Suicidal Ideation Therapists in San Luis Obispo, CA

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Kari Whitson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PPS, NCC
Verified
I work with individuals struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, substance abuse, loss, trauma, divorce, peer-relationship issues, and other behavioral concerns.
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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Susan Hirsch
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I am a practical Cognitive Behavioral Therapist who provides a comfortable, supportive atmosphere where clients can achieve personal growth. One of my areas of specialty is working with individuals, couples and families on issues of bereavement, including suicide , and anticipatory grief. I also help couples to reconnect emotionally and help improve communication in families. Other areas of focus include treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma and recovery from abuse. For senior managers and professionals I provide high-performance counseling to optimize performance and personal success. With sensitivity and compassion, I work with each individual to help them achieve their treatment goals.
(805) 350-7948 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Mary Ellen Cole
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Clients with bipolar participating in my support groups have been saved from suicide .
I have successfully treated clients who are now living healthy, productive lives who have had the following problems: Trauma, victims of physical, sexual and mental abuse, families with relationship issues, oppositional teens, marriages headed for divorce, severe anxiety, living with borderline personality disorder, and individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder and their partners. FAMILY AND MARITAL ISSUES: DIVORCE, CO-PARENTING, ANGST RIDDEN TEENAGERS.
(805) 918-4786 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Catherine G Currie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I'm glad your curiosity about finding a therapist has led you here. My experience in mental health work includes Gestalt, CBT, psycho-dynamic, humanistic, client-centered, mindfulness based and self-acceptance training. Please call with specific questions. We may be a good fit if you are open to exploring your inner-space, learning new ways of thinking and new coping strategies, and connecting with your own personal wisdom while addressing life's inevitable challenges. I've been doing psychotherapy for 28 years and, in addition to seeing my private clients, I have supervised MFT and MSW interns in clinic settings.
(805) 322-8995 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Matthew R Chirman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
For the 22 last years I have worked successfully with adult clients dealing with a wide range of issues including marital and relationship problems, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, abuse issues, personality issues and mental health concerns. I believe a trusting relationship between the therapist and client is the foundation for all growth and change. However, the relationship itself is typically not sufficient. I will help you set goals for your therapy based upon what you would like to have different in your life, and together we will explore and change the blocks which have prevented you from achieving your goals.
(805) 791-2566 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
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Jayanta 'Jay' Hegde
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I'm a clinical psychologist practicing with those who suffer from depression, anxiety, obsessions, anger, aloofness, issues of identity and intimacy, difficult life circumstances and many other problems. While I value knowledge about psychopathology, I find a purely diagnosis-based approach to be insufficient. Instead, we can be curious together about many aspects of your life that bear on your particular suffering. This process of broad exploration and discovery can only happen in a safe and confidential relationship. It is always a great privilege when someone chooses to reveal themselves to me on deeply personal levels.
(805) 242-1260 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Lewis Scott Peterson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MDiv
Verified
I became a therapist to help individuals and couples successfully navigate the difficulties of life and relationships. I provide a safe, compassionate, and confidential environment for each of my clients so that they might move towards healing and growth in their lives. My passion is to help individuals and couples find the intimacy they desire by uncovering specific patterns and obstacles to intimacy and building on their strengths so that they have the relationships they truly desire.
(805) 246-9456 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Kristina Paramore
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Hi! My name is Kristina and Congratulations on possibly your first step towards reaching your goals. Has life become too overwhelming? Confused about what your next step is or how to overcome a current life challenge and feel as if you are stuck? Therapy can be a great starting point. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist practicing since 2010; working with individuals, couples, families and teens.
(805) 316-7140 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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David C. Lichti, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Currently, I'm mostly using Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy with my clients. When, as a child, we find ourselves traumatizing or trapped in negative circumstances, parts of our self system compensate by locking away that which at that time was too much for us to handle. Later, if we do not go back to this locked away material, the pain, confusion and injustice of what happened to us long ago, can get triggered, or, awakened, when similar such challenges arise in the present. IFS provides a safe way for that locked away material to be approached and reprocessed, allowing our core self to take back control of our lives.
