Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

Photo of Elizabeth Hawkins, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Santa Monica, CA
Elizabeth Hawkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
You’ve always been able to navigate most situations and discuss most topics comfortably. But, for some reason, sex is a different story. You avoid talking about it, and you freeze up around the topic of dating or intimacy. Knowing that other people have satisfying sex lives makes you feel broken and left behind. It’s hurting your confidence and preventing you from moving forward in life or connecting deeply with people. You want so badly to feel normal, but nothing you’ve tried has helped. Self-help books were no use, and therapy just felt like you were talking in circles. You wonder if it’s all related to your past, but how?
You’ve always been able to navigate most situations and discuss most topics comfortably. But, for some reason, sex is a different story. You avoid talking about it, and you freeze up around the topic of dating or intimacy. Knowing that other people have satisfying sex lives makes you feel broken and left behind. It’s hurting your confidence and preventing you from moving forward in life or connecting deeply with people. You want so badly to feel normal, but nothing you’ve tried has helped. Self-help books were no use, and therapy just felt like you were talking in circles. You wonder if it’s all related to your past, but how?
(424) 622-6962 View (424) 622-6962
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Beverly Ibeh
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Thrive Psychology is the premier therapy & counseling center dedicated to women’s wellness. We empower clients to overcome life’s toughest challenges and reach their highest potential. Thrive has helped thousands of clients live their best lives through a growing network of in-person and online services. Thrive therapists are the top of their field and use on.
Thrive Psychology is the premier therapy & counseling center dedicated to women’s wellness. We empower clients to overcome life’s toughest challenges and reach their highest potential. Thrive has helped thousands of clients live their best lives through a growing network of in-person and online services. Thrive therapists are the top of their field and use on.
(424) 284-7259 View (424) 284-7259
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Maura Tousignant
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90404
You’re looking for a therapist because: you feel stuck due to past trauma, you find yourself preoccupied with concerns about your partner, you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed by work or school, you are longing to be more connected to your authentic and full self. I’m here to help you with this! I provide a warm and focused presence as we work together to create positive and long-lasting change.
You’re looking for a therapist because: you feel stuck due to past trauma, you find yourself preoccupied with concerns about your partner, you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed by work or school, you are longing to be more connected to your authentic and full self. I’m here to help you with this! I provide a warm and focused presence as we work together to create positive and long-lasting change.
(818) 877-7261 View (818) 877-7261
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Ann Epifanio
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
I believe everyone has inherent strengths and abilities — let me help you discover yours. In my work, I focus on helping patients achieve change, discover their inherent strengths and abilities, shift to a solution-focused mindset, and increase awareness of their thoughts/feelings/behaviors. If we're hitting roadblocks, we work on identifying those roadblocks and getting "unstuck" — together.
I believe everyone has inherent strengths and abilities — let me help you discover yours. In my work, I focus on helping patients achieve change, discover their inherent strengths and abilities, shift to a solution-focused mindset, and increase awareness of their thoughts/feelings/behaviors. If we're hitting roadblocks, we work on identifying those roadblocks and getting "unstuck" — together.
(310) 620-1583 View (310) 620-1583
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Jacqueline Chun
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
In both my personal and professional life, I have experienced the profound impact of a strong therapeutic relationship. My goal is to create a safe and comfortable environment for my clients to openly express themselves. My clients experience me as both warm and practical in my approach. With lived experience in the areas that I specialize, my clients find me most helpful with life transitions, relationships/dating, pregnancy/postpartum, the Asian-American/Korean-American experience, interfaith and interracial relationships, Christianity framework, and divorce.
In both my personal and professional life, I have experienced the profound impact of a strong therapeutic relationship. My goal is to create a safe and comfortable environment for my clients to openly express themselves. My clients experience me as both warm and practical in my approach. With lived experience in the areas that I specialize, my clients find me most helpful with life transitions, relationships/dating, pregnancy/postpartum, the Asian-American/Korean-American experience, interfaith and interracial relationships, Christianity framework, and divorce.
