The Bay Area is an exciting place, but sometimes you may struggle to find that excitement and energy in your life. Luckily, a counselor in Martinez can help you improve your own personal alignment and happiness.

Martinez is by a small shoreline and it’s got beautiful bridges and a mild, Mediterranean climate that is quite nice. Due to the fact that it’s right on the coastline, you do get some morning sea breezes, gentle fog, and some nice, moderate temperatures. It’s a beautiful place to live, and its proximity to the Bay Area can help you truly enjoy this location. With the help of a counselor in Martinez, enjoyment may come a bit easier. 

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Beth Deja

Offering therapy in CA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Sometimes you are in crisis mode or going through something in real time, and sometimes you just need someone to talk to for support. My goal is to help you manage distress and identify problem-solving skills that will keep you mangaging in the future. Originally from Michigan, I gave up cold winters for the palm trees of sunny San Diego, then backtracked somehow and am enjoying scalding summers and sunny winters in Denver. Licensed in both Colorado and California, I am empathetic, nonjudgmental, and authentic. Once I know you, I like to give it to you straight with a good sense of humor. I have over ten years of experience providing mental health services to adults, families, and children, and I have been providing online therapy since 2015. I work with all types of issues, including depression, anxiety, and interpersonal relationship conflicts. My primary treatment modalities include CBT, trauma-informed approaches, and solution-focused techniques. I enjoy working as a therapist because I legitimately love learning about people. I truly look forward to meeting and working with you. Welcome!

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Jacqueline Manley

Offering therapy in CA
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsCareer difficultiesCoaching
15 years of experience

Life is full of changes, and sometimes these changes come with challenges. Maybe you are experiencing relationship problems, or you’re in a stressful season; feeling isolated or overwhelmed. You might be interested in personal growth and development. These are just a few of the reasons that people seek counseling. Since you are looking for services that will fit your need, I will love to introduce myself: I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California and Texas, with nearly 15 years working as a psychotherapist. I have experience working with clients, face to face, in groups and through on-line connections. I am experienced in working with multiple issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem and confidence issues, relationship concerns, domestic violence, parenting, trauma/PTSD, anger management, and personal growth. My approach to therapy is empathetic and supportive. I encourage my clients to express their needs, desires, and share what they hope to get out of therapy. I am supportive of all people, and honor diversity. I often utilize CBT techniques to challenge and change negative thinking patterns, Narrative Therapy, EMDR and Mindfulness practices. You don't have to live with more fear than hope. I encourage you to use your heart, soul and mind to be calm, centered, and balanced. Carl Bard once said, "though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start today and make a brand-new ending". I am available to support you during your life transition, self-growth and renewed healing. You are already taking the first step to making positive changes in your life. I look forward to working with you!

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Sherell Taylor-Page

Offering therapy in CA
License: MA,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyDepression
11 years of experience

I am Sherell Taylor-Page, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Inglewood, California. I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in 2006. My experience includes working with clients in an inpatient residential treatment facility that struggled with the affects of physical abuse, addiction, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, insomnia, and trauma. The journey has been both personally and professionally rewarding. I take an eclectic/integrative approach to therapy. It is important to meet clients where they are and I believe in blending elements of different therapeutic approaches and tailoring them to meet the client’s individual needs. The various treatment approaches I utilize include Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Family Systems Therapy. I enjoy helping people reach their full potential in an empathetic, warm, and non-judgmental environment. I look forward to working with you and helping you meet your therapeutic goals. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Kerry Kane

Offering therapy in CA
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteemADHD
20 years of experience

Hello! My name is Kerry and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. The majority of my clinical experience has been providing individual and family therapy services to children, adolescents, and families. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, behavior problems, anger management issues and ADHD. I would describe my counseling style as warm, empathic and goal oriented. I use Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Solution Focused therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to help my clients meet their goals. I am non-judgmental, compassionate, a good listener, and use a strength-based approach. I look forward to working with you!

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Ahna Bishop

Offering therapy in CA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

Hello, my name is Ahna Bishop and I have worked in the Social Work field for over 10 years. My experience includes Outpatient Mental Health, Crisis Intervention, and Inpatient services. I have worked with diverse populations, caring for each individual, in attempts to obtain their personal goals. I have a history working with Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia Disorders, along with Personality Disorders. My goal is to encourage individuals to find healthy ways to cope in order to obtain emotional healing and understand the importance of self-care in their own lives. Together we can identify goals that will assist you in achieving balance in your mental health and everyday struggles that might be holding you back to your ultimate goal of living happy and healthy. My main frameworks are cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths based psychotherapy, and motivational interviewing. My primary job is to provide you with a safe non-judgemental space to process and to achieve the goals that will make you more fulfilled during this time of high stress. As well as assist you to overcome whatever has been holding you back. It isn’t always easy but working on ourselves brings great rewards. I truly believe all of us can benefit from therapy at some point in our lives. I am here to help provide support, work through a challenging decision, process a difficult event or just assist you to become a better stronger you. Whatever your goals are I am happy to help you along your path to feeling more fulfilled.

