Therapists in California

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Photo of Paul Backlund, MA , AMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Paul Backlund
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA , AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. So why therapy now? What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Problems only survive when they are supported by particular beliefs and principles. This can feel like a relentless need to escape a moment that never ends. Exploring the details and effects of these obstacles will help lead to different outcomes not yet discovered.
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. So why therapy now? What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Problems only survive when they are supported by particular beliefs and principles. This can feel like a relentless need to escape a moment that never ends. Exploring the details and effects of these obstacles will help lead to different outcomes not yet discovered.
(323) 768-0535 View (323) 768-0535
Photo of Angel Yang, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Angel Yang
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92614  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Art Therapy, harnessing creativity as a potent healing tool. I passionately believe in the therapeutic potential of all art forms for expression and healing, recognizing that verbal expression isn't always sufficient for clients. Valuing the individualized nature of healing journeys, I emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship and endeavors to create a safe and culturally sensitive space for my clients. In my practice, I integrate principles of hope, love, and understanding to nurture holistic healing experiences.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Art Therapy, harnessing creativity as a potent healing tool. I passionately believe in the therapeutic potential of all art forms for expression and healing, recognizing that verbal expression isn't always sufficient for clients. Valuing the individualized nature of healing journeys, I emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship and endeavors to create a safe and culturally sensitive space for my clients. In my practice, I integrate principles of hope, love, and understanding to nurture holistic healing experiences.
(415) 941-5416 View (415) 941-5416
Photo of Ilissa E Greenberg, PsyD, Psychologist
Ilissa E Greenberg
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
My practice is based on the belief that people have potential for self-awareness, growth and positive change. Psychotherapy can be tremendously helpful, whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship conflicts, traumatic experiences, or any other life challenges. Taking into consideration early development, peer and family relationships, health, mind, finances, relational contexts, and work/career satisfaction, can help understand your current concerns. I believe deeply in the therapeutic dialogue as a means for understanding and integrating these aspects of oneself. Awareness of this unique information can increase insight, enhance personal growth, create life satisfaction and happiness, and provide a resolution of conflicts.
My practice is based on the belief that people have potential for self-awareness, growth and positive change. Psychotherapy can be tremendously helpful, whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship conflicts, traumatic experiences, or any other life challenges. Taking into consideration early development, peer and family relationships, health, mind, finances, relational contexts, and work/career satisfaction, can help understand your current concerns. I believe deeply in the therapeutic dialogue as a means for understanding and integrating these aspects of oneself. Awareness of this unique information can increase insight, enhance personal growth, create life satisfaction and happiness, and provide a resolution of conflicts.
(310) 871-0042 View (310) 871-0042
Photo of Ana Morante, LMFT, CFLE, Marriage & Family Therapist
Ana Morante
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CFLE
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020
Life can be filled with struggles and challenges. Looking for support during those moments is a sign of courage and strength.
Life can be filled with struggles and challenges. Looking for support during those moments is a sign of courage and strength.
(408) 680-5434 View (408) 680-5434
Photo of Jessica Egan, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jessica Egan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
I am passionate about normalizing clients' struggles and value an individualized approach to therapy. I recognize that every individual is unique and find value in tailoring treatment strategies to suit the specific needs and circumstances of each client. Having embarked on my own healing journey, I understand the significance of building a strong therapeutic relationship. This requires openness and vulnerability; I aim to normalize and validate your experiences so you can be comfortable in processing any form or trauma or obstacle you have experienced.
I am passionate about normalizing clients' struggles and value an individualized approach to therapy. I recognize that every individual is unique and find value in tailoring treatment strategies to suit the specific needs and circumstances of each client. Having embarked on my own healing journey, I understand the significance of building a strong therapeutic relationship. This requires openness and vulnerability; I aim to normalize and validate your experiences so you can be comfortable in processing any form or trauma or obstacle you have experienced.
(619) 304-7297 View (619) 304-7297
Photo of Devon Aston, MA, AMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Devon Aston
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
I'm a therapist that focuses on your strengths, using a variety of styles and approaches to fit your specific needs. Would you be willing to risk building an authentic relationship with me? Would you collaborate with me to build a picture of your life circumstances? If you're ready, then let's work together to change your present situation and build a personal road map to a more positive future.