(310) 513-4227 View (310) 513-4227
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Dr. Minoo Shilati
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The privilege of working with clients is the way each individual strength and barrier is presented in a session. An ideal client is one who is open to the therapeutic process and recognizes the art of healing through time, directed interventions and collaboration. Therapy and the therapist are tools, meant to magnify your process and highlight the route in feeling cared for and attended to with me. I do not require the "perfect" client, I seek the curious wonderment that recognizes the wisdom in their pain but open to the hope in their heart.
The privilege of working with clients is the way each individual strength and barrier is presented in a session. An ideal client is one who is open to the therapeutic process and recognizes the art of healing through time, directed interventions and collaboration. Therapy and the therapist are tools, meant to magnify your process and highlight the route in feeling cared for and attended to with me. I do not require the "perfect" client, I seek the curious wonderment that recognizes the wisdom in their pain but open to the hope in their heart.
(805) 719-7509 View (805) 719-7509
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Melissa Seka-Wilson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
I have training in many theoretical approaches and tend to work from an eclectic orientation. I believe in client-centered care, and enjoy supporting individuals through therapy. My primary goal always is to hear you and to understand your life from your perspective.
I have training in many theoretical approaches and tend to work from an eclectic orientation. I believe in client-centered care, and enjoy supporting individuals through therapy. My primary goal always is to hear you and to understand your life from your perspective.
(408) 762-4170 View (408) 762-4170
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Georgina Kim Smith
Psychologist, PhD
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Dr. Smith's genuine, grounded and integrated therapeutic approach allows for a connection to her clients where through modalities such as EMDR, IFS (parts work), and attachment-based talk therapy, there is a focus on insight shifting to somatic integration and actionable change, discovering and healing the core self, learning to regulate emotion and express needs in healthy ways, adapting internal dialogue, core beliefs, and reinforcing coping resources. Dr. Smith believes in building an authentic therapeutic relationship based on respect, empathy, challenge and change while creating a renewed sense of self, empowerment and hope.
Dr. Smith's genuine, grounded and integrated therapeutic approach allows for a connection to her clients where through modalities such as EMDR, IFS (parts work), and attachment-based talk therapy, there is a focus on insight shifting to somatic integration and actionable change, discovering and healing the core self, learning to regulate emotion and express needs in healthy ways, adapting internal dialogue, core beliefs, and reinforcing coping resources. Dr. Smith believes in building an authentic therapeutic relationship based on respect, empathy, challenge and change while creating a renewed sense of self, empowerment and hope.
(424) 258-5793 View (424) 258-5793
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Tracy A. Pollack
Psychologist, PsyD, MSEd
Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with many years of experience providing psychotherapy to adults, couples and families. I offer a warm, collaborative and confidential place where you will feel heard and understood while working together to identify issues of conflict and remove the obstacles that are getting in the way of your life. My specialties include eating disorders and body image issues, also self-injurious behaviors. My practice also focuses on women's issues such as those related to beginning a family, fertility challenges and perinatal and postpartum anxiety and depression. I am EMDR trained and incorporate as needed
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with many years of experience providing psychotherapy to adults, couples and families. I offer a warm, collaborative and confidential place where you will feel heard and understood while working together to identify issues of conflict and remove the obstacles that are getting in the way of your life. My specialties include eating disorders and body image issues, also self-injurious behaviors. My practice also focuses on women's issues such as those related to beginning a family, fertility challenges and perinatal and postpartum anxiety and depression. I am EMDR trained and incorporate as needed
(424) 322-6709 View (424) 322-6709
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Desiree Basl
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Are you looking to remove the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving well-being and live your most authentic and connected life? In the work with clients, it is my job to support you through a supportive therapeutic relationship. Whether you are coming in to process a relationship, attachment trauma, increased anxiety or depression or struggling with life transitions, I am here to help provide you with a safe space to reach your goals.
Are you looking to remove the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving well-being and live your most authentic and connected life? In the work with clients, it is my job to support you through a supportive therapeutic relationship. Whether you are coming in to process a relationship, attachment trauma, increased anxiety or depression or struggling with life transitions, I am here to help provide you with a safe space to reach your goals.
