Therapists in San Luis Obispo County, CA

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Kristin Stringfellow
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
As a therapist at Mindful Heart Counseling Center, I work with couples and individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life-transitions. Coping with what’s happening in your life can be overwhelming and I’m here to help you find relief and learn skills to build resilience. I strive to help my clients live mindfully and find peace in the present moment. I approach therapy from a mindfulness-based perspective, from which we focus on gathering a better understanding of our thoughts and behaviors by exploring our emotions without judgement.
As a therapist at Mindful Heart Counseling Center, I work with couples and individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life-transitions. Coping with what’s happening in your life can be overwhelming and I’m here to help you find relief and learn skills to build resilience. I strive to help my clients live mindfully and find peace in the present moment. I approach therapy from a mindfulness-based perspective, from which we focus on gathering a better understanding of our thoughts and behaviors by exploring our emotions without judgement.
(805) 243-0785 View (805) 243-0785
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Jeffrey Hartwig
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Atascadero, CA 93422
I began counseling youth in public school districts. My present clinical therapy work using CBT, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, involves assisting adult individuals with developing insights and coping skills, overcoming PTSD, anger, anxiety, and depression, and moving past grief, trauma, and loss. My clients include a diverse population within the entertainment industry, medical professionals, social services, and military personnel. In addition, I've also worked with athletes to strengthen their mental focus.
I began counseling youth in public school districts. My present clinical therapy work using CBT, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, involves assisting adult individuals with developing insights and coping skills, overcoming PTSD, anger, anxiety, and depression, and moving past grief, trauma, and loss. My clients include a diverse population within the entertainment industry, medical professionals, social services, and military personnel. In addition, I've also worked with athletes to strengthen their mental focus.
(805) 301-9408 View (805) 301-9408
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Sarah Becker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  (Online Only)
Thank you for taking the first step toward optimal health & well-being. I work with people who are ready to address an issue or an area of their life that is so intimate, they haven't shared it with anyone. Sometimes, not even with the person "closest" to them.
Thank you for taking the first step toward optimal health & well-being. I work with people who are ready to address an issue or an area of their life that is so intimate, they haven't shared it with anyone. Sometimes, not even with the person "closest" to them.
(805) 669-9097 View (805) 669-9097
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Gabriel Solla
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gabriel is a Central Coast native equipped with thirteen years in the field, caring experience includes providing in-home supportive care, long-term residential crisis recovery, and intensive outpatient treatment. Deeply knowledgeable, he understands the complexities of how mental health impacts the individual, family, and more.
Gabriel is a Central Coast native equipped with thirteen years in the field, caring experience includes providing in-home supportive care, long-term residential crisis recovery, and intensive outpatient treatment. Deeply knowledgeable, he understands the complexities of how mental health impacts the individual, family, and more.
(805) 856-6497 View (805) 856-6497
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Jessica Irving
Counselor, MA, LPCC, AT-R
Verified Verified
Los Osos, CA 93402
Helping children, teens, and adults develop the capacity to live full, healthy lives is my focus. I bring warmth, openness, and a whole-person, collaborative approach to support individuals, as they work through their challenges and create tools to move forward and thrive. If you or your child are experiencing anxiety, depression, academic/workplace pressures, difficulties with family or relationships, developmental or medical challenges, life transitions, trauma histories, or simply that hard-to-place sense of feeling stuck, disconnected, or unfulfilled, we may be a great fit.
Helping children, teens, and adults develop the capacity to live full, healthy lives is my focus. I bring warmth, openness, and a whole-person, collaborative approach to support individuals, as they work through their challenges and create tools to move forward and thrive. If you or your child are experiencing anxiety, depression, academic/workplace pressures, difficulties with family or relationships, developmental or medical challenges, life transitions, trauma histories, or simply that hard-to-place sense of feeling stuck, disconnected, or unfulfilled, we may be a great fit.
