Ah, California. It’s home to LA, one of the biggest cities around. Many artistic people and aspiring actors come for their next big break. If you want to be famous, it requires a lot of motivation, which some people may be lacking if they are in poor mental health. 

Maybe you don’t want to be famous, but you should have strong mental health in order to accomplish your goals. Not only can a counselor improve your mental health, but they can create a map you can use to accomplish all your goals. 

 

This is Kameron Macrorie's avatar and link to their profile
California
MS, LMFT
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 14

Hello!! I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in California with over 12 years of experience working as a therapist, and educator. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and relational issues. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines CBT, humanistic, and rational-emot...

This is celia China's avatar and link to their profile
California
LMFT
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 4

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working with clients for the past 4 years. I have aid clients when in crisis, I provide clients with case management services when resources are needed (i.e housing, educational, financial and parenting). I help clients manage some of the daily barriers that can cause destress on a person and those around them. My sessions are usually tailored to the client and their individual needs. I encourage the client at the beginning of treatment to be open and discuss what they want to obtain from treatment. I help...

This is Dr. Paul White's avatar and link to their profile
California
LMFT ,PhD
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 8

Have you found yourself at a crossroad? Perhaps you have been feeling as though your life is no longer progressing? The sense of being stuck in life can bring about a deep sense of anxiety and depression; not to mention physical illnesses. You may not even know how to see the cause of the stress leading you away from the happiness and peace you deserve. My strength lies in helping you find your true purpose in life while safely exploring your gifts. My task is to help you uncover a new sense of balance. And while the path ahead may be full of ups and downs, I firm...

This is Ellie Trotta's avatar and link to their profile
California
MA, LPCC
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with six years of experience helping clients with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, OCD, self-esteem issues, addictions, trauma, geriatric issues, career challenges, and chronic mental illness. I also have experience helping clients with trauma due to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, as well as individuals who "feel stuck" due to emotional turmoil or relationship issues resulting from childhood abuse or abandonment. I graduated with my Master of Arts degree in psychology in 2016 and am cur...

This is Dr. Lusa  Hung's avatar and link to their profile
California
PsyD
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 12

Hello there and welcome to BetterHelp! Thank you for reading about me and the work that I do. I am Dr. Lusa Hung and I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist serving clients who reside in California, Washington, and New York. I received my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree at Argosy University/Honolulu in 2005, with a specialization in Diversity. I have been a licensed psychologist since 2008. Psychology has always been a passion of mine in some shape or form. Helping people live their most vibrant and fulfilling lives with meaning and purpose is my aim. ...

This is Dina Velazquez's avatar and link to their profile
California
LMFT
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Grief, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 5

Hello, my name is Dina Velazquez and I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently living on the east coast. I have over ten years experience as a therapist, in both the Community Mental Health model and doing clinical assessments for a health insurance carrier. I earned my Master's degree in Counseling at Pacifica Graduate Institue in Carpinteria, CA. My experience includes working with individuals with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, and substance use issues. My approach is client centered while also incorporating ...

This is Michelle Riley's avatar and link to their profile
California
LCSW
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 25

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California. I have over 25 years of experience working with various populations including individuals with severe mental illness, addictions, families, children, couples and individuals. I’ve worked with a broad range of concerns including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, relationship issues and parenting problems. My passion in life is to help others identify and nurture their strengths. My treatment style is to use a collaborative, client-centred approach. I believe in working with clients i...

This is Christi Fields's avatar and link to their profile
California
LCSW
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 8

Hi! My name is Christi and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 8 years’ experience providing counseling, clinical case management, and parenting psycho-education. My professional practice areas have included working with individuals and families, often with court- related, criminal justice and/or child welfare involvement. I have experience working with folks who are navigating thoughts and feelings of depression, anxiety, shame, anger, and grief. I have worked with individuals experiencing trauma, domestic violence, substance use, homelessness, divorce/se...