(424) 378-5129 View (424) 378-5129
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Dr. Tina Bahador
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Tina Bahador, Ph.D. ​ is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY17144) in California with over 25 years of clinical experience. She specializes in conducting diagnostic, intellectual, psycho-educational, and neuropsychological assessments. She also provides parent consultations (i.e., clinical consultations to obtain guidance regarding a child or adolescent; school placement consultations), in addition to individual psychotherapy with adolescents and adults. Dr. Bahador has been conducting intellectual assessments as part of the admissions process to the Mirman School for highly gifted children since 2004.
Tina Bahador, Ph.D. ​ is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY17144) in California with over 25 years of clinical experience. She specializes in conducting diagnostic, intellectual, psycho-educational, and neuropsychological assessments. She also provides parent consultations (i.e., clinical consultations to obtain guidance regarding a child or adolescent; school placement consultations), in addition to individual psychotherapy with adolescents and adults. Dr. Bahador has been conducting intellectual assessments as part of the admissions process to the Mirman School for highly gifted children since 2004.
(310) 922-4576 View (310) 922-4576
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Dr. Lauren Ahlquist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
My goal as your therapist is to help you discover a deep sense of who you are so that you feel empowered to make choices for your life in line with your values. Together, we will explore root causes of current problems and work to change old patterns that are keeping you stuck. Throughout our work, you will learn new skills, gain self-awareness, and develop the courage to move towards greater freedom and joy.
My goal as your therapist is to help you discover a deep sense of who you are so that you feel empowered to make choices for your life in line with your values. Together, we will explore root causes of current problems and work to change old patterns that are keeping you stuck. Throughout our work, you will learn new skills, gain self-awareness, and develop the courage to move towards greater freedom and joy.
(424) 404-6344 View (424) 404-6344
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Pacific Marriage & Family Therapy Network
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
10 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Pacific MFT Network is a group of highly skilled, diverse, and well-trained therapists. Our mission is to empower you to live the life you want. We do so by creating supportive, caring, and non-judgmental relationships with our clients. We work to provide you with the best care possible and reduce obstacles to participation. Additional benefits to working with us include a unique concierge billing service and a wide range of scheduling options (all weekdays, weekends, day and evening appointments are available). We work with children, teens, and adults of all ages.
Pacific MFT Network is a group of highly skilled, diverse, and well-trained therapists. Our mission is to empower you to live the life you want. We do so by creating supportive, caring, and non-judgmental relationships with our clients. We work to provide you with the best care possible and reduce obstacles to participation. Additional benefits to working with us include a unique concierge billing service and a wide range of scheduling options (all weekdays, weekends, day and evening appointments are available). We work with children, teens, and adults of all ages.
(424) 246-2494 View (424) 246-2494
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Caitlin Blue
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
I am looking to create solid therapeutic alliances to help my clients further their understanding of psychological patterns and unconscious motivations.
I am looking to create solid therapeutic alliances to help my clients further their understanding of psychological patterns and unconscious motivations.
(424) 581-1158 View (424) 581-1158
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Matthew Stevenson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I’ve worked with adolescents, young adults, and adults from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and in a variety of settings. I see many people dealing with stress, anxiety and depression, and I specialize in life transitions and adjustment, including experiences such as adjusting to a new job, beginning college, becoming a new parent or transitioning to more than one child in the family, and family structural changes like separation & divorce. I also specialize in both academic research and clinical work on the role of fathers in the family and issues that fathers face.
I’ve worked with adolescents, young adults, and adults from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and in a variety of settings. I see many people dealing with stress, anxiety and depression, and I specialize in life transitions and adjustment, including experiences such as adjusting to a new job, beginning college, becoming a new parent or transitioning to more than one child in the family, and family structural changes like separation & divorce. I also specialize in both academic research and clinical work on the role of fathers in the family and issues that fathers face.
(424) 622-0299 View (424) 622-0299
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Cathy Diaz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
No matter what is going on within you and around you, there is always hope. You do not have to face life alone. Life brings us challenges that can include anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships, and grief. Together we can create an individualized plan to help you heal and create the life that you desire. As a warm and caring therapist, it would be my honor to be a part of your healing process. Through our work together, I am committed to helping you recognize your strengths and innate resiliency that would allow you to thrive at home, work, and in relationships.