(805) 250-4605 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Tony Clarke
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I have maintained a part-time private practice since 1988. Since 1990, in addition to the private practice, I work as a therapist at Community Mental Health, working with at-risk youth and their families. In my practice, I treat adolescents, adults, couples and families utilizing a Cognitve Behavioral Therapeutic approach.
(805) 272-7573 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Kenneth A Hutchinson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Thanks for visiting my profile here. 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. Also, I am not on any insurance panels at this time. I also train and do therapy with other therapists interested in improving their functioning in life or their work. You can see more information about what I do on my web sight centralcoastgestalttherapy.com.
(805) 273-8203 
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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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Cristy Chavez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
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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Priscilla Kiessig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified
We all face moments that test our foundations. Seasons where we find ourselves struggling, often feeling alone and quietly wishing things would get better. It’s important for you to know that there’s no need to suffer. Hope is here. As therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), warmth, empathy, and growth are what you can expect from our time together. I believe in a compassionate, integrated approach to care, specifically tailored to meet your individual needs.
(805) 703-2161 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Not accepting new clients
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Jennifer Shepard
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC, MA
Verified
Anxiety, depression and relationship issues are common problems many are experiencing today. My primary motive as a psychotherapist is to help individuals live more meaningful and productive lives in harmony with their families and community. Through effective talk therapy individuals become more courageous, truthful and engaged in the pursuit of individual, family and social harmony.
(805) 800-8978 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Melissa Wheelock
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Any of us can get "stuck in a rut" and one key to pulling out of it is learning to respond effectively to life's stressors, rather than react negatively to them. My background in attachment theory, cognitive behavioral strategies, mindfulness and EMDR, allows me to successfully help those struggling with anxiety, depression and trauma. I also enjoying helping people cope with life transitions and relationship problems. I love working with clients who are motivated for change but whose inner critic can be fierce, often limiting them from experiencing joy and contentment.
(805) 398-6637 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Bobby Tehrani
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
My primary focus in private practice is evaluation and assessment for a variety of psychological conditions, such as ADHD, Autism, Mood Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Personality Disorders. The second focus I have is treatment. I have an integrative approach to therapy in which I use multiple modalities that fit my clients’ individual needs. Some of the modalities I use are interpersonal therapy, supportive therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I also view other factors that can affect the client, such as cultural, medical, and environmental factors.
(805) 409-8239 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Krissy Shippey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
As a therapist, I am passionate about walking alongside folks as they reveal their truths and vulnerabilities to themselves. I believe, and have witnessed that people are capable of long standing change with knowledge, support, and connection, and that therapy is a great place for that. You can learn new ways to manage life stressors, feel safe, gain confidence, and live a more joyful and purposeful life. I use cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and strength-based techniques, while never ignoring the human element and connection where the real change happens.
(805) 316-7071 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Victor Silva-Palacios
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
My early training and work with young children and their parents prepared me for my current work treating adults and couples; many of the struggles these families had centered around bonding and attachment. Today, most of my adult patients face relationship issues rooted in early life experiences. During psychotherapy treatments, I help my patients understand the value of working through early emotional losses so they can mature and enjoy healthy adult relationships.
(805) 801-7590 
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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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Suicidal Ideation Therapists
If you have suicidal thoughts and you're in San Luis Obispo, please call a San Luis Obispo therapists from the list above or, simply call this number 1-800-273-8255 to chat to someone now.

Suicide is a tragic event with strong emotional repercussions for its survivors. Especially for parents of suicide victims, since so many suicides occur amongst young people and teenagers.

Learn more here about teenage suicide and suicide in general. Or contact a therapist in San Luis Obispo who can help with counseling you or a family member or loved one who may have suicidal thoughts or suffer from suicidal ideation -or you just plain fear may take their life.