I'm a therapist that focuses on your strengths, using a variety of styles and approaches to fit your specific needs. Would you be willing to risk building an authentic relationship with me? Would you collaborate with me to build a picture of your life circumstances? If you're ready, then let's work together to change your present situation and build a personal road map to a more positive future.
(805) 608-2907 View (805) 608-2907
Photo of Woodruff Johnson, PsyD, Psychologist
Woodruff Johnson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Culver City, CA 90232
Continued growth and wellness are issues central to quality living and happiness. Furthermore, potential actualization and wellness, to a large degree, are functions of the individual's ability to effectively deal with stress and stressors. These are the areas of human development training that Dr. Johnson has been involved with for many years. He is fully committed to supporting you to not only facilitate your healing but to help you create happiness in your life.
Continued growth and wellness are issues central to quality living and happiness. Furthermore, potential actualization and wellness, to a large degree, are functions of the individual's ability to effectively deal with stress and stressors. These are the areas of human development training that Dr. Johnson has been involved with for many years. He is fully committed to supporting you to not only facilitate your healing but to help you create happiness in your life.
(310) 340-1478 View (310) 340-1478
Photo of Mariana Agostina Mesnik, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Mariana Agostina Mesnik
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
Not accepting new clients
I have over a decade of experience working with children, teens, and families in decreasing conflict, increasing self-esteem, and maximizing the potential to live a fuller, happier, and healthier life.
I have over a decade of experience working with children, teens, and families in decreasing conflict, increasing self-esteem, and maximizing the potential to live a fuller, happier, and healthier life.
(760) 377-9604 View (760) 377-9604
Photo of Ann Marie McKnight, MS, Marriage & Family Therapist
Ann Marie McKnight
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
Are you in the midst of an overwhelming life circumstance or reeling from loss? Are you feeling alone, scared or uncertain about your ability to cope? You deserve support from someone who will help you develop the skills to move forward in your life! I have years of experience helping individuals, couples and families to feel less alone by providing them with a safe, sensitive and non-judgmental space to unload their burdens, reduce feelings of isolation, restore hope and increase their personal functioning. Visit www.lovehealgrow.com to schedule or learn more.
Are you in the midst of an overwhelming life circumstance or reeling from loss? Are you feeling alone, scared or uncertain about your ability to cope? You deserve support from someone who will help you develop the skills to move forward in your life! I have years of experience helping individuals, couples and families to feel less alone by providing them with a safe, sensitive and non-judgmental space to unload their burdens, reduce feelings of isolation, restore hope and increase their personal functioning. Visit www.lovehealgrow.com to schedule or learn more.
(530) 424-2063 View (530) 424-2063
Photo of Leona Esmaeily, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Leona Esmaeily
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92606
Do you feel anxious due to your work, family issues, low self-esteem, and relationship issues? I can especially help those with anxiety/panic attacks. I make it a priority to help clients with buried feelings who have trouble speaking on their emotions. Communicating emotionally is extremely important to promote well-rounded and mature adults. I will help you enhance your self-awareness around unhelpful thought and behavior patterns and build skills necessary to handle life more effectively and develop actionable steps to reach your goals.
Do you feel anxious due to your work, family issues, low self-esteem, and relationship issues? I can especially help those with anxiety/panic attacks. I make it a priority to help clients with buried feelings who have trouble speaking on their emotions. Communicating emotionally is extremely important to promote well-rounded and mature adults. I will help you enhance your self-awareness around unhelpful thought and behavior patterns and build skills necessary to handle life more effectively and develop actionable steps to reach your goals.
(213) 401-4624 View (213) 401-4624
Photo of Annette M Taylor, MA, MFT, LPCC, Marriage & Family Therapist
Annette M Taylor
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Pacifica, CA 94044
I am now accepting new clients. I work with clients to explore past experiences and life transitions that are affecting their lives. Through weekly sessions, we will work through self exploration, personal concerns and life challenges. We will explore circumstances that can be changed, those that cannot be changed, and how to discern the difference. We will also discuss and practice various coping mechanisms that can help clients improve their lives. Therapy is a gift to yourself!