No matter what is going on within you and around you, there is always hope. You do not have to face life alone. Life brings us challenges that can include anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships, and grief. Together we can create an individualized plan to help you heal and create the life that you desire. As a warm and caring therapist, it would be my honor to be a part of your healing process. Through our work together, I am committed to helping you recognize your strengths and innate resiliency that would allow you to thrive at home, work, and in relationships.
(424) 297-1537 View (424) 297-1537
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Lisa A. Golden
Psychologist, EdD
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I work with Adults of all ages, from 18 to the end of life. I have extensive experience treating couples and families, and have special skills around family adjustment to health crises. I like to work with parents of teens and parents of newborns as well as couples considering children and even coping with aging parents. I work with many individual adults facing normal life stressors as well as more significant issues such as chronic anxiety, and depression.I see Spanish speaking individuals and couples. I have worked with many families of Veterans and other patients with traumatic injuries of all kinds.
I work with Adults of all ages, from 18 to the end of life. I have extensive experience treating couples and families, and have special skills around family adjustment to health crises. I like to work with parents of teens and parents of newborns as well as couples considering children and even coping with aging parents. I work with many individual adults facing normal life stressors as well as more significant issues such as chronic anxiety, and depression.I see Spanish speaking individuals and couples. I have worked with many families of Veterans and other patients with traumatic injuries of all kinds.
(310) 853-6822 View (310) 853-6822
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Liz Corpstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
Life can be challenging and overwhelming. You are not alone if you are longing to feel deeper satisfaction with yourself and your relationships. Life feels very different when you feel confident, empowered, and fulfilled. I will help you uncover paths to attain or reconnect you with these parts of yourself. I have helped many women and men transform their feelings of shame, disappointment, and desperation into self-confidence, happiness and hope. After working with me you will be able to make better choices in all areas of your life, including love, work and family relationships.
Life can be challenging and overwhelming. You are not alone if you are longing to feel deeper satisfaction with yourself and your relationships. Life feels very different when you feel confident, empowered, and fulfilled. I will help you uncover paths to attain or reconnect you with these parts of yourself. I have helped many women and men transform their feelings of shame, disappointment, and desperation into self-confidence, happiness and hope. After working with me you will be able to make better choices in all areas of your life, including love, work and family relationships.
(323) 452-4003 View (323) 452-4003
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Peyton Kline
Counselor, LPCC
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
Does your relationship need re-groovin? Are you not understanding each other? Are you speaking to each other from your head and not from your heart? Feeling alone and disconnected in your relationship can be painful. Good memories can fade and be replaced by more challenging ones. Are you ready to try a different way? Healthy relationships go through challenges. I work with couples, individuals, high sensitives who want more harmony in their lives and in their relationships. Relationship work can be an exploration into your values and beliefs.
Does your relationship need re-groovin? Are you not understanding each other? Are you speaking to each other from your head and not from your heart? Feeling alone and disconnected in your relationship can be painful. Good memories can fade and be replaced by more challenging ones. Are you ready to try a different way? Healthy relationships go through challenges. I work with couples, individuals, high sensitives who want more harmony in their lives and in their relationships. Relationship work can be an exploration into your values and beliefs.
(541) 262-0530 View (541) 262-0530
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Olivia Alison
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Welcome! I believe in a strengths based holistic approach and have extensive experience with trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, dating struggles and divorce. Part of life is learning to overcome the challenges that are thrown at each of us. At times, life can become overwhelming, and this is when many of us reach out for extra guidance and support. I will help you face current life stressors or past trauma that needs to be reprocessed, so that you may begin living more fully in the present. I use a combination of techniques to guide clients towards transformation.
Welcome! I believe in a strengths based holistic approach and have extensive experience with trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, dating struggles and divorce. Part of life is learning to overcome the challenges that are thrown at each of us. At times, life can become overwhelming, and this is when many of us reach out for extra guidance and support. I will help you face current life stressors or past trauma that needs to be reprocessed, so that you may begin living more fully in the present. I use a combination of techniques to guide clients towards transformation.
(310) 627-2854 View (310) 627-2854

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Number of Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Santa Monica, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
86% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
73% Trauma and PTSD
66% Grief
65% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

55% Aetna
47% Cigna and Evernorth
43% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Santa Monica, CA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
20% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Santa Monica?

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.

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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.