(805) 719-7346 View (805) 719-7346
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Mary Tesoro
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Atascadero, CA 93422  (Online Only)
I know what it feels like to need, but not have, a strong and caring connection with an understanding other. I also know the level of healing and transformation that occurs when we have such a connection. This is the therapeutic relationship, and I deeply appreciate my role within it. Whether it be to move through suffering, heal from trauma or loss, face life challenges/transitions, increase insight, build resilience, or gain a richer sense of who you are --all of these things and many more are possible in a good therapeutic relationship. I am here for this.
I know what it feels like to need, but not have, a strong and caring connection with an understanding other. I also know the level of healing and transformation that occurs when we have such a connection. This is the therapeutic relationship, and I deeply appreciate my role within it. Whether it be to move through suffering, heal from trauma or loss, face life challenges/transitions, increase insight, build resilience, or gain a richer sense of who you are --all of these things and many more are possible in a good therapeutic relationship. I am here for this.
(805) 468-4699 View (805) 468-4699
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Ronald D Uggla
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420  (Online Only)
Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and life events begin to impact your joy, fulfillment; your ability to do the things you need to do. You may be struggling with work, engaging in meaningful activities, parenting effectively, or spending quality time with family and friends. Seeking out help and support through therapy can be a great way to help you find your way back to self-confidence, energy, and the motivation to get back to living a happy, fulfilling life.
Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and life events begin to impact your joy, fulfillment; your ability to do the things you need to do. You may be struggling with work, engaging in meaningful activities, parenting effectively, or spending quality time with family and friends. Seeking out help and support through therapy can be a great way to help you find your way back to self-confidence, energy, and the motivation to get back to living a happy, fulfilling life.
(805) 800-8932 View (805) 800-8932
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Benny R Martin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Do you experience depression, anxiety, or have trouble with powerful emotions, that seem to interfere with your life goals? You will benefit from my approach to therapy. Perhaps, you feel overwhelmed and uncertain of what to do. Together, we could explore your problems and issues and find effective solutions. I believe change begins with acceptance. You are truly unique. Lets bring harmony to your thoughts, feelings and behaviors to help "You" be your very best "You"! Please feel free to call or email me, so we can talk.
Do you experience depression, anxiety, or have trouble with powerful emotions, that seem to interfere with your life goals? You will benefit from my approach to therapy. Perhaps, you feel overwhelmed and uncertain of what to do. Together, we could explore your problems and issues and find effective solutions. I believe change begins with acceptance. You are truly unique. Lets bring harmony to your thoughts, feelings and behaviors to help "You" be your very best "You"! Please feel free to call or email me, so we can talk.
(805) 467-7168 View (805) 467-7168
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John Roorda
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Most of us have experienced events which still impact our present lives. 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. Focused protocols are used, and no homework or detailed descriptions of the events are required.
Most of us have experienced events which still impact our present lives. 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. Focused protocols are used, and no homework or detailed descriptions of the events are required.
(805) 214-6829 View (805) 214-6829
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Rebecca Panarra
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, APCC, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
When working together, my aim is to create an environment rich in compassion, curiosity, and collaboration with my clients. I offer a diverse range of skills and experiences within a warm and welcoming environment. I enjoy working with individuals of diverse ages, couples and families from various cultural backgrounds. I tailor a range of approaches to meet your unique needs and through these techniques, I empower clients to challenge unhelpful thought patterns, fostering personal growth and resilience.
When working together, my aim is to create an environment rich in compassion, curiosity, and collaboration with my clients. I offer a diverse range of skills and experiences within a warm and welcoming environment. I enjoy working with individuals of diverse ages, couples and families from various cultural backgrounds. I tailor a range of approaches to meet your unique needs and through these techniques, I empower clients to challenge unhelpful thought patterns, fostering personal growth and resilience.
(805) 394-1628 View (805) 394-1628
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Teryn Little
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atascadero, CA 93422  (Online Only)
I believe that we all come into this world as our original precious self. As we develop through childhood experiences, family, culture and society, we often lose touch with our true soul. Oftentimes we are hurt. Challenges and traumas can keep these hurts buried. Any issues left unacknowledged or unresolved keep demanding our attention. How do we overcome? Is it even possible to heal? According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies away anyway because bees don't care what humans think is impossible...
