Therapists in San Luis Obispo, CA

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Lifespan Therapy- Jennifer Sale, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Do you ever wonder why you have anxiety, nervous tension, mood fluctuations, an inability to concentrate, or a lack of motivation? There are reasons for symptoms such as these, some of which may be environmental, including past trauma or adverse childhood experiences, some biological or hereditary and some related to current stressors. But it is important to have an understanding of these factors, as this type of knowledge is power. In my practice, I offer supportive, compassionate counseling that encourages insight and understanding on the part of my clients, but is also solution-focused with feedback and guidance where needed.
(805) 272-7682
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Marcia Bronstein Lcsw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Feeling overwhelmed with life, parenting, love, family issues, Are your relationships suffering? Are you feeling stressed or overwhlemed with change in life, school, college, work or family issues ? I help adults, children and family's reach their potential, find connection and improve relationships. If you are considering therapy for yourself or your loved one I am here to help. I support children to express themselves through play, art, and social emotional activities to learn healthy ways to express big emotions while learning coping skills. I provide a safe place to talk, to be heard and understood, and for families to talk.
(805) 317-4493
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Marian J Richetta
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Sadness, grief and worry are normal human experiences. However, when they endure for long periods of time or when you are overwhelmed by the effects of stress or trauma, if you have difficulty sleeping or concentrating or you feel hopeless or helpless, then it may be time to visit a skilled therapist.
(805) 301-5556
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Deborah M Halpern
MA, MEd
I am a Certified Transformational Life Coach with Master's degrees in Psychology and Education. I help my clients to work through various life transitions: developing healthier habits, letting go of self-defeating behaviors, managing anxiety, and discovering how to create a life worth living! My unique gift is to help people learn the skills and practices they can use to move through fear and doubt to arrive at a place of authenticity and presence. I specialize in bringing together the body and the mind to bring my clients into a state of health, balance, and wholeness.
(805) 590-8087
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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(Maggie) Maria Magdalena Martins
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
I am a bicultural and bilingual (English/Spanish) therapist. I have experience working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. I utilize a person-centered approach, cognitive behavioral therapy and incorporate various other strength-based interventions to help individuals who may be feeling overwhelmed with life’s demands and challenges. Whether you may be experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, or relationship issues, I am here to help you navigate through life’s difficulties. We can all use support from time to time. You do not have to face these challenges alone.
(805) 926-6825
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Pacific Emotional Wellness
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, AMFT, MA, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pacific Emotional Wellness is a group therapy practice led by Camille Johnson, and consists of several skilled therapists including Rachel Cha, Grace Peavy, Alex Seastrunk, Jessie Shorts, Audrey Pearce, Alexis Gibson, and Julie Jennings. We offer therapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families. We take a deep and soulful approach to walking alongside our clients on their journey of growth and healing. Whether you are feeling stuck in the rut of life, dealing with grief/loss, having relationship concerns, experienced a trauma, etc., we are here for you no matter what stage of your healing journey you are in.
(805) 519-8468
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Jennifer Woodward
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My ideal clients are LGBTQI, gender variances, alcohol and addiction ,parents of children with problem behaviors, teens, young adults and adults, deal with realities of love whomever that light might shine. I enjoy working with couples; you didn't get the manual with your relationship but it's not too late. I also love working with individuals on the path to spiritual awakening.
(805) 467-6526
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Lesley Carol Andrews-Wise
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Looking for more joy and meaning in life? Using an eclectic approach, I work with adults and young adults to discover their natural strengths. Part of being human includes being confronted with obstacles that hinder our wellbeing and meaning in life. I enjoy assisting people in creating ways to remove those obstacles. Even in the midst of little hope, I think we all need to be reminded of the joy and wonder in life.
(805) 244-8716
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Jeneane Nicodemus
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
"Let your yes be yes, and your no be no!" Asserting your own needs and wants while maintaining love and connection within relationships can seem impossible. The chaos of pleasing others feels overwhelming and our own desires can get lost in transit. That feeling of being on an emotional treadmill- working hard without the results you desire. Help to unravel some of this messiness seems difficult without grace and guidance. The salve of a listener who can also offer insight can be a process toward healing. Whatever the narrative is in your current situation let's figure it out together. Internal self love and joy is possible.
(805) 232-7957
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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John Roorda
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Trauma can broadly be defined as any event or situation that has a lasting negative impact. EMDR is an highly effective form of psychotherapy which harnesses all we know about human attachment and neurobiology to heal trauma and to reprocess disturbing life experiences. Treatment focuses on past experiences as the basis for clinical complaints; current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs, and sensations; and positive experiences needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and emotional health. Focused protocols are used, and no homework or detailed descriptions of the events are required.
(805) 214-6829
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Paul Carbajal
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Connection is at the core of who we are, what we’re passionate about, and the most meaningful relationships we have. And yet so many things can interfere with our ability to connect: anxiety, depression, grief, traumatic experiences...how we cope with these things may inhibit our ability to build intimacy with those around us. I work with students and young adults, as well as those in mid-life and beyond, who experience anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or life transitions, that interfere with living fully you, fully now.
(805) 536-3150
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Cortney Wagner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