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Sonia Medina Pranger

Offering therapy in CA
License: LCSW, PPSC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently a Ph.D. candidate in Counseling and Psychological Services, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Ministry. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work as well as a Master’s in Social Work and hold a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. I have over twenty years of experience working within schools, child welfare systems and organizations, as well as private practice to support individuals and families. I am also a social work educator for ten years, teaching courses to emerging professionals at the college level that focus on social work practice, studies in domestic violence, cultural humility, and ethical faith integration in service and research. I am passionate about supporting individuals and families to thrive in life. I believe people are innately resilient and able to grow from adverse circumstances. My goal is to foster a partnership in the counseling relationship, where respect and dignity are valued. I take the role of counseling as sacred because of the courage it takes to work on oneself. I acknowledge and value people’s life experiences, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to support healing and recovery in the counseling journey.

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Timothy Connely

Offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
4 years of experience

I am licensed in California with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Jamey McCormick

Offering therapy in CA
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesSelf esteem
16 years of experience

I am licensed in California with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & parenting issues. My area of focus is with children, teenagers, and parents dealing with a variety of issues and diverse populations. 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!

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Carlos Cavazos

Offering therapy in CA
License: MA, LPC
LGBTRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteem
4 years of experience

Hi, Im Carlos, a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sexologist and Relationship Coach . I have years of experience working with couples and individuals on relationships, communication, self esteem ,LGBT issues, various mental health disorders and have contributed my expertise to Health , Cosmopolitan , Well + Good, Bustle and other publications. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling. I currently provide Mental Health Consultation for a Fortune 500 company and provide therapy to the local LGBT community. Having worked in many settings including private practice, crisis residential clinics, and community mental health clinics has provided me the ability to assist all sort of individuals with all types of needs and backgrounds. I am a Kink and Poly Friendly Therapist whose approach is pretty eclectic, as everyone is different and has different needs. I do like Solution Focused approaches with an emphasis on Narrative therapy, to help my clients rewrite their past and create the bright future they deserve. I take a very modern approach to therapy and will work with you to help achieve a better you.

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Dr. Robynne Lute

Offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsCareer difficultiesDepressionCompassion fatigue
13 years of experience

Robynne M. Lute, PsyD is an experienced licensed psychologist in MO and CA with over two decades in the field. Robynne is highly respected for her expertise in working with individuals with a variety of presenting concerns and diagnoses in a non-judgmental, effective, and warm-hearted manner. She uses brief solution-focused therapy as well as traditional longer-term individual therapy for individuals aged 18 and older, including older adults . Dr. Lute works hand-in-hand with each client to develop efficacious, evidence-based, and tailored interventions and plans to help clients meet their goals for treatment. With a diverse background in healthcare and university settings, Dr. Lute has gained deep insights into the complexities of mental health. Throughout her career, she has worked with a wide range of individuals of all ages and varying demographics, and she embraces the rich diversity of her clients. She's successfully helped those dealing with life changes, academic stressors, ADHD, and adjustment challenges, as well as more severe and persistent mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, bipolar mood disorder, and substance use and misuse, among others. Additionally, Dr. Lute has extensive training and expertise in helping individuals manage the behavioral aspects of conditions such as chronic pain, weight management, smoking cessation, insomnia, and diabetes. At the heart of her practice is her exceptional ability to drive behavior change for overall wellness. Dr. Lute recognizes the connection between mental and physical well-being, empowering clients from all walks of life to make lasting changes that go beyond therapy. Guiding individuals to manage their mental health while fostering healthy and thriving lifestyles is a key aspect of her approach. Dr. Lute's unwavering commitment is to improve the well-being of those with whom she works.. Her empathetic approach, strong commitment, and ability to inspire hope make a difference for clients.

How to find counseling in Martinez

Finding the best therapist close by in Martinez can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Martinez. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Martinez, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Martinez or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Martinez area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Martinez, elsewhere in Contra Costa, or in the greater state of California.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Martinez area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Martinez therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Martinez due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Martinez may not take health insurance, some in the state of California may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of California you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Martinez, California working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Martinez above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Martinez helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Martinez therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Martinez therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Martinez therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in CA, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 94553 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Martinez counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists 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 feedback and advice. A Martinez licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Martinez, California can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Martinez has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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:

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