work through the things that are holding you back and take charge of your own life.
(619) 304-0927
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Normal Heights
San Diego, CA 92108
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Jaclyn Nematbakhsh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
She uses a combined approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy,.
If you have found yourself here it is because you are wanting to make a change in your life and/or your relationships. Maybe you have been feeling overwhelmed at work or at home, you have been experiencing low self-esteem, or you are stuck in a relationship that is no longer serving you. The therapeutic process is a powerful one where you get to work through your emotions and thoughts to come out even stronger than you were before.
(619) 566-7066
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Normal Heights
San Diego, CA 92108
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Janina Scarlet
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
To assist you, I use evidence-based practices in treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and EMDR.
Do you often feel disconnected from others? Do you pretend to be “fine” while you’re actually struggling on the inside? Do you have a hard time managing your trauma? I understand your pain. I specialize in working with people with PTSD, complex PTSD, as well as grief, burnout, and stress. I also work with creatives (artists, writers, illustrators, musicians, etc) who feel blocked in their creativity or struggle with the “Imposter Syndrome.”
(858) 260-3499
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Normal Heights
San Diego, CA 92108
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The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
We are an outpatient practice specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for anxiety, stress, and related problems. We provide cutting edge, empirically supported treatments in a warm, empathic environment. We currently offer treatment for stress, anxiety, panic, agoraphobia, OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, phobias, medical conditions, life transitions, and other life difficulties resulting from these problems. Our therapy is solution-focused and helps clients reach their full potential and improve quality of life.
(858) 707-7519
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Normal Heights
San Diego, CA 92108
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Amber Laurie
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MA, ASW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I utilize a combined approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to meet your therapy goals.
“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
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Kristin Whelan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
acceptance and commitment therapy ( ACT ), and mindful self-compassion (MSC).
Dr. Whelan is an experienced Licensed Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about establishing a strong alliance with her patients and providing excellence in care. She provides assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to patients with an array of psychological, neurological, and medical conditions. Dr. Whelan specializes in the treatment of depression and anxiety related disorders, chronic pain, sleep/eating disorders, substance use, grief, trauma, and bipolar spectrum conditions. She provides individualized, evidence-based psychotherapy involving a blend of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT),
(619) 738-2306
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GameChanger Therapy and Consulting
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Trust and acceptance are vital to healthy relationships; the therapeutic relationship is no different.
Hello, my name is Kim Swain. I strive to be a culturally competent person and clinician. I believe the first step to making progress in therapy, is making sure that we develop a collaborative approach. I gear treatment toward emphasizing your strengths and solutions, beginning with assessing readiness and motivation. My therapy approach is rooted in Family Systems, Narrative and Structural therapies with various interventions to ensure care is tailored to you. To foster a greater self-awareness, self-esteem, growth, independence and the development of new skills that can be practiced between therapy sessions, as well as lifelong.
(619) 759-7454
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Jana Crosby
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, self esteem, chronic illness and life transitions in young adults. Do you feel stressed, insecure, or ashamed, constantly battling with intrusive thoughts or impulses that you may not even entirely believe, but still can't seem to let go of? Are you feeling stuck in the trap of perfectionism, feeling alone with the depth of emotion or pain you feel, confused about sense of self or life direction, or wondering why your relationships don't feel as fulfilling as you'd like? If so, we might be a good match to explore potential therapy together.
(619) 329-1360
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Normal Heights
San Diego, CA 92108
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Hilber Psychological Services
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We are empathic and experienced San Diego therapists who provide practical, evidenced-based therapy to children, teens, and adults. We work together with you and your family to provide treatment, support and guidance to help you understand and navigate the difficult or stressful situations that may be impacting your life.
(619) 489-1467
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Terra Fuhr
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
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
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Normal Heights
San Diego, CA 92108
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Eszter Kalman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means you want to remain strong! You feel exhausted, irritable. It feels like you're riding an emotional rollercoaster! You may have trouble bonding with your baby. You feel lost and sad. At times, you may have scary thoughts and images about your child. You feel scared to say, it doesn’t feel so good to be a parent sometimes. You are not alone. You don’t deserve to suffer in silence. My own experience becoming a parent led me to find my passion in parental mental health. My purpose is to help you feel like yourself again. Being with someone who cares, and listens, that itself is healing.
(619) 333-0896
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Normal Heights
San Diego, CA 92116
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Enlightened Way Therapy Services LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Dr Bobbie Schorr is a licensed MFT. Bobbie specializes in working with both civilian & military families with extensive experience helping individuals, children, couples and families manage the trials of civilian/military life, including but not limited to deployment and relocation. Bobbie has experience with adolescents in residential treatment, combat veterans with PTSD, adults/children struggling with substance issues, and in hospice dealing with grief and loss. Bobbie acts as a coach through difficult life experiences. Bobbie's approach is helping to instill hope and motivation in order to become unstuck and rebuild self esteem.