I am now accepting new clients. I work with clients to explore past experiences and life transitions that are affecting their lives. Through weekly sessions, we will work through self exploration, personal concerns and life challenges. We will explore circumstances that can be changed, those that cannot be changed, and how to discern the difference. We will also discuss and practice various coping mechanisms that can help clients improve their lives. Therapy is a gift to yourself!
(415) 236-3998 View (415) 236-3998
Photo of Nicole Logan, LPC, EMDR
Nicole Logan
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
I utilize a client centered approach in working with adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, and life transitions. In a safe, supportive, and non judgemental space we can explore the negative patterns in your life, work through any barriers, and move towards healing, growth, and change.
I utilize a client centered approach in working with adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, and life transitions. In a safe, supportive, and non judgemental space we can explore the negative patterns in your life, work through any barriers, and move towards healing, growth, and change.
(310) 362-5485 View (310) 362-5485
Photo of Nicole Chung, PsyD, Psychologist
Nicole Chung
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110
Do you feel like life's obstacles have become too overwhelming? If so, you're not alone. I can help you overcome such obstacles. Through psychotherapy, I help individuals live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Breaking through your obstacles begins with you. Contact me and we start your journey toward wellness.
Do you feel like life's obstacles have become too overwhelming? If so, you're not alone. I can help you overcome such obstacles. Through psychotherapy, I help individuals live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Breaking through your obstacles begins with you. Contact me and we start your journey toward wellness.
(415) 943-5255 View (415) 943-5255
Photo of Renee Shanee Tate, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Renee Shanee Tate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90034  (Online Only)
My clients are resilient and working towards breaking the cycles of generational/intergenerational trauma by creating new paths, traditions, and coping strategies. They trust that working through and learning from past experiences develops confidence and healthy coping skills. My clients believe that well-being is grounded in self-awareness and connection to the body. They are motivated to build the skills that allow them to participate fully in healthy relationships.
My clients are resilient and working towards breaking the cycles of generational/intergenerational trauma by creating new paths, traditions, and coping strategies. They trust that working through and learning from past experiences develops confidence and healthy coping skills. My clients believe that well-being is grounded in self-awareness and connection to the body. They are motivated to build the skills that allow them to participate fully in healthy relationships.
(310) 589-4279 View (310) 589-4279
Photo of Veronica Correa Perin, PhD, Psychologist
Veronica Correa Perin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Leandro, CA 94577  (Online Only)
Do you often find yourself wondering if you are making "the right" decisions in your life? Do you often doubt yourself or the choices you have made? Is it very important to you to be liked and accepted by others? Do you put off big life changes because you fear failure or the uncertainty of the future? Did you come from a family who had high expectations of you? If so, you may have always been "the best" and used to being successful in everything you do. You gain a great deal of pride from your accomplishments but find satisfaction is fleeting or nonexistent. You are always thinking about what you need to achieve next.
Do you often find yourself wondering if you are making "the right" decisions in your life? Do you often doubt yourself or the choices you have made? Is it very important to you to be liked and accepted by others? Do you put off big life changes because you fear failure or the uncertainty of the future? Did you come from a family who had high expectations of you? If so, you may have always been "the best" and used to being successful in everything you do. You gain a great deal of pride from your accomplishments but find satisfaction is fleeting or nonexistent. You are always thinking about what you need to achieve next.
(510) 306-2516 View (510) 306-2516
Photo of Kaleb Singleton, CP, Psychologist
Kaleb Singleton
Psychologist, CP
Verified Verified
Lodi, CA 95240
I'm Dr. Kaleb Singleton, a licensed clinical psychologist in California and Wisconsin. I approach therapy from a eclectic clinical approach using CBT and supportive client centered methods. At the root of my approach is a focus on love of self and acceptance of one's perfect imperfections as the unique human condition. I am first and foremost a listener. Many people just need to be seen, heard, and given an appropriate amount of space for self-expression. After understanding the needs of my clients, I prefer to take a collaboration like approach to finding a way to achieve or restore emotional balance in their lives.