We all have challenges and experiences throughout our life span that can cause pain, frustration, feeling stuck and other difficult emotions. These experiences can result in us becoming disconnected with our true selves and unable to live life to the fullest. I am here to help you connect with your true self so that you can not only heal from difficult experiences but grow from them and create a sense of empowerment. I provide a safe, non-judgmental environment offering a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual's needs.
(805) 567-4255
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Daisy Biggers
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
No one comes to therapy when everything is amazing. Often, things come up that were not what we planned. Or we have feelings that are stronger than we imagined and we don't quite know how to handle them. Maybe you feel like your normal coping strategies are no longer doing the trick. Maybe therapy can help. Daisy lovingly and curiously approaches the issues that are getting in your way. She invites you to walk side by side as you move through things together.
(925) 574-6537
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Jen Leigh Antill
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I work with clients who want to dive deeper into long-standing, challenging patterns in their lives. By listening to the ways the soul is speaking, I work with clients who are ready to cultivate deeper meaning and purpose in their lives as well as step into more connected and fulfilling relationships. I enjoy using dream material, as well as astrology, in my practice to add to the scope of talk therapy. I am finishing up my masters in counseling psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and will graduate in March 2023.
(805) 360-3382
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Nicole Vito
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Everyone has the capacity to make positive changes whether they be large or small if they are motivated to do so. Therapy can be a helpful tool to help you acheive your goals and/or explore emotions that are difficult to deal with alone. I prefer to work collaboratively with my clients to develop a treatment plan that works. Therapy can be hard work and it's important that you are comfortable with how your treatment is progressing.
(858) 386-7978
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Sara Anne Powers
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, BA, MS, AMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
The times that we find ourselves living in would be stressful for anyone. Now combine that with pre-existing issues of depression, anxiety, or self-esteem and it might feel like it's too much to manage. Therapy is a great place to begin to build the skills that you need to manage your stress and care for yourself during these uncertain times. It can help you to build tools to manage relationships that might be strained from physical distance or emotional strain. Things may feel out of control, therapy can help build tools to regain a sense of control over your thoughts and emotions. Make your mental health a priority!
(805) 590-2976
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Ryder Lewerenz
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hello and welcome. You are likely here because you are looking for support and compassion either for yourself or a loved one, and I am grateful to be a part of that journey. My hope is to uplift you as you move toward increased healing and wholeness in your life. I take a holistic, collaborative, practical, and empathic approach. My aim is to empower you to work with your emotions and to utilize your strengths as a means of moving through anxiety, overwhelm, trauma, and insecurities. Together, we will discover and explore new, integrated, more aligned ways of being and ultimately work to achieve increased peace and connection.
(805) 394-3988
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Ken Hutchinson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Thanks for visiting. I'm an experienced psychologist with a small part time practice in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria, CA. I conduct psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I work primarily with older adolescents and adults. I approach therapy from a gestalt perspective which means a level of depth and connection in therapy. Please note, I am not on any insurance panels. I also train therapists and do therapy with other therapists who want to deepen their personal and work experiences. My goal is to help others live richly, meaningfully, and deeply. I welcome those who find this information resonant.
(805) 273-8203
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Julie Simpson Jennings
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I provide personalized therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples seeking assistance with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I also serve clients ready to focus on healthy communication and relationships. As an adoptee, I'm especially equipped to share adoption-related support. Caring and empathetic, I prioritize your trust and safety. After 20+ years raising a family and working in public relations, I was driven to pursue a role in marriage and family therapy to serve others. Beyond earning a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, I provided therapeutic services to clients in a Southern California community center.
(805) 723-2910
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Rebecca Aponte
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Dr. Aponte is one of three psychologists working at Central Coast Evaluation Services, a highly specialized practice committed to providing the most up-to-date, comprehensive and objective psychological evaluations. We can also assist as a neutral and impartial expert witness or consultant. Whatever challenge lies ahead, your likelihood of success is enhanced by a clear understanding of the strengths that can get you there, the hurdles you are likely to face, and strategies to make the most of those strengths while mitigating weaknesses. At CCES, we aim to provide impactful analysis and recommendations to facilitate your success.
(805) 590-2413
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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What type of San Luis Obispo mental health professional is right for me?
While most types of therapy have a lot in common, they also fall into clusters that share core features, such as cognitive therapies or psychodynamic approaches. It is important to seek someone who practices evidence-based therapy, meaning one or more forms of treatment that have been scientifically evaluated and tested, and demonstrate consistent improvement for a majority of patients.

If you are unsure about choosing the right therapist, it might be useful to first learn more about therapy types and modalities.
How to find a therapist in San Luis Obispo?
When looking to find a therapist, it is certainly important to consider training and credentials. Studies also indicate that the therapeutic alliance, or the relationship the client develops with the therapist, is an important factor in their ability to work together to achieve the client’s goals.

What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.

How to use my insurance?
Understanding cost and insurance coverage is an important concern for many people. With some basic research and conversations with prospective therapists, you should be able to have a good understanding of the best way to afford therapy.