This is Imari Peterson's avatar and link to their profile
California
LCSW
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Depression, ADHD
Years of Experience: 3

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have served in the private and non-profit environments. I am someone who believes that every family and individual has a special set of unique characteristics and strengths, and after rapport is established, therapy is used as a guide to assist others in utilizing those attributes to overcome barriers within their lives. I have experience working with individuals and families faced with the challenges of depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction (drug and alcohol), family conflict, domestic violence and neurodevelopmental di...

This is Patricia Daruwala's avatar and link to their profile
California
LPCC,LCPC
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, ADHD
Years of Experience: 8

I began this path in 2006 working as a parenting coach for a social service agency which provided support to parents and children involved in the child welfare system. I continued in this area for eleven years and during this time, earned my Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling and began working as both an individual and family counselor. My next move was working as a clinical supervisor in residential inpatient and then outpatient treatment for substance use. Both of these areas taught me so much about working with individuals who are struggling with differe...

This is Claudia Young's avatar and link to their profile
California
LCSW
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Northern California with over 14 years experience in the mental health field. I obtained a Master's Degree from California State University, Chico. My nature is to offer an empathic attuned presence. I have an energetic and dynamic personality. My therapy style is non judgemental, energetic and warm. My focus for all clients is to provide a safe , inviting place to hold space. My priority is to meet each client where they are, encourage and support them in guiding their treatment. My hope is to be the place where a ...

This is Colleen Cook's avatar and link to their profile
California
LCSW
Specialties: Grief
Years of Experience: 4

I am a LCSW who has over 20 years of working with older adults and issues regarding to healthy aging. For the last 5 years, I have experience working with care partners of people living with Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (ADRD). I have seen how this disease affects not only the person living with the disease, but also everyone who comes into contact with that person. My approach is to help you see how you can build a strong team around you to assist you with this caregiving experience as well as equip you with ways of coping with stress and anxiety in addit...

This is Grace Barrueto's avatar and link to their profile
California
MS,LMFT
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

Life's demands may, at times, be emotionally distressing. At different stages of life, you might feel particularly challenged by the pressures of school, college, work, and family life. Through the work of therapy, you can begin to feel a sense of satisfaction and success in your life again. I offer psychotherapy services to transitional age youth and adults utilizing an integrative psychotherapy approach. Treatment may include creative art therapy, parent support, ADHD coaching, and other therapy services to promote, support, and facilitate emotional well-being. ...

This is Nancy Rarick's avatar and link to their profile
California
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 30

I am licensed in California with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

Specialties: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 12

I am licensed in California with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with grief and loss. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

This is Leila  Kiriako's avatar and link to their profile
California
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Career difficulties
Years of Experience: 6

I am licensed in California with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

This is Janelle Farias's avatar and link to their profile
California
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Family conflicts, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 10

I am licensed in California with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, family conflicts, & career difficulties. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

This is Dr. Mario Nicolas's avatar and link to their profile
California
PhD
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Career difficulties, Depression
Years of Experience: 30

Hi, I’m Dr. Mario Nicolas. I am a Ph.D. (Penn State, 2002) trained Clinical Psychologist, with extensive experience in military mental health (Maj [Ret. – 2014]; USAF), clinical neuropsychology (fellowship trained; Univ. of Virginia Medical School [2005-07]), and Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH; past-USAF program consultant [2015-20]). If you want to learn more, check me out on LinkedIn. I provide individual therapy to adults and am available on weekday evenings, some early weekday early-mornings, and weekend mornings. I consider myself a cognitive-behavioral...

This is Stephanie Jones's avatar and link to their profile
California
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 5

I am licensed in California with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Most of my experience came from adolescent behavioral health and screening for high risk issues. I have more generalized experience in behavioral modification, adjusting to major life stressors, and maternal mental health. No matter what your concern is, I am hopeful that we can...

This is Erika Hernandez's avatar and link to their profile
California
Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 12

I am licensed in California and Utah with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How Can Therapists In California Support You?

therapist in California can practice many types of counseling, from marriage and family therapy to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). They may also assist you with symptoms of depression, stress, or anxiety.

