Therapists for Teens in San Luis Obispo, CA

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. A few unique subspecialties that I have experience working with are: Nicu stays, traumatic births, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, and infertility. 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. There is healing powers in 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.
(805) 608-4346 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Pacific Emotional Wellness
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, AMFT, MA, MS
Verified
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 Griff 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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Larry Galpert
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified
I have over 20 years of experience providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy to adults and older teens. My orientation is eclectic, drawing from psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, gestalt, cognitive-behavioral, and internal family systems models. This means I have a variety of tools and approaches with which to help my clients understand and resolve the issues they face. Among the many issues and concerns I have helped people with are depression, substance abuse, relationship problems, affairs, sexual addiction, anxiety, grief, and personal growth. I am board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (the "ABPP" after my name).
(805) 214-8565 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Sara Anne Powers
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, BA, MS, AMFT
Verified
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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Jessica Irving
Counselor, MA, LPCC, AT-R
Verified
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 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Paula Defrisco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I am a San Luis Obispo therapist working extensively with adolescents, college students, adults and couples who struggle with relationship issues or who have experienced sexual abuse or domestic violence in their lives. I have also helped numerous clients struggling with depression or anxiety. I am practical and supportive in my approach. My focus has always been trauma work, and I feel great respect and admiration for my clients who have allowed me to be part of their journey to gain feelings of empowerment in their lives. Please click on my website for more information about my practice.
(805) 918-4816 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Emily A. Weatherby Latta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Life can be so unfair and being human is incredibly difficult, yet there is also so much beauty in life to experience as well! It can be exhausting to feel like you have to put on a front and be filtered in order to do life while suffering. Learning to find a way to hold and make sense of these contradictions can be a painful, confusing and complicated process! We often view things as being “either/or” when much of life is actually "both/and." My desire is to create a safe place for you to JUST BE…unfiltered…to help process, and receive rest for your soul and mind in order to heal and live life as your best authentic self.
(805) 316-1544 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Ioana B Cebulla
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I am a licensed clinical psychologist offering evidence-based treatment for anxiety and related disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, trauma and other stress related disorders, mood disorders, well as psychosis. My frame of work is based on CBT, including mindfulness based approach, as well as DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) to enhance distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), which is a values-based CBT focusing on willingness, commitment, and valued-action towards a meaningful, fulfilling, and vital life.
(805) 521-4331 
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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.