(858) 386-1673
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Bernard And Priscilla Chen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Our clinical specialties: ⯌Premarital & couples therapy ⯌Attachment based dating & parenting ⯌Codependency & emotional maturity ⯌Personal work for therapists ⯌Grief & loss, life stage transitions ⯌Trauma & EMDR therapy ⯌Anorexia, bulimia, & binge eating ⯌Adult children of alcoholics/addicts ⯌Internet & video game addiction ⯌Sexual addiction & sex worker regret / / Our focus is on how difficult issues like mental illness and relationship conflict are influenced by your family of origin and early attachment experiences with your parents. Sessions with us are focused on learning the lessons that you should have gotten from your family.
(858) 358-5679
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Anna Morgan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
There is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now and for some it is harder to manage than others. If you are struggling emotionally, feeling down, constantly on edge, increasingly fearful or irritable, reach out for help. Stress is easier to manage with proper tools and support. Connecting with a therapist who you can trust and feel comfortable with is important. I was born and raised in Poland and have lived in San Diego since 2002. I got my BA in Psychology and MSW degrees at SDSU. I have 10 years of experience working in mental health, including individual, couples, and group therapy.
(619) 568-5720
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Normal Heights
San Diego, CA 92116
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Victoria Mellard
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I consider myself to be a “down to earth” therapist who genuinely connects to clients on a person to person level. We explore together to see what approach is right for you, and therapy is truly a collaborative process. You can feel comfortable to be yourself and be vulnerable with me and that within itself is often healing. If you reach out, I guarantee a call or email back on the same day you reach out so we can connect and see if we are a good fit. If I am not the right fit- I can help you find a therapist that is!
(619) 736-0495
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Normal Heights
San Diego, CA 92108
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Dave Fung
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Relationships built on respect, understanding, and empathy are central to who I am and the work I do. Even during my previous careers in corporate engineering and vocational ministry, having that essential human connection with the people around me was what gave my work meaning and value. Although we may struggle to find relationships where we’re heard and valued, I believe we all need them, and having these meaningful connections with other people can be amazingly restorative. I’ve seen it change lives, including my own.
(760) 392-6229
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Domonique Casper Shaw
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
What season of your personal and/or love life are you in? Are you in spring- full of hope and anticipation, summer- relaxed and enjoying life, fall- grappling with uncertainty, or winter- discouraged and disconnected? Unresolved or unaddressed grief and conflict can rob us of the ability to live life fully. Have you experienced disconnection in your relationship, breakup, divorce, loss of a loved one, health decline/medical issues, aging; or change associated with a move, new job, or COVID that is causing stress, anxiety, or depression? I can help you find inner peace while weathering the storm.
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San Diego, CA 92116
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Wendy Kathleen Belding
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
Do you ever feel like you have everything and should be more satisfied with your life? Life satisfaction can be illusive when sought through other people's values.
(619) 377-8847
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Dane Carlo Ripellino
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
There is no real ‘cure’ for being a human being. But in therapy, there can be support, exploration and development of skills that let us live a more meaningful and manageable life. Perspective of another, more objective person, can help. When you are in the movie, you can't watch it.
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Taisha L. Caldwell-Harvey
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
12 Endorsed
Verified
12 Endorsed
If you are experiencing feelings of sadness or depression, feeling overwhelmed with stress or anxiety, struggling with past trauma, feeling challenged by romantic relationships, having a hard time processing grief, if you are unsure of your purpose in life, confused about the next step in your career, or simply feeling like something is holding you back from reaching your full potential, I'd love to talk with you. I'm Dr. Tai, the founder of The Black Girl Doctor, a completely virtual therapy practice specializing in the mental health of professional Black women.
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Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists

Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy evidence-based?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of many approaches within the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidence-based treatment framework that has been shown to be effective in treating many mental health conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and OCD.

What is the difference between Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Despite being part of the CBT family of therapies, ACT differs from other approaches within this field in several important ways: First, it emphasizes acceptance over change; second, it focuses on present moment experiences rather than past experiences or future events; third it focuses on what clients can do rather than what they cannot do; and fourth it emphasizes values rather than symptoms as targets for change.

What credentials will a certified Acceptance and Commitment therapist have?

A certified Acceptance and Commitment therapist in Normal Heights, San Diego will have completed specialized training in this approach at a university accredited by The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

How long does ACT typically take?

ACT is a relatively short-term therapy that focuses on helping you accept the things you can't change and commit to the things you can. It typically takes about eight weeks of weekly sessions with a therapist to complete the entire process. You may need to see your therapist weekly or biweekly, depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation.