Kari Whitson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PPS, NCC Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Not accepting new clients
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
Not accepting new clients
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.
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Susan Hirsch
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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
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.
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Mary Ellen Cole
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
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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Office is near:
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
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.
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Victoria Hamilton
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ACSW Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Sometimes we can experience particular events in life that can leave us feeling empty and unable to find joy in things that used to make us happy. My goal is to guide you through the process of understanding yourself and your experiences deeper to help you may make more meaningful connections with others so that you may enjoy a fuller life. My compassionate approach allows my clients to feel supported in their journey towards self-discovery and healing. We all contain the ability to be better versions of ourselves and experience emotional freedom from life's challenges, and looking for a therapist is a great first step.
(805) 243-0878
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Sometimes we can experience particular events in life that can leave us feeling empty and unable to find joy in things that used to make us happy. My goal is to guide you through the process of understanding yourself and your experiences deeper to help you may make more meaningful connections with others so that you may enjoy a fuller life. My compassionate approach allows my clients to feel supported in their journey towards self-discovery and healing. We all contain the ability to be better versions of ourselves and experience emotional freedom from life's challenges, and looking for a therapist is a great first step.
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Paula Defrisco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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
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.
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Kelsey Ann Kehoe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I believe that reaching out for help is one of the hardest things an individual can do and engaging in the therapy process is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. My focus is on helping individuals, families and couples heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths so they can live their purest life possible. I hold and create a safe place to explore traumas, dis-ease and help to build a better relationship with self and others. www.puravidacounselingservices.com
(805) 323-9917
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I believe that reaching out for help is one of the hardest things an individual can do and engaging in the therapy process is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. My focus is on helping individuals, families and couples heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths so they can live their purest life possible. I hold and create a safe place to explore traumas, dis-ease and help to build a better relationship with self and others. www.puravidacounselingservices.com
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Danielle Rush
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Offers online therapy
Are you suffering in silence from anxiety, depression, or trauma? Is it affecting your quality of life or preventing you from reaching your true potential? As an experienced psychotherapist, I help my clients overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, and other problems. I know that you don't just want to "talk about it" you want to solve these problems. All of my clients want their life back and we will work together to make that happen. Don't let the fear, lack of motivation, hyper-vigilance, hopelessness, sadness, or panic attacks hold you back any longer. I also work with couples and families in need of therapy.
(805) 334-8583
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Offers online therapy
Are you suffering in silence from anxiety, depression, or trauma? Is it affecting your quality of life or preventing you from reaching your true potential? As an experienced psychotherapist, I help my clients overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, and other problems. I know that you don't just want to "talk about it" you want to solve these problems. All of my clients want their life back and we will work together to make that happen. Don't let the fear, lack of motivation, hyper-vigilance, hopelessness, sadness, or panic attacks hold you back any longer. I also work with couples and families in need of therapy.
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Desiree M Garcia
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
As individuals we all walk through rough times in our lives and sometimes, having someone by our side makes all the difference. I strive to provide a safe and supportive space for you to grow, heal, and work through the areas of your life that you are wanting to address. For almost fifteen years I have had the privilege of working with individuals going through some of the most difficult times in their lives. I have witnessed the resiliency of individuals committed to making changes. I wholeheartedly believe that we all have the ability to heal, overcome, and grow.
(805) 219-7893
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
As individuals we all walk through rough times in our lives and sometimes, having someone by our side makes all the difference. I strive to provide a safe and supportive space for you to grow, heal, and work through the areas of your life that you are wanting to address. For almost fifteen years I have had the privilege of working with individuals going through some of the most difficult times in their lives. I have witnessed the resiliency of individuals committed to making changes. I wholeheartedly believe that we all have the ability to heal, overcome, and grow.
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Jaclyn Woods
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
This time of crisis can also be a time of deep healing. Painful feelings, experiences, losses, and transitions in your life and those around you can sometimes feel too overwhelming to walk through alone, my job as your therapist is to walk with you. Together we can create a path on your journey towards healing and wholeness. If you have felt deep sadness, then you also have the capacity to feel great joy. I am continually humbled by the human spirit and it's ability to seek integration and healing and I believe therapy can be one of the most powerful practices available to create transformations from the inside out.