Therapists may help you set and achieve career goals, work on current issues you may be facing, or address your past. Over 32349851 people live in California, and one out of five Americans has a mental health condition. Searching for a licensed therapist in California may help you find mental health support for personal growth, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health concerns. You do not need a mental health diagnosis to seek support from one of BetterHelp's licensed providers above.  

The mental health field can include psychiatric medication management, online therapy, marriage counseling, couples therapy, clinical social work, licensed counseling, and other mental health services in person and online. Seeing a licensed provider can help you navigate mental health conditions and life circumstances through mindfulness and other specialized techniques.

Please note that BetterHelp does not offer diagnostic or medication management services.

Why Are Many Residents In The State Of California Working With A Licensed Counselor?

The reason for reaching out to a therapist can be a personal experience for each person. Many individuals work with a therapist for general life advice, while others may attend therapy for a specific concern. Whether you live in a large city or a specific county in California, BetterHelp can match you with a licensed therapist tailored to your preferences noted when you sign up.

A few topics that therapists in California may support clients with can include:

  • Challenging situations or life stressors
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression or depressive conditions
  • Adjustment issues
  • Emotional support for a terminal illness
  • Chronic pain emotional support
  • Grief
  • Personality disorders
  • Trauma
  • Relationship conflicts and concerns

Finding a therapist that takes new clients in online therapy can be the first step in finding a treatment plan that works for you. Your therapist can provide a safe space for you to focus on self-care and well-being.

If you're interested in speaking to one of the therapists above or being matched with a counselor in 24 to 48 hours, consider signing up for BetterHelp. BetterHelp offers potential access to over 30,000 providers, including those listed above.

Emergency Services

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

·      National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

·      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

·      Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

·      Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1) or text 838255. For support for the deaf and hard of hearing community, please use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

·      Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Lifeline): (866)488-7386 

·      SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Use): (800)662-4357

·      National Eating Disorder Association Helpline:1-800-931-2237 (M-Th: 9 AM-9 PM EST, Fri 9 AM - 5 PM EST)

·      Child Help Hotline: Call 1-800-422-4453 or use the online chat feature

·      National Anti-Hazing Hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293) 

·      Physician Crisis Support Line: Call 1-888-409-0141 if you are a first responder or medical provider experiencing crises related to Covid-19

·      Sexual Assault Hotline: Call RAINN at 1-800-656-4673

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some commonly asked questions can be found below.

How Much Does A Therapist Cost?

Mental health professionals can differ in price. Forbes found that the average cost of in-person therapy in the US is around $100 to $200 per hour. Pricing can also vary based on your location. 

BetterHelp offers payment plans of $60 to $90 per session, charged monthly in a lump sum. You can also take advantage of this pricing on one of BetterHelp's sister platforms, like ReGain for couples or TeenCounseling for teens aged 13 to 19.  

Many therapists may be upfront about their pricing and whether or not they take health insurance from the beginning. Additionally, some in your area may offer a sliding scale plan to allow those with lower incomes to pay less for therapy. However, services online can often save individuals a few hundred dollars per month.

How Do I Know If I Should Get A Therapist?

Mental health services and mental health providers may help you navigate various concerns. Although therapists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general advice. A therapist may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Mental health issues don't always present as a crisis. Many therapists provide talk therapy and support for life transitions, skills learning, relationship problems, or life coaching. Online therapy sessions in California can allow clients seeking therapy to experience professional help through video, phone, or live chat sessions without commuting to a therapist's office.

Does Insurance Cover Therapy?

Different counseling services can vary in cost. Private practice therapists must apply to accept insurance through insurance companies, which may take time and money, so not every therapist offers services through insurance. If you cannot find a therapist that accepts your plan, BetterHelp may be cheaper than visiting an in-person therapist.

Is Online Therapy Safe?

Online therapy through BetterHelp and its sister platforms is safe. Therapists are licensed, experienced, and vetted before being contracted with the platform. If you experience any concerns with your therapist, you change your counselor through the platform or app at any time.