I believe that we all come into this world as our original precious self. As we develop through childhood experiences, family, culture and society, we often lose touch with our true soul. Oftentimes we are hurt. Challenges and traumas can keep these hurts buried. Any issues left unacknowledged or unresolved keep demanding our attention. How do we overcome? Is it even possible to heal? According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies away anyway because bees don't care what humans think is impossible...
(805) 973-0882 View (805) 973-0882
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Natalie Watson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Atascadero, CA 93422
You might be here looking for help so you can live the life you have always wanted. Sometimes depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and trauma can hold us back from accomplishing our dreams. I provide a compassionate, safe, non-judgmental space so you can begin to process your emotions and experiences. We can unpack trauma and you can learn techniques, tools, and self-compassion that can support you with your work, school, relationships, and health.
You might be here looking for help so you can live the life you have always wanted. Sometimes depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and trauma can hold us back from accomplishing our dreams. I provide a compassionate, safe, non-judgmental space so you can begin to process your emotions and experiences. We can unpack trauma and you can learn techniques, tools, and self-compassion that can support you with your work, school, relationships, and health.
(805) 608-4933 View (805) 608-4933
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Christopher Fernandes
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Osos, CA 93402
Waitlist for new clients
Therapy can empower you to change unhelpful patterns, moving you toward greater clarity and deeper self-understanding, all while fostering the confidence you need to navigate life with courage and authenticity. I'm committed to being fully present, genuine, and purposeful during our time together.
Therapy can empower you to change unhelpful patterns, moving you toward greater clarity and deeper self-understanding, all while fostering the confidence you need to navigate life with courage and authenticity. I'm committed to being fully present, genuine, and purposeful during our time together.
(805) 900-4129 View (805) 900-4129
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Theodore Armstrong
MD
Verified Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  (Online Only)
The problems have been chronic and disabling, and very real. Not "all in your head." If you are reading this, chances are you've seen doctors and other providers, tests have been run, diagnoses have been proposed, and treatments have been attempted, but all to no avail. I would like to introduce a new paradigm, drawing on the role of the brain and nervous system in regulating the state of the body. Whether you have chronic pain, a functional disorder, or other medically unexplained symptoms, there is hope for recovery under the psychophysiologic (mind-body) paradigm.
The problems have been chronic and disabling, and very real. Not "all in your head." If you are reading this, chances are you've seen doctors and other providers, tests have been run, diagnoses have been proposed, and treatments have been attempted, but all to no avail. I would like to introduce a new paradigm, drawing on the role of the brain and nervous system in regulating the state of the body. Whether you have chronic pain, a functional disorder, or other medically unexplained symptoms, there is hope for recovery under the psychophysiologic (mind-body) paradigm.
(805) 422-7855 View (805) 422-7855
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Stacy Guisse
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
My journey in the healing arts is a wonderful one and involves working with clients of all ages and stages of life. I have an integrated therapy approach with a specific focus on intermodal therapies, life transitions, community building, and family/group work. I work with clients who can be experiencing anxiety, adolescent anxiety, depression, substance abuse, significant life adjustments/transitions, post traumatic stress, blended family dynamics, grief/loss, adjustment to motherhood, and couples communication challenges. In our work together we are transforming life challenges into growth opportunities and creative action in your life.
My journey in the healing arts is a wonderful one and involves working with clients of all ages and stages of life. I have an integrated therapy approach with a specific focus on intermodal therapies, life transitions, community building, and family/group work. I work with clients who can be experiencing anxiety, adolescent anxiety, depression, substance abuse, significant life adjustments/transitions, post traumatic stress, blended family dynamics, grief/loss, adjustment to motherhood, and couples communication challenges. In our work together we are transforming life challenges into growth opportunities and creative action in your life.
