Therapists for Teens in San Luis Obispo, CA

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Kari Whitson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PPS, NCC
Verified
Being an adolescent /young adult can feel amazing, while also feeling confusing with all of the changes experienced during this time. I specialize in working with adolescents, young adults and their families, through individual, family and group counseling. I primarily utilize therapeutic approaches of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as part of individual and group counseling. Group counseling can enable individuals to form bonds with peers in a structured environment; understand that others can relate to their concerns; and share personal feelings that they have difficulty communicating.
(805) 312-7708 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Benjamin Rea
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MS
Verified
Thank you for exploring my profile. To begin, I am accepting new clients during the quarantine utilizing Zoom videoconferencing, even if you are not currently living in SLO. Licensed for 15 years, my training and experience is specialized towards working with couples and families, as well as adolescent and adult men. I utilize a direct, no-nonsense approach with notable success in treating addictions, family issues, anxiety (generalized, social, panic, etc), depression, trauma, and relationship problems. I am one of the only practitioners in San Luis Obispo County who specializes in working with men and who does family therapy.
(415) 787-3932 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Dustin Adler
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Are you facing a problematic setback in life, such as anxiety, depression, dating/relationships issues, job stress, grief, self-confidence issues, or trauma? I work collaboratively with my clients (adult & teen ) to help them achieve their potential and overcome life’s difficulties. I utilize evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help individuals, couples, parents, executives, and young men achieve their potential. Using confidential, one-on-one telehealth sessions (phone or video), we’ll work together to understand the past and create a positive future with new tools and strategies.
(805) 243-0897 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Daniel Zacarias Messiter
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified
 He specializes in teen issues, grief, depression and anxiety.
Life is like a river of emotions, and sometimes the current can become unpredictable and overwhelming. Navigating this river can be exhausting, and when we try to block the flow, pressure builds, and builds and until it feels like there is too much to face alone. You do not have to navigate your river alone. Daniel creates a safe and welcoming environment for his clients to relieve stress, tension and learn new tools to aid in emotional navigation. His approach is client-centered, focusing on the depth of your experiences, to finding new insight and resolution to the difficulties in your life.
(805) 516-0921 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Ann G Edwards-Ragone
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Hello and thank you for taking the first step toward healing. Whether you are an adult looking to heal from past or recent trauma, transition or one of others life challenges, or a teen / young person having difficulty fitting in or feeling like life is impossible to navigate, therapy can help
(805) 800-8389 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Amaris Avellan
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
My areas of focus include psychological assessment, counseling therapy with pediatric, adolescent and adult clients, and African American psychology for clients with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, blended families, and military or veteran related stressors.
Hi! In a world where so many of us regularly get the message that we are flawed, I think it is important to start by saying something that we might not hear so regularly, which is, that it is okay to be you. But if I’m being honest, being yourself is not always an easy thing to do. As a therapist, I place priority in creating a therapy environment where clients feel safe to share the most authentic versions of themselves without fear of judgement. In addition to a safe therapeutic space, my goal is to assist clients on their paths towards self-expression and self-acceptance no matter where they are in their journey.
(949) 506-3930 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Stacy Guisse
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
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.
(805) 669-9081 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
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Kim Richards
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
I specialize in working with adolescent and college-aged girls/women and supporting them with their evolving identities, healthy boundaries and relationship skills, body acceptance, and nurturing self-compassion and confidence.
My practice focuses on supporting adolescents, young adults, and adults dealing with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety (generalized and social), trauma, grief/loss, life transitions, relationship issues, stress management, and other mental health concerns. I enjoy working with teens and supporting them in navigating the unique complexities associated with this life phase. In addition, I work with families to help create bridges of communication and understanding between teens and their parents. I am a strong believer in the importance of exercise, meditation/mindfulness/yoga, social connection, and nutrition to help us reach our optimal state of well-being.
(805) 291-4492 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Cristy Chavez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I specialized in individual adult and adolescent therapy, with particular emphasis on interpersonal issues.
Life creates obstacles causing painful emotions, confusion, and disconnection. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, body image, or daily coping skills, you might wonder how you will overcome such obstacles. With my unique approach to therapy, we will focus on your personal strengths, identify unconscious patterned behaviors, and guide you to a more fulfilling life. My mission is to encourage all beings to fearlessly honor who they are, find the tools necessary to freely live as the person they want to be, and to engage in their relationships with true connection.
(805) 440-5608 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Robin Noble
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I am on a leave of absence from my practice. My specialty is working with teen and adult clients in the handling of day-to-day problems. I treat victims of trauma, as well as individuals suffering from anxiety and panic disorder, phobias, depression, and other stress related issues. Terrible events or repeated daily stresses can affect anyone and everyone, making life more difficult. Experiencing or witnessing a frightening, dangerous, or violent event can overwhelm our body’s natural coping abilities. Even more common life events like job/school stress can cause a trauma response as well.
(805) 380-3998 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
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John Siemens