(805) 209-0595
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
This time of crisis can also be a time of deep healing. Painful feelings, experiences, losses, and transitions in your life and those around you can sometimes feel too overwhelming to walk through alone, my job as your therapist is to walk with you. Together we can create a path on your journey towards healing and wholeness. If you have felt deep sadness, then you also have the capacity to feel great joy. I am continually humbled by the human spirit and it's ability to seek integration and healing and I believe therapy can be one of the most powerful practices available to create transformations from the inside out.
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Victor Silva-Palacios
Psychologist, PhD Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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
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.
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Priscilla Kiessig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Not accepting new clients
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
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.
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Kendra N Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I have been given the greatest opportunity to be welcomed into my clients' lives and assist them in creating their definition and plan for a well life. I focus on the working relationship between my clients' and I, where theory and practice only enhances the work done in session. My goal is not to be a client's therapist every week for the rest of their lives, but rather to have them create the strength and determination to leave my office applying it to their everyday lives.
(805) 491-4893
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I have been given the greatest opportunity to be welcomed into my clients' lives and assist them in creating their definition and plan for a well life. I focus on the working relationship between my clients' and I, where theory and practice only enhances the work done in session. My goal is not to be a client's therapist every week for the rest of their lives, but rather to have them create the strength and determination to leave my office applying it to their everyday lives.
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Leah DeRose
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
The heart of my work centers around supporting you to identify negative, self-defeating beliefs and to help you develop skills to work through challenging life situations. I work collaboratively with my clients so that together we can determine the most effective approach to treatment. I use a combination of therapeutic techniques to help support you to identify and process through the areas that you feel are impacted negatively. Working together, I will support you to build skills to empower and guide you to move forward in a healthy way.
(805) 293-7481
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
The heart of my work centers around supporting you to identify negative, self-defeating beliefs and to help you develop skills to work through challenging life situations. I work collaboratively with my clients so that together we can determine the most effective approach to treatment. I use a combination of therapeutic techniques to help support you to identify and process through the areas that you feel are impacted negatively. Working together, I will support you to build skills to empower and guide you to move forward in a healthy way.
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Matthew R Chirman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LPCC Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
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
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.
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Krissy Shippey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
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
Offers online therapy
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.
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Dustin Adler
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Offers online therapy
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 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
Offers online therapy
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 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.
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Julie Messer
Marriage & Family Therapist, BS, MA, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Since you found me on this site I would venture to guess something is awry in your life...am I right? Whether you are struggling with relationships, tackling your own personal demons, or just have absolutely no idea why you don't feel like your normal self anymore we can work together to figure it out and discover solutions that work for you.
(805) 978-5080
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Since you found me on this site I would venture to guess something is awry in your life...am I right? Whether you are struggling with relationships, tackling your own personal demons, or just have absolutely no idea why you don't feel like your normal self anymore we can work together to figure it out and discover solutions that work for you.
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Sarah Becker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Thank you for taking the first step toward optimal health & well-being. I work with individuals 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
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Thank you for taking the first step toward optimal health & well-being. I work with individuals 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.
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Leslie Barber
Marriage & Family Therapist, LVN, MA, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Leslie brings a compassionate, open, and direct approach to her work with teens, families, and individuals. Her primary modalities include cognitive behavior therapy, Gestalt therapy and art therapy. Leslie's areas of expertise include attachment issues, grief and loss, anxiety and depression and their relationship to eating disorders. Her desire is to provide a safe, nurturing space where her clients can learn to be more comfortable in their own skin. Leslie's specialized training in eating disorder treatment gives her deep insight into the client's journey to recovery.
(805) 307-3740
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Leslie brings a compassionate, open, and direct approach to her work with teens, families, and individuals. Her primary modalities include cognitive behavior therapy, Gestalt therapy and art therapy. Leslie's areas of expertise include attachment issues, grief and loss, anxiety and depression and their relationship to eating disorders. Her desire is to provide a safe, nurturing space where her clients can learn to be more comfortable in their own skin. Leslie's specialized training in eating disorder treatment gives her deep insight into the client's journey to recovery.
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Kristina Paramore
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
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
Offers online therapy
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.

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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.