(805) 669-9081 View (805) 669-9081
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Carie Randolph
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420  (Online Only)
It's important to find a therapist with whom you can connect and feel safe. With empathy and compassion, my focus is to creat a safe environment so that you are able to share that which is most vulnerable and I hold the space, a positive attitude, that focuses on your ability to grow and heal. Whether you come as a family, couple, individual, my goal is to help you to get past the stuck places, learn new skills, help you connect with your feelings with more depth and help you to make the changes that will enrich your life.
It's important to find a therapist with whom you can connect and feel safe. With empathy and compassion, my focus is to creat a safe environment so that you are able to share that which is most vulnerable and I hold the space, a positive attitude, that focuses on your ability to grow and heal. Whether you come as a family, couple, individual, my goal is to help you to get past the stuck places, learn new skills, help you connect with your feelings with more depth and help you to make the changes that will enrich your life.
(805) 285-3907 View (805) 285-3907
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Dr. Linnea C Hagens
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
My name is Dr. Linnea Hagens, a clinical psychological associate for Dr. Tammy Dobbs. I provide personalized therapy aimed to relieve emotional distress and develop goals of improving some aspects of your life. Therapy sessions include examining and gaining insight into life choices and difficulties faced.
My name is Dr. Linnea Hagens, a clinical psychological associate for Dr. Tammy Dobbs. I provide personalized therapy aimed to relieve emotional distress and develop goals of improving some aspects of your life. Therapy sessions include examining and gaining insight into life choices and difficulties faced.
(805) 386-9145 View (805) 386-9145
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Edward C. Bischof, Ph.D.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Morro Bay, CA 93442
I have been in private practice, in California for 35 years. The focus of my practice is psychotherapy with adults and adolescents and I also provide couples counseling. My patients come from personal referrals, other professionals, previous patients and internet advertising such as this listing. Through continuing education and consultation with colleagues I maintain a high quailty in the services I provide.
I have been in private practice, in California for 35 years. The focus of my practice is psychotherapy with adults and adolescents and I also provide couples counseling. My patients come from personal referrals, other professionals, previous patients and internet advertising such as this listing. Through continuing education and consultation with colleagues I maintain a high quailty in the services I provide.
(909) 962-7180 View (909) 962-7180
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Tim Parker
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
We never have to be stuck in distress. A greater sense of peace and control is possible for each of us to obtain within a supportive therapeutic environment. By examining our values and aligning our actions to them, we can create meaningful change. My role is to join you in working through depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship distress, unresolved emotional burdens, substance abuse, or other major life events, in order to move away from the challenges you feel are holding you back, and move towards the life you want to live.
We never have to be stuck in distress. A greater sense of peace and control is possible for each of us to obtain within a supportive therapeutic environment. By examining our values and aligning our actions to them, we can create meaningful change. My role is to join you in working through depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship distress, unresolved emotional burdens, substance abuse, or other major life events, in order to move away from the challenges you feel are holding you back, and move towards the life you want to live.
(805) 667-0838 View (805) 667-0838
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Kaitlin Stinson
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, APCC
Verified Verified
Atascadero, CA 93422  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, or depression? Struggling with relationship issues, navigating life transitions, or just need a safe space to talk? You don't have to face these challenges alone. Taking the first step toward therapy can be intimidating, but it's also a powerful act of self-care and courage. In our work together, we will create a space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and goals. Throughout your journey, we will work together to empower you to discover your inner resources, cultivate resilience, and develop practical strategies for managing life's ups and downs.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, or depression? Struggling with relationship issues, navigating life transitions, or just need a safe space to talk? You don't have to face these challenges alone. Taking the first step toward therapy can be intimidating, but it's also a powerful act of self-care and courage. In our work together, we will create a space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and goals. Throughout your journey, we will work together to empower you to discover your inner resources, cultivate resilience, and develop practical strategies for managing life's ups and downs.
(805) 590-2782 View (805) 590-2782

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Number of Therapists in San Luis Obispo County, CA

600+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in San Luis Obispo County, CA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
74% Trauma and PTSD
70% Coping Skills
66% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

55% Aetna
48% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
43% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in San Luis Obispo County, CA see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in San Luis Obispo County?

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.

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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.