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
There comes a time when we need help. I appreciate the courage anyone demonstrates when they make that call. I hope to create a space where individuals and families can receive that trusted assistance. I have been a therapist for thirty years. I was a tennis pro for ten years before that. I am aware of the process of change. There is a timing when an individual, or family, is ready to make those adjustments. In working with children, I involve the whole family. I especially enjoy the travels that the adolescent makes, and the perplexing attempts parents make in adjusting to this challenging phase. I work with addictions.
(805) 250-4117 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Jaime J Christensen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I have worked with various client concerns including interpersonal relationships, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, anger, stress, parent/ teen conflict, and divorce.
**NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** **Evening and Saturday appointments available ** I specialize in building positive relationships with adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families. I take an active and collaborative role in therapy, and utilize strong skills in communication to establish your individual needs and to prepare and deliver appropriate treatment and therapy plans accordingly. I draw from many therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused.
(805) 222-7893 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Lisa Slover
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified
Are you pregnant or in the post-partum period and mentally struggling? I am a mom of four and a perinatal mental health certified clinician. Are you a teen or college student and feeling overwhelmed? I've been in your shoes and I can help. Visit www.ascentpsych.com/make-an-appointment to book now. I know what it's like to feel weighed down by worry, sadness, uncertainty, and the demands of life. I also know the healing powers of being validated, and supported through difficult times. I believe that by sharing our painful thoughts and feelings in a caring environment, we begin to heal and can move forward.
(805) 608-4346 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Trinity Berguia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Carrying the weight of the world is getting heavy. You’re doing your best but still feel like you’re falling short. Every step forward feels like two steps back. You don’t want to burn out in what are supposed to be the best years. Specializing in perinatal/maternal mental health, college-age issues and couples counseling, Trinity assists clients in finding ways to heal from childhood wounds in order to achieve a satisfying adult life.
(805) 723-3283 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Melissa Monji
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Are you at a crossroads in your life, or in your relationship? Failing to meet your goals, or possibly just struggling to make your relationships with friends and family work? Do you wake up in the morning feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed? Or maybe it just feels like there is more to life than how you are currently living yours. If you answered yes to any of these questions, please know you are not the only one experiencing these types of challenges, and I would be happy to support you, as an individual or couple, in your efforts to remove whatever barriers may be standing in the way of your goals.
(805) 774-1142 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Erin Lindvall
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, FAPA
Verified
I love my work as a psychotherapist, and consider it an honor and privilege to work with my clients and share in their quest for personal growth. I know that the decision to start therapy is often a difficult one. I applaud your willingness and initiative. My approach aims to engage, to inspire, and to help you imagine new possibilities. My goal is to assist you in developing tools and skills that enable you to more effectively deal with life and its challenges.
(805) 876-9601 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Erin Elfant
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
If you are struggling with an eating disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety/phobia, depression/ bipolar, chronic pain/ medical condition, sleep disturbance, or dual diagnosis/ substance abuse, you will find that my treatment framework allows you make considerable progress in symptom reduction each week. To bolster our in-person psychotherapy sessions, I provide email exchange throughout the week (at no additional cost) to help you make further progress toward your treatment goals. You will find me to be very accessible, knowledgeable, compassionate, and effective at addressing your specific therapy needs, and you will make important life changes more quickly than imagined.
(805) 467-7274 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Lesley Carol Andrews-Wise
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
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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Erin P. MacIntyre PsyD Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
If looking to become a new patient, please email me for the fastest response!
(805) 506-5001 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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W. Anthony ( Tony ) Clarke
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Offering a non-judgmental perspective, I empower people to help themselves live happier and healthier lives. Using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach, blended with compassion and respect for the client, I provide treatment for adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of issues (e.g. depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, relationship issues, trauma issues, personal growth). I believe the client is the expert on themselves and their needs and that they drive the treatment. My role is to offer appropriate suggestions and techniques to improve their life (lives).
(805) 316-7746 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401


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Teen Therapists
Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. The transitional period can raise questions of independence and identity; as adolescents cultivate their sense of self, they may face difficult choices about academics, friendship, sexuality, gender identity, drugs, and alcohol.

Most teens have a relatively egocentric perspective on life; a state of mind that usually abates with age. They often focus on themselves and believe that everyone else—from a best friend to a distant crush—is focused on them too. They may grapple with insecurities and feelings of being judged. Relationships with family members often take a backseat to peer groups, romantic interests, and appearance, which teens perceive as increasingly important during this time.

The transition can naturally lead to anxiety about physical development, evolving relationships with others, and one's place in the larger world. Mild anxiety and other challenges are typical, but serious mental health conditions also emerge during adolescence. Finding a teen therapist in San Luis Obispo and addressing a disorder early on can help ensure the best possible outcome.