I'm Dr. Kaleb Singleton, a licensed clinical psychologist in California and Wisconsin. I approach therapy from a eclectic clinical approach using CBT and supportive client centered methods. At the root of my approach is a focus on love of self and acceptance of one's perfect imperfections as the unique human condition. I am first and foremost a listener. Many people just need to be seen, heard, and given an appropriate amount of space for self-expression. After understanding the needs of my clients, I prefer to take a collaboration like approach to finding a way to achieve or restore emotional balance in their lives.
(209) 267-2707 View (209) 267-2707
Photo of Jacqueline Valdovinos, LMFT , Marriage & Family Therapist
Jacqueline Valdovinos
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Gardena, CA 90249
My ideal client would be someone who is going through a life transition. My client would want to learn exercises to become a stong and independent individual.
My ideal client would be someone who is going through a life transition. My client would want to learn exercises to become a stong and independent individual.
(213) 528-3953 View (213) 528-3953
Photo of Lindsay D. Guichard, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Lindsay D. Guichard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95123
You feel caged up with no where to go. You desire a day or night off, but if you ever get it you don't know what to do with yourself. You are feeling restless. Your life feels like it is passing you by day in and day out. You have plans and dreams, but the reality of life is making them more and more unreachable. Many days you walk around feeling cloudy and find it hard to make any traction. Helplessness has set in and there does not seem to be any answers to feeling better other than temporary fixes that are proving to be a problem for others around you. Dissatisfaction and disappointment and lack of purpose show up daily.
You feel caged up with no where to go. You desire a day or night off, but if you ever get it you don't know what to do with yourself. You are feeling restless. Your life feels like it is passing you by day in and day out. You have plans and dreams, but the reality of life is making them more and more unreachable. Many days you walk around feeling cloudy and find it hard to make any traction. Helplessness has set in and there does not seem to be any answers to feeling better other than temporary fixes that are proving to be a problem for others around you. Dissatisfaction and disappointment and lack of purpose show up daily.
(562) 386-0521 View (562) 386-0521
Photo of Nicole Woolf, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Nicole Woolf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Campbell, CA 95008
Seeking help can be scary and exciting, and it takes a lot of bravery and courage to take the initial step. You may be feeling like you are depressed and anxious due to your trauma. I aim to meet you where you are mentally and emotionally and help you grow, learn skills, and adapt to new changes. We can work together to identify your goals and needs and address the emotional and behavioral challenges you experience.
Seeking help can be scary and exciting, and it takes a lot of bravery and courage to take the initial step. You may be feeling like you are depressed and anxious due to your trauma. I aim to meet you where you are mentally and emotionally and help you grow, learn skills, and adapt to new changes. We can work together to identify your goals and needs and address the emotional and behavioral challenges you experience.
(669) 200-0587 View (669) 200-0587
Photo of Cody Dunitz, AMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Cody Dunitz
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94705  (Online Only)
There are many ways to find healing. I use an integrative approach that draws from various modalities such as Gestalt, Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, somatic healing, and attachment-based therapies. Using a compassionate and collaborative style, I seek to help you work through challenges that are affecting your relationships and the life you want to live. Humor and play can also have wonderful healing benefits, and I often find ways, when appropriate, to fold them into our sessions. Exploring the connection between the mind and the body is at the foundation of the work we will do together.
There are many ways to find healing. I use an integrative approach that draws from various modalities such as Gestalt, Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, somatic healing, and attachment-based therapies. Using a compassionate and collaborative style, I seek to help you work through challenges that are affecting your relationships and the life you want to live. Humor and play can also have wonderful healing benefits, and I often find ways, when appropriate, to fold them into our sessions. Exploring the connection between the mind and the body is at the foundation of the work we will do together.
(628) 258-7894 View (628) 258-7894

How does your Therapist compare?

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in California who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
76% Relationship Issues
72% Self Esteem
67% Trauma and PTSD
64% Coping Skills
64% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

66% Aetna
60% Cigna and Evernorth
55% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in